Today we drove down to Santa Monica and visited Wildfiber and, (for the first time), A Mano Yarn. Wildfiber used to be a fave of mine, but the past few times I've been there I've been a little put off. They have a phenomenal array of yarns. I bought a skein of Koigu to finish my Charlotte's Web, (not seen below because it's in the knitting bag in the car), and a skein of 2 ply Mongolian Cashmere by Jade Sapphire (which is the caked greyish/green yarn on the right). Both gorgeous yarns. What was I put off by? Customer Service! When I asked the lady to cake my yarn, (which she had just done for the customer who spent $30 more than I did before I got to the register), she rolled her eyes and said, "We'll see." I explained that I did not want to go home to wind 400 yards of 2 ply 100% cashmere by hand. She did cake it for me. After complaining about how thin it was and how she didn't think it would work. Needless to say I will return. But only for the yarn. It really makes me mad that someone who shares the craft can be such a * * * * *, (choose your choice expletive).
A Mano Yarn was totally different. Small shop. GREAT yarns. And the woman who was working there was the nice woman who used to work at Wildfiber a few years back that I really liked. She was willing to help you out. Very nice. I bought the Malabrigo Baby Merino Wool Lace yarn for my Secret Pal. I hope she likes it. It's incredibly soft. And she likes green! The middle yarn is for me! It is Rio De La Plata 100% Pure New Wool in a blue/brown/green/grey colorway. Yummy!
Today we went swimming, since it was way hotter here than down by the beach. Scout tried out her new bathing suit and little canopy boat. She's a little fish. She liked sucking on the water that got the front of the boat wet.