What a great day I had today. So welcome after two weeks of being sick.
I cruised up to Fleet Feet in Elmhurst to get a second pair of my Nirvana shoes. I'm going to use the first pair as my "walking around" shoes and these new ones on the treadmill. I discovered that my old New Balance shoes hurt. Since I haven't really worn them since last fall - I've been wearing my hiking boots all winter - I could really see the difference between having shoes that actually fit your foot, and ones that don't.
I also got a bunch more of the Magical Socks - Balega's. OMG they are so amazing and I'm very happy to have gotten a free pair along with the ones I bought. I had a $25 credit at the store, and I got an email from them for 10% off my total purchase plus a free pair of socks. It was a very good day!
Then, on the way home, I had to get on 290 East to get to back to the Tollway. And since I have been carrying around my gift certificate to Knitwerks, I thought - hey, I can just drive downtown and then take the Dan Ryan to the Bishop Ford and stop at the credit union and drop off the dry cleaning in Lansing. Perfect!!
What a lovely store, and meeting Cherrl was such a pleasure. I really recommend this store. She had a lot of yarns I don't generally see - and a good book selection too. This is well worth a little trek to the city! I had big fun - here's the proof! Cherrl carries Blue Heron Yarns. I ran across some at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair two years ago and found it so unique - I've been looking for more ever since. That green / blue / purple is a skein of Blue Heron's Beaded Rayon (525 yards), in the Cactus colorway. I got three of them. :-D Not sure what I will make, but with 1,500+ yards, I have enough for something substantial.
There's a green silk project bag from Lantern Moon (I have two already - I love them!). I got two pairs of Brittany needles. I've been wanting to try some shorter straights, so picked up some 8's and some 4's, and then splurged on some Lantern Moon 6's. I also picked up enough Noro to make a Lucy Bag for a belated Christmas present. Spent way more than my gift certificate, but because I'm a member of the Windy City Knitting Guild, I got 10% off!! Woo Hoo!!
This is the first yarn shopping I've done since August 2008. I did buy one skein of test yarn, but this was real shopping. Since I spent more than my gift certificate, I definitely fell off the wagon - but it was worth it ;-D