Yes, a LYS - Woolwinders sent out a plea for swatchers. One of their orders came a little early and so they held a Swatch-a-thon and promised hands on peak at the new stuff plus a discount on any purchases. Well, despite having spent a bit at that festival thing, I am unable to resist a discount plus a chance to play with new yarn.
In order to try and demonstrate some self control, I arrived early so I could purchase first. (heh).
I bought something for a swap, so no news on that for a bit. And I bought some Koigu for my collection. And then I ran into the Blue Sky organic cotton (in Sage, Sand and Pebble), which just happens to be the called for yarn for Tomato from No Sheep for You. (I know, me using the called for yarn, when was the last time that happened?)
So then I hunkered down to swatch. I selected Cascade's new Nikki yarn. It is a great yarn. 100% Wool, but very smooth. It reminds me a bit of Manos in that it is a chunky weight, but the width varies a bit. It is hard to tell from the picture on their site, but the yarn changes gradually so that when wound into a yarn cake the center was dark green and then it moves to lighter green and then yellow. It made me a bit sad to not get to the yellow. (I'll just have to buy some.)
Hearing (and seeing) of several Diamond tanks in progress, I caved. (I had wanted to participate all along, but the first Sunday Salon I was out of town.) So, I bought some gorgeous Artyarns Regal Silk.