Thursday, June 12, 2008

Is it possible?

Is it possible to attend the Craft and Quilt Fair and not buy yarn?

Well duh, of course not!!! As my mum was staying with me I took the day off work, and mum and my SIL and I toddled off to the Craft Fair bright and early this morning (well, except that it was foggy, not bright, but you get the gist...). We arrived at about 9.30 - it was hilarious - as we were walking to the venue, from all angles we could see other women, all with the same eager, determined, almost excited looks on their faces. Not unlike the old woman planning on eating Hansel and Gretel, I think...

Heaps and heaps and heaps of fabric and quilting stuff, which I didn't look at much, being conscious of the fact that I have a bunch of fabric already which I have not used and am not likely to in the short term. So I spent most of the time looking at the yarn. Oh Colinette Jitterbug, how I love thy colours. But I was good, I did only buy two skeins...
Oyster Blush (which is a bit more cream and a bit less brown), and

Sahara (thanks to Terri who is currently knitting a scarf out of this - which looks fabulous!!)

The Colinette Iona was also gorgeous, but I held off. And I didn't go back and buy Jitterbug in Vatican Pie, although I really, really, really wanted to, after seeing Kylie's when we met up for lunch!

And I was good and didn't buy any Kaalund, or Belisa, or anything from Prestige Yarns, or Touch Yarns (from NZ - gorgeous laceweight!), or Mosman Needlecraft. But Prudence Mapstone, the exotic yarn hussy, made me buy this:

Alchemy Haiku in Clarita (yes, that is 40% silk, 60% mohair) (Shazmina, you'll be pleased to know I have this snuggled in my top as I'm typing this), and this:

Frog Tree Pima Silk (80% pima cotton, 20% silk). I was only going to get 5 balls of this, but they only had 6 left, so in an outstanding act of selfless community service, I bought all of them - can't leave a lonely ball of red there can I?

Next month: yarn diet!!

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Congrats to Megan who got the obscure pop culture reference! And especially for Knitabulous:

It's from the tv show Angel (a spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Angel, the vampire with a soul, is in love with Cordelia, although he won't admit it. She's in love with the Grusalagg ("Gru") who is a total warrior type spunk from another dimension. Gru is painting a feature wall and he reads the colour of the paint from the tin: "purpla". Angel, clearly jealous of Gru and acting like a teenager, rather than his 242 years of age, responds: "You can say 'pomegranate' but you can't pronounce a simple word like 'purple' ".
Gru (not understanding Angel's jealousy): "Pomegranate was my mother's name..."

Yeah, you probably had to be there...

19 comments:

Bells said...

your outstanding act of selfless community service made me laugh so loudly that Sean asked me to read him the funny bit - TWICE! You are a yarn buying goddess.

You bought such lovely stuff. All of it but the cremay brown collinette is my favourite. Me likey!

Bells said...

Oh I nearly forgot, keeping yarn stashed down your top is such a cool idea. Remind me to write to you about this very subject.....

Nora said...

I actually thought of you this morning when I saw it advertised on TV. [Love the Collinette!]

kim said...

The better question would be 'why should you attend the Craft and Quilt Fair and not buy yarn?' Lovely goodies...

Alwen said...

Silk mohair in RED! Whew baby!

Sarah said...

Thank goodness for community minded souls like you

Shazmina Bendi said...

I laughed out loud too Bells! Two of my favorite things, my first craft crush (and my first craft fan moment) Prudence Mapstone I LOVE HER! AND soft yarn gently caressing a quality set of boobies!!!!

LOVE IT!!!

ps I have the Colinette in Oyster Blush too, what you going to make with yours??

Em said...

Lovely goodies! And the idea of using yarn to insulate the body while still in skein form is interesting, and deserves further study. Maybe in about a billion years when the heat breaks up here, we can organize a study. Thanks, as always, for the selfless buying of all six skeins. Orphan yarn is a terrible thing, any day now there are going to be infomercials about how you can rescue some homeless yarn for only sixty cents a day.

del said...

Look at all that gorgeous yarn. It should definitely tide you over if you can stick to your yarn diet!

Dawn said...

I love the jitterbug! I've been keeping my eye out for the oyster blush. I so used to watch Angel. In fact we named our male doggy after him so everyone thinks he's a female. I guess no one else watched the show.

amanda j said...

Hmm, I wasn't going to bother trekking to Hobart when the fair comes here, but it would be the most/best yarn this state has seen for a while! Mind you, last time I went there wasn't a whole lot left for us Taswegians!

kms said...

you really were very good and i must say you have a nice eye for the exotic and beautiful.

Corrie said...

ohhh I'd say that is very restrained! the craft fair was great and that saffron was one lovely lady too!!!!

I wasn't as restrained but was very tempted by those colinette yarns too

Corrie:)

Nellie said...

What a sensational display of restraint Rose Red! Only nine skeins/balls of yarn. Mind you, that Alchemy Haiku looks like it leads an independent life of a night time when everyone is asleep....

Michele said...

oh that Alchemy! you would have really regretted not coming home with that. the Colinette is also really beautiful. good choices!

TinkingBell said...

I loved Gru - but not quite as much as I loved Spike......

I am amazed at your restraint! - I have no restraint - I merely admire it in others!

m1k1 said...

Someday I will post a photo of the picture of Spike autographed for me when he came to Sydney. My daughter got it for me. I wouldn't have been game. And he would probably prefer not to think about people my age being fans! but I know I'm not the only one!

2paw said...

Lovely stash enhancement, I can tell you there's no room down my top for any wool!!! I liked Angel a lot, shame there wasn't a better ending. I'm with Tinking- nothing better than a bare Spike in Buffy or Angel!!!

Snoozen said...

I didn't know it was on and yet you are the second person I know to write about it. Must organise myself to go in the future. Looks like you got some great purchases.