Thursday, June 18, 2009

My First Experience with "Yarn Fumes"

I think I had my first experience with "yarn fumes" over the weekend. I was in my LYS, looking around, not planning to buy anything, so I checked out the pattern books and leaflettes. Rarely do I buy a pattern book because I wouldn't make or even like at least 75% of the stuff they contain. But this book was a lot of stuff that I DO like, and would LIKE to make!

So I picked up the book. $20 was do-able. Besides, it wasn't like I was buying yarn. So I set the book down on a table to flip through it again, admiring one particular pattern, and I thought...maybe I'd better look for the yarn it calls for, I might have something in a similar weight in my stash.

I think that's when I should have put the book down and RAN from the store...the yarn fumes were starting to make everything feel like a good idea. Oh yes, of course I'll pick up that ball, I don't have any cotton blends at home after all, maybe I'll just compare it to these other cotton blends... Nope, didn't find anything I like that's the right weight, I'll just put it back. OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS OTHER COLORWAY!!!

Did you detect the moment where I should have recognized a full blown yarn fume high?

I purchased the book, and the yarn, exercised the tinsiest bit of restraint and did not buy a button to put on it when I finish. And then earlier this week I took a look at my credit card statement and wondered what the heck I was thinking.

The good news (for my knitterly soul, not so much for my wallet...) is that the book AND yarn were both on sale this month at 30% off. And my LYS doesn't give refunds, just store credit. Well now, I've already started knitting this bolero I'd planned during my fume high, and since I can only exchange there's no reason to feel guilty anymore about keeping the yarn... I'll get my bolero and wear it too!

I hope. With my extreme case of startitis, project ADD, and perfectionist trends who knows if I'll ever finish it. But it's such a lovely yarn, and I really could use the article of clothing I hope it turns out to be that I should make a more solid attempt to finish this one.

We'll see. I'll keep you updated. ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Where have you run into a knitter lately?

My nephew Dillon's 5th grade graduation ceremony was last night. It was cute, all the kids in nice clothes sitting up on stage while their teachers read off a list of kids with awards.... I think he felt left out since his name wasn't called for any of those. =( One of the girls read 179 books over the school year and was involved in EVERYTHING, I spy an overachiever...

Jess made a funny comment before it began, and I laughed but agreed. In a crowd of 300-500 semi-bored people you'd think you'd see more than two (us) people knitting.

I was thinking about that comment this afternoon while I was sitting in my doctor's office getting ready for my appointment. I'd just finished filling out this year's update to my personal information, sat down and pulled the zipper on my knitting bag when they called my name. Drat! Well at least it'll be quick, and I WAS the only person in the waiting area after all.

I told them what to put on my chart before they weighed me, and sure enough, 150 with clothes and shoes on. The girl taking my vitals and inital info laughed at that, saying that just confirms that everyone else that day that insisted their scale is 10lbs too high is a big fibber. I let on that I weigh myself once a week at the gym with a similar balance scale, that number is no shock to me.

When the CRNP (clinical registered nurse practicioner?) came in I had only knit across one needle on my sock, and commented that they're all just too quick tonight, I haven't had enough knitting time. She asked what I was making, and of course it was a sock, so I started describing it like I normally do... "It's going to be a sock, see this will be the cuff" and stretched it out in the appropriate area near my foot. She said something like yes I can see that, what kind of yarn? I knit too.

She knits too!

So in a room of 300-500 people there were two knitters. And in an office with less than 10 people in it there were still two knitters. I find that ironic and amusing.