I really should stay away from yarn shops.
At lunchtime today, I went to Hobbycraft to buy a couple of row counters. All the ones I've got are in use and I'll need one for my next project. Naturally, I browsed the yarn aisles, while I was there. I had to - the knitting notions were buried in the middle. I wasn't looking for anything - normally, I can resist the yarns at Hobbycraft because many have that cheap-and-nasty plastic acrylic feel. Not today.
On an end-cap, I found a shelf of something that intrigued me: Palette's Vintage, a worsted weight 70% wool, 30% soy blend. The label knocked me for six - you never see a yarn labeled "worsted" in this country, it just doesn't exist. If you didn't like brown, there wasn't a huge number of other skeins: 9 white ("Macadamia"), 6 blue ("Enamel"), 9 red ("Red Bud") and 20-odd brown ("Otter"). But there was no price. I nabbed a shop assistant, who checked - it was 99p a ball and the stuff on the shelf was all they had.
The yarn-lust took hold of me. Worsted weight? Less than a Pound a ball? And it's 70% wool? I stared at it for a few minutes. Was there enough to make a sweater? I did a swift calculation in my head, 9 balls at 125m/ball is 1125 metres of yarn. Not quite enough for, say, a Must Have Cardigan. I scrabbled on my phone to access Ravelry; was there anything suitable in my favourites that didn't use much yarn? Amy Christoffers' Acer Cardigan fitted the bill. As did Bonne Marie Burns' Basic Chick V-Neck Cardigan and her Twist. I could knit an entire garment for £8.91! That's my sort of price.
In the end, I couldn't decide between the red and the white. At 99p a ball, I decided I didn't have to.
- Pam (It's not stash enhancement if you have a pattern for it; it's project acquisition)