Over spring break, I ventured to my local yarn shop for the first time. It's called Ewe'll Love It!. And really, I did love it. I spent most of the time walking around and feeling all the yarns. Everything was so soft! I could have easily spend a fortune there, but I tried to behave myself. I went in with three different sweater patterns and planned to pick a pattern based on the yarn I found. In the end, I bought yarn to make two sweaters. I picked THIS shrug and THIS cardigan.
I spent more than I normally would have on a crochet project, but I figured that if I was going to make a piece of clothing it would be worth it to splurge a little. That and I felt good about supporting a local business. I even learned about yarns made in my hometown and yarn that's made from recycled cashmere sweaters. There were really so many neat options. I really enjoyed chatting with the nice lady in charge of the store.
I found that we also have a local yarn shop here in Maine called Fiberphilia, which I plan on checking out sometime soon. Do you have a local yarn shop near you? Have you visited yet? Careful though, it can be dangerous! I have finished the shrug and will share it soon!