The perfect day...
I checked my e-mail and saw that the new yarn store in my part of town (which was previously LYS-free) was FINALLY open, so I booked it over there. The shop is named Close Knit and it is lovely. Sally, the owner, has fantastic taste in yarn and it's stocked full of Rowan, Art Yarns, Lorna's Laces, Manos, Noro, Debbie Bliss...the list goes on and on! And it was packed with people who have been as anxious as I have for her to open. In fact, the first person I saw when I walked through the door was my friend Brittney. We had to laugh when we saw each other because we keep running into each other at yarn stores. She's as addicted as I am!
And since I want to support my local yarn-related business, I bought these lovely little hanks of Cascade 220 (the better to make felted clogs with, my dear).
As I was checking out, Sally came over to admire my scarf (the one that will be in the February Mag Knits). I blushed and told her it was my own design and my first to be published. She was delighted and asked if I'd thought about selling patterns through shops. I was too flustered to jump on that like I should've, but I'll be back in her store and will be better prepared to take her up on it next time!
After grabbing up my shopping bag full of yarn, I high-tailed it over to a little Cuban place called Pambiche to meet some mommy friends for lunch. The food was heavenly (I had a Cubano sandwich, which made Bill extremely jealous since it's one of his all-time favorites - pork, cheese and pickles all toasted together in french bread...yummy!), and I ended the meal with another mocha.
We then piled in my van and drove to Oregon Center Stage to see Pride & Prejudice. It was incredible! They did the entire play without any props but chairs and parasols. And the costumes! Mr. Darcy wore this buttery full-length trench coat (or are trench coats always belted? This was not belted and was very fitted on top with a flared bottom.) through much of the 2nd half which was just to-die-for. I haven't been to the theatre in ages and this was one of the best productions I've seen in a long time.
I arrived home to a big pile of mail. One was something I'd ordered:
(the new Knitty calendar and the "Breastfeeding In Public Is Not A Crime" sticker I've been coveting)
And one was not!
Erica RAK'd me! Thanks so much, doll - I love it all! Check out that yarn! It's Twinkletoes sock yarn in the Autumn colorway. Love it, love it, love it! I'm thinking I'll make the next sock we do in the On The Road knit-along with this (looks like it's going to be the Traveler's Stockings, which will be great with this yarn since they don't have too much crazy stitch detail). As if that wasn't enough, she threw in some yummy hand cream, aromatherapy crystals and a sticker (hmm, think she knows about my sticker obsession?). Erica, you rock! Thank you!!! And if you haven't visited her blog lately, she has been making this. How cute is that? I'm waiting impatiently for pictures of the FO.
After all this, I still had energy to work on the sock I started in the morning.
It's Friday Harbor from Knitting On The Road, knitted in Mountain Colors Bearfoot. They're worked on 50 stitches, so they're cruising! Somebody stop me - I can't help myself. I NEED to make socks. I also have the Yukon Leaves socks which are coming along nicely, but they're trapped upstairs with a sleeping baby so no pics of those for you.
Before too long, my knitting ADD kicked in and I wound up the Cascade 220 and started on my first felted clog.
They are going to be a fun knit, and so much faster than socks! Of course, now I'm totally paranoid that Sydney's teacher's aide won't like pink... I just can't win, can I?