Shoppers, Leave Some For Me!
I'm sorry I haven't posted in a minute––I've been working and saving my money. And ya' know why? Because Smiley's Manhattan Yarn Riot, an event, which I regard as the "Super Bowl" of yarn sales in New York City commenced yesterday. If you aren't hip to this, you can check out my post of last year's sale. Afterward, drive or fly up. I'd let some of you stay with me, but I'm nursing a cold, which is why I haven't gone yet. I will need all of my energy to deal with this year's suspected crowds, on Thursday, when I do go.
Getting a Grip on Desire
(Remnants from last year, clockwise, from top: A swatch of Patons "Icelandic," the yarn of which, landed in the closet; Patons "Whistler," which I finally started knitting up; Filatura Lanarota's "Puno" (no more, I'm alpaca'd out); Reynold's Encore Colorspun––I gave away the bag, because the baby grew beyond the layette stage! All photos enlarge).
This year, I'm going as Sahara the artisan, as opposed to Sahara the knitter. Sahara the knitter, is an addicted yarn shopper who will buy yarn simply for the sheer beauty of it; a project may (or may not) be the outcome. She will also blow her pretend budget, justifying it by the intention, of creating imaginary gifts for real people––who she won't tell because––ha! This yarn is really for her.
Sahara the artisan is more focused, looking primarily towards the coming spring fashion, for yarn direction. She has a real budget that will allow for a few surprises––she knows there will be, and wants to be able to pick up a gem. She will also carry this:
At the sale, multiple purchases are placed in large, garbage bags. You can only imagine, what the women leaving the hotel look like, carrying them––along 57th Street, no less (men who attend, seem to be more disciplined in their spending––fellas, let me know if that's true).
I'm avoiding this very un-chic display of capriciousness, by bringing the bag shown, picked up in Copenhagan a few years ago. It elongates from 14" to 24," and has a bottom, eight inches wide. Once it's filled, whether it's with three bags of yarn or ten––that's it!
Don't Buy These Yarns
I'll be looking for Patons "Whistler," a machine washable, merino wool that has excellent shape retention. The back of this soon-to-be cardigan, was quickly knitted using five skeins, on size ten needles. The low yardage was a non-issue because of the price. I love this yarn so much, that I'm buying it to knit another apre´ski sweater for Mr. K.; so if you must have this yarn, leave me four bags. And, as this is the only winter yarn I want out of their giant selection––leaving me this miniscule amount shouldn't be difficult, should it?
Filatura Lanarota's "Royal Linen," one of the surprises capturing my attention last year, is back! I hope to turn this blend into some sexy polo shirts for the men's department of a boutique, next spring. I'm still figuring out how much I'll need, so try not to buy this at all!
You can have Filatura Lanarota's "Puno" alpaca; I actually have enough. And the metallics, I'm gonna pass by as well. As I stated earlier, I'm primarily looking for spring yarns, and maybe a novelty or some mohair.
Now that y'all know what I'm after, I expect a certain amount of consideration. Don't let me get to that sale, and find out the yarns I was lusting after, sold out. Worse yet, if any of you make anything out of those yarns––gifts included––and I see it? Watch out––as a knitter, I'll know. I may ask you to unravel it. See ya' Thursday.