Bet you thought my next post would be about finishing something, eh? Nah--FOs are for sissies! When faced with a raft of half-done projects, the tough...go shopping. Actually, there is a logic here, tenuous though it may be. I have some pillow tops for Pete's room that I need to finish. (And then you'll get the full show, I promise. Although there's some, um, styling that needs to happen first.) To do that, I needed just a yard or two from Purl Patchwork, but making it into Manhattan is a little more complicated than it used to be. So I thought, oh for Pete's sake (heh), just order it online and pay shipping; subway fare would be $4 anyway. But of course...I had to get a little something to round out the order, didn't I? And who can resist HIPPOS, especially HIPPO BUTTS? (You have to cap it, sorry.) No, I have no idea what to do with it. I'm thinking maybe little HIPPO pants for several small persons I know.
The irony here is that PP actually ships from California. So what I could have picked up in a two-mile trip on public transportation I had shipped several thousand miles. Good one. Quite a carbon footprint on those HIPPOS.
I've been mulling over the Surprisingly Large Baby Issue (I seem to do more mulling than knitting these days, alas) and I think the Pea Pod will not answer. It's apple green cotton, you don't get much Springier than that, and by Spring she'll probably be wearing pre-teen sizes. Instead, I think I'll make her a Vestee--short-sleeved with a hood, perfect layering for Fall and Winter. I've always wanted to use some of the heavier weights of Lorna's Laces, and since they're superwash, this seemed like a good time. A scroll through the completed projects on Ravelry encouraged me to try a subtle variegated. And then...I started playing with the sell/trade feature. Which is, as most of you probably already know, pure genius and pure evil. I found three skeins of the worsted weight going for a steal--$30, including shipping! True, it wasn't in one of the colorways I wanted for this particular project, but hey, I could use it for something else, right?
Oh, you know how this goes.
On Thursday I plunked down the Paypal, and guess what came this morning, courtesy of the lovely Tomtenknits? That's practically the speed of light! Clearly the USPS in Minneapolis is a whole 'nuther animal from Brooklyn's, or perhaps Ann is just made of sterner stuff. Thank you, Ann! I promise not to let it languish in my stash...well, not too long.
While I'm obsessed with sell/trade: what's up with some of the "bargains" out there? Like people selling skeins of STR for $25. No, not discontinued or club colors. Just regular ol' skeins that you could buy direct from STR...for $19 plus shipping. Are their shipping costs outrageous? I don't get it. Seems to me that when you're de-stashing, you should expect to take a slight loss, unless you have something extremely rare or coveted. If, for example, I decided to part with some of my Hello Yarn (not gonna happen). Calculate further loss if you wound it, and still further if some of it is frogged. Right? Am I missing something?