So, wanna hear about my trip to WEBS? I am one of those exceedingly lucky folks whose local yarn store is actually that knitters'/spinners'/weavers' mecca, WEBS. Okay, so it's not local as in "just up the block" but it is local as in "25 minutes away." And, if you've ever been there, you know that folks travel much, much further for a shopping trip at the shrine. To be fair, you can get everything in the store online, and the customer service is amazing. But it sure is cool to be there live!
I didn't really have anything in particular I needed, but I had a tough day at work, and I was dropping Emma at her 2-hour art lesson in a nearby town that put me halfway to WEBS and... well... you know how the rest of this story goes.
What did I get? Well, I got some of this:
To make the Bianca's Jacket from Interweave Knits. The yarn is Shire Silk from Plymouth, it's a gorgeous rustic silk. It drapes like a dream! I've been absolutely freezing in the AC at work, so I'm thinking this will be a nice little sweater to leave on a hook in my office for the days when I wear something short-sleeved.
And I got one of these, just for fun:
(Yeah, I should have taken the plastic off, but I know you know what it is, and I don't know what the kids have done with my camera). It's like Flat Feet, but from Plymouth Yarns, and it's called Happy Choices. I guess the "choice" aspect is that they market it as either a scarf or a source of yarn for socks or mittens.
Two colors of ShiBui...both nice, semi-solid colors that should be great for socks with some kind of intricate lace or stitchwork. Mmmm.
Four skeins of Cascade Cloud 9 in red... stocking up early for the Red Scarf project, some additional red and white yarn to make some "red sox" for a friend who's a big baseball fan, and an absolutely gorgeous skein of Soxie from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company.
Here, look at it close up...don't you just love it!
Oh, and there was one more thing. It wasn't from WEBS, but it was a lovely continuation of my string of good karma. I won this stunningly beautiful and soft alpaca yarn (6.5 oz) from Victory Ranch. It was one of the prizes from Gale Zucker and Joan Tapper, the authors of the fabulous book, Shear Spirit, on their site "Two Shear Spirits".
I'm seriously hoping that the old "good things come in threes" adage is true... so if any of you are planning on running contests where the only requirement to win is dumb luck... please be sure to let me know!