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YarnCon 2011, wherein I spent too much money

Posted by Andi on September 25, 2011

YarnCon was yesterday, and even though I spent too much money, I think I showed incredible restraint. For instance, I only allowed myself to buy one item from any one vendor. Even if I wanted every type of yarn a particular vendor had, I stuck with one. Good, right? Also, there were so many vendors I wanted to buy from, and decided to put a cap on it. I’m sorry, vendors I didn’t buy from, I love you and will buy something from you one day, I promise! Plus, I think it’s okay to spend a good chunk of money on stash enhancement once a year when most vendors are local to the Midwest, if not Chicago itself.

So, in chronological order, here is my stash enhancement.

I arrived early help my friend Jen, who was vending, set up her booth. From her spot I had a great view of the Halftone booth, and from afar all of the skeins on her table looked cool. Jen had a sock project on the needles that I felt, and it was so soft! As soon as I could I made a beeline over there and picked out this beauty:

Halftone Artisan Handpainted Yarns One-Pair

A few weeks ago I started digging through my purse and bag stash to find bags to hold projects. That’s when I realized I do not have enough project bags. I started rectifying that situation by purchasing a large box bag from the Piddleloop Sewing Team. I got to scope out the bags early, since this was the booth I helped set up! They have such a lovely variety of fabrics that it was hard to choose just one. I narrowed it down to four, went and bought the Halftone yarn, and when I came back one of the four was gone, which helped me make my choice. Ultimately I chose this one:

Piddleloop Large Box Bag

The mittens I’m making will fit perfectly in here! I also like that it’s a little bigger than my current sock project bag, so if I have a huge cake of yarn it will fit better. Yay!

After walking around and checking out every booth, I narrowed down the vendors I wanted to buy from. First on the list was Another Craft Girl. I was attracted by her colors, and chose a skein of Strong Sock in the Night Fury colorway:

Another Craft Girl Strong Sock in Night Fury

Black and green sock yarn. Can’t get more me than that.

Next I hit the Fleur de Fiber booth. I have seen her yarns at Windy Knitty, but had already spent enough money on yarn that week so I didn’t buy any. The Argentum yarn jumped right out at me (hello, it’s shiny!). Although there were three colors I really loved, I picked up one skein to look closer at and figured if that’s the one I picked up to look at, that must be the one I liked the best. Oh, and the colorway is called Oh, Pumpkin. Perfect!!

Fleur de Fiber Argentum in Oh, Pumpkin

Last, but certainly not least, I went back to the Evermore Studios booth, where I had seen many beautiful colors earlier. I focused in on a basket of self-striping sock yarns, and literally wanted every single skein. I finally narrowed it down to the two colors I liked the best. One was a deep teal, and the other was a rich brown. I realized I have some yarn that is similar in color to the teal already at home (albeit worsted weight) and chose the brown instead.

Evermore Studios Sugar Baby Sock Yarn in Chocolate Gradient

Then I cut myself off, even though there was more I wanted to buy.

There were at least two, if not more, vendors selling small amounts of sock yarn. I was seriously tempted, because it would have been perfect for knitting hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt. In the end I decided to take a pass, and made a conscious decision that my Beekeeper’s Quilt is going to be made exclusively of scraps. They don’t all have to be my scraps, but scraps nonetheless. Leftovers from other projects – using up yarn that might be wasted. That said, my purchases yesterday were strategic in that, before buying any of them, I did wonder how each would knit up as a hexipuff, and whether any of the yarns were too similar to something I already had scraps of.


2 Responses to “YarnCon 2011, wherein I spent too much money”

  1. Oh, man! That brown was a nice choice!

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