I had the opportunity to visit a new (to me) yarn store in Portland this weekend, with two ladies I recently taught to knit. Having only been to a few yarn stores myself, mostly the ones in the Salem area, it was a real treat to visit a larger yarn store. The Yarn Garden was a wonderful store, packed with yarn and people. I got to meet a lot of yarns I had heard people raving about, but had never seen in person. My only complaint about this store is that the prices were often difficult to make out, as they don’t mark individual skeins. After spending at least an hour there, I did a fairly good job fighting off temptation, and only made one purchase: 2 skeins of Misty Baby Alpaca Chunky in aubergine, to make myself a scarf and hat.
This yarn is unbelievably soft and cuddly, with really decent yardage for such a large-gauge yarn. I might have to start making the scarf this evening, if my hands are too cold and stiff for knitting with cotton.
Speaking of which, I am making progress on the baby blanket, with 7 squares of 16 now complete. There’s not really much else to say about it right now.
Finally, I got a few good photos of the first Flower Basket Shawl. It is really lovely, and I hope the recipient will be as pleased with it as I was.