As promised, here is the skein of handspun I got last weekend. The company name is Jewel Fiber Design, and it's about 200 yards of an 80% merino, 20% cashmere blend in a colorway called Mermaid. I don't have a particular pattern in mind, but I think it will end up as a cowl. 'Cause really, cashmere and my face are best friends, and I wouldn't want to keep them apart!
The little yarn shop we went to last Saturday was called Country Yarns, and it had a really good selection of handspun and local hand-dyed yarns, particularly Rain City yarns and fiber. I think this yarn is locally spun - it wasn't even in Ravelry - and there were a lot of colors and bases of handspun to choose from, which I was pretty happy about. It was also super nice to go out with Lumberjack and his mom as a little break in a long and emotionally tough day.
On a different topic... it's funny, lately I've been going on a major finishing/frogging spree. Just like with school, I've been pulling stuff off the backburner to work on a little bit at a time - and it's surprising how often everything gets done at one time! I've blocked two scarves, the body of a sweater, and three shawls in the last week. I wove in the ends on a bunch of projects in the last two days. I started working on a pair of plain socks that I started almost six months ago, and now both of the socks are past the heel turn.
For some reason, this stuff tends to go in cycles. For a while I get really excited about yarn or clothes, and then that tapers off and I want to look through all the secret corners and baskets and hidey-holes where I keep the projects that need work or repair. I expect that soon enough, I'll be back at producing tons of little shawls, but for right now I'm having a lot of fun finishing old things or making decisions that will help declutter my studio.