A little while back I mentioned that Mind's Eye Yarns was closing down. Just a few days ago I got an email from the Down Cellar mailing list saying that they were closing as well. This put me into quite a shocked and grieving mood. (It put Pickle into a frantic one, as he is now deputizing for all the yarncrafters he knows at the closing sales. I mailed him my half-filled discount card.)
I'm not sure what it means that I can accept with sadness and resignation Mind's Eye closing, but cannot imagine Down Cellar closing with nearly as much equanimity. Does it have to do with the size of the store, or how long I've shopped at each one, or how well I know the owners? Maybe all of them, and maybe something more. I've tried imagining some of the other LYSes I've visited over the years announcing that they have to close down. It's too sad an exercise to keep up for long.
In any case, if anyone near Basking Ridge, NJ has ever dreamed of owning a yarn store... there's your chance.
Given these back-to-back announcements from my two oldest and most beloved LYSes, I've been a little bit wary of cementing my loyalty to any new yarn stores lately (what if my patronage is cursed?!) But last week I decided that surely WEBS is too big to be brought down, and I ordered three skeins of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Mare. Named (I assume) for the Latin word for the sea, Mare is a gorgeous colorway - it's so dark it's nearly black, but when you look closer there are all these underlying glints of rich sapphire and copper.
This is the same yarn and colorway that Amy and Luna got for me as part of last year's birthday present. I had no idea what it wanted to be then, other than beautiful. Recently I saw the cardigan pattern Ink and thought, well, I do have some gorgeously soft fingering yarn that I'm not going to be using for socks...
I ordered enough to make any of the sizes I'm trying to decide between. When you have a 31" chest and are getting perfect gauge, are you supposed to knit to the 30" size or the 34" size?
The beginning collar edging is knit exactly the same way for all sizes, so at least I have some time to consider it.