Today I met my friend Ann (Ravelry link) on the ferry over to Bainbridge. I had a signed copy of Stephanie's latest book for her and I hadn't been to Bainbridge for months. I hadn't seen Ann for even longer.
We chatted on the ride over, had coffee and a bite at the bakery, then wandered Churchmouse Yarns each looking for yarns to fill a need. I found an interesting charcoal and chocolate boucle skein from Shoalwater Bay for a scarf. Shoalwater is a local Indie yarn source that does non-wool things. This one has rayon and cotton in the blend. I think besides Churchmouse you have to catch them at a craft fair but I know Churchmouse ships stuff all over so call them if you need non-wool hand-dyed yarns. This one is called Chocolate and is more brown than gray.
I also found another 6-ply Regia sock yarn that's not tweed in a pretty blend of grays. And a yarn to quench my desire for a tweedy, split-neck and collared sweater - Tahiki Donegal Tweed.
Best of all, I Found pairs of Addi lace needles in 2.5mm, 2.25mm, 2.0mm, and 1.75mm so now I should be able to get a decent gauge on almost any sock yarn I try.
Actually best of all, after Ann left to run errands I ran into Dion getting advice on the finishing of a sweater and, while I waited for Karen to arrive to say 'Hi' before her class started, Michelle also came in. So I caught up with four knitting friends in one sunny but crisp fall day.
And I tried on what I have of my sweater, got some advice from Karen on shaping, and did a bit of girly short-rowing on the boat on the way home.