So I went to a LYS this morning in Plymouth (Michigan), Michigan Custom Boutique and Fine Yarns
. This was my first ever visit to a proper yarn shop and boy, what a difference to shopping at JoAnns or Mikes! I took my husband along to help me, a)because he would be bored after 20 - 30 minutes and that would stop me camping out in the store the entire day, and b) he'd stop me from buying three of everything I touched, and believe me, I touched a LOT of yarns. Actually he's very good at picking out colours and quickly working out yardage of the different skeins too.
I only own a few types of yarn really, cotton for knitting dishcloths, fingering weight for socks, ruffle yarns for scarves and the 2 skeins of Rowan 100% wool that I mentioned in that hat I posted here the other day that I made hubby. So I decided to take some prospective patterns to the store and ask what to use to make them with.
I came home with this...
Malabrigo Arroyo yarn in colour 870 Candombe. 100% Superwash Merino in DK weight. There were so many beautiful colour ways that I didn't know what to pick so Andrew (hubby) picked for me. Great choice. I also got a set of Knit Picks straight needles in the size I needed.
I have two things in mind to make. The first is the Damson Cowl
, or these Autumn Garden wrist warmers
. I'd like to make the cowl in this pattern too but it needs a bit more wool. The only qualm I have with the wrist warmers and the wool I got is that they might look quite different colour wise, I think I might need something plainer for them. What do you think about that? But that gives me a good excuse to go back to the knitting store!
They had a particularly nice llama/cotton blend that felt amazing. In fact, I've never seen so much wool in all my life! I won't be taking Andrew next time, lol!!