Aside from my yogurt and decaf coffee, I would say that yarn is my only addiction. I was feeling pretty proud of myself for keeping my yarn stash low all winter. It felt so good to walk into a Michaels or a Walmart and only purchase enough yarn for my current projects. And best of all, I didn’t have to worry about finding a place to store all my unused yarn.
Then I went even stricter a few months ago and decided that I was going to use up each and every piece of scrap yarn that I had before purchasing any new yarn.
Well… that didn’t work out so well…
For one, it deprived me of designing new patterns as I didn’t have the yarn I needed to bring my ideas to life.
And two … not buying new yarn on a weekly basis is pure torment for a crocheter. If you crochet I’m sure you can relate.
Seriously, I swear buying yarn and crocheting is better than any medicine you can get! I remember feeling pretty low the day I went shopping. And when I left the last store I was on cloud nine! I’m not kidding!
First, I was thrilled about all the deals I had found. And second, I had all these ideas rolling around in my head as to what I would make with my new-found treasure.
So let me share my shopping trip with you.
My first stop was at a Walmart. I had just designed and crocheted up the bag pictured below. I had crocheted it up in a solid color and thought maybe it would look nice if I did the cables in a contrasting color.
So I bought more Red Heart Soft Touch to start the next bag. Well it turned out to be too much of a pain to work the two colors and so I gave that up…. and my yarn is now sitting there waiting to be crocheted.
My next stop was at a Len’s Mill store. I saw some amazing cotton yarn there and would have made the purchase if I hadn’t seen this unknown green yarn:
The yarn was about the same thickness as the cotton yarn, had like 3 times the amount and was on sale at less than half of what the cotton was priced at. So I made the swap and went home with this one instead.
My last stop was Michaels.
I had a 40% off any regular priced item coupon. If you are not on the Michaels email list, I highly recommend you sign up if you do a lot of yarn shopping. They have weekly coupons such as above as well as coupons to get like 20% off your entire purchase! So it’s well worth it to sign up and save.
Anyway, as I made my way through the yarn section to see what was on sale and what item I would buy using my coupon, I spotted this Impeccable Loops and Thread yarn on sale at less than half price:
One of my testers had just crocheted up one of my bag patterns in this yarn and so I was even more curious about it. At first it didn’t look very inviting because it looked too much like Red Heart Comfort; and I’m not too fond of working with that yarn anymore. It’s cheap and great for blankets, but just not soft enough for my liking.
But as soon as I touched it, I discovered that it is much softer than RHC. And… so I ended up buying 7 balls of that. Yikes! But I figured it’s now or never.
I still needed a new foam visor to crochet around. The one I had was all flattened out from me working with it so much as I designed the crocheted cover. So I spotted one on sale at one of the center bins.
In the same bin were some summer sandals, also on sale. I couldn’t resist as I had started a project last summer already for a pair of crocheted sandals. And I’m determined to finish the design this summer. You always need to make at least two copies when you design… and these would be for my finished design. 🙂
With all the deals I found, I still had my 40% off coupon. 🙂
What to do… I decided I needed some hemp for the soles of my slippers. So I searched around a bit and found this:
I’ve never worked with hemp before, so not sure how well it will work or if it’s even crochetable (is that a word?).
Anyway, it was a regular priced item. I figured I had enough in my basket and so I checked out.
When I went back to my car and saw all my bags with yarn and other stuff I almost felt a tinge of guilt. But I immediately felt better when I realized how many cool things I could crochet now.
And when I looked at my receipts I felt even better!
My Walmart trip cost me about $18.00.
My trip to Len’s Mill was only about $5.00.
And my Michaels trip cost me $24.00.
All those bags full of yarn cost me less than $50.00! In my mind I had done really well! What do you think?
Walmart cost me the most, and I’m seriously debating on whether or not to shop there for yarn anymore. At the same time, they carry some of my favorite yarns that are not found at Michaels…
Now I have the pleasure of crocheting up all that yarn so I can do this again… can’t wait! 🙂