I called kmkat as I got in the car after work last night. She's in town for a conference and I was headed downtown to the hotel to pick her up. I told her that I'd be there in 10 minutes and that I'd meet her in the lobby. I needed to consult with her on something and the result of that consultation would determine our first stop.
You see, I was knitting the Noro striped scarf the other night and I needed to attach a new ball of yarn. I tied on and knit a few rows and it wasn't feeling right, so I ripped it out and tried again... and again... and things were just not right! I finally checked the label and discovered that the new ball was Kureyon, not Silk Garden. I honestly can't say whether I recently bought it for this project mistakenly thinking it was SG, or if I plucked it from my meager Noro stash thinking the same. Either way, it wasn't working, and I had no other SG waiting in the wings.
My options were few... like, exactly two: stop or keep going. I decided to just keep on knitting with the one color I had. It's a very dark colorway -- black with a bit of green and, just last night, a bit of purple emerging. I wound it up into a ball the other day and don't really remember, so it's a mystery as it unwinds and re-reveals itself to me. Anyway, I had a few inches done and needed kmkat's opinion on whether it was working on any level. I kind of liked it. DH said that he liked it. I needed the opinion of another knitter.
And she liked it!
So we were able to skip the yarn store stop and get right to the important business of socializing. I made much more progress during the evening and meant to take a better photo of the big picture, but that wasn't working last night.
What a great time we had! I took her to a coffee shop/cafe a few blocks from the hotel that I don't get to often. We sat down and got right to the knitting, each enjoying a beer; we knit some more, then had a little something to eat; more knitting was done, followed by dessert, and even more knitting. We talked about knitting, reading, authors, kids and work (just a teensy tiny bit), and the weather -- at this time of year, the weather is high on the topic list 'round here.
We kept the place open 'til 8:30 or so (it wasn't ONLY us), even though closing time was actually 8:00 (this must be one of the reasons why my regular knitting group doesn't meet there). Thanks K!!