I also recently discovered a local Yarn shop which used to be where the scrapbooking shop was that I attended a few years ago. The staff were very helpful and I was thrilled to pick up some merino wool for my crochet blanket. This is the first time I've ever bought a skein of wool vs the ball of wool so that was also a new experience for me. First I have to sort out my skeins into balls before I can start but it all sounds enjoyable and I'm pretty pleased that I've got some colours to start with. The shop is going to get me a couple of other colours in like a yellow and a grape colour as they didn't have any in stock today. I'm a bit nervous about starting this but I'm sure it will all come back to me after I manage to do one square.
Changing colours is something that I'm going to have to get used to as well so I might make one rough square to get the hang of it all and then I'll will be able to start making the rest of little squares. I also like the fact that I supported a local Yarn shop and they provide expert advice. Actually because my book is USA/Canadian where they call their stitches something different to ours and the ladies in the Yarn Shop pointed this out to me which I did not know. She put a little post it note on my book with the conversion so when the pattern calls for one thing I just do another. US call DC = AUS TC. and US SC = AUS DC. The lady even did a little test square for me to show me how it all worked which was lovely of her and I have no doubt this will help me get started. Believe it or not it's actually getting a little cool here at night in Brisbane so this will be a nice little project to work on. Here's a look at the pattern and some of the wool.