Sunday, January 20, 2008

I Got Free Manos del Uruguay!

Yes, I did. See those 2 pretty pale blush pink/lavender skeins of soft Manos del Uruguay wool in the back there? I got them for free. Do you want to know how I did that? Or, how I did that in my skewed reasoning? Well, I will tell you. I've been on the email list for a LYS in Red Bank, Wooly Monmouth, for a long time, but I never had the opportunity to visit there. I received in the mail last year, and again this year, a postcard for my birthday, offering 25% off yarn purchase up to $125, to be used during this month. So, that could potentially score me a discount of $31.25. I decided I was going to take advantage of it this year, and before I left for Red Bank yesterday afternoon I looked at the website to see what yarn they offered. I saw quite a few I'd only seen online and never in person, and was looking forward to getting some more "birthday yarn." If I haven't mentioned it before, I consider this whole month to be "my birthday" so any purchases are birthday presents. Manos was on the list in my mind, I never had any, and thought that would be a choice.
When I got to Red Bank, a town I used to go to often before the accident to shop or go to dinner, it was very crowded. It's got some very unique shops and I remember fondly my carefree walks around town and browsing. I wasn't able to get any street parking close to the LYS, but found a spot in a lot a couple blocks away. I was having a "good ankle day" and the walk wasn't too bad. When I got to the LYS and inside, I was greeted warmly and asked if I needed help. There were a few girls knitting at a table, and other customers wandering around. Dori, the owner, has a cute little baby, Andi, who is about 6 mos. old and such a happy girl. I spent my time looking at all the different yarn. Every thing was arranged very neatly and so colorful. It took a while, but I decided on the Manos, just 2 skeins. I was going to just get that to add to my stash, Lord knows I have enough yarn already. But, as I was getting ready to pay for my yarn, I saw a lace wrap Dori was working on in the softest most lovely light and airy yarn I'd ever seen or felt before. It was Filatura Di Crosa Superior, 70% cashmere, 30% silk. Here is a review of the yarn. I said how beautiful the wrap was, and if she had the pattern. Pricey, at $25 a ball and I would need 3, she said it was easy, just 4 rows, and she'd type it out for me, which she did. I was sold. I chose the burgundy color, and took my purchases to the register and gave in my 25% discount card. And that, my friends, is how I got "free" Manos del Uruguay!

9 comments:

NH Knitting Mama said...

Wow, that's awesome! I'm glad you were able to get some special stuff for yourself.

Dianne said...

Yay for you! It's not how much you spent that is important, it's how much you SAVED!!!

dianne said...

hi Nancy! I was wondering how you're doing, so thought I'd check your blog. I'm glad I did! Key West sounds fantastic and just what you needed!! I love what it says on the wall in the LYS you found there. Sounds like you had a really fun birthday! And then to top it off with this yarn in NJ. You go girl!!
dianne

vegasangelbrat said...

Wow thats some pretty yarns there... Glad you were able to find more goodies for yourself!

chanknits said...

Good for you! I'm always delighted when good things happen to good people.

Grace Yaskovic said...

i have to get Tommo to bring me down there, we vacation in Ocean Beach every year so I will get him to take me to the yarn store, can't wait to see the shawl I am so glad you enjoyed your experience and got some free yearn to boot!!!!

Donna Lee said...

I guess that counts as free. My husband disagrees with that logic but I am right there with you. And I subscribe to the "whole month birthday" as well. In November, I am extra nice to me for the whole month.

AlisonH said...

I LOVE that yarn--it's what Kidsilk Haze aspires to be. I have some in that same burgundy, and it was a surprise gift from a friend. Have fun knitting it!

Deb said...

LOL you nut!

can you send me the pattern (or a link to where I can find it)? I'm a sucker for everythng soft and lovely!