Of course, I couldn't travel without picking up a souvenir of sorts.
Most of the yarn bought in Europe comes from huge department stores. Very old-school. They actually had some pretty nice stuff- lots of German yarns like Regia, GGH, and Austerman. I needed to find something that I wouldn't be able to get at home, so I found the one yarn store listed in Zurich- Hand Art. They don't even have a website. They did have a cute little shop with all the yarns organized according to color. I spied a high-up shelf that had the only unorganizable yarns- handpainted!- and chose this rather stunning hank of Opal sock yarn in the "Rosenbeet" colorway.
When I got home, my final Rockin Sock Club pattern and yarn were waiting for me:
It's in the colorway "Blackbird"- mostly black with pinks, blues and greens overdyed, with a raven-like sheen. The pattern by Cookie A complements the colorway nicely- sometimes variegated yarn can look too busy with a pattern, but this seems like it will work. And quite timely, as I am reading the book "Crow Planet" right now.