Yesterday was The Big Day! I couldn't sleep because I was so stupid excited, so I was awake by 6am. I forced myself to crochet a bit before jumping into the shower. I didn't want to wake hubby with the sound of the water so early. I finally got ready about 9, then headed to Dunkin Donuts to get iced coffee for hubby. Yes, I was ass kissing and he knew it. :)
Janet picked me up at 11:20 and we drove over. Its super simple to get to from our neck of the woods and we were there and parked in a half hour. Lisa (isserlie) met us there too.
I'd heard that there was a line around the block just to get in on Saturday, so I was nervous that the place would be picked clean. There wasn't a line but it was crowded. Smiley's is way smaller than I'd thought it would be. For a name that includes the word "warehouse" I was expecting it to be large but it was smaller than your average craft store. The shelves were packed from top to bottom with yarn, which more than made up for the size. I'd made a list but forgot it. Doesn't matter though...I was so overwhelmed that it probably wouldn't have helped me much. Janet brought huge 99c bags for both of us and we shoved them full of yarn.
Nothing was more than $1.99, so I went nuts! I blew my yarn budget for the rest of the year, but got a lot of bang for my buck. This is what my purchases looked like in the bags.
Here it is spread out on the table. I bought alot of normal stuff like Red Heart soft and TLC. I also bought Bernat Silky soft, which I'd never heard of before, to make an Eagles afghan for hubby (more ass kissing).
I also got some great high end yarns that I would have never been able to afford otherwise. Most of them were Italian. Maybe you'll recognzie the names Angela? I bought 2 bags (20 balls) of Jaeger Roma which is an angora blend. Super soft! Its normally $9.99 a ball, so for the 2 bags, would have cost $200 at regular price. What a steal! I'm hoping to make the Butterscotch Cardigan from Interweave Crochet with the greyish color I bought.
I also bought some yarn called Cervinia which I'd never heard of before. It looked nice, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I also got 8 balls of 100% wool for felting projects.
I bought an L hook, which was the only size I was missing. Also...drum roll please...I bought a pair of knitting needles for $1. I'm going to try to teach myself soon. I have no clue about knitting needle sizes. I bought a size 10 because....well, I don't know. Any of you knitters have tips or a good resource for learning you can point me too?
I was exhausted from all the weekend excitement, so I decided to take today off. I brought Pi to school, since I enjoy doing that when I can. On my way back, my right ankle just gave out and I fell. Its sprained again. I had to call hubby to come get me and help me home. Nice way to spend the day off, eh? At least I sprained it close to home and not on the subway or in Manhattan.
For anyone who knows how badly I was hurt last year (pre-blog), knows that this is bad news. My ankle hasn't fully recovered from last year's injury even with physical therapy, so this new sprain is going to make things worse. Thank goodness this time doesn't seem to be nearly as bad as last year. I was out of work for a few weeks last year and definitely can't afford that this year. I'm going to take tomorrow off from work too and rest my ankle as much as possible, so I can try to make it back to work by Wednesday.
Never a boring day in Casa de Chris.