On a rare trip to the U.S. to visit my parents, I obviously had to patron a local yarn store in the nearby town. My mom and I were walking her dog (which was a challenge in and of itself) and on the way back to the car, I hurried into the store under pretense of “buying something for my neighbor” – which I mean, I was, but y’know, if I found something I liked, I can’t be held accountable…
Anyway, imagine to my surprise, and most marvelous delight, a sign advertising a mega sale in honor of the PGA in town (because yarn and golf = inseparable, right?) – 25% off all yarn AND a free skein of yarn per customer from the bargain bin by the front door. Wahooo! Who doesn’t love free things? So of course I perused – quickly, since my mom’s dog is not a patient animal. I found some Berroco Vintage chunky on sale for 30% off, and quickly rifled through the free basket. As politely as I could, I asked the owner if it was one per customer. As the sale was about to end the next day, she shrugged – “free is free, take a few.” More magical words could not be said to a yarn lover. So, true to her word, I took a few… less than I would have liked, but there were other people hovering, so I didn’t want to be *that* person.
I emerged with my hasty purchases and triumphantly showed them to my mom, who had been cautioning me against my ever-growing yarn collection since I’d arrived. I mean, she’s right – I’m living out of two suitcases, one of which was *already* full of yarn I’d brought to work on while I was here. But, that magical word – “FREE”, and suddenly it’s totally okay. So okay, in fact, that I returned bright and early the next day. I asked, again, politely, if it was one per customer (I didn’t want to be presuming) and the ladies, again, shrugged and said “eh, it’s the last day, and you need at least a couple to make something, right?” I mean it’s like manna from heaven when someone tells you that. I took my time this time, but pretty soon other customers entered and immediately started snatching up any ‘potentials’ I’d set aside, so I figured I’d better get out while the out was still good.
At the end of the day, I think I still got a pretty awesome stash:
Okay, I realize from this angle that my free yarn all looks kind of poopy and boring… but I was trying to go for “neutral” and “giveaway-able” and the other customers stole my Noro. Whatevs, I scored 649 yards of Cascade Eco Cloud. FOR FREE. Two of the skeins had completely fallen apart in the bin, making them quite unsightly and presumably undesirable, but nothing a true yarn lover can’t fix/twist back into shape in a matter of eight seconds or less.
God bless you, Yarne Source Pittsford. Drop by if you’re ever in upstate New York and bid them good day. 🙂