I have a confession to make. I did something today that I have been trying very hard NOT to do for a considerable amount of time. I can only hope that my transgression today won’t unravel all the good I’ve done while working on this problem for lo these many years. *sigh*
<whisper> I bought yarn. (pause) Yarn that isn’t involved in a working project. </whisper>
Can you see me dancing with delight?
As you may know, I am in the midst of making baby things for a new niece. While I bought all the yarn they had in the main color I’m using, I have since run out. Since the yarn is the Hobby Lobby brand, there is no where else to get it. And, even if I could, the only other store in my town that sells yarn is Wal-Mart. You can see my limitations.
Two weeks ago, slightly before I ran out of yarn, I went to my local Hobby Lobby to get more. They were still out. I filled out the form to special order it, and they were supposed to have it on the following Thursday. They never got any in. I confirmed that my order on this regularly stocked item was still in the system, and was assured that surely, they would get the yarn the following week.
Yesterday was the day the yarn was supposed to arrive. They said they would call me one way or another. Another Thursday passed; another day of silence. Today I went back to the store to see if it had arrived.
It had not.
In my desperation, upon arriving home from my weekly shopping, I went online and ordered more yarn. I am annoyed. Not only was I charged tax (because we have a local store) but I was also charged shipping.
I emailed customer service to express my displeasure. Surely, if I can order the yarn online, why can’t the local store get a shipment? And WHY should *I* have to pay for shipping when I ordered it through the store and it didn’t arrive? Clearly, there is a lack of logic with regard to this situation.
But, this is not the transgression yarn of which I speak.
Since my baby-things-making has stalled, I shifted gears back to the troubled sock. I am pleased to report that while being very large (I used much larger needles on my first practice sock so I could more easily see what I was supposed to be doing) and not necessarily “pretty” in some spots, it actually looks mostly like a sock. I am starting on the second sock and will try to shrink them to a useable size.
I have to say that I ♥♥♥ self-striping yarn. I picked up some more smaller sized double-pointed needles (dpns), a thin book on sock making for beginners, and a few small skeins of sock yarn for the next socks I plan to tackle. I am planning on sock making for the forseeable future.
This batch of yarn, too, is not the yarn of my transgression. Indeed, that yarn came at the next stop; my local Wal-Mart.
Since being completely remodeled a few months ago, the craft section has gotten considerably smaller. I was happy that they didn’t get totally rid of the fabric and yarn, though. And, they have added beading and jewelry making supplies, which is great, considering I have supplies for that as well. I haven’t gotten into that craft yet, though, since I’m knitting. I also promised my hunny that when I was done with the baby stuff, I would finish his “lap blanket” (which will be a full-sized blanket at the very least, if not a queen size). I cannot, in clear conscience, move on to jewelry making until I get the blanket done.
In a total moment of weakness and while seriously crunched for time (because I spent over an hour in Hobby Lobby looking through pattern books), I sped back to the craft section. And lo and behold, they had nice sock yarn skeins for a buck. Yes, that’s right – 2.47 ozs of bliss for $1.
In solid colors!
Given that I had just come from Hobby Lobby, which didn’t have *any* solid colored sock yarn, and given that I wear socks with pants, mostly in the non-sweltering months here, I tend to primarily wear solid colored socks. While I appreciate and am excited to wear the striped socks that will eventually be made, there is something very utilitarian feeling about having the opportunity to make socks that will be worn perhaps more frequently (than striped).
It was the combination that got me, truly. Finding the elusive solid colored sock yarn for $1 - well, I can’t even describe the shivers that overcame me as I stood there in sheer delight.
Now I have another stash of something under my bed. And, unlike stashes of the past, I really feel like this yarn will get used sooner than later. Socks, while more challenging at this point, seem to be more portable and easier to take places than other, larger projects. I can work on them and not get hot (like making a blanket), and there seem to be infinite patterns to help avoiding boredom.
BUT. This motion in reverse has me considering another step in the backwards direction: magazines. I have years and years of crochet magazines, but not knitting. Since knitting is my new endeavor, I wonder if I would enjoy a knitting magazine like I did with my crochet magazines.
This, in turn, leads me to think about an electronic subscription, but I’m not sure if it would be as enjoyable. I enjoy seeing the glossy pictures and the easily being able to flip through the pattern. Would I miss that experience? Even as I write, that “bad” part of my brain is telling me to give the print issue a try first, and then move onto digital, if it seems like that would work better.
Someone talk me down! Ah, well.
You know, even if you go in reverse sometimes, every now and then you can still end up where you want to. I’m feeling optimistic that this is what’s happening here. I’ll keep you posted!