24 April 2006

Sales Galore!

Hey! So, I'm at my new job and bored out of my mind...what better time to update the blog. Hope you don't mind the no pictures.

I've been thinking about separating myself from the SnB group.....not the Atwater group, the SnB LA board. I'm still pissed that neither of the moderators, that I wrote to directly, bothered to respond to my query about the commercial posting policy. Not even to tell me to bugger off. They COMPLETELY ignored me. I've only been hanging on for the sales notices from the LYSs.....what to do?

Any way, I got notification about two sales last week. A Mano Yarn has their sale going on now, it started yesterday, and I was there yesterday. It was a madhouse. I was given a plastic garbage bag and set free in the store. Lots of stuff at 40% off, including all of their Rowan, plus a ton of sock yarn. 20% off everything that wasn't 40% or clearly marked some other %-age off. Books and needles 10%...How can you beat that? I got $45 worth of sock yarn. Yes, Dixie, I've been converted, completely. Most of it was Sockotta (spelling?)...plus three skeins of Lang JaWool in Navy for my uncle socks.

Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Elegance Designer Yarns is having a sale....the mailer said up to 100% off...not sure what that means, but I'm assuming (read: hoping) that she's giving stuff away for free. Whatever, I'm going over to support Ashley. She's one of the nicest yarn store owners in this area. And her prices aren't bad either.

I've been working on Mother's Day gifts, beaded cuffs mostly. I stalled on Kasan's Fuzzy Feet, but I think I've completed my gusset decreases and just need to finish the foot and toe...I think. My Broadripple is languishing on the needles. I think I'm done with the gusset decreases on that too, and all that's left is to finish it. Why don't I put the time and effort into knitting for myself that I do for the stuff I'm going to gift? Well, I've got about 8 balls of Sockotta at home for me...so, I'll be focusing on gifts for me soon! Despite my "issues" with the Broadripple, I think I'm actually going to give these a go.

The afghans remain untouched. The cuffs are coming along exceptionally well, the navy blue one is my favorite so far, I'll have pictures soon. The beads for the spiral twist bracelet are too small so that means a trip to San Gabriel Bead Company! Whoo hoo!

I think that's all the news that's fit to print today. The new job is fine, just not a whole lot to do so far.


18 April 2006

The Fund is no more!

...but then most you of you know that already. It's been a hectic month...wow, I found & started a new job in less than a month. Thank God/Goddess for small favors & big ones too.

I have been knitting, what else is a stressed girl that supposed to be dieting to do? I've made two pairs of socks out of Paton's Grace, and got some Baby Silk to make socks for myself and my uncle. It's sooooo soft. I got elastic from Black Sheep Knittery, which I was told wouldn't work for reinforcing....so, I've got elastic for the tops and need nylon (or something) for the toes and heels....someone help me find the nylon I need! (Black & Oxblood).

Let's see, what else. I finished the cuff for my mom, and started the one for Cathy (mother of the child who received The Stocking). I also started a pair of Fuzzy Feet for Kasan. I finally got mine fully felted, and he saw them and requested a pair. So, after an expensive celebratory lunch on my last day at The Fund, we stopped by Black Sheep Knittery. I told him Worsted weight, he picked up Bulky, and of course I didn't check behind him. So, I had to go back.

I go in (close the window if you on't want to read my bitching), and they're all seated around the table. One girl at the register. After I dig thru (read: destroy) their display of Lamb's Pride, I head to the back to see if they have the necessary color/dye lot I need behind the computer. I've been in the store at least 10 mins by now. As I pass the table one of the women says, let me know if you need any help. It took a lot for me not to stop and say: Bitch, didn't you just see me digging thru that pile, did it look like I needed help? But I didn't, I kept walking. I get back there and I tell the chick at the computer that I'm looking for that color Lamb's Pride in Bulky. She POINTS at a drawer and says there's more in there.

Now, I don't know if you've been to the Black Sheep Knittery, but there aren't many brown people shopping there (except that old gay black guy), and I had been there two days before, so you would think that ONE of them would say, oh do you need the same dye lot for your project? Yes, you would think. They didn't. I'm not going back there to spend any more money, and if I had ANY idea where to buy Lamb's Pride that day I would have gone there. Boy, my list of LYSs is shrinking...but yarn is too readily available in other stores and on the net for me to deal with over pricing AND bad service.

Did I mention that AFTER I did all the digging the chick behind the computer comes over to say, oh that skein looks closer in color than this one. WTF? Then she told me she reinforces the toes on her sock with Baby Alpaca...BLUE SKY BABY ALPACA!?!?!? WTF?

Anywho, I'm doing much better now!