I've recently discovered that I'm something of a homebody. Maybe it's because for so long I had to travel to see Bob, or maybe it's just that after years of unremarkable apartments, I finally have a real home, but now that we're back home in Big Texas I want to stay put for awhile. In the last two weeks, I've been on 9 planes to 4 major metropolitan areas. The one thing about the traveling that I don't mind is visiting faraway yarn stores. At each store I visited during my trip, I was able to find yarn that I'd never seen live and that I'd been wanting to try.
In San Francisco, we went to Imaginknit. I saw the basket of Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom as soon as I walked through the door which was perfect because Baby Boom is exactly what I'd hoped to find somewhere in San Francisco. I chose two skeins and the new Knit Simple magazine. Have I mentioned that I love Knit Simple? It might be blasphemous to say it, but I think I like it better than Interweave Knits. I also like Interweave a whole lot, but I've never actually knit anything from it. Most of their patterns are too tricky.
Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom in Madrid
The next day, we went to Berkeley and I was able to spend a few minutes at Stash. Bob came in with me, and after about 30 seconds he said he was going to look around in the bakery a few doors down. One of the women working there came over and said that she thinks they should buy the space next door and open either a sports bar or a hardware store. I honestly can't think of a better idea. At Stash I found a couple skeins of Shibui Sock.
Shibui Sock in dragonfly
A couple of days before the end of 2007, we left the Bay Area and flew to Atlanta to spend New Years with friends. The first day we were there, Bob, Charlie , and I visited Stone Mountain (a.k.a. the Confederate Mount Rushmore) and found it to be lacking. Compared to the real Mount Rushmore, Stone Mountain is just a sad little sculpture. It was also cold and rainy and not a good day to be walking around outside. After stopping at a German bakery for big pretzels, I was able to persuade the boys to take me to Knitch. Charlie was actually somewhat interested in seeing what a yarn store was all about because he'd never been to one. Knitch is a fabulous yarn store and if you're in Atlanta, it's not to be missed. It's in an old house in a great neighborhood and the people there were very friendly. Sunday afternoon is when they have Men's Knitting so Bob and Charlie weren't the slightest bit out of place. I had the skein of Numma Numma Toasty in Fig Preserves that I bought wound because Charlie wanted to see how the ball winder and swift worked.
After a brief two day stop back home in San Antonio, Bob and I left again to go to Maryland to visit his favorite aunt and his dad. Bob's aunt is a knitter, so when I said I wanted to go to a yarn store she knew exactly where to take me. We went to Knit and Stitch in Bethesda. It was a nice, though somewhat small LYS. I found a couple skeins of Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet. It seems like a very nice sock yarn and it's super cheap (just $6.60 a per 190 yard skein). It's soft with a reasonably tight twist and it comes in a variety of pretty colors.
Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet in royals
I realize that the last thing I need is more yarn. Before I even left Big Texas, I was visited by the Yarn Santa (a.k.a. my mom). Yarn Santa sent me a big box from BMFA chock full of yarny goodness.
Various forms of STR in Smoky Blue, Backstabber, Panzanite, Bantam of the Opera, and Olive Garden
(there was a sixth skein in Christmas Balls, but it's currently on the needles)
I think that a general yarn diet is in order. Specifically, I do not need any more sock yarn. I've joined two new sock yarn clubs, the winter Zen String club and the White Oak Studio Romantic Comedy yarn club (a gift from Bob) so I'll be able to get a little fix every now and then. I'm not making any strict rules for myself, but I'm going to do my best not collect any more sock yarn for the next several months. We'll see how that goes.