It seems the knitting community is also drawn down the middle on this one. Personally, with the shop in question, I've had 2 occasions when I've been there in the last year and felt a definite chill in the air. In one instance, there was a group knitting at the community table, talking about a particular yarn that none of them were familiar with and I, while browsing nearby casually commented as I had knit with it/had it in my stash. Even though I commented at a totally appropriate time, didn't interrupt anyone and didn't say anything weird, instead of a response, I received frosty stares and no comments. It was so unnerving! Another time was also similar. I guess my point is that was the last time I was there and implementing a fee for me to come back is not going to help foster good will in a community that puts a great deal of stock into a shops "personality", "style" and general vibe.
Anyway, now that I'm done thinking out loud about that, I'll share a recent finished object... This is for a dear friend's new little one.
Pattern: Maile (Free!)
Yarn: Scout's sock yarn, in June's Semi Solid Sock club colorway-Yellow Submarine
Buttons from Looped Yarn Works in Downtown DC