Saturday, October 6, 2007

Many are the joys of a really good yarn sale - Slight Deathly Hallows Spoiler

Many are the joys of a super yarn sale. I have tighter foul lines for what meets that criteria than most would, perhaps. Twenty-five percent, or even 40 percent off the normal price of a yarn does not constitute a great sale – it merely constitutes the first price at which I am seriously likely to purchase something.

There are a few exceptions to this, of course. I have paid full price if I needed a particular color desperately, or if I am getting something for someone else, but generally, buying full retail does not entrance me. Blame it on my background if you’d like, but I can’t get really excited till I see them practically giving stuff away – and it has to be really nice stuff.

Then, however, I am a goner.

Yesterday I went to another Smiley’s sale and did a little stash enhancing. It was thoughtful purchasing. In one or two spots it probably stopped short, actually, of where it should have gone. Read, and tell me if you could have been any more restrained.

The first thing that went into the Laundry basket shopping basket was two bags of Calzetteria sock yarn, 70 % shrink resistant wool, 30 percent nylon, in a heathery tan. My excuse? A vest in Knitters I have wanted to make since 96 or 98, and which I will probably enter in the State Fair if I do. Cost? One dollar a ball.

This sock yarn is on the slightly thicker side of fingering – 165 yards to 50 grams, and I wanted to be absolutely certain I had enough. Twenty balls. Well, I do also knit socks, and this WOULD work for Ravenclaw bronze if it had to… which made it a possible match for the 17 or so balls of blue Kroy I got there at 1.50 a ball maybe 7 years ago… I also threw in a bag of red, because Socker loves red.

Not every color was on sale at this price. They didn’t have pale grey/silver, and if one prefers movie Ravenclaw colors (For some reason I seem to have a lot of Ravenclaw friends) or if one wants to knit a sock for Severus, one is going to need a silver grey. I got three of those at the Smiley’s normal in-store price of 2.99 a ball.

There is a Moda Dea yarn they have in textured multicolored wool. I thought another ball of this for some secret knitting, especially since I was able to find a ball of Filatura Lanarota 100% Wool Worsted at 1.99 that was a PERFECT match for one of the colors. How often does that happen? I think it’s the second time I’ve ever managed to match a color in a multi myself, but I’ve only been knitting seriously for about 13 years… I bought two other balls in a color to match a friend’s coat, totally forgetting that she is a tall person and might want a longer scarf than stumpy here would. Ah, well, thin scarves were in at some point…

I went to town with that Worsted at 1.99 a ball for 100 grams. I already have a sweater’s worth in the rust heather, but I keep having to forcibly restrain myself from knitting a pair of socks in it, so I got the six balls of that color sitting there, just in case they were the last six in creation. I also got three of the teal heather, because I have one already and a vest pattern in Fitted Knits that I want to make out of it. The three balls of burgundy with bits of lovage carded in should end up as felted slippers for my mother. (And here I digress to note that if Bellatrix Lestrange had ever dared throw an unforgivable at me, there would have been no duel. My mother would not have wasted a “You Beach!” on her, either. One shot, just to the side of the sternum (Her left, Mom’s right) and my parent would have been neatly dusting off her wand and asking quietly “Would anyone else like to try cursing my child?” This is why Mom gets a call to ask which of the burgundies she would prefer, right there from the sale aisle. When you have a parent like that, you should at least TRY to treat them right...and I still owe her the shawl.)

I was in an expansive enough mood to buy two balls of grey yarn for socks for DH, who normally gets nothing because he does not like hand-knit sweaters and wears through socks till they are cuffs and then expects me to fix them. I will have some black left from what I bought at the last sale to do a pattern on the leg…

The one thing I bought that I did not enjoy the spend? A booklet I have put off buying for several years. It was 7.95 and had four patterns, three of which are ugly and useless, one of which I really wanted. I finally gave in and just got it.

Oh – there was VIBE on sale for one dollar a ball as well. I was wavering over the colors and the fact that I would have to buy two whole bags…and the two bags of a different super bulky at home that I need to knit up first. I was advised to knit that other stuff first…

No, you really don’t have to add up everything I spent and tell me what it cost. I know what it cost. I cost less than the three bags of sock yarn at their regular price for everything I got - never mind any original MSRP’s. I am content…

8 comments:

junior_goddess said...

Oh, gloat because the rest of us can't go to the sale. I gotta finish my HUGes

inukshuk71 said...

Why oh why does Smiley's not ship to Canada? :( I checked out their sale page on the Web and I totally understand you were able to fill a laundry basket full of yarn. I would have done the same :) Enjoy all the pretty yarn.

Lisa W. said...

ok now this is really perverse...but i am salivating and breathing faster in a very pavlovian response while reading your descriptions of the Smiley's trip. Thanks..i think...

Joan said...

When are you starting that addition on your house? ;-p

Karen said...

I have shopped online from Smileys and I can tell you I am way jealous of someone who lives near enough to go there in person. Then again, my budget and my house (including the other five people who live here) are probably both glad that I am no where near the place. Now if I could only apparate...

I loved the survey of IK's sock patterns. If I can find my stack of them I will check for the ones you are missing (I think I have them all since about 2002). I am so bad at finding things (and so fond of books) that I bought the book anyway.

I could definitely use someone like you looking over my shoulder to help control the knitting supply explosion around here!

Karen said...

Hi! If i have been following things correctly, I commented to you and you commented to me - the internet version of telephone tag. I am jealous of Smileys and you want to visit WEBS. Truth to tell, I have only been there once - and it is a very good thing it is about one and half hours away!

And yes, I am going to Rhinebeck on Saturday. A clever knitter (is there any other kind?) has arranged buses to take a whole crowd of us East Coasters over and back. I would love to say hi if there is a chance. E-mail me at karen dot KVL at verizon dot net and maybe we can make a plan. If you have been there before I would love to have an insider's eye view!

And if I have just written all this to someone who has never heard of me, hope you found it amusing!

Stacy said...

Superwash/nylon sock yarn at $1 a ball?! *sigh* NIce yarn sale.

smariek said...

Wow, I need to come shopping with you. Sounds like a great trip. Congrats on finally getting on Ravelry!