The Great Yarn Fast of 2011 is but a memory, but I still have a self-imposed yarn super diet for this year, so yeah, no going crazy at WoolWinders; luckily, their online list of yarn is helpful in terms of weight and fiber (if not pricing -- but that's what the rest of the internet is for, right?), so I was able to do some serious narrowing-down before I even set foot in the door.
I had a shawlette pattern in mind (it's for a gift, so I can't post specifics yet, but it has approx 430 yards of fingering weight needed, with a lot of stockinette in the body and a cool lace border) and a price limit of $20 (because, like I said, super diet). These factors combined to pull my focus to the Cascade Heritage Silk Paints [Rav]; 85%/15% superwash merino and mulberry silk, 437 yards in a skein, really pretty colorways from which to choose, and priced at twenty bucks!
After a couple of minutes of being torn between the RED (9958, called Vino) and the BLUE (9996, called Deep Ocean), I made my choice and made a beeline for the register to keep myself from further temptation. During the ringing-up process, I had a nice conversation with a staff member about her shawl-in-progress.
And then she said these magic words:
"Would you like me to wind this into a ball for you?"
UM YES. With the laceweight debacle fresh in my mind (still in snarls, by the way), I gladly accepted, because let me tell you: if somebody offers to save you from your own impatience for zero dollars,
YOU TAKE IT.
So I took it. And then I took it home.
Oh, and if you get tomorrow off (for Memorial Day or for Pentecost or for always-having-Mondays-off), I hope you enjoy the day!