The post about my trip to Amsterdam started to become so long with all the photos and everything that I decided to divide it into two parts. The touristy stuff is in the previous post and this one is dedicated to yarn and knitting.
Even though I was really short on time during my stay in Amsterdam I made sure I had time for a couple visits to yarn stores as well. I think I liked Penelope Crafts the most of the ones I visited. I've written earlier about being dubious about buying yarn that I haven't tried before, especially ordering them online since I don't like buying yarn without being able to touch it, see how it looks and behaves and feel if it itches me before I buy it. I've been wanting to try to knit with Quince & Co. yarns for a while now: they look beautiful in all the photos, but I haven't been able to get my hands on them here in Finland. Now I got to fiddle the skeins a bit and I know what they are like so I can start ordering them online. I bought two skeins of Chickadee in a lovely green shade (Cypress) so I get to test it now as well. I also bought a few skeins of muted green Retrosaria Beiroa from Penelope Crafts.
I bought lovely spicy colored Rowan Fine Tweed from De Afstap and two different colors of Drops Air from a yarn store that I don't remember the name of. It was raining and dark when I went there with some people from the seminar and I was just following them so I'm not quite sure where we were... I was actually going to buy something else from the store but when I was waiting to pay my purchases I happened to touch the skeins of Drops Air and they felt like the softest kittens ever and I couldn't help myself! I just want to wrap myself in the yarn and sleep in a bed made out of the skeins. It's the softest yarn I've ever felt, I hope it's good for knitting as well and doesn't start to pill immediately...
And as for knitting during the seminar: I didn't actually make as much progress with the Stasis sweater than I had anticipated. Which is actually a positive thing because the seminar was so much more interesting than I had expected and I made pages and pages of notes instead of knitting to stay awake. I now have both sleeves ready and the part of the bottom edge of the body done compared to just half a sleeve I had knitted earlier. I believe the rest of the sweater will be ready quite quickly now that I've got the groove on with this one and the sleeves are finished; sleeves are the most boring part of sweater knitting in my opinion.