Well, I woke up yesterday morning to find that the sun was shining in Toronto!
So, off I headed into the winter chill:
First stop over the lunch hour – the big bad conglomerate bookshop which shall remain nameless. I try to avoid these places, but I had a $75 gift certificate left over Christmas.
So, that added up to quite a bit of light reading:
Obviously I’m in need of a bit of cheering up, having bought books by three comedians! And what’s that? you ask – another mosaic book??? I know, I know – I don’t really need another mosaic book. And in fact I was just about to put it down and walk away when I saw this pattern:
So, this book was a must-have: and only $12.00! Other lovely patterns in the book:
I then went on a quest to the LYS to find yarn for the Secret of the Stole II knitalong. I was in search of 1,400 metres of laceweight yarn. Being the Handmaiden slut that I am, I thought I would have a problem finding that quantity in one colour (the shops tend to carry only a couple of skeins of various colours – probably because only insane people like myself would spend $120.00 on the yarn needed for such a large stole).
So, imagine my surprise to find that there are laceweight yarns other than Handmaiden! I came away with this Malabrigo merino in a lovely midnight blue shade:
Which did not, of course, stop me from snapping up some of that as well:
Incidentally, I took the photos of the yarn while waiting for the streetcar at Queen and Bathurst with about 50 other people. I did get some very odd looks. Hey, at least I wasn’t wasting my time grumbling “Where the #$&*$(@&#$(* is that tram? The service on Bathurst these days is $#&*@$(@* ridiculous!”.
Having said that, one indicator of the ridiculousness of the tram service on Bathurst is that I managed to knit this much while waiting:
So, off to work now to pay for the Handmaiden stash – at this rate, I’ll have to rent another apartment for it!