Saturday, December 15, 2007
(Sorry no before pictures of the stash - it was too unruly to pose)
Luckily for me one of my online friends is a much more prolific knitter than I am and does a great deal more knitting for charity than I do as well. I aspire to knit for charity the way that she does but alas I am not there yet.
Anyway, I sorted the wild and unruly stash into four categories: 1) stuff to use to knit for ME, 2) stuff to use to knit for gifts and/or charity 3) stuff to go live with Ann and 4) stuff to give to the St. Vincent DePaul society for resale (most of this is partial balls - enough to do some small things with or for kids crafts).
This is the yarn that is going to St. Vincent DePaul - yes that is five bags of yarn.
Now this is why we don't want to startle Ann - she knows that I am sending her some yarn but she has no idea HOW MUCH yarn......
This is what it looks like looking into the packed box.
Now for reference this is the box next to the foot stool (according to the box itself and the lovely lady at the post office who had to measure the box because of it's ginormous size it's about 20 inches high)
As a side note, please please PLEASE someone remind me the next time I decide to mail a package the last weekened for Chrismoose mailing. The line was literally half an hour long. Luckily there were several nice people in line with me and we had a nice time chatting. Plus I got in some nice knitting time on the purse sock.
You might very well be asking yourself at this point "Gee I wonder if Mary has any yarn left for herself at this point?" Don't fret about that .... this is the no longer unruly stash.
I think casa mary will be OK in the yarn department for a little while.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
It's the gelato bag from Fiber Trends and I made it with Paton's Classic Merino in Look Pink!
It was pretty darn close on the yarn. This was all I had left of the two skeins I purchased for the project. Believe me I was starting to sweat it near the end!
This is a close up of the button I found for the decorative closure. There is actually a magnetic snap under the flap to really close the bag.
Friday, December 07, 2007
I went to Wal-mart yesterday to pick up a few things (yes I know they are evil and horrible and all of those things but they have products I can afford to buy so whatever). I really wasn't paying attention to the cashier and how she was packing my purchases (I was too busy making sure all the prices scanned correctly) and was STUNNED by how many bags I had when I put them into the car.
Was it that I bought that much stuff? Nope (although I did spend more than I planned but that is another story). I came home and counted - I bought ELEVEN things and came home with...... FIVE bags!!!!
What did I buy: a diet coke 20-oz not even a two litre (she put this in it's own bag, actually this purchase got TWO bags since there was a new bag stuck to the one the soda was in)
underwear (three pair), some razors (two packs), chapstick stuff, concealer (gotta look all pretty sometimes!), tooth brushes (one pack of two) - this she managed to squeeze into TWO bags. Apparently brand new undies might contaminate everything else since they were sequestered in their own bag.
a gift bag for Chris-moose which was placed in it's own bag.
a digital key chain photo frame (again in a bag alone).
and a mailing box which was too big for any bag.
This is INSANE!!!! I know I could have solved part of this problem by taking my own reusable bag with me but I didn't have any in the car with me. I do try and take my own bags to the grocery store each week but don't always remember to keep an extra bag in the car for stops like the one yesterday.
Even so I think that I could have easily left that store with one bag (two at the most) - there is no way that I needed 5 plastic bags. I do recycle my bags (those that I don't reuse for small garbage bags) so I try to reduce my impact on the planet. But all I can think of when things like this happen to me is what about all of the people that DON'T reuse or recycle their bags.
As I learned from Martha (Stewart for those unfamiliar with my obsession) there is the equivalent amount of petroleum in 14 plastic bags as there is in ONE GALLON OF GAS!!!!
OK I think I'm done now... does anyone have a ladder so I can get off the soapbox?
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Of course I have my first Shaun to finish before I start this one. And I have some Chris-Moose knitting to get done as well. I'm making a Gelato felted bag for someone (refusing to say for whom in case they are reading).
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I'm trying to remember and remind myself of all of the things I am thankful for in my life on a more frequent basis. It has been a year of some pretty big highs and lows so I am most thankful for all of my friends that have kept me sane (OK OK sane may be a questionable concept). I don't know what I would do without all of you this year!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I am part of a geeky family (shhhh don't tell them I said that... Oh heck they already know that) that is completely obsessed with Harry Potter.
When the final book came out we had eight people there to pick up four books. And the books were all for people over the age of 18.
My eight year old nephew can practically recite all of the Harry Potter movies he has seen them so many times.
What does this have to do with knitting? Well for Halloween the above mentioned nephew decided to be Harry Potter. Of course he needed socks in Gryffindor colors and his Aunt Mary was the knitter of choice. OK so I'm the only knitter the kid knows - shush!
And now may we present Harry Potter socks....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
(for those that don't know him Tom is the handsome fellow on the right)
We lost touch after he graduated (he managed to finish in 4 years while I took five years) but Tom was frequently in my thoughts during those years and I did try to use the net and our alumni web site to find out what he was up to with sometimes limited results.
Ironically Tom has been in my thoughts more than usual lately. I was just thinking of a time when he had a game curfew but wanted a sandwich from uptown. Luckily the team captain was his housemate so our only instruction was "don't get caught!" I still remember Tom sitting in my chevette, wearing my scarf over his head (to be more incognito) and making me get money out of the ATM for him so he could hide. Of course I had to run back to the car, praying his ATM card didn't get sucked into the machine - he forgot to tell me the code. When he told me he just looked at me like he couldn't believe I couldn't have figured it out on my own. And yeah for those who knew Nez - I should have been able to figure it out (and to this day I still remember it).
Tom and I became closer when he was seriously injured during a practice. His arm was sliced open by another player's skate and it was questionable if Tom would ever be able to play again. He worked so hard and came back to finish out his career at Miami and even went on to a pro career. I wrote my first article for a national publication on Tom's successful recovery. College Hockey Weekly had me write about everything Tom went through after I met one of the editors in the press box of some road trip we were on. After we finished doing the interview for the story, Tom rolled up his sleeve and said to me "Mary, should we include a picture of my scar?"
Tom was one of my three dearest friends on the team that came and sat with me the night my dad died. Steve, Paul and Tom made sure that I had company that night and tried their best to take my mind off of everything that was going on.
There are so many more memories and things I could say about Tom. He was a special person and I am saddened that he is no longer in this world. The world has lost a wonderful person.
Nez I will miss you.
Today was one of those days that make you wonder why you can't just crawl under the covers and stay there for awhile (maybe until spring.....)
Sorry no knitting, no cake mania no nothing of interest. Just some whining (and if anyone has some nice cheese I'll take some to go with my whine)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Yesterday I visited three local yarn shops in search of knitting needles for some projects. I found a set of 2.5mm needles (only to discover when I went to actually start the project tonight that I really should have been looking for 3.0mm needles!!) and a set of size 11 dpns. Yep a wierd combination but two different projects.
I did come home with a new pattern - it's a felted bag from Candace Eisner Strick. The pattern is comprised of mitered squares with a variety of color changes in the bag. I think I might have enough wool in the stash for most of this but I haven't looked at the yarn requirements yet.
Of course my most exciting purchase of the day had nothing to do with knitting. I FINALLY found a cd-rom of Cake Mania for my pc. Not only is this "deluxe" version the original Cake Mania, it also has the newest edition of CM - Back to the Bakery. I promptly installed it last night and I think I played for about 2 or 3 hours.
So if my posts go back to their usual sporadic levels you have three choices:
1)I have to go back to work on Tuesday
2) I'm playing on Ravelry
3) I'm playing Cake Mania
Of course if it's 2 or 3 I need to make sure I remember to do 1!!
If anyone else is on (and if you're on the waiting list it went REALLY REALLY fast) please add me to your friend list. I'm maryw1968.
I actually have a "real" post planned for later on but that's going to be a little delayed now.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Anyway - I also made her three disclothes (from yarn I had in the stash!!! Yeah me!!!)
First we have the nine-patch dishcloth from the lovely ladies at the Mason-Dixon Knitblog. It's a free pattern on the right hand sign of the blog. I liked how the colors worked together (please don't ask me color names - I don't remember and the bands are long gone. I do know the yarn is Sugar and Cream. The blue was purchased in Rochester NY last year and the orange was either Michaels or Joann)
Next we have a cloth in the bamboo pattern. This is one of my favortie patterns and I discovered it here. This place has A TON of dishcloth patterns. The yarn for this one was something I picked up at Walmart (I think it's Peaches and Cream).
Last, we have a simple basketweave. No real pattern for this one, just alternate knit and purl blocks.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
First of all I am very excited by what I got to pick up at the library tonight. I was the first person on the waiting list for our own Crazy Aunt Purl's book to come out and I got to pick it up tonight. (Note to Laurie although I'm sure she doesn't read my blog... I promise if you ever make it to Cleveland I'll shell out the actual cash to buy your book just so I can get you to sign it. Oh heck I may end up doing that anyway!)
And then if that wasn't excitement enough for one day (and no I'm not being sarcastic) THIS was in my mailbox! And I am a total geek... I had to take my own picture of the pattern on my dining room table instead of using the one I already had from my post about the ebay auction.
Now I need to start searching for yarn to get knitting on Shaun!
I figured since we showed Step Out pictures that were a month old yesterday than we should show Knit Out pictures that are now a month (and a day) old today. The Knit Out was put on by the swell folks at Stitch Cleveland (hi Heidi, Megan and Shannon!).
We had fantastic weather (honestly if anything it was too warm - imagine saying that about the first weekend in October in Cleveland??) and the event was held at Voinivich Park which for those familiar with Cleveland is right behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For those unfamiliar with what a knit out is, it's exactly what it sounds like - people gather in a public venue and knit. In addition to just hanging out and having a good time generally the organizers will also make sure that supplies are available so that we can teach any interested passerbys how to knit.
This is a view looking south towards downtown. OK that makes it sound rather far but it's not. Keep in mind that I walked past all of this stuff the day before and the walk route was only four miles long.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Actually these are from my Step Out for Diabetes last month. The fundraising walk (and thanks to my generous supporters I raised $225 which was over my goal of $150) takes place in downtown Cleveland so I had to show the sock the sites.
Along the Cuyahoga river there are a number of bridges, including some that even lift to allow ships to pass underneath. This is one of the lift bridges.
Our walk took us along the lake front where we paused to show the sock the Great Lakes Science Center.
I haven't ever been inside (it's one of those local things - like the New Yorker that's never been up in the Empire State Building.) It sounds like it has some great exhibits and I think about going but you know what they say about thoughts and good intentions.
Finally we have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (yes I have actually been inside this one... saw the John Lennon exhibit in 2000). The guitars in front are a fund raiser for the United Way. Each year various companies sponsor a guitar which they have decorated, later there is a benefit and the guitars are auctioned. Some of them are absolutley amazing.
I forgot who sponsored and created this one but I really did like the guitar lion.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Hopefully I'll have this one before my December vacation since I'm itching to get started on making my own Shaun. The knitting kit won't be back in stock until the end of November so I'll have to wait until 2008 to start on that one!
Monday, October 29, 2007
But today we are going to have show and tell with my latest obsession..... SHAUN THE SHEEP!!!
I have always been a Wallace and Gromit fan and enjoyed Shaun the Sheep when he was in Wallace and Gromit's films. Thanks to the
I have be scouring ebay daily to try and get my hands on the elusive Shaun knitting pattern. I recently lost my last auction but soon consoled myself when I discovered this kit in an online shop in England.
Yep it's a Shaun the Sheep knitting kit! Of course I ordered it and am now patiently awaiting its arrival from England. Hopefully it will be here before I'm on vacation in December so I can spend some quality time making my own Shaun.
Oh and in case anyone felt the need to ask - yes I know I'm a geek!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
First, last Sunday the sock (a new one in Tofutsies yarn, which contains some of the same stuff that makes up crab and shrimp shells) went to a concert.
This is a shot from my seat (row 16!!) at the Donny Osmond concert. He was performing at the Taste of Cleveland and I happily splurged on a reserved ticket for the show.
My only complaint about the show was its length - it was way too short. The concert started around 9:15 and was over by 10:30. I've seen Donny in concert within the past two years and the last show I attended was MUCH longer. I am assuming that the length of this show had something to do with the venue. The Taste of Cleveland event was ending that night at 11:00 and I'm sure the promoters wanted everyone out of the concert tent in time to hit the food stands one more time on their way out.
I was able to wander up to the front and get a
close up picture of Donny. Even now that he's a grandfather he is still pretty darn cute!
The knitting and the party go together. We had a party this weekend for my friend's husband. It was a surprise party for his fortieth birthday. He seemed pretty surprised since his actual birthday isn't until December. Anyway they are RABID Ohio State fans so I knit him a pair of OSU slippers.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is some non-stash yarn (remember yarn purchased out of town doesn't count as stash!) that I bought on the guild bus trip in
We have some Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn in the front right, a skein of Regia bamboo yarn to it's left (I already had one skein from the guild Christmas party). In the back we have more Regia sock yarn in some totally obnoxious bright colors (they are basically flouresent!), Lily Chin yarn picked up from the sale bin that is designated for charity knitting and some Karabella lace mohair (can you tell I like BRIGHT colors???)
This is actually some alpaca blend that I picked up in NYC in April...believe it or not all of this cost me less than $11.00 (no not per ball - total!). Plus there is not tax on yarn in NYC! This was in the sale bin and I really liked the color so it got to come home with me. I think I might make myself a nice scarf out of this one.
Everyone have a great Labor Day (I am going to a cookout at my cousin's new house before I head off to the Donny Osmond concert!)
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wander over to Cast On and you too can be a knitting scout.
These are my badges (so far)
The “I Can Be an Asshole When It Comes To Knitting” Badge - In which the recipient is so passionate, opinionated and entirely convinced of his/her own superior knowledge about all things knitting, that he/she may appear pompous, rude, or self-righteous.
Ummm I don't think I'm like this all the time but I may have looked at someone recently like they had an extra head when they asked me why they needed to check gauge.
The “Knitting Whilst Under the Influence” Badge - This applies to both actual knitting under the influence, as well as achieving moments of stunning intellectual clarity about ones knitting under the influence. Presumes talking about knitting whilst under the influence a given.
OK I spent a few hours (or days take your pick) knitting fish in a hotel bar last year.... 'nough said!
The “MacGyver” Badge (Level One) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a non-knitting tool in a knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used paper clips as stitch markers, or successfully whittled and then utilized bamboo skewers as dpns.
I have used paper clips as stitch markers, made my own knitting needles out of dowel rods and an unfolded paper clip will also act as a great stitch holder.
The “MacGyver” Badge (Level Two) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a knitting tool in a non-knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used a strand of Regia Bamboo to slice cheese, or repaired a small appliance with a metal knitting needle.
Did you know that a DPN will help shove your coupons into the coupon slot at the U-scan at the grocery store?? I do......
The “Proselytize Knitting” Badge - A requirement for all Knitting Scouts, the recipient must do his or her bit to present knitting in a positive light, whilst at the same time avoiding all references to “hipness”, grandmothers, and yoga.
I've taught several people how to knit (including the above referenced girl scout troop) and some of them have even completed their projects!
The “I’ve Knit Items With No Conceivable Practical Application” Badge - Recipients are those “special” campers who have knit items which somehow missed the mark of their intended application. There are probably more who are deserving of this badge than one would expect.
Well I don't know if they really have NO practical application but I have spent a lot of time making "tribbles" to sew on flip flop straps.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
My railing on the porch has been in bad shape for some time now and I finally decided to do something about it. The first order of business was to try and salvage the mailbox. It has sentimental value since it has my dad's name on the top of it in metal letters. Well I fought with that thing for over an hour trying to get it off the railing. Ummm considering it was attached to the railing for at least 40 + years it was not budging. I finally got the top of the mailbox off the rest of the mailbox and had to be satisfied with that.
I forgot to take any pictures pre-demo so we only have after pictures today.
The railing was really easy to get off (helps that it was rusted out where the rails met the steps) and I had no trouble getting it to the curb. Happily it did not actually leave with the garbage men on garbage day. Someone came by with a truck the night before and loaded it up to take to the scrap yard. Of course once I had the railing off I decided the carpeting that was on the stairs also needed to go. It was pretty much falling off the bottom step and was very torn on the second step.
Of course once I got everything off the steps it dawned on me.... I no longer have anywhere for the mailman to leave my junk mail (trust me - that is most of my mail). So it was off to the Home Depot to look for new railing and a mailbox. The railing they had (which I had looked at last week) turns out to be a bit longer than the railing that was removed so I am waiting for that until I do some more measuring.
I did get a mail box and a post. There was much swearing involved while installing the post (it's still a bit wobbly) since the screws (provided) don't fit well into the screw holes (predrilled).
I was thinking about painting a sheep on the side of the mailbox to go along with my knitting obsession. Which is why I have a black mailbox on a white post (plus it was the only not REALLY REALLY expensive post they had at the depot).
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
The sock did get one more brush with glory though... we had lunch at Tony Packo's
(Klinger's favorite restaurant on M*A*S*H) in Toledo. They are known for having celebrities sign a hot dog bun which is then displayed on the walls of the restaurant. As a side note - I am now hopelessly addicted to their pickles and peppers....YUMMY!!! Also I really recommend their stuffed cabbage platter if you're even in Toledo (mine came with parika dumplings and a sausage). Oh and the fried pickles are also awesome (darn it now I'm hungry!)
I was delighted to find Scott Hamilton's signed bun (geesh that doesn't sound very good does it??)
And since Scott himself wasn't available for sock holding I did the next best thing -
Of course maybe someday I'll get Scott to hold another sock since he does an annual benefit for the Cleveland Clinic cancer center, but until then this will have to do.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
It’s SCATTERGORIES, and it’s really fun (of course it helps that this is one of my favorite board games)! Thanks again to JenLa.....
Here are the rules:
~Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.
~They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!
~If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
~Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial.
~You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
Your Name: Mary
1. Famous Singer/Band: Meatloaf/Michael Stanley Band (trust me they are/were huge in Cleveland)
2. 4 letter word: More
3. Street Name: Mullholland Drive
4. Color: Mauve
5. Gifts/Presents: Money
6. Vehicle: Mustang
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Mousepad
8. Boy Name: Michael
9. Girl Name: Maude
10. Movie Title: The Money Pit
11. Drink: Mojito
12. Occupation: Medical Assistant
13. Celebrity: Morgan Freeman
14. Magazine: Ms.
15. U.S. City: Modesto, CA
16. Pro Sports Teams: Marlins
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Morning traffic
19. Something You Throw Away: Melon rinds
20. Things You Shout: Moron
21. Cartoon Character: Mary Worth
Okay. Your turn!
(I've double checked both JenLa and the blog they got it from and for some reason there is no 17 - in case anyone was wondering)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
No one ever tags me for the blog memes I just wander around the blogs I read and do the ones I think look fun. Anyway this one comes from JenLa.
Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post three events, two births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday.
1431 - Hundred Years' War: In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
1536 - King Henry VIII of England marries Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.
1958 - Memorial Day: The remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
1908 - Mel Blanc, American voice actor (d.1989)
1943 - Gale Sayers, American football player
and just to go along with my theory the there is never anyone good listed when they do the "born on this day things" in the paper for MY birthday....
1968 - Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks
United States – Memorial Day (originally)
and since they decided we need a three day weekend in the US and moved the holiday that was on my birthday....
Peru – National Potato Day
I stopped at Walmart (which has bikes in the price range I'm willing to spend on a bike) and tried two. Maybe I just need to get used to just having my toes touching the ground when I'm standing but both bkies felt too big for me.
Plus who in the world designs bike seats these days????? Man oh man they were not very comfortable. If I get one I see a seat cover in my future!! Hmmmm I wonder if I can knit one (JUST KIDDING!!!)
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Trying again here!! Not sure where the past month has gone but I guess they do say that time flies when you're having fun (although I've also found that to be true at times when you're NOT having fun....)
I have pictures in the camera of non-stash stash but that won't help this post since the camera and I aren't anywhere we can post the picutres.
I've also added to non-stash stash with a skein of corn fiber yarn (it can't be stash it's a science experiment I mean it's CORN!!!) and some new sock yarn from Cider Moon in the peas and carrots colorway. I've been good so far and haven't abandoned any of the other socks in progess to start these yet.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday was a christening for my friend's little boy. Today was the first day it didn't rain almost all week so it was time to cut the grass. Tomorrow is back to work and hopefully I'll get some pictures of the non-stash stash enhancement to post later this week.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Hopefully this will tide us over until I can get my act together and post pictures of my non-stash stash from last week's guild bus trip.
Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.
Knitting with metal wire
Socks: toe-up (I did take a class in this at Stitches East but haven't made a pair this way yet)
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn (sure why not ... I like trying different fibers!)
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing (some people in my guild have orders to hit me if they ever see me knitting Barbie clothes!)
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments (I want to design a purse but that doesn't count as a garment)
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Freeform knitting (I actually did a presentation on this topic for my guild once)
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (my nephew would love for me to knit his dog a sweater using her fur but I think not)
Knitting in public
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I made a visit to Ground Zero which was very emotional. This is a picture from the side of the site. I was on my way to the walkway to get behind Ground Zero since the street behind it is closed for construction. Even though it was Sunday there were quite a few people working at the site.
But there are still a couple before we wrap up this trip.
First we have Times Square. I spent a while walking around there and looking at all the little tourist trap shops (I had to kill some time before m&m world opened at 9!) didn't buy anything though.
The Empire State building... the observation deck
was open the day I went sight seeing but I didn't
go up because the wait was 60-75 minutes and
I had a bunch of other things to cram into the day.
I did buy a hot dog and a pretzel from a cart in
front of it though for lunch.
These are the steps at Dylan's Candy Bar at 1011 Third Ave in NYC. The steps have candy embedded in them (gummy fish, wax bottles, candy necklaces and other fun stuff). I thought they were so neat that I had to get a picture of them.
The store has some really neat things in it (as well as some great candy - the chocolate/banana flavored candy bar was pretty darn good!) Even if you don't like candy the store is also a visual treat.