Sunday, August 13, 2006

What was I expecting?

I don't like to think of myself naive. I've been around the knitting block only for a couple of years, but naive I'm not. I've seen some yarn. I've been to quite a few yarn stores. I haven't yet had the privilege of attending a Stitches mind you, but I shop for yarn like a crazy person a lot of the time.

Yesterday seemed like the prime opportunity to get to WEBS for the first time. It's practically around the corner from Magic Wings. Mimi was sound asleep in the back (update: she is doing much better on the antibiotic, but I'm still concerned, whatever it is, lyme disease in all likelihood, it's kicking her butt, fussy and tired) and Sugar Bear was content to hang out with DH in the car. I grabbed the wallet and nothing else.

First of all, the store itself, is the largest yarn store I've been to. Major wow there already. I think I actually uttered, "dear God!" as I walked in the door. Yarn everywhere. Cones everywhere. Spinning supplies you name it. I think I was in shock because I wandered for at least 10 minutes with my mouth open and an empty basket. I couldn't even analyze the prices because I was just in awe of the volume.

Second, I could have really done some damage in this store. I came away with 4 balls of sock yarn, very nice, not a major swag score but nonetheless, nice.Sugar Bear has already claimed the brighter colors for socks. I have failed to knit her socks as of yet so I need to get on that. I am working on her purple dress though, so it will have to be after the purple dress.

But, it was the open door to the warehouse that caused the beginning of my utter lack of ability to speak or process. ROWS of yarn and cones of yarn and exploding boxes everywhere. It was the kind of thing where as opposed to walking around in horror with your mouth open and wanting to scream, it was like the Beatles reuniting in front of your eyes and Paul singing right to you. You want to scream and cry and laugh all at the same time.

I'm stunned I only came away with four balls, but I think it's the kind of thing where you have to have a plan before you go. And you can't have anyone waiting for you in the car. There were several husbands in the store just sitting and reading, but I kept thinking, unless you are incapable of driving or the man himself knits, why would you bring a husband to such a place?
I mean, this is not a place where you want a significant other monitoring your spending. I wished that I had more projects in mind so I could just go crazy, but a) the stash is significantly large right now and b) it's not like I have time for a ton of projects right now. But, they are only an hour or so away, so I will be back.

They're having a sale right now, so go, get your knit on (especially NORO).


Holly in CT said...

You are a better woman than I in terms of self restraint. The last time i was at Webs (for the yarn Harlot book signing)I purchased 4 pounds of yarn. I have little self control when it comes to yarn. However, my first trip was similar to yours all that yarn is simply overwhelming. I did roll around in the fiber in the warehouse area.

Robin's Donna said...

the worst part of Inge graduating from Mt Holyoke was I wouldn't be able to go to Webs at least once a year. Ordering online is good but it just isn't the same experience as going in the warehouse and wallowing in yarn. Have you take the girls to the Eric Carle Museum yet -- it's near Webs and I loved it.

Holly of HollYarns said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the WEBS store! I am so happy to find that they have some Noro Silk Garden overstock for less than $7 dollars a skein as I am making a mitered square blanket using it. Bargain!