Andruska, I wish I could take advantage of Hobby Lobby or other such stores, but...
1, I'm in Canada.
2, I'm in Rural Canada. In other words, the middle of nowhere unless I get to Sudbury which is three hours away. In Sudbury you've got the options of Wal Mart, Zellers, Michaels and then the little independants. My sister's been trying to get me to a new indy one that's opened in her area of Sudbury, but as neither of us can drive due to respective medical stuff and the transit doesn't service that particular part of town yet, it just hasn't happened yet. Hopefully next time I'm over there we can swing it.
As for around here, I'm pretty much dependant on the V&S/Stedmans everything you can think of jammed into one place Rural General Store in two towns. The one closest to me has the best yarn department in this area and even better, if they don't have it, they will w/in the week if you have the order information. The other one used to be like that, but then they changed ownership and...Which is a shame because they used to be one of the few places in our area that would have more than just the big three yarn companies (Patons, Bernat and Red Heart). I still bop in there from time to time, but it's sad to see what it's like in there now when I remember how it used to be.
I really do wish I could get into a Hobby Lobby one of these days though, but that would mean I was on a trip across the border and who knows when that'll happen.
Okay then...Remember how I told everyone I came home w/more yarn and that I at least had a few days to put it away/bury it into the stash before Mom saw it? Well...W/two of the skiens of Sashay yarn, I don't have that problem anymore and two people in my Family will be getting lovely fluffy lace ribbon knitted scarves.
The one was made from the one w/all of the blues and turqoiuse and I decided to give the wider version of the scarf, which is casting on of 10 sts and going from there, a try. While it's really gorgeous, it's w/out a doubt a scarf for a "good" coat/occasion, as it's not very long length wise. It does overlap, but you won't be able to tie it, if that helps explain it.
The other one is what everyone thinks of when thinking of these scarves. Narrow in width, long in length and able to be tied if that's what you want to do w/it. This one was made w/the one that's all neutrals/beiges and when hung on the back of the chair in our kitchen, it's so striking the way the shifts in the colour changes work. Really, really pretty.
I still have one more skein of the Sashay and it's another one in the blues/turqouise. This will be made though in the usual pattern of casting on 6 sts and knitting away after that. I forgot how quick these come together though, as I haven't knitted any since just before Christmas. Seems everyone who knits who tried this fell so in love w/how quickly you could make a gorgeous and fashionable scarf, that Red Heart wasn't prepared for the demand and...You can figure out the rest.
What I'm working on right now though, is Red Heart's newest Boutique member. Their Ribbons line. If you've seen this in the stores and you're thinking of giving it a try, I can't stress what I'm about to say loudly enough.
Go to Red Heart's website and download the instructional videos over there for the Ribbon line. You can't just pick out one of the ends and start off like you can w/most other skeins. They not only show you how to knit and/or crochet w/the Ribbon, but also how to "open" the skein and what to do next in order to have it good to go to work w/.
If I hadn't done that and watched the videos before I ever took it out of the bag from the store last night, I don't even want to think about the massive mess I would have had on my hands. So if giving this a try is on your list of To Make and/or Try, go to Red Heart's site and see how it's done.
I'm crocheting this time and while I *think* I'm doing it right and it looks like the scarf in the picture of the project, I wish I hadn't gotten the colour scheme Ribbon that's black/grey/charcoal grey w/silver thread for embelishment. I don't think it would have been as big a problem on knitting needles, but unless I'm under a really bright and focused light, seeing the single crochets in all of that dark can be a wee bit tricky.
Anyway...So far, so good!!
But I'm saying that as quietly as possible