No 2010 LYS tour for me

The 2010 LYS Tour was this weekend (May 20-23). 25 yarn shops (25!) in 4 days. I didn’t go. I’d gone last year and the year before, but between work and house stuff this weekend, I just couldn’t make the time.
Instead, I lived vicariously through myself from 2008 and 2009:
I didn’t miss it all, though. I did manage to swing by Cultured Purls on the way home from work Friday, and made a quick hop to the Knitterythe Yarn Stash, and Renaissance Yarns Friday night. At least I got a taste of it, and a few free patterns to boot!

Look at the pretty

My mom’s birthday was last month. I decided to knit her a shawl.
The pattern is Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark. The yarn is Mirasol Yarn T’ika, a soft pima cotton yarn I found at Tuesday Morning. I also bought a shawl pin from Nicholas and Felice to go with it.
My mom’s not generally a shawl person, so who knows if she’ll wear it. Doesn’t matter, I enjoyed knitting it anyway, and could think of no one who deserved it better than her. Happy birthday., mom.