Falling victim to reading too many knitting and craft-like blogs, I've found myself drooling over high priced yarns that I can't get in town. I'm just itching to get my hands on some of the yarn I'm constantly reading about, but my selection's pretty limited, nothing at all comparable to the land of yarn that I read about online.
For example, I read about Rowan all over the place, but my experience with it up close is next to none. I've experienced exactly 2 Rowan spottings to date: I found a few skeins of Magpie in the bargain section at one of the shops in town, and they sold for the insane price of $19 for an ugly grey colour. The other sighting was in an amazing shop in Kensington Market in Toronto, a few balls of amazing-coloured balls of Kid Silk Haze...$22! Not realistic in the least.
So, I've made a compromise and ordered some stuff from Knitpicks. Not being great decision maker, it took me a good week of solid hemming and hawing before I finally made the decision to order a whack of product.
I'll post some specifics later, but I will say that the Merino Style really is great to work with. Their colours aren't quite up to what their web site makes them appear--most of what I got came in a lot duller than they'd have you believe. Regardless of what your monitor settings are.