Well here is what I ended up with from the sale at Cityside. I love this yarn...it's 100% alpaca and is going to be knit into a lovely pair of socks...for me! This was only the second time that I've gone to Cityside. The first time I was by myself and I felt a little out of place. I went in and there were quite a few ladies, all clustered in a group, knitting and possibly spinning (can't quite remember). I just remember feeling very self-conscious and didn't end up buying anything. This time, going with Ruth-Anne, was a whole different experience...and I don't think it's just becuase I was with someone. Certainly that helped, but I didn't feel like we had stepped into someone's clubhouse and interrupted their meeting. One of the women who worked there asked what I was making and complimented me on my choice of yarn. She even mentioned how many male knitters they get in there. So that was nice and I feel much more inclined to visit them again. Especially if they keep running that 40% off sale!
Yesterday I was off work altogether. I get Thursday off when I have to work the the Friday night and Saturday morning shifts. Though I don't love working the weekend, the break in the week is very nice. It also allows me to get to some stores that I might not normally get to during their normal business hours. So yesterday I took Ruth-Anne to work early in the morning (she's having car troubles!), then headed out for breakfast at Bagel Central. After that I ran around doing a lot of errands and a little shopping. Then home for dinner, some laundry and enough time to knit a swatch with the new yarn. It looks great and I can't wait to start on the socks. I think I'm actually getting too many projects lined up. I guess I'll have to toss the names of the items into a hat and pick one randomly to see what to make next!
LISTENING TO: JILL SOBULE - "Underdog Victorious" I hadn't heard anything of Jill's for a while so it was a very pleasant surprise to find this at Bull Mooose Music a few weeks ago. Another fine album from the "I Kissed A Girl" girl. Her lyrics are always clever, usually a bit self-deprecating and often laugh-out-loud funny.