That's the weekend for me. But here's a shocker for you: Actual Knitting Content!
Today I did visit The Knitting Patch - see 2 days ago for link. It's a lovely shop - as gorgeous in person as on the website, and the owner is very friendly and passionate about yarn, but...her stock didn't float my boat. You know how it is - we have our weaknesses and our "trigger yarns" that make us throw caution to the winds. I had feared walking into an oasis of Lorna's Laces, but didn't see any. It's a very Florida shop, which is smart, because, duh. Lots of interesting blends of cottons and such; lots of Katia, some Noro, Needful Yarns and other brands I have now forgotten. Quite a bit of novelty yarn. Lots of interesting stuff I'd never heard of, so I took my time visiting, but nothing that said "You need this." Nothing that made me swoon. I will keep it in mind as a place worth visiting again, but I won't be pitching a tent there. This is a good thing for my bank account.
But you know how you get that Yen to Buy Yarn, and you MUST satisfy it? I left The Knitting Patch in a distinctly unfulfilled state, and needed to shop some more. So I rolled on down to Sip and Knit, where Doni had just the right fiber drug to kill the needy itch.
Here's a link to what I bought, because I am too lazy to take pictures: Ella Rae Merino Lace. I'd never seen or touched this stuff before. I love it. This Wine Cooler colorway looks like a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, and I suddenly had an extreme need for a shawl that looks like a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. I'll figure out the pattern later. The yarn will do the talking; the pattern could be garter stitch on larger needles and it would still be awesome. I took stock of my stash and realized that I am well stocked on neutrals and blues and browns, but have nothing in warmer colors like this. Love it.
I also found the right use for the Maple Creek Farm (I'd link to her website, but it doesn't seem to have been updated in years) yarn I bought at MDS&W: Featherweight Cardigan. link to designer's site for you non-Ravelers: Knitbot. I have just the right amount of a lovely soft subtle neutral bamboo-merino-silk blend that would be just right for this pattern.
And I rearranged the living room to set up my just-right knitting spot and reclaim my chair from the cats. I now have Ott light over my left shoulder, end table for tools and wine glass and remote, and a great view of the TV.
And it appears I am about to become a grandma again, because Girl and BF are on their way to visit some gorgeous Lab puppies. Dudley most likely will be getting a new baby sister. BF has already named her Layla. (They were listening to Clapton while discussing puppies.) Let's hope Dudley is okay with this new sibling.
Damn, this is a busy weekend already!