I've been in a whole lot of wonderful yarn shops over the years, but Knit1Oxford in Oxford, MS has become one of my very favorites. It's the kind of place that welcomes you in---and you forget that you really didn't know any of these people when you walked through the door.
I thought I was going to be pretty 'directional' on this visit over the weekend. I had purchased a few skeins of some shibui on my last visit that I hadn't knit.....IF they still had some of the grey----and IF it was the same dye lot---I'd get enough to knit a sweater. That was going to be it. PapaGeek is pretty good in yarn stores....but I didn't want to press my luck. This couldn't be a whole afternoon of playing; we had places we needed to be.
They had it! I'm sort of happy dancing....taking my armload to the register. I hear giggling behind me, then--you've really got to try this! The women in the shop had commandeered my husband---he was at a table with about a dozen different kinds of FUDGE he was sampling!!! No wonder I was having such a quiet time fondling the woolies. Since he was so well occupied, I headed back to the Shibui wall....and found some of this:
I showed GREAT restraint in not buying needles to immediately cast this on. Just a very plain wide, long scarf in Shibui linen. Beautiful colors. And it's not many yarn shop owners who will actually talk you OUT of buying the dark border color that you use for a total of 12 rows on the whole scarf. (I personally think the scarf is going to look better minus that dark border anyway.)
Hubby is now wandering around, although I did hear him pass up the offer of coffee or tea or something. Back to what quickly became my favorite wall....and found some Habu. Another scarf. It will make a swell travel project this spring if it lasts that long in the stash.
Owner, Patsy, and I are chatting away, she's kindly winding yarn for me--I'm so jealous; next weekend there is going to be a fiber festival in Oxford!!! (the fudge people are going to be there, too---by this time, I was into the fudge, too)--when PapaGeek came up with a "Look what I found"...
Really???!!! Granted, his current 'scarf' is sort of loud, crayon box colors (that he picked out!! I might add) but, he's had it for y-e-a-r-s. Maybe it IS time to knit another. Is this the color you want? Sure, whatever. (Mr. GQ he's not.)
It's cashmere. It's gorgeous. I never want to stop knitting with this. (And it just happened to cost more than all my other piled up yarn put together!!!!--he's so worth it, though!)
Now, if I can just convince him it's not exactly a bundle-up-to-go-scoop-the-poop item.