Yarn shop crawl
After a week absorbed in work, it was good to take the day off with some time carved out for knitting. I found a hat pattern (PDF) that I wanted to make for myself, so that was as good of an excuse as any to go to Temptations in search of yarn. I told the employee what gauge I needed, and off she led me to browse the plentiful options in the shop. I didn't have a particular color in mind. I figured I'd know it when I saw it. I settled on two balls of Bianca by Adrienne Vittadini in black. It's nice, soft stuff that should make a comfortable hat.
I had awhile before the movie I was going to see, so I decided to swing by Heavenly Creations. I hadn't been to this LYS before and didn't even know about it until I came across a mention on Ravelry. I wandered around the shop and then asked if the women knitting in the middle of the store, including the owner (I think), minded if I joined them. (Of course I was welcome. I was feeling a little gun-shy because of a Ravelry forum thread or two where objections to male knitters were voiced.)
The two older women seemed intrigued about how I got into knitting. I shared my story and some FO photos on my camera. Although these women fit what would have been my assumption of knitters--librarian grandmothers--I got the sense that I've been knitting longer than they have. They were quite impressed with the pictures of some of my work and speed in knitting the scarf. It amused me that I may have known more about knitting. Although I was able to sit and knit for only a half hour, I had a really good time.
I wasn't feeling so swift by mid-afternoon. A scratch at the back of my throat indicated that I better put the brakes on any other running around for the day. I cast on for the hat, but the yarn is stretched tightly on the circs. I really don't want to knit it on dpns, but I'm using the 16" cable and finding that it may be slightly too long. I haven't knit much. I needed a nap at 8:30 tonight, and I'm probably better off making a decision on how to continue when I'm less tired.