I managed to knit out of my stash for most of 2012, but when the fall fiber fairs were held and when my inbox was stuffed with emails announcing incredible end-of-the-year sales, I found myself doing what any serious knitter would do. In sum, I’m welcoming a lot of new yarns to my stash.
The most recent foray into the world of yarn vendors was a trip to WEBS on the day after Christmas. The main reason I wanted to visit the store in person was to see the tweed yarns. I have been slowly acquiring a lot of tweedy yarns for some future burst of solid-color cabled sweater knitting, and there were some intriguing options that don’t show up well on my computer monitor when I surf online retailers. When I entered WEBS, I had decided to limit myself to one batch of sweater yarn after I carefully and meticulously compared all the different kinds of tweed. I really had no intention of buying any sale yarn…that is, until Deborah, expert driver and enabler, showed me WEBS’ sale rooms.
We arrived at WEBS about a half-hour before it was open, and only a few cars were parked waiting for the start of the sale—but we were the first ones in.
When you walk into WEBS, there is a huge selling floor with rows and rows of yarn bins and sample garments.
I was happily wandering in the maze of yarn until Deborah encouraged me to look at the $2 and $5 baskets.
I could not resist this 100% merino superwash from Pagewood Farms, which was $5.
And I had a similar weakness for the Italian wool-cashmere mix at $2 per ball. I have enough here (around 650 yards) for a very nice shawlette.
And if you visit WEBS and can’t find what you want in the main part of the store (something I cannot imagine ever happening), the warehouse in the back is also available for browsing.
The yarn I came for, Debbie Bliss Luxury Aran Tweed, was a special order, and there was an email message yesterday saying it is now on its way—and I sure hope my mail carrier takes the “Priority” part of the package label to heart. So for now, I’m looking forward to a weekend or two or three of swatching cables, as I try to focus on gaining control of the WIPs I’ve vowed to finish.