Anyway, on a cheerier note, like any good knitter, I found my way to a knitting shop while I was there! I had kind of a lot of time to kill because I took a pretty early flight on Tuesday and I was out driving around after I checked into the hotel. I stopped in a little quilting shop because sometimes they have a bit of yarn too. They didn't, but told me about a place not far away, and even called to make sure she was still open. I wish now that I'd bought something - even a couple fat quarters - from them because they were awfully sweet! They gave me directions and I guess my excitement got me all bejiggered up because I made a right instead of a left out of the parking lot and wasted about 30 minutes going the wrong way! So I turned around and flew back the other way - past the quilting shop again - and on to the Crazy Girl yarn shop. She closed at 6pm and because of my stupid wrong turn in Albuquerque, I was really cutting it close - it was like 5:45 when I pulled up, but I thought maybe she'd stay open a little longer for me. I was wrong. She was pretty much ready to start closing up right after I walked in - I even explained my plight, and the fact that I was from Ohio! Regardless, it was a really cute little place. I wanted to find some souvenir yarn that wouldn't be something I could easily get at home. She had some Schaeffer yarn which I don't think I've seen around here in any shops. I only had a few minutes to think - and she had a skein of Schaeffer Susan (100% pima cotton - 470 yards of probably a DK weight) that was part of the Color Concepts line which is a series created for memorable women, which I thought was kind of cool - this one is called Frida Kahlo and I think it'll make a fantastic Montego Bay scarf! I took a picture of both sides to show all the colors in it.
Oh yeah, it was $34 - which is not something I'd probably spend on yarn if I was at home, but there's something about traveling the makes me feel like it's not really real life - plus I only had like 5 minutes to make a decision and it's easy to just say "yeah, why not!" in such a situation!