Last Saturday, the DH was off at his brother’s bachelor party… _all day_. What to do to get your mind off all the colourful activities in which your DH might be participating at said bachelor party? Go shopping… _all day_.
I drove myself out to [Penelope Fibre](http://www.penelopefibre.com/) in South Surrey and Knitopia in White Rock. Penelope Fibre is a wonderful mother & daughter-run company that stocks fabulous fibres and equipment for spinners and weavers. If you want to visit them, call ahead, otherwise order off their lovely web site.
Here’s what I bought at Penelope’s:
* 1/2 lb Ashland Bay Trading Co. Merino in “Mojave” (red!)
* 1 lb New Zealand Merino (natural)
* 1 lb 50% Merino/50% Tencel Blend (natural)
* 1/4 lb Tussah Silk (natural honey colour)
* Spin Off back issues (Winter 2003, Summer 2004)
The natural coloured stuff is for dyeing, of course! The NZ Merino is SO fluffy and soft, I had to have it! And I wanted to try some different fibres, so that’s why I picked up the wool/tencel and silk. I’m thinking of dyeing the silk a solid colour and then plying it with some of the merino.
Knitopia is a cute little shop just inside White Rock and is just _packed_ with stuff…some Dale, some Rowan, some Fleece Artist. A lot of the Rowan stuff was on sale, so I picked up a pack of Rowan 4-ply Soft (Smoke) for 50% off! Love it! I’m thinking about making the fair isle cardigan from Sarah Dallas’ Vintage Knits book…
I saw this beautiful baby pattern book: [Baby Knits from Dale of Norway](http://spinblessing.com/dale_baby_treasury.htm)… Such cute patterns but at $40, I left it on the shelf. Might get this next time I’m there!
Ok, I’m bummed about this one. I actually took the time (40 minutes) to drive from White Rock to Langley (oh and I got lost along the way) to get to the Knit Cafe. I’ve heard raves about the Knit Cafe. They serve lattes and yarn… you can get ice cream there… whatever. You can’t get any of that if THEY ARE CLOSED!?!? Closed on a Saturday. Closed because of Victoria Day weekend. Whatever.
After a particularly unpleasant experience of untangling a pile of energized singles, I ordered a niddy noddy online…and some other things. These are things I’m waiting for:
* Ashford Niddy Noddy
* Ashford Precision Lazy Kate
* Knit Picks Shine yarn for the argyle vest in “Special Knits”
* Knit Picks dye-your-own sock yarn
* Knit Picks Andean Silk in Sangria x 10 (I can’t remember why I ordered this. Oh god, that’s terrible. I think it’s for a Sitcom Chic.)
* Electric Bobbin Winder
* Spin Off Back Issues x 6