Stitches East: Recap
Posted by Amber on November 5, 2006
I drove up with some people from work (Baltimore is so much closer when you leave at 10 AM and someone else is driving!) First, I stopped at the Blue Moon/Socks that Rock Booth, where the lines were not insane (however, it was pretty picked over). I picked up one skein in “Tanzanite”
Then Judy, Amber, and I went to lunch across the street (California Tortilla, I think it was). Very tasty. Always good to have some protein in your system before being let loose near fiber.
I did a lot of looking, and not a lot of buying. The reasons were many fold: First, I didn’t have much money (one of my coworkers and I made a pact to keep each other in line, I started with a self imposed $50 limit, she went with $100). A second reason, I’ve discovered I hate alpaca, which is everyone’s favorite blend. It makes me itch! A third reason, I have enough sweaters in the queue as it is. A fourth reason: I’m not a fan of variegated yarn for anything but socks, and maybe hats. Certainly not for sweaters, and I like making sweaters the most.
There were a few things I couldn’t pass up:
Koigu, via Rosie’s yarn cellar. I waited until we got to the last row, and couldn’t resist any longer. It was funny – originally I’d said if I got Koigu it was only going to be solid. So much for that. One of the women showed me how to do my hair in a really neat way, too.
Gems Pearl via Mangham Wool & Mohair Farm of Charlottesville VA (www.wool.us) They teased me a bit for wearing a purple t-shirt, a purple sweatshirt, and buying purple yarn.
Shelrige Farms W4 in Pink Lemonade (5 skeins). I almost bought more in Wisteria, but resisted (since part of my Ribbi Cardi is Wisteria colored). I’m planning on turning this into ChicKnits.com’s CeCe
Elesabeth Lavold Silky Tweed (10 skeins) in silver/gray, via Webs. My one weak impulse. Sure, I could order it online (I even know some local stores that sell it, but it was only $4.50 per ball! $4.50! That’s practically half price!
So in the end, I spent something like $150. Sure, three times my planned budget, but considering I’d planned to buy a $75 kit at Shelridge, I knew the $50 was a little futile. And I didn’t get the kit, instead I picked up the W4 for CeCe ($50). The $47 in Silky Tweed was an impulse, and the $60 in sock yarn was pretty much what I’d planned on getting. So I’m not feeling like I spent too much, or bought more than I could knit in a year.
(Also, my winter interweave came yesterday! Review coming after weight lifting)