I've started attending a monthly Saturday evening SnB held at a yarn shop that, while I can hardly call my "local" yarn shop, has definitely become my favourite. Hitsujidama is a tiny little yarn shop tucked away in a corner of a building and a bit of a pain to get to by public transport, but it is full of lovely natural yarn, hand-knits, and wonderful people! The owner is an American woman (married to a Japanese man) and the B portion of the SnB runs from current events to Japanese in-laws to Japanese partners. Of course the alcohol helps, but it is the perfect way of ending the week!
I discovered last month just how a SnB at a yarn store can benefit the S portion too - I was nearly finished a scarf (and really wanting to be finished!), but I knew it needed... something.
I mentioned this fact and immediately the store's owner handed me a ball of yarn (same weight, perfect complementary colour) and a book of edging patterns (and opened it to a page with the perfect edging). And then she handed me the perfect little doohickey that meant I could start the edging right away instead of waiting until I got home and could use needles with a longer cable.
The scarf that had been dragging on and sapping me of my desire to knit?