It was a beautiful day today! Orange and yellow trees everywhere, and by the time I got up, i.e. around 11:30 AM, it was pretty warm and sunny.
I bought a charming little deer made from a fork at the craft fair today, and managed to pass up lots of horrific scented candles (“Grandpa’s Pipe” smelled like the disinfected bathrooms at retirement homes; “Banana” speaks for itself), embroidered canvas Santa tissue box holders, and a sweatshirt reading “JESUS IS AWESOME” in huge orange letters. As usual, people were selling extremely overpriced jewelry and extremely underpriced knitting. $10 for a normal-sized garter stitch scarf? Even if someone paid you $5 to take the acrylic yarn off their hands, you’d still probably be making less than a dollar an hour. One of the ladies selling beaded bracelets, on the other hand, was charging about $85 per bracelet, and they weren’t fancy and labor-intensive seed beed bracelets, or 24 karat gold strung with fancy South Sea pearls, either.
I got lots of vegetable goodness (shiitake mushrooms, arugula, spaghetti squash), plus some kettle corn, tamales, and locally roasted coffee for immediate consumption, at the farmer’s market. I finally shelled out $8.50 for a skein of local millspun alpaca yarn. It’s a beautiful, delicate gray plied worsted weight, 110 yards/50g, and very, very soft. I might make hand warmers with it, or maybe a mini-scarf, or use it for stripes in a scarf. I’ve been admiring that yarn for more than a year now, so I thought I would just stop waffling and go ahead with it.
The library has the first and last ones, but they seem like good reference volumes to have around. Beautiful Knitting has a lot of brioche and Bavarian twisted-stitch patterns in it, and the patterns are charted, so I thought it would be a nice addition to my collection.
As if all that weren’t enough, I saw a yard sale (in November?) on the way home today and spent some time there. Good stuff! There were more clothes than I’ve ever seen at a yard sale, and lots of name brands in my size, to boot, like Abercrombie and Fitch, Lucky jeans, Old Navy, and American Eagle. I ended up getting a 60s-ish printed dress, a couple of blouses, a few tank tops, a striped long-sleeved t-shirt, a t-shirt with a cheery print on it that reminds me of Katamari Damacy, a Kate Spade-esque purse, a nearly new backpack, a lacy gray zip-up sweater, an IU hoodie, and a humungous cabled white wool sweater to be unraveled, all for the princely sum of $8.
I’m not participating in NaBloPoMo, because I’m going on vacation later this month, but I’m pretending to until then. Sorry if the posts are kind of light on actual content; that’s a nearly inevitable consequence of posting every day.
Back to work… yes, on a Saturday night. I’m moonlighting on a project due the 12th, and I’ll feel much less stressed once it’s out of my hair. Since I basically rode my bike around and bought stuff all day, tonight I’ll have to buckle down and be responsible for a few hours. One consequence of that is that I finished my last mindless knitting project (Forest Rib scarf) and started a new one (a bias-knit garter stitch scarf in Peacock Melange and Natural Brown Misti Alpaca Chunky), so I’m making good progress towards my Christmas knitting and stashbusting at the same time as I finish this assignment, which involves watching a lot of videos.