It really IS a small world...
which took full advantage of my 20% birthday discount card (I managed to snatch their lone copy of Folk Socks off the shelf shortly after it had been put there). I had it all spread out on the coffee table in the cafe to show it off when a group of people wandered in. One of them came over to check out my sock yarn and we started chatting. She mentioned she was from Boston. I thought she looked familiar, and asked if she had a blog. She said "Yup, I'm Stariel." How completely insane is that? She was just passing through town on her way from Seattle to Salem, just happened to stop by the yarn shop that I happened to be hanging out at (which doesn't happen all that often, sadly), and just happened to strike up a conversation about the sock yarn I just happened to have sitting out in front of me. Talk about serendipity!
Anyway, it was a total delight to talk to her (if you ever meet her, ask her about mouse sperm), and I couldn't have been more surprised to bump into one of you in a Portland yarn store (except perhaps Virtuella, who would've had to come from Norway, which is only slightly farther from Portland than Boston...).
I also spent a few minutes working on the Sweet Mary Jane Cardigan, which for some reason I'm still knitting on, dull needles and all.
Check out all the stitch markers! It's a 9-stitch lace repeat, and in the pattern she insists that stitch markers must be used - that they are critical to the pattern. I scoffed, thinking that it was such a simple lace pattern I certainly didn't need all those stupid stitch markers. In all honesty, I didn't want to have to do an entire row of *k9, pm; rpt from *. After several half-rows of tinking, I decided that I'd be better off with the stitch markers. So much for me knowing better than the pattern designer! For some reason those little jump rings make me think of lip or eyebrow rings. The knitting reminds me of the cousin in Vegas Vacation who has like 30 piercings in his face. Sadly, I do think that this will be set aside very soon for more work knitting. It was nice while it lasted!