It’s been a kind of tough few weeks and I’ve been missing too much knitting. Last week I pulled myself together and returned to my weekly Wednesday knitting group at my favorite yarn store, Colorful Yarns in Centennial, Colorado. How wonderful to return to my peeps. How great it was to catch up on the new yarns and books. It was a little like coming home after a trip away… there was even a commotion going on between rowdy shoppers towards the front of the store. As shrieking and laughing continued I finally wandered over to see what was up.
It was a yarn feeding frenzy!! Having caught the scent of
blood in the water a great yarn, ladies were digging through a tub of artsy looking yarn on the floor. Huh? Nice yarn, but what was the big deal? It makes a cowl, one of the frenzied yarn diggers told me. A second shopper waved the article in question at me… and I froze. Hey, this is kind of cool. I kind of want it. I need some of this yarn, but by this point there were only a couple of disappointing orange/tan colored skeins in the tub. Sniff.
Wait… Why are there more ladies pouring through the door to get this yarn? Answer: A new shipment of the yarn had arrived and the calls had just gone out. The first yarn sharks had pulled up and more were on the way. Oh, no! There was no way I wanted to miss this action. I suddenly realized that the bags of newly arrived yarn were on the floor by the cash register where a couple of
unprincipled fearless shoppers had ripped them open and were busy handing out skeins in all the possible colors. Skeins were flying through the air! You know where I ended up… yep! Behind the register where the main action was occurring. After making some yarn tosses myself (go long, go long!) I gathered up examples of all the colors, plus the cowl in question, and carried them back to the other knitters in the group. Oops. That was that. A major yarn feeding frenzy and knit-along commenced. Woohoo!! I hoarded three skeins of the stuff myself for at least an hour before I calmed down enough to put two of them back into the tub.
So, here is what all the fuss was about.
I finished the cowl this morning. Fast, easy, almost mindless knitting that was perfect for catching up on television that I missed over the weekend. Luckily there was a little action to break things up when I heard another (but not yarn related ) commotion occurring at the back door…
The cats had cornered a little garter snake out back and the commotion was Yellow Boy trying to bring it inside while MacKenzie fought to get the snake for himself. Yikes!! No, no, no! No snake frenzy! There was an intervention of the “release the wildlife” type. Cats in, snake out, and me knitting the rest of the cowl.
Tomorrow it is going to be a lot colder. I have a powder blue sweater that will be rocking my new cowl when I go to the Wednesday knitting group at Colorful Yarns.
It is good to hang out with your peeps. 🙂
18 thoughts on “Yarn Feeding Frenzy”
Love that Bamboo Bloom! You described the yarn feeding frenzy accurately. I have attended trunk shows much like that. Insane. And the nice touch of mad cat face because you got rid of the snake was frosting on the proverbial (yarn) cake!
It was just crazy! There was this sense of infectious urgency; must have this yarn!! I will be looking at other colors tomorrow…
The cats are still hunting that poor snake. Run (slither) garter snake, run!
What a fantastic description, I could feel a little of the excitement myself! The yarn looks amazing when it is knitted up, I can see what the frenzy was all about. The question is, are you now wishing you had bought the other two to make more?!! I’m not sure sure I like the idea of the cat vs snake frenzy though, mice I can deal with (it was always my job at work if the cats bought mice in to catch them and put them back out) but snakes… no thanks! Your cats certainly keep you (and us) well entertained 🙂 x
I decided if the other two colors that I want are there today when I go for knitting group I’ll buy them. Christmas presents!
I loved it so much that I have ordered some to make a couple more Christmas gifts (if I get time)!! x
Yep. I need that cowl. I can see exactly what happened in that shop. Beautiful!
I guess all this started when someone wore the cowl into the shop, so they decided to order the yarn. The rest is feeding frenzy history.To see the cowl is to want it. 🙂
Cool cowl! Sounds like a fun knit.
I had to take a teeny snake away from my boys once. They had it cornered in the basement but had no clue what to do with it. I think they still haven’t forgiven me!
Two days later they are still looking for their snake…
Yep, pretty much. For days they’d go down to the spot in the basement where they lost it and just yell and yell, and sniff all over the place.
The yarn looks amazing and I’m glad you stopped the snake! Our cat brought a live chipmunk into the house the other day, much shrieking on my part before I was able to get it safely outside!
A chipmunk! That would be a commotion!
We’re so glad you liked Bamboo Bloom. We’re fans too, obviously. 🙂 Your cowl looks great – and so does the P.O.’ed cat!
This yarn looks awesome and the cowl patten a perfect match. I must find this yarn and make my own. Remind me to tell you my exciting snake story this week at knit group.
My boss used to have a sign outside our shop that said “Knitters shouldn’t knit alone.” This is why! lol We learn things from each other and buy yarn we wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. 🙂
Boy, this sure is the case with my knitting group. I am so often struck with yarn and project envy that my project quota has doubled. I’m much faster, too.