I'm back from The Yarnery! The store was so nice and cozy and everyone was really friendly. Except...there was a lot of yarn and I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to yarn! I looked all around the tiny store trying to find something similar to the yarn recommended in the handwarmers tutorial. They don't carry MadelineTosh on their website so I knew this would be a bit tricky. After a while, someone came up to me and asked if I needed help (in a way that didn't make it seem like she KNEW I needed help, you know?)
I just sort of held out my piece of paper and mumbled something about needing a yarn to make this and she said "Oh, you're in luck...we just got a shipment of that very yarn! It goes really fast!"
You guys!...I'm never this lucky! I was in shock! I also think I was super annoying. I kept saying things like "These are SO beautiful! I can't believe you have this yarn! Oh, this one is the most beautiful of them ALL! I can't believe you actually have this yarn!" And so on...
They only had a dozen or so colors and I picked the very best ones. I think I'll use these (Antique Lace, Cove and Turquoise) all together in a handwarmer:
This one (Nebula) is lighter than in the picture and will make a beautiful handwarmer all on its own:
And after all that, I was so excited that I forgot to buy needles. Thankfully, I remembered before I left the store and the same woman helped me pick the right kind. So, if you're ever in St. Paul, MN, and have a yarn emergency, check out the Yarnery...they're really nice and not scary at all!
Now I just have to figure out how to use double pointed needles and I'll be all set. Does anyone have any tips or things I really need to know? I'm totally new at this so any help will be much appreciated.