So what happened to my bulky sweater? I'm still knitting the last sleeve, the last piece. Well, it turned out to be a really, really nice (warm) weekend. I didn't feel like touching the bulky yarn. Can you believe that story? Don't worry, it will get done.
Today was too nice to stay inside. I visited two yarn stores in the next county over who happened to be open on a Sunday. My first stop was in Chantilly. I picked up some really nice Plymouth Alpaca Boucle in a heather pink/rose color. This will be used to make a cropped cardi vest.
My next stop was in Centreville to a fairly new yarn shop that opened last year. They had a cute shrug on display. I couldn't resist. I bought the Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande in a dark salmon color. A very nice lady, Malika, wound the yarn for me into the balls you see in the picture. Okay, I'm a little green behind the ears. This was the first time I have seen or had this done for me. I'm enjoying this special treatment from a mom & pop yarn shop.
Malika was kind enough to help me understand about gauges. Also, how to figure out what other yarns to use if I can't find the right one that the pattern calls for. After visiting several shops over the last few weeks, Malika was the first one to spend some time with me and have a nice chat about knitting. That left a very nice impression on me and I will definitely go back for a visit.
I'm proud of myself. I avoided buying any kind of black yarn. Trust me, it was hard. If I'm going to have a stash, it might as well be colorful, right?