Saturday, March 03, 2007
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!
For all of those who have a LYS and don't depend on AC Moore or Michaels for your yarn impulse sjopping, in-person purchases or the internet for never seen, never touched yarn-you won't appreciate this post one bit.
I have finally found a yarn store. Now, I have to tell you, Rob has mentioned a somewhat LYS for me, but it's in a place I never drive to, direction I rarely have to go, trafficy and a tough sell on the kiddo and hubster on maybe going out there one day for "just a ride". I went to the one near my pain management doctor and, even though it was a LYS, it had a lot of novelty yarn, not really any yarns I had been looking for-I left without buying a thing, so you know it was pretty bad.
Finally, I have found a spot. Now, it's in Princeton, about 1 1/2 hours drive away (notice, when you are from Jersey, you don't measure by miles, but by time it takes to get somewhere). Anyway, Elena had a birthday party in Princeton today-Laser tag party to be exact. One of Mike's former co-workers has a daughter the same age as Elena and Mike brought Elena into work a few times this summer and Laura (the former co-worker) also brought her daughter in the same days and the girls bonded. They are now pen-pals-the real ones that use paper, stamps, etc. Anyway, it was her party.
Anyway, I nonchalantly mentioned to Mike I would go with them today and then mentioned there was a yarn shop in Princeton, but the website showed it closed down. He said "I know, I saw that when I looked online."-My ears perked up a bit because Mike had been searching for me too???? Anyway, I remembered Amy mentioned she had taught crochet at a shop in Princeton and I emailed her and yes, she got back to me (thanks for getting back to me so fast too) and said yes, Pins and Needles. I mentioned it to Mike, he googled it and lo and behold, got the addy-but didn't tell me til he was sure he knew where it was, etc. Anyway, we went to the party and from there, to the yarn shop. It's located in downtown Princeton (yes, in the heart of Princeton University Campus)-cutesy shops, etc. Elena seemed exasperated until she found out there was a Japanese toy store there too, so all was well. Amy said it was small, but she forgets she is dealing with someone who doesn't know any better. It was terrific! When we walked in, men were sitting in chairs by the door rubbing their faces. Elena proclaimed "Wow Mom, this is just what you want!". I stayed in the upper level part and looked around while Elena announced "she was hitting the downstairs area, what was I looking for?". "Noro" I told her and Mike and sure enough Elena is jumping up and down telling me "Mom, get down here, c'mon, there's tons down here!". There was. I went down "there" and Mike and Elena headed up to the chairs for a rousing game of "Rock, scissors, paper". I did pick up four skeins of Kureyon (yes, I like the stuff, the coloring is amazing and yes, I plan to soak the scarf I made in some Eucalan). I bought four skeins of the 184 and found some Koigu KPM, but alas, colors weren't my cup of tea. I also found some Mission Falls Wool (didn't get it this time, but I figure we can go several times a year and when I want it, it'll be there). I had a bunch of Cascade wool in my hand and then my eyes fell on Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn. Yes, love at first site-stuff feels wonderful, 80% merino superwash, 20% nylon, gorgeous colorway. I am a sucker for the hand-dyed multi-hued yarns. I grabbed two skeins of Uptown. That was all I bought, still it was $56.00 worth of yarn and I was happy as a pig in poo, let me tell you. Yes, the Noro and Lorna's Laces look the same color-so what??? We then walked around town a bit and hit a Mexican restaurant for a nice, early dinner and back home. Perfect day if you ask me-Elena was able to have a blast at a party, I was able to get a little yarn goodness (it's a disease I tell you) and Mike picked out where we would have dinner. The weather was pretty nice too!