...straight to the LYS!
I did win the baby pool at work on Tuesday! Yesterday, with my winnings stuffed in my pocket and a gift certificate from Christmas, I stopped at the LYS to see if I could add to my Dale Baby Ull color selection -- what I've got is decidedly baby-ish -- I was specifically looking for a deeper red, a deeper green, a nice gold and/or tan -ish and/or brown. I found a light gray and a deeper red, but the brown looked like poop and there was neither a nice gold (or even yellow) nor a good, deep green. Meanwhile, I fondled some Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4-ply, pondering a little mix-and-match action, and I could not let go. I brought home the three skeins at far right -- a nice, deep green as well as a lovely sage-gray, and an even nicer red.
Now, I've been paging through Latvian Mittens quite a bit lately, considering patterns and colors -- what I've got versus what I might need. I am always drawn toward the two-color designs and, while no less Latvian than their more colorful counterparts, I do want to knit a pair with more than two colors. Plate 11f barely qualifies as three-color, but I haven't been able to get it out of my head and now I think the Jaeger combo has pretty much sealed the deal and that's what they want to be. I'm going to peruse and ponder for a few more days, all but declaring my intentions, "matchmaking" with 11f and the Jaeger. At least for the first pair...
I can't imagine what this shop owner thinks, first I'm buying sock yarn to satisfy a bet lost on a football game with Kathy, and now spending money won in a baby pool. Next thing you know, I'll be getting a game of craps going behind the shop, fleecing the elegant, upper-crust clientele of yarn money so I can get my wool fix. Heheheh, get it? Fleecing...for wool? I'm sorry, here's the part where I'm making myself laugh. Snort. I'm absolutely, positively joking, of course; it's a very friendly shop, one of my favorites, and I love the owner, but it is swankier than most. I'm just doing my part for the low-life knitters.
"Money won is twice as sweet as money earned" -- from The Color of Money