Monday, July 31, 2006
Yarn Harlot Field Trip
Bad vibes surrounded the outing. Our healthy SNB head count dwindled down to 2 by Monday afternoon, but we pressed along. We pulled out of the alley drove a couple of feet and some guy decided he wanted to re-parallel park into oncoming traffic. We tried to keep driving and so did he. This foreshadows another turn of events that I won't get into. Let's just say that the car did not make it to the Yarn Harlot unscathed.
I was one of the few knitters with no knitting. How embarrassing! Instead I had some work-work along. Granted my work-work wasn't too compelling. I couldn't sit back and click my needles together contentedly. That would've been nice because I couldn't see either. I'm not too tall and the lady in front of me had ants in her pants.
The Yarn Harlot was a lot younger than I expected. For some reason I was expecting a lady with frizzy white hair. Knitters do look alike however and frizzy hair abounded. Someone could make their millions and retire by marketing some anti-frizz to the knitters. Buy two skeins and de-frizz 1/2 off. My hair is frizzy as well, so I would look twice at this deal, but it sounds too expensive.
To quote the Simpson's, "Our Prices Discriminate Because We Can't". Thus was my experience at the yarn store after the presentation. I was pretty excited because I'd never been to this yarn store and I haven't bought yarn in months. I sat down in front of this basket of beautiful novelty yarn. Really. I'm still thinking about it. Someone had handwritten the number 15 on the tag of one skein. I thought, hmm, that's a little expensive. I'll have to think about that. Then I asked another knitter, "Where do I find the price"? She opened the tag and we read $37. Blast! I dropped that skein like it was hot. My search was fruitless. All the yarn was expensive or not too attractive. Sob.
In the end my pearl of wisdom (There's a pun in there.) was learning that the Yarn Harlot "sucked" at knitting for 13 years. Goal! I've been craptacular for maybe 1/2 that time. There is hope for us all.