After-Thanksgiving Sales & a little contest!
My mom is a library director and loves all things booky, so we made our first stop at Powell's, Portland's gigantic independent bookstore. It's possible to spend hour upon hour in there (it takes up an entire city block and is several floors high), but I made a beeline for the knitting books (what else?) and picked up these:
Mom doesn't need to buy books since she gets them for free (the advantage of being in charge of buying books for the library is you get to make the decisions), so we wandered a bit and then set off for Knit/Purl which is just a few blocks away.
I'd never been to this shop before, and I really loved it. It's nice and light with well-arranged yarns and nice big windows. They had a basement filled with yarn that was all on sale for 40% off. Yup - 40% off! Yahoo! When I first went downstairs, all I saw was novelty yarn so I was thinking it would be a bust. But...here are a few little treasures I managed to dig up and take home:
This is Douceur et Soie in Rose Plum and a ball of Trendsetter Aura that goes perfectly with it. I see these becoming scarves of some sort, with the Aura as a carry-along.
Misti Alpaca Chunky. I don't know what this will become, but it was so soft and pretty that I couldn't put it down once I picked it up.
Yes, that's a boat-load of Misti Alpaca Worsted (in pink and tan) with one lonely ball of Misti Alpaca Lace (periwinkle) in the middle. I love this yarn so much! I'm wishing I would've bought more.
After gorging myself on sale yarn, I went upstairs to do some more damage.
A nice pile of Cascade 220 Superwash for my Knit Net sweater, which I cast on for this morning...
And of course sock yarn. The two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock are in the Pin Stripe colorway and are for my mom. I also picked up a hank of Socks That Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the Olivenite colorway for myself. And some size 0 Addis. Yahoo!
As if that wasn't enough, we then headed back to Close Knit which had opened since our first drive-by. I got the felted clog yarn I was missing along with some more for a pair for me (yes, I am obsessed with purple). And a couple hanks of Artyarns Supermerino that were so pretty I just couldn't leave them behind.
I'm going to count up my stash and see how many balls I have. Any guesses? There might be something in it for you if you get it right! I'm going to cheat a little bit and only count virgin hanks... Post your guess in the comments and I'll announce the winner on Dec. 1st.