A Good Yarn

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Yarn Therapy

The other day I got an email with the subject line: Yarn. When I opened the email, it was spam for Xanax, Viagra and Valium. Apparently the spammers figured out that when I am looking for an aid to calm me down or get me really excited, I turn to yarn. And they're trying to suggest something a little less expensive. How thoughtful of them.

Fortunately for the wool producers of the world, I'm sticking with the tried and true. I checked out a yarn store I hadn't been to before. I had heard of Zandy's Yarn for a few years now, but it's in Burnsville, so I had never been there. At the Stitch to Win event, I picked up a flier for Zandy's and they had a map on it - I realized it is just off of County Road 42 and 35E. This is an intersection I am whenever I'm traveling between my house and the SMSC rez. How dangerous! So, I finally checked it out.

The ladies working were very nice. They have a very nice selection of yarns and a lot of needlework materials as well. It'll be a good resource if I want to pop in on my way home from a hearing or a home visit or something and need to pick up something for a project. I like to support any yarn store I visit if they are nice to me and have stuff I like and Zandy's definitely fit the bill. I bought some Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies:

I just loved that colorway! It's kind of hard to see in that picture, but the dark color is a lovely purple. I'm thinking maybe a felted bag, but we'll see. If I made the Booga Bag, I'd need to supplement with a little more yarn - perhaps a nice lime green :-) I also picked up a couple of skeins of Mountain Colors Mountain Goat:

I had seen and admired this yarn in a couple of other yarn stores over the last couple of months. I decided to take the plunge and buy some. I loved this colorway - it reminded me of a scarf my friend Alissa knit and had on last weekend when we went to brunch. She had purchased that yarn at the Minnesota Fiber Fair a few years ago and finally finished knitting it up into a beautiful garter stitch scarf. I think I'll probably make this into a scarf as well, but I'm not sure if I'll use garter stitch or something more complicated.

I also picked up a skein of Cascade 220 in a beautiful red, just because I loved the color. They only had one skein, so that's all I bought - maybe something felted with it? Some mittens? I'm not posting a picture because I couldn't get the color right either indoors or outdoors.

Last night Bill and I went out for dinner and then saw this:

We both enjoyed it. Bill has just been hired as a "volunteer" firefighter for his community. (It's called volunteer because you don't have set hours of coverage, you just have to respond to a certain percentage of the calls. They do get paid, though). So, it was interesting for me to watch it knowing that these may be situations he would be in in the future. Luckily, there are no really tall buildings in his community, so the chances of a building collapse are pretty minimal.

After the movie we went over to a sports bar to have a drink and chat a bit. I have a few very male characteristics along with some very girly girl characteristics. One of my male characteristics is that I cannot take my eyes off of a tv if there's one in my eyesight. Especially if there is sports on the tv. So, while I'm talking to Bill I'm also halfway watching a basketball game and this breaks out:

It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen at a sporting event. Players were pushing and shoving each other, which isn't that weird. Then a fan throws a plastic cup full of beer at a player, hitting him on the face. He then charges into the fans and then all hell broke loose. It was bizarre.