The weather people got it right today. Scattered thundershowers, with temps varying from the upper-50's to the mid-70's, depending on where at the shore it was. Cooler closer to the ocean, warmer in from the coast. My friend Dianne and I took a ride today down to Long Beach Island (aka LBI) to visit a LYS there, Island Knits. Right now, it's a small store, but come May 1, the owner, Linda Kelly, told us she is moving to another location with more space and will have a cafe as well, with sofas, a perfect atmoshere for relaxing and knitting. Her shop is not fully stocked right now, due to the move in a few weeks, but the future location will have more room and more yarn. But of course, I could not leave empty handed, and left with a skein of "Wonderful Wool" from Steadfast Fibers in the color "columbine", a pretty lavendar blue. It looks like it might want to be an Amanda Hat. We shall see.
After Island Knits, a pretty wild thunderstorm popped up, so we stopped for lunch at a little grill and pizza place, then headed on to then sit and knit at a group that meets on Saturday afternoons at a cute shop, "That Little Something Shop". The owner, Alice, (Ravelry link) has so many lovely beachy, ocean decor and jewelry and...well, everything I wanted and for once, resisited. This time. After browsing, we sat and knitted (me) and crocheted (Dianne) and chatted with the other ladies who stopped in to do the same. Alice and some of the others are on Ravelry, which is how Dianne found out about the meet up. Ravelry...bringing fiber fanatics together! Even though I live in a beach town, it's interesting to go to see what goes on in "other" beach towns. It was worth the 40 + mile each way trip, and I hope to go back before summer kicks in and weekend traffic prohibits trips south.