Sunday, the last day of the LYS tour, dawned with appropriately sunny glory. Perfect for a three hour (or so) tour. I know I am completely dating myself with that reference, but I couldn’t help thinking about “…The Professor and Maryanne…” going out for their three hour tour. We only went to three shops and somehow it felt like a bit of a whirlwind to me, though a fun one. How do people do the whole tour?! 5 days, 26 shops. Fun, but crazy exhausting. You know you’re old when that much running around sounds like a lot of fuss instead of a great excuse for a party. My friend Troy (pictured in front of NW Handspun Yarns on the far right) and I, with our monumental stashes, conferred ahead of time and decided that we would not buy anything unless it was supremely special or something needed for a project. I’m proud to say we stuck to our guns and were pretty successful, not that I wasn’t tempted by all the Madelinetosh gleaming from the stacks.
First stop after a sensational breakfast at The Calico Cupboard was Wild Fibers in Mt. Vernon, where I was sorely tempted by the Trapper Cowl sample knit in buttery soft Manos del Uruguay Maxima. Luckily, I couldn’t find any color combos that needed to jump into my greedy little fingers, but I’ll admit to some excessive fondling occurring while in the shop. Repeatedly.
After that we headed back north to NW Handspun Yarns where my steely resolve crumbled in the face of more Manos; bargain bin, silk blend, a good contrast color for some other yarn I’d been gifted. Realistically not good rationalizations, but perhaps I was feeling woozy from a lack of specialty coffee and the profusion of yarn fumes. Did I need it? No. Did I like it? Yes. No sense dwelling on it now. Time to put that yarn to work!
Our last stop was Apple Yarns, where we were greeted by a flurry of activity and friendly faces. This is the shop I frequent most often and here, they actually know my name. On the other hand, they know Troy at all the yarn shops :) I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t make the rounds (or chat much). Too much temptation. Plus, it’s been clearly proven that if you talk to me while I’m shopping, your interest in me will result in my feeling it necessary to spend money in your shop. I’m a sucker I am. And a good one to boot! Anyway, I did pick up two bargain bin skeins of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Coral Rose for a future somethin’ somethin’. Best part? I had a gift certificate from last year’s Stash Buster Sale at the shop and I only spent a whopping 30 cents on my two brand spankin’ new skeins of awesome. Not too shabby.
I’m too lazy to photograph the acquisitions; sorry but you’ve all seen yarn before. The big news now is that Stash Dash 2015 starts tomorrow! And unlike my friend Knitting Up North, I have not really sat down and laid a plan for my Dash success. I assume I’ll be working toward a 5K (5,468 yds) though there is potential to push it to a 10K (10,936 yds) if I’m really motivated. But with only 1.5 weeks of school left, I’m assuming knitting time will be greatly reduced as I adjust to the summer schedule and trying to find ways to fill our time. Then again there are karate lessons and park visits which, so far, have resulted in extra knitting time. We shall see. Stay tuned for some Stash Dash updates to come!