Like any fun time, especially a time with someone I don't get to see very often, it went way too fast. (Even though we hung out for some five hours).
I did buy some yarn. (I find it embarrassing to shop with someone who is on a stricter budget than I am. I admit to having eyed the Noro yarns but ultimately didn't buy any.) I got some pretty dk weight Louisa Harding yarn in a nice green twist for the Scarab shawl. And I couldn't resist a couple skeins of a wool-silk blend in a peach color for fingerless mitts. I also found a Louisa Harding accessories book I really liked - I bought it for the little bolero jacket pattern and the reticule-type bag, but when I got home and looked at it I found there were fingerless mitts requiring two skeins of the exact yarn I had bought for fingerless mitts - so I think that will be the pattern I use. And I got the pom pom maker.
We went out for lunch (salad and a cup of soup, and we split a piece of chocolate cake) at Barron's, and did a bit of shopping there. (Sadly, they are "having to reconsider the way they sell books," which I presume means they are eliminating a lot of the books they sell - some of the books were 40% off.) We did also go to the Books a Million nearby (which may be why the Barron's is "reconsidering" - Books a Million has a larger selection). I found two of the Georgette Heyer mysteries I had not yet read (Penhallow and Detection Unlimited), both of which I think are new republications, as I'd never seen notice of their availability before. And the new Knitting Traditions - I wasn't going to buy it, usually those issues seem to be reprints from Piecework, which I already get, but there did seem to be a lot of "new" patterns in this one, including an elaborate pair of "lace sleeves" (like very long armwarmers) and a snood.
I like the idea of snoods but wonder if I could get away with wearing one, or if it would look too costumey for everyday. Maybe in the winter when it's cold and windy? I mean, I'm already a little bit The Woman Who Dresses Bizarrely but I think a snood might be a bit much.
And then the long drive home. I had thought of stopping at Target on the way back but as I approached Sherman I decided I just wanted to be home. I didn't even stop for dinner anywhere, as I had planned (I got home a bit after 7).
After being the "driver" for both of us in and around Longview, it was awfully quiet driving home....I do need to find some more local friends who aren't too busy all the time to do stuff with , I think.