My coworker, A, and I skipped lunch to head over to her favorite LYS, Bella Lana. I thought from the website that it would be some snooty, upscale store, and it does have that feel when you walk in. Everything is very neat and organized. Almost bare. The yarns are beautiful and well displayed–and look like they’re expensive. And they do cost more than the cheap Red Heart I often make afghans out of.
But the staff is amazingly helpful. They helped me select yarn for a pattern I picked out–and they didn’t just show me the $22 and up skeins. A says that they’ve been great about her first attempt at a sweater. She is taking a class, but I could overhear them helping her select a better pattern for the yarn she was using. Turns out her problem was that she couldn’t see her stitches and she was learning to do the seed stitch.
Of course, I spent way more money than I should have. I picked up a really cool book called Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am quite sure that it will take me longer than the 2-4 hours that simplest patterns reportedly take, but there are some really cute ideas in there.
I also picked up a beginner sock pattern, some sock yarn, and a set of #3 dpns. There was some gorgeous yarn in a tiny skein that had glass beads woven into it. I loved it, but at $22/skein, I decided to pass for now. I see a pair of fingerless gloves in my future though…..