Today I had to go to Franklin for work. On the way there, I drove past what used to be my “LYS” (Local Yarn Store to those of you unaddicted to fiber), Shirley’s Yarns and Crafts.
There was a BIG sign out front “Inventory Clearance Sale 20% off January 9-14”
I kept driving.
In my family there is a funny rule about ice cream shops. You can drive to and from an ice cream shop but not past an ice cream shop. Long story how it came to be, but one of my aunts was giving directions, and said “go past the ice cream shop” and she was immediately corrected. Go to the ice cream shop, stop, get an ice cream, and then from the ice cream shop, continue on. Thus it has been evermore.
I am that way with yarn stores, especially those with signs like that out front. But I was on a mission, so I kept going. But I wondered… did they have some sock yarn that would coordinate with what I am spinning now, in case I don’t get enough yardage for my planned socks? I could do a different heel and toe if I had to…
On the way back, I stopped. They truly were having a big sale, and they had TONS of sock yarn, I am not kidding. For a small shop, the selection was amazing. I decided to show some self restraint and limited myself to what I could pay for with the cash in my wallet, which ruled out taking the whole section. 🙂
I tried to visualize the in-progress yarn, which has pink, purple, orange, and green. I knew I didn’t want green, and I didn’t want the wrong purple. I thought pink or orange could be fun. But there were no solids in those exact colors. I walked around for a bit with a pretty, brightly dyed multicolored yarn, but eventually put it back – I want my handspun to be the stars of this show, not fight for attention with this yarn.
I finally picked up this skein.
I know, not pink, orange, purple nor green! But the fiber content is close to what I am spinning, and so if I think I will need it, I will wind off some of this and dye it. Brilliant!
And if I don’t need it, I can dye it any color I want, right? And I needed some more sock yarn if I am going to knit 4-6 pairs this year. AND it was on sale. And I had plenty of cash to cover the price.
So I think I did pretty well going to and from the yarn store. And the clearance sale is still going on, through tomorrow in case any of you want to check it out. 🙂