Ooooh, such pretty yarn! I know exactly what you mean about loving your LYS too. I'm very lucky in that we have about 6 or 7 shops around here, 4 of which I absolutely adore. Of course, my checking account doesn't seem to think that's very lucky, but I ignore her
I bought a skein of Malabrigo when ChezCasuelle had it on sale a few weeks back. I am truly the itchiest person when it comes to any wool, but decided after all the raves to give it a try. I must say, I haven't knit anything with it yet, but it truly is the softest wool I've ever felt. And I'm a total hussy at the LYS, I feel anything and everything, hee! I'm planning on knitting some wristwarmers/fingerless gloves with mine and figure if they itch me too much they will find a home with my best friend!
Can't wait to see your finished hat, that's a cute pattern!