So my previous post was a lie. I did not see the Roza socks on Joy's blog. She knit some other equally fabulous socks. I must still have some jetlag - 10 days after arrival - it could still be jetlag. Or maybe it is anxiety lag - as soon as I hit the ground in China, we have to sort all our belongings and the movers show up a few days later. That will be fun with another case of jetlag, at least I will have something to do all night.
So when I went to the knitting store (the not super friendly knitting store) I bought some nice dark teal Koigu yarn. And today I started on the socks for my sock pal. I decided to go with Roza's socks by Grumperina which appeared in the spring issues of Interweave Knits. I saw them on Joy's blog and her's turned out great.
So today I went to the local yarn shop that I have been really looking forward to. I didn't love it. Don't get me wrong it was filled to the brim with yarn goodness, but I found it all overpriced and too crowded to even walk around in. And the overpriced part just wasn't yarn culture shock after being in China for 2 1/2 years - I looked up some things when I got home - they mark up prices.
I think the other thing was what the 2 owners said - one was very helpful - but when I said I was looking for sock yarn she replies "I don't knit socks." Then her daughter comes to help and says "I don't knit cables." when I explained I was knitting cabled socks for the Sockapalooza 4. No small talk whatsoever either. I know these women don't have to be nice, but I probably would have bought more if they had been and there were no other customers. Too bad for them.
I made it back to the States a few days ago and we are dealing with MAJOR jetlag. I have hit the shops hard but so far have not gone as crazy as I thought I might after 2 1/2 years in China.
After reading all about the new Martha craft kits here, I got over to Michael's yesterday. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I guess if I were more into making little bags or scrapbooking I would love them. But nothing called out to me and I didn't buy a single one.
Next up on my shopping stops is a proper knitting shop. Not that the ones in Beijing are not proper shops, but they are just um..very different.