Friday, November 9, 2012

Shopping is Art ...

... or that is what 10,000,000 Divas across the land will tell you.

Balancing my budget is going to take some real art.
Beginning to Knit class is going to cost way more than the class fee!

That's 100% Baby Alpaca yarn.
How can I describe the softness for those unfamiliar with alpaca fiber?
"Dreamy" just doesn't cut it. "Downy" gets close, but not all the way.
Baby alpaca is extremely soft ... incredibly soft ...
and for reasons I don't fully understand, but tried to comprehend
and posted about it here but it involves understand physics and high-level math.
I don't understand the physics or the math, I only know I love the feel.

I purchased the yarn, new set of size 11 needles
and that little red box thingee which I call my "clicker"
which helps me to count rows - a necessity in a lot of patterns.

In addition to my class project, I started to work on:

The cover project - the "infinity cowl" - looked like a beginner project
and my teacher agreed.

The pattern is in the current, Holiday 2012, copy of Knit Simple magazine.
Can you see this worked up with the baby alpaca yarn?

I think my teacher realized last night that I was a good mark!
After gravitating towards the baby alpaca yarns,
she started showing me other absolutely luscious pickings
throughout the store.
I told her my goal is to get good enough to knit lace,
and she proceeded to show me some drop-dead beautiful lace/art yarns.

I must find a good dose of self-discipline before going to the next class.
Although, last night I got my first $25 off next purchase coupon
at the bottom of my receipt.

This reminds me of the time I worked in a quilt store.
I told my family and friends I was earning 1 yard/hr.
I was not joking!

I've learned not to make that same mistake.
The next thread-type store I worked in was a Bernina store.
Needless to say, I did not earn a machine/hr.
I actually brought real dollars home to the bank account.
But I did leave some behind, bringing fancy feet and gadgets home instead.

I will NEVER work in a yarn shop!
(quit rolling your eyes, Mom!!)
(oh --- and don't tell George about this post!)


Carolyn Dube said...

I think I have an idea of your yarn challenges...Yarn is a great love of my daughter. She goes crazy when she finds a new yarn. When we travel she wants to look for yarn stores. She takes knitting more places than she takes her ipod- which for a teenager says something!

Currie Silver said...

Hi Hilary!!
Had a bit of a time finding you BEcause I really wanted to respond to your fun comment on I Love You, Currie today. You are a no-reply blogger and then your link today was a bit wonky. I found you, though, thanks to Google+ but NOT an email, just your blog...
Anyway, you made me laugh. I've been sending my Gratitude out to a group of people since 2007, and every once in a while I will pose something as a question, like today, which is usually inadvertently, and I have a couple of regular responders whenever I DO!! So your response made my day as I'd NOT seen where I'd left a ? out there!!
I am loving your AEDM post here, too. I barely sew buttons, and I learned to knit in Brownies, so let us NOT go there ;~D!! But what I love is meeting new people each day during AEDM and BEcause you commented on my post of course that made my visit to yours an imperative!!
EnJOY and don't let the hormones ruin your harmony!!

Hilary Johnson said...

ah geez ... I thought I fixed that "no reply" stuff. *sigh* Back to the drawing board!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Oh this is going to be so beautiful and practical as well ~ How lovely! (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said... alpaca. And now you've found out about the downside to a knitting addiction. I think it's the only one, actually. Once I saw good yarn and even better, once I knitted with good yarn I became a committed yarn snob. Darn that stuff is expensive. I'd be all about the $35 pairs of socks if I had unlimited money. Working in a yarn store would be dangerous. Though, on the upside, sitting around all day knitting and helping customers knit would be kind of fun.

TammyVitale said...

Let's face it, any creative endeavor can be addictive. I started making jewelry to save money. Ha!There's just no such thing as too much of whatever art supplies you need for your creations! Love that "yard/hour" - fun!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I don't care if you're a no-reply blogger because I leave comments, not e-mails. I was at a yarn store this summer, and I could not believe the cost of the yarn. The dreamy alpaca yarn you mentioned was over $40.00 a skein. When I enlarged your skein, I saw you paid less than half that price. It must have been the store's mark up (the store I went to). This is going to be an absolutely gorgeous sweater, though. My hats off to you and your (perceived) ability to stay on budget.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm sure it was the store I went to. Even my shop-a-holic friend Kathy, who will spend money at the drop of a hat, was flabbergasted by the prices in the store. If you go to this post:

you can see the store I talked about (you'll have to scroll down a bit). In the post, I cite the cost of most skeins at $30 to $42. It was obvious, they didn't get much traffic because the day we were there, no one entered the store.

Larissa said...

That alpaca yarn looks divine - i can feel the softness from here :) Thanks for your visit to my blog too xx

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

That yarn looks delightfully soft. Many crafters will understand your calculating your salary that way. :D

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