|Ashland Peace Wall|
We stayed with a friend in Ashland, in southern Oregon, for a few days during the trip. Ashland is a good place to visit, largely populated by hippies, it seems. (The Peace Wall is at the entrance to the Ashland Co-op.) The town has a lot of visitors because of its famous Shakespeare Festival - we saw an excellent production of Hamlet while we were there.
Our friend drew up a walking tour of the town for us, including a visit to Websters, a yarn shop on the town's main square. They stock a huge range of delectable yarns. Some were familiar, like Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Louise Harding, Noro. (It seemed quite strange, in fact, to be so far from home and see Rowan yarns that have also come from West Yorkshire.) They stock the Isager yarns, that I would like to use one day - I have one of Marianne Isager's books, and I plan to get her Classic Knits book too, but the yarn doesn't seem to be available in the U.K. And there were many other yarns that were new to me.
And I bought a pair of wooden knitting needles, size 3.5 mm, which is a standard American size (size 4) but not a standard British size. I bought a set of bamboo needles a while ago, in metric sizes, and I currently have two projects in progress that use the 3.5 mm needles, so it is very inconvenient having only one pair of needles in that size.
One ball of yarn and one pair of needles seems a bit meagre as the outcome of a visit to a fantastic yarn shop, but I am happy with my loot. Next time, I'll be more prepared and leave a space in my suitcase.