The plans for yesterday's TNK Yarn Crawl started out innocently enough. Earlier in the week, Issy posted a message on our Yahoo Group telling us about a sale at one of our six area yarn shops, Lettuce Knit. I replied with, "Hey, anyone want to meet me there and then go to lunch before or afterwards?". Someone else reminded us about Got Yarn's store closing sale. Another knitter mentioned that The Knitting Basket was also having a sale. And finally, we heard that The Yarn Lounge was selling select items at 50% off. People then started to get silly and suggest things like extending the yarn crawl to Williamsburg, D.C. or North Carolina while wearing "Knitters Gone Wild" t-shirts. What started off as a simple Saturday outing with one LYS and a couple of knitters, quickly
First stop was Got Yarn, where not only is their entire inventory of merchandise (yarn, books, needles, samples, etc.), on sale for 25-50% off, but many of the store fixtures are being sold as well. I was sorely tempted by these two mannekins which were going for dirt cheap:
But I just couldn't justify the purchase, as I have absolutely no space for them. And before I left the store, someone else had snatched them up. They went to a good home, though -- to a woman who is a photographer and can make good use of them.
Here's a group of us, including store owner Danna holding perky little (miniature collie?) Tootsie:
I was also sorely tempted by their very robust selection of Koigu, and although they had some gorgeous colors, nothing dazzled me, so I resisted those, as well. I ended up leaving without any yarn, but did come away with this handy little shelf:
while the rest of us waited outside, away from the crowd, after we were done shopping:
Robin C., Sherry, Issy & Jane with their tell-tale green LK bags
There was nothing in Lettuce Knit I couldn't live without, so for the second time that day I left a yarn shop empty-handed but full-walleted.
We made a quick stop at the adjacent shoe store that sells fake Crocs, (aka "Gators"), and Jane picked up a pair in pink to match the ones I was wearing, so she can be just like me... ;-) ... (Teasin' ya, Jane! Don't you just love those comfortable shoes?)
And while we're on the subject of footwear, check out Jane 's recently knitted flip-flop socks:
Only one of this wild crew, who shall remain nameless, (Issy), drank alcohol... ;-)
Is this really August in Richmond, VA? Gorgeous!
It didn't take long for the gang to dig into the 50% off sidewalk sale:
Inside the shop, I finally got to meet Cate, who was knitting on her toe-up Wildfoot socks:
It was on Cate's blog that I first saw a swatch made from Rowan Tapestry. Which of course made me determined to own it! And so, my one and only yarn purchase of the day was also my very first Rowan purchase ever.
Rowan Tapestry in 171 Rainbow
Isn't that yarn stunning? Check out the gauntlets Cate knit with a different colorway. I'm thinking my Tapestry will also become something for the hands, although I haven't yet decided on a pattern. Will soon be perusing Knitty for inspiration.
After we left The Yarn Lounge, Jane & Issy went across the street to Glass & Powder who had Reefs for 50% off, while the rest of us stayed on task and proceeded to the next stop on the yarn crawl, which was The Knitting Basket.
Something that no other LYS is currently selling, and for the knitter who has everything, you can now knit in the dark:
And who knew that someone in Richmond sells Claudia's HandPaint? Certainly not I! But now I know where I can find it locally!
But for the third time that day, I left a yarn shop without any yarn. I'm so proud of myself! It's not that I have any kind of saintly restraint - it's more that I am constantly visualizing my ridiculously cluttered house and am constantly given pause whenever I consider bringing one more object into it.
I'm still pretty proud that I came home with just two balls of yarn and a shelf. Oh, and I almost forgot -- a great book from Jane as a birthday gift. Check this out:
Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle
Jane will make a chart reader and shawl knitter out of me yet! Thanks, Jane! :-)
After that fun day with my knitting peeps, I came home and settled on the couch to knit some more on my dishcloth. Laurie asked to see the back of it, so here is the front and back comparison:
Cool, huh? I never would have guessed how different the back would look from the front. And I'm still amazed by that magical slip stitch.
Well, I must end this lengthy post, as, once again I have a train to catch on a Sunday afternoon. My last week in Maryland, for awhile, I hope. I also hope we get to spend a little more time at that LYS tomorrow afternoon, if we finish up on time. (That'll make five yarn stores in one week - a record?)
One final note, in the category of my Alzheimers is flaring up again: I somehow got my dates wrong for my vacation. For the last two months I thought I was going to the beach that last week in August, but last night I had a gut-wrenching realization that I'm supposed to go down there on the 19th and not the 26th! Yikes! And now I'm not even sure if I can go at all. We'll see what happens - I need to do a little negotiating about work. I only mention this because I had told the other TNK knitters that I'd finally be at knit night again on Tuesday, August 22nd, but that date may be pushed back a week. If anyone cares, I'll send an update when I know more.
Have a great week, everyone!