I spent last week in Wisconsin - went to visit one of my daughters for Thanksgiving. She lives in Wausau, a smallish city that some locals claim is boring, uncool, in short Nowheresville. But I found plenty to see and do. I visited the LYS, Black Purl, on Black Friday:
The store was packed with beautiful yarn; a big table in the front window was occupied by a bunch of knitters (including a young man) happily wielding their needles and chatting. I was wearing a new shawl finished for the trip (Aestlight, more on that in another post), and as I was paying for my yarns and magazine one of those knitters came up behind me and took it from my shoulders, threw it around hers, and went off to model it for her friends. (I did get it back.) Owner Beth Anne Paustian is a prolific designer too. You can see some of her patterns on her Ravelry designer page.
An afternoon visit with Knittin Brit Kim was another highlight of the trip. We managed to make our tea and hot chocolate last two hours while we yakked about knitting, spinning, and even some non-fiber-related topics. She's a local who loves her town; no disparaging words about Wausau from her! She also teaches classes at Black Purl occasionally.
Oh - and I got some knitting done. A beautiful Ice Queen for my daughter. I cast on on the plane heading east, and finished and blocked it the day before we flew home.
This one is done without beads and without the picot bindoffs, but it is still lovely, and just the thing for winter in Wisconsin. Designer Rosemary Hill gave me the yarn - my other daughter modeled the original Ice Queen for her. I still have to knit one for her - that's next on the list!