Just because it's the day after solstice. Just because we are on the wrong end of June regarding daylight acquisition. Just because we already have 8 seconds less daylight today than we did yesterday and tomorrow will have 18 seconds less than today. Just because there was a fresh dusting of snow on top of Mt. McGuinness this morning. There is no need to panic, people. Summer is just beginning, RIGHT??
Still I think a Pick-Me-Up is in order. Without further ado, I bring you my recent yarn purchases:
Though I visited Skein Lane in El Cerrito no less than three times while in California, I had the hardest time buying yarn there. I was too distracted by the warm welcome I got from Carolyn Pugh, owner and mentor. For three years I spent Thursday evenings happily knitting in her company, and it was so wonderful to get a chance to visit with her.
In the end I bought an Elizabeth Zimmerman book I've been wanting and some beautiful Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. It's a Koigu-like 100% merino wool sock yarn in a beautiful and subtly variegated forest green that refused to be accurately photographed.
I found these beauties at Stash. I'm proud to say that my purchases there only exceeded the outstanding balance on a long-held gift certificate by $2. How's that for sensible yarn shopping??
The red yarn on the cone is Habu Textiles Geelong Lamb Wool. I have 808 yards and am hoping that is enough to make a small Icarus Shawl from the current IK.
I couldn't resist adding to my sock yarn stash with two gorgeous skeins of Shepherd Sock Superwash in Watercolor.
And finally, at Ball & Skein& More in Cambria, CA, I bought two skeins of Cash Iroha in a husband-approved color as I think maybe he'll get a new hat for this winter. I'm considering making the Ganomy Hat from the EZ book I purchased.