I'm in Kansas City at yet another viola audition. This time the job at stake was Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony. I didn't win. I played well, and I didn't crash and burn on Don Juan as I am known to do, but they still didn't love me, and I don't really care. I've been driving all over Kansas and Missouri visiting YARN STORES.
Even though my audition wasn't until this afternoon, I flew into KC yesterday morning. For some reason, the morning flight was much more affordable than the evening flight. I have to mention that I flew on Midwest Airlines, and it was one of the more pleasant experiences I've had in flight. I hate flying. I'm not afraid of planes or flying, but I hate being surrounded by strangers while confined to a small space with no escape. Call me crazy, but I really hate that. Anyhow, Midwest Airlines rocks. Not only is there a direct flight from San Antonio to KC, but every seat is a big, first-class style seat (two seats where there are usually three), and they give you fresh, hot, chocolate chip cookies. They really make the whole ordeal bearable.
Since I arrived in KC hours before the check-in time at my hotel, I decided to rent a car and do a little yarn shopping. Fortunately, I planned very carefully in advance and I had printed out mapquest directions from the airport to The Studio, from there to Yarn Shop and More, and from there to my hotel. Both LYS were great. The Studio is in Missouri and isn't far from downtown KC. They had an excellent selection of the usual suspects and a few things I'd never seen before. I bought a set of cable needles and a skein of Noro Big Kureyon which I will knit into something secret for Bob.
Yarn Shop and More is only about 15 minutes away from The Studio, but it's in Overland Park, Kansas. It was at Yarn Shop and More that I discovered Malabrigo. I've people go on and on about Malabrigo, but I'd never seen it, touched it, or sniffed it, so I didn't know what all the hoopla was about. Now I know. I restrained myself and only bought two skeins in the Purple Mystery colorway. They are gorgeous and fabulous and wonderful and whatever I make with them will be for me. I felt that it was appropriate to buy them in purple because purple is the viola color and the whole reason I am here is because of the viola. I have to say that visiting yarn stores has made viola auditions more fun. It definitely gives a sense of purpose to trips where I don't win the job or don't do very well. Yay Yarn!