Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yarn shopping

Yesterday I unexpectedly received a couple of American Express gift cards from the company that I work for. I could barely sleep last night because I was so excited about the shopping spree that I planned the moment I saw those gift cards.

I woke up this morning with a cold, but managed to drag myself to a local yarn store that I've been wanting to check out for months. Their selection of yarn was small, but I didn't mind because I usually go in to sensory overload when I walk in to a yarn store. It was nice to be able to take it all in without needing to bolt outside for air. I ended up buying this hand painted blend of silk and cotton from Misti Alpaca. It's incredibly soft.

I also picked up 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns , a book I've been wanting for a long time. I love, love, love ripples, and will hopefully knit a pattern from the book with my new Misti Alpaca.

On the way home I stopped at another yarn store and got a couple skeins of bamboo sock yarn. Now that I'm learning to knit socks, a whole new world of yarn has opened up-- I never used to pay attention to sock yarn because I had no use for it.

Well, time to curl up in my pajamas, drink lots of orange juice and watch a movie. I hope you are having a nice weekend and staying toasty warm. We got a break in the rain today for the first time all week, but it's supposed to start up again tomorrow.


GerryART said...

Lucky Duck, you.
Love your choice of yarns and books.
Had the same type of shopping spree yesterday.
Spent every bit of a Gift Certificate from birthday gift at the lys. I did blog about.
Dream Yarn Dreams

Kitty said...

It sounds like you just had yourself a perfect day! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Tammy said...

I hope you feel well soon. That first hand painted yarn is simply gorgeous!

Linda said...

Hi Stacy,
I hope you feel better soon:) Your sock yarn is beautiful and your book looks lovely:)

Rachel said...

Oh baby, you totally scored! Lucky lucky girl. I love the colours of yarn you chose - so soft and pretty.

I know exactly what you mean about sensory overload. I feel the same way when I walk into a quilt shop. The OnlyChild and I went to a quilt shop the other day. I was looking for something in particular which I couldn't find, but all the other fabric they had was so overwhelming. I ended up buying nothing! :(

I hope you feel better soon. Orange juice, tea, kitty-cuddles and a warm blanket. Take care of yourself!

Debra said...

Lucky girl...those skeins are sure to keep you busy and satisfied...happy creating :)

Theresa said...

Beautiful yarn! I sure hope you feel better:) Knitting will help I am sure! Have a blessed Sunday!

Maiden Jane said...

guilt free shopping - I love it!

Anonymous said...

I Love the Gorgeous blue/green wool :o)
Hope You feel better soon xxx enjoy Your knitting/crochet fest.



ImplausibleYarn said...

That is a beautiful skein of yarn. It was heroic of you to to a couple of lys when you were feeling under the weather. Your local economy thanks you!
I hope your feeling better.

Teresa said...

Love the yarn colors! There is a new yarn store in Truckee. It is pretty cool with lots of choices and areas to hang out and look at patterns. Their window display is a bunch of sox hanging- made me think of you yesterday when I drove by.

Woollywotnots said...

Oh wow, exciting. Free shopping is great! Love your yarns and books. So exciting. Hopefully your purchases will help you get better soon. Hope you are feeling back to your good self soon. Take care and look after yourself.

Jill said...

Get well soon - or do I hear a 'sick day' (aka knitting day) coming on????

Suz said...

You sound
Happy knitting
love those gift cards


That is awesome that you rec'd the gift cards~ I have the sniffles too!!! Been drinking airborne. It really helps.
LOVE the ATC card that you sent. The free hand bird is perfect...and yes you are an artist. The yarn and beads make it!
Thank you Stacy!
I have my Feb ATC all done :) and will mail them later this week..LOL!!!
Have fun with your new goodies.
Deb :)

Jenny said...

Hi Stacy!

I'm currently doing the introduction rounds on all the bloggers who are participating in the Adventures in Lace KAL! I'm Jenny from Sweden, and I've been following Kate's blog since june and I love it. I knit a lot, and try to fit in some exercise and some reading in between. I guess I should switch to audio books, but I tend to zone out when I listen to them, in a whole different way than I do when I read for myself.

My current knitting obsession is lace, and I'm also doing the 10 shawls in 2010 challenge on Ravelry. I've actually managed to finish two shawls already this month, so I have high hopes for this KAL with Kate and all you others too!

/ Jenny

Jenn said...

Yea for sock yarn. Though I have to actually finish a pair of socks with sock yarn wt yarn, I can't keep myself from looking at more :) So glad that meeting other knitters online who also never swatch to know I'm not alone in rebellious ways :)

Soon we will be lacing!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I so adore yarn! Your's is so pretty. I like making ripple afghans, too. Hope you feel better soon! Twyla

Niesz Vintage Home said...

The colors of that first yarn are absolutely gorgeous!

Have fun with your new pretties!
Kimberly :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Really? There are 200 ripple patterns??? I would have never guessed that! And WooHoo for a newly hooked sock knitter LOL!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Oh. That aqua colored yarn is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see what you create with it!

kelly said...

hello, lucky you, that misti alpaca is just so beautiful, i'm also slowly building an addiction to sock yarn!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous yarn. I don't make anything with needles are yarn, I've tried but I'm a moron, but that is going to be luscious.