I have never really considered myself a die-hard shopper. Sure, I like to shop, even enjoy it on most occasions, but I am not one to search high and low for the best deal. If I like it and can afford it and haven’t talked myself into believing I don’t “need” something, I buy it. So when it comes to shopping for yarn, I take one of two approaches.
1. Buy what looks and feels good.
2. Buy yarn for a specific project.
When I first started knitting, I was a project-centered yarn buyer. If I wanted to make something, I’d go out and get yarn to make it. In the beginning I didn’t know about the wealth of places one can buy yarn, both locally and online. So often I would find myself standing in the yarn aisle of a craft store making a guess at choosing a good substitution.
Then I started going to a Stitch ‘n Bitch group that met right next door to a yarn shop. More often than not, we would go over after knitting for a while, just to see what was new and take advantage of a group discount. This is when I started stashing, unknowingly at first, then with intention after I started knitting socks. It’s just so easy to buy beautiful sock yarn with abandon!
All of this is to explain to that when I go to a yarn store like Webs, on a big sale weekend, I go with a mixed strategy. Sure, I made a list. And I got everything on my list, or some variation. But I’m also open to spontaneous yarn acquisition, which is how I came home with an extra skein of sock yarn (or two). And the Addi Click interchangeable needles I have been daydreaming about. It was a good thing I couldn’t reach the Lexi Barnes bags from where I stood in line, because I certainly don’t need another knitting bag!
We arrived at Webs right at 10am as the sale was supposed to start. The place was already packed with bargain-hungry yarn shoppers. I have always been quick to say that knitters are a gentle, generous folk, but some of the behavior I saw that day has me questioning this. I was bumped into, given agitated looks, and downright ignored when speaking. More than once! Good thing I was in a good mood and not so serious about the whole thing. I was just there to get what was on my list, after all!
I filled that blue/green bag with yarn, and when it was full I called it quits. I stuck to my budget (except for those neeldles…okay, I stuck to my yarn budget), got more than I needed, and had fun while doing it. Success!
Did you go to the Webs Tent Sale? What did you buy? How long did you stand in line?!