I took my tutoring student to the yarn store today, to get her hooked up with some sock yarn. She chose some stunning new Indigo Moon hand-painted merino, in the colourway on the far left of this photo:
On the bus afterward, she kept opening her bag, looking at her yarn, and grinning. I think that's a good sign. (Or a bad one, we'll see if she ends up with too much yarn to ship back to Korea when she leaves...heheheheheh!)
I was astonishingly well-behaved in the store. My purchases totalled less than $11 (Somehow I resisted the new Lorna's Laces, which almost made me weep...but I get to scratch my own yarn itch on Friday, if it's not heresy to speak of yarn and itch in the same sentence!) I bought a crochet hook for my student, a gift of well-wishing as she starts her first pair of socks. And for me, a pattern, Sivia Harding's Journey Socks:
It's an investment, really, since I need to become more comfortable with cables before I tackle my Eris dream. (I sort of accidentally signed up for a class in September to help me with that...it might be a teensy bit ambitious for a First Sweater! Not that that will stop me.)
Just to show that I'm not all about knitting - I also got some more ATC's in the mail today for a swap. I love these little bits of fun - I can play around with all kinds of ideas, without really screwing anything up too badly. Though I can still make quite a mess of the kitchen with them! The first one had to have a "foreign text" theme; the theme for the second ones was letters of the alphabet.
I'm so glad we don't have cable! I'd be having a lot less fun.
(The kind of not-fun I'm having at work with no air-conditioning right now...I'm lobbying for a bathing-suit option in the dress code, but so far no luck. The thermostat outside my classroom read 29 degrees today. Is that fucked or what?!)