So a friend and I hit the two yarn shops in town today after lunch, and I found a couple of great yarns to add to my stash. Actually, they won't go right into the stash, because I have projects planned for both of them. I bought the variegated mohair to go with the mohair I got at the estate sale. I think it will make a lovely shawl. The top picture doesn't show it all that well, but I think the colors go together nicely. The variegated is a little darker, but has a nice bit of peachy orange in it. The lower picture actually shows the variation in the yarn better. I'm still looking for just the right shawl pattern, but I have plenty of yarn for even a larger one. I like the brighter colors sometimes, to brighten up a darker outfit. And I love to wear colors in the orange family.
So, with that in mind, I also found a marvelously soft alpaca tweed in a burnt orange (the picture makes it look browner than it actually is). It's a 100-gram ball, so it will make a lovely scarf. I'm thinking the one-skein pattern in the Happy Hooker.
And, Twist has a ball winder that I can go in and use to wind all the hanks I have hanging around. Not many, granted, but a few balls that need to be rewound, and a couple of hanks (including this great new mohair). Yea! I've been doing it by hand, which kind of works okay, but takes a long time. And there is a beautiful sit-and-work area with daytime stitch-n-bitch times as well. Now I think I can really get the knitting think happening. It is, however, hard for me to let go of crocheting, even for a little while. I can move fast, and it's hard to think about having to work so hard again in going back into learning mode.