I was faced with that dilemma this morning and like the true freak I am, I chose yarn. I mentioned to Stacy that I never use credit to buy yarn-cash I have and I support my own habit. So basically, if I don't have the money, I don't get it-hence my crappy stash selection and why I have no Noro, Manos or any other scrumptious yarn in my stash. This isn't to say those who have them use credit, they probably have a job or something that pays them cash, hence they have the money. I am sure once I start working again, I will spend it as fast as it comes in. Anyway, to the yarn. I had that damn 50% off Joann Coupon that expires on Sunday. I decided that I was making Elena's teacher a shawl for Christmas and it had to be in the JA Sensations Boucle green-I checked my stash-6 balls of boucle (2 blue, one autumnal colors, one red, one plum and one black/white-no green). Her teacher as auburn hair-more on the side of red and I noticed each time I saw her, she had a shade of green on and I knew, it had to be green. I could have gotten away with the autumnal color or the red, but no, it had to be green. Joann is about a 30 mile round trip-I look at the gas gauge-less than 1/8 of a tank. Now, if I buy any gas, it cuts into my yarn money and I did have a Broomstick lace needle (yes, Kimberly) on my list and the website showed they carried a few sizes, I wanted some 13 mm or larger split rings and I hoped to fine the Interweave Crochet-I wasn't parting with the money for gas. I knew if the "gas light" came on, I would have 30 or so miles to go, at least that's what the manual said.
I went, the light came on about 5 miles into the ride. I still went. I realized I held my breath the entire ride there and ride home (yes, I made it, but I swear the car sighed as I pulled in the driveway. I was gripping the steering wheel so hard, my right hand went numb.
Anyway, I found the green boucle (last skein and if they had been out of it, I would have lost it-seriously). No split rings beyond 10 mm, of course. Broomstick Lace needle-hah, they had no clue what I was talking about, but did direct me, after I explained what it was, to a pair of crappy plastic knitting needles that looked big for $14.99-I passed. I ask where all the "new yarn" they supposedly were stocking was-another blank stare. Okay, I did find a fabric sample (on clearance for $0.50) in a heavy black suede like material-Liz Claiborne home and thought it would be perfect for my Sari Silk Bag-without having to cut it at all, it fits perfectly (yes, I figured in the 1/2" overlap for sewing it together)-so I was happy about that. No Interweave Crochet-but they did have the Fall edition of Family Circle Easy Crochet-40 patterns and a claim that all patterns are triple checked. I leafed through it and found stuff I liked-I had to grab it.
The patterns I loved-the Lacy Bolero pattern (no, I haven't seen Bernat Cool Crochet, but it can be substituted)-but it has to be seamed together. They did have a section on felting including a crochet bowl pattern (okay it's a bowl slipcover), felted pincushion pattern and a filet mesh pillow. There was even a crocheted sweater for men that was bobbles, post stitches and cables and looked kinda nice. Okay, now that I have studied it for this post, it's just okay-but it still gives me ideas to work with. This time around, instead of Lion yarn, they use a lot of Paton's, Bernat with a little Lily cotton thrown in. There was even a thing on making polymer clay buttons (which I want to do and actually HAVE the stuff I need). The true dud (IMHO), the Bernat Boa Triangle Shawl-enough of fun fur and the boa already-it's so done with.
Anyway, I made it home-hopefully will have the gas to get to the bus stop, but it's an easy walk if I don't, got my yarn, reaffirmed why I hate my Joann and now the day can go on.
Oooh, I did find for only $1 a kid's crochet set that had some yarn, a plastic tapestry needle and a cute Crystalite type crochet hook-purple with sparkles-but it had a purple flower on the end. Nice size for kids hand-Boye type head, but a bit more inline, so this may work well for Elena-about a J size. The age is 8+ and it was for two crocheted flower magnets. Called Yarn Mini's by Colorbok. Heck the darn crochet hook would cost more then the $1 (kids hooks cost more cause they're for kids, ya know)