I went to a smaller LYS to pick up my supplies for the knit-a-long and I was impressed. There's 2 more LYS's that I'm going to check out tomorrow maybe and I bet they're just as great. I couldn't believe the stash this lady had!!!!! She was soooo incredibly helpful, friendly and funny. I walked into that store half an hour before closing tonight and presented my list to her:
2 skeins DK (sportweight) yarn
size 2 dpn's
2 knitting markers
Hubby picked out the yarn, since the socks will most likely fit him instead of me. She picked out the needles for me and I picked out Stitch Count markers, which I can only hope means knitting markers.
I told her this is my first pair of socks. She offered so many times while I was there, that if I needed any help with my knitting projects that I should come in and see her and she'll help me out.
Thus, I feel a transformation coming on and I want to share my declaration to everyone here (as I'm sure others have gone through the same experience):
I will no longer shop at Walmart, Zellers, Michael's or any other large department store for yarn or knitting accessories
The feeling of awe was way to big to ignore when I walked into that little independently owned shop and saw the amazing selection of yarns. I can tell you that I did not have the same feeling when I walked down the aisle in Michael's. The feeling I had there was a slight dread as I thought of how I was ever going to find the right yarn. I no longer have to feel that way, since I can just go to my new fav LYS.
I felt like a kid in a candy store in that place. She had so much more yarn and it was all over the place. I wouldn't even know the first place to look for something specific but it wouldn't matter. Comparatively, department stores felt like detention hall.
Here's another treat that was right up my alley. She had toys!!! My son is 19 months old and he found a new best friend when she pulled out a toybox. She even had one of his ultimate fav toys that he bolted to right away.
My little trip tonight has just added a whole new dimension of love for knitting. Shopping for yarn is always fun, but at this place, there was an added personal touch to it that makes me want to come up with excuses to go back all of the time.
/happy, contented sigh