Oh Canada! I arrived yesterday, and so far, I'm loving it! It's a true big city, where the inhabitants mostly came from elsewhere, the buildings are tall, the sidewalks are bustle-y, there are too many nearby eateries to choose from, and regular people take public transportation. It's resonating with my city-mouse self, and makes me wonder whether I'd be more cheerful and productive in a "real" city like this. Anyway, about the yarn...
Julie (of Knitted Bliss), who is just as sweet and pretty as online, volunteered to show me around! Her friend Erica (of Erica Knits), also joined us. I have always maintained that all Canadians are nice, and these two proved my point further. We went to Romni, which was so huge and overwhelming I forgot to take any pictures of the cavernous boulders of fiber that are packed in it; I came back later for the outside shot.
Holy mole! The selection is incredible, even not including the ginorm basement filled with sale yarns and big cones of yarn. I've been hankering to get some milk yarn, just because it sounds so cool, although I imagined it would feel slippery/squeaky like string cheese. But then I touched the real thing, and had to get it, because it's ridiculously soft! The one I ended up getting is Latte, from Ella rae. It has a pretty sheen to it and seems like it'd be perfect for another iteration of Side Slip Cloche.
The other yarn is yet another laceweight, Super Alpaca Lace paints from Estelle. It has just the right amount of variegation, with subtle hints of dark blue and fuschia. I got enough for one of the shawls in the recent Knitty, but haven't decided which one, as that decision requires a long and drawn-out session of hemming, hawing, and vacillating.
Speaking of shawls, I showed remarkable restraint and brought just one WIP for this trip. Deep (orange) forest is picking up speed. The other knitting group ladies and I had joked how we should write a shawl pattern that starts from the outside and grows inward, and thereby weed out the dilettantes with just the first instruction line: cast on 800 stitches. Heh. Then I found this pattern, which does start from the edge and grow inwards! Thankfully only 300-400 stitches are cast-on, although that first row (in lace pattern) was kinda painful. The rows are noticeably shorter now, and it'll only get better!
crocheted TP covers that look like barbie toilets.