I may have bought a wee little bit of yarn lately.
Just a wee bit.
All of this yarn save for the red and blue skein on the top left, is from Coppelia's Needlepoint and The Shivering Sheep. You see, the store recently closed due to the owner's health problems. And that meant, a giant sale.
I thought it was giant enough at 40% off, and so, two Saturdays ago, I hauled the entire fam out for a S.E.X. (stash enhancement excursion). I bought up some lovely lovely sock yarn (the bottom 2 rows of that mosaic up there), and was good, and put back about 1/3 of what I picked up.
I went home happy, fondled my yarn, uploaded it to Ravelry, and put the sale out of my head.
Until I heard...
The following Saturday, from 8-9am only, 70% off everything left in the store. Who could resist? (Some people could, but they are stronger than me!) At 7:48 am, I was out front, along with some friends and co-workers too! The first 10 minutes or so were very calm and not too crowded, and I was thrilled to find 3 things that I had put back at 40% off were still there! (I did my best not to wonder if any of my previous purchases might have waited for me, as well...)
I bought a big ole pile of goodness- the top 4 rows, save for the 2 photos on the top left- but I did put back a big pile, too! No, really, I did. At 70% off, it was the perfect time to try some really indulgent yarns that I would never ever have bought otherwise- the Elsbeth Lavold Silky Cashmere and the Artyarns Regal Silk. And let's not forget all sorts of yarn with Alpaca in it. YUM. Or ribbon yarn, or beaded yarn. As the store got more crowded, I almost lost one skeinto someone shopping out of my basket- I had strayed too far from it- so after that, the basket was glued to my hand! My only sadness? The Noro that I had resisted at 40% off, was all gone before the 70% off started. Ah well.
But wait- isn't there Noro in that mosaic? Why yes, there is! It pays to know someone who is helping to run the store closing sale! It pays even more to work with her, so that when 2 skeins of the amazing Noro appear magically at the end of the last day, she knows a) that they are the color you would have wanted and b) she can buy them, and get you to pay her back at work the next day!
After spending the kids' college funds on yarn, I enjoyed a lovely chat with a friend over at Panera. We were not the only crazy knitters fondling yarn on their tabletops that day... Katherine, thanks for the company and chatting!
You'd think that was the end of my yarn tale, but there is one last skein to celebrate. I think we all know how I feel about our new President, and that the Inauguration was a very special day for me... Well, browsing on Flickr I came across a photo from a Flickr friend of the most gorgeous Inauguration sock yarn... Dyed by sKnitches, it is shot through with the most amazing silver. And remember knitters, it always pays to ask: when I got to the website, it was listed as sold out. WAH! I contacted the shop, and they still had 2 in stock! It arrived last night, shipped safely and gorgeously and quickly to me. Time for some Socks of Hope and Change!
Time for lots of socks, actually. I did a tally of my Ravelry stash page, and there's 25 pairs worth of sock yarn, just waiting to be knitted up. At my one sock per week or so speed, that's an entire years worth of sock knitting! Yikes.
Don't expect to see any S.E.X. around here for a while- in this economy, I do believe I just bought my entire year's allotment of yarn. Good thing I have enough to last all year and then some, eh?