After just one short session at the knitting shop, where I took my “Little Sister” last weekend as her birthday gift, I am well on my way to being a knitting freak. And I mean freak, as in a manic and maniacally charged up OCD person who gets something in her head and can’t let it go, as opposed to the “weirdo” definition. Although, come to think of it, those definitions are a lot closer to being the same thing than I’d previously realized.
So anyway, the nice gentleman working at the store got us fitted up with needles and showed us how to cast on and to knit. And it came back to me like I’d never stopped, and I haven’t actually picked up knitting needles in almost 40 years. That’s a long time to hold a muscle memory. But I was so addicted, and so fast, that it was all I could do not to grab the needles out of the poor girl’s hand when what she needed was a little patience. She quickly loved it too (although maybe not with the bug-eyed intensity of her “Big Sister”), and promptly went home and kept knitting her scarf, only to text me a few hours later that she had “messed up” and tried to start over, but forgot how to cast on.
No worries. I’ll get over to her place ASAP to get her going again, since we’re having a contest to see who will finish her scarf first, and what I want is for us both to finish before we go back to the store to learn to cast off and whatever else needs doing before they can actually be worn.
My question, readers, is this: now that I’ve barely started a scarf and already have a list a mile long of all the people I want to knit scarves and hats for, where can I find yarn that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Because the yarn at the yarn store is drool-worthy, but a little outside my comfort zone price-wise. Especially if I’m really going to start making all the stuff I’ve got planned.
Maybe my mania will wear off, perhaps before the first scarf is complete. But I don’t think so. The pursuit has a combo that is particularly irresistible to me, in that it uses both the mind and the body. I’m imagining my little fingers performing the knit stitch wherever I am, much the same way I imagine I’m typing even when I’m not.
So give me your best tips and ideas on where to find discount, used, or any other kind of reasonably priced yarn in the Comments section. If there is such a thing. Thanks! And I’ll take a picture with my Little Sister soon as long as she doesn’t mind.