I took a cab to the closest LYS today. I have to say I was disappointed when I got there. A $25 cab ride took me to a place that was very disorganized and mostly had the same acrylic yarns you could find at any Hobby Lobby.
I did spend some time looking around and talking to the ladies who were hanging out there knitting socks (they were ALL knitting socks) and did have a pretty good time there.
I found a large ball of sport weight Alpaca yarn (1 lb) in a dark charcoal gray color and bought it. At $42 + tax it seemed a bit high to me but I liked it so I got it anyway.
It took me over an hour to get out of the place once I had made my purchase. The ladies seemed to want to talk and talk and talk... I showed them the projects I had in my backpack, the cabled tie and a hat I really need to finish. They seemed truly excited that this big bearded guy in a cowboy hat was knitting stuff LOL.
I didn't want to be rude so I chatted with them for a good while, all the time expressing the fact that I hadn't yet eaten and really wanted to go find something for lunch. I didn't think I'd ever get out of there. LOL
While I had a good time there I was disappointed that they didn't have any better yarns there. The lady who runs the place told me they special order the better yarns because they just don't have a lot of demand for them.
They also didn't have much in the way of a book selection. I didn't see any books there that I wanted.
Oh well, it was fun anyway and now I have a whole pound of alpaca yarn to play with. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I have it