I've had the incredible urge to get my hands on yarn these days. Kind of like that nesting urge to make soup when the weather finds a nip of coolness in the air. It's been years since I've really knitted or crocheted anything, but I've become rather obsessed of late. On a quest for yarn in a city that evidently is not so into yarn is a challenge. I found one place in Santa Cruz, a dedicated yarn shop, but when I walked in, the place was hot and there were a bunch of women eating food and trying to talk to me with their mouths full. I'm sorry. I have to go now. :) Perhaps I'll try that shop another day, when it's not lunchtime.
Yesterday we drove "over the hill" to Los Gatos to a shop called Yarndogs. So cute. I wish I had taken pictures of it. At the front door there's a welcome mat with two dogs on it and a water bowl. And yes, inside was a customer with a dog. Obviously, that was okay with me (unlike the food fest).
Oh my! What a shop! What a glorious cloud of yarn! I probably looked at, and felt, every twisted loop in there. I browsed through pattern books and pictured myself tucked away in the house on wheels, totally consumed in my sweater making. And then...YIKES! $21 a skein! $14 a skein! I just don't remember yarn being that expensive. Let's do the math here...hmmmm...say it takes 15 skeins of yarn for a sweater, at $15 a skein...uh, yeah. Could be a fairly expensive sweater, right? And for someone that only knows the basics of knitting and crocheting, it could prove to be quite a challenge in many respects.
So I settled, for the time being, for a couple of small balls of yarn and happily consumed my evening making knots with my little hook.