How to recover from a move

I imagine there are many ways of doing this, and I have been trying a few of them. (Baking, glasses of wine, and unpacking one box at a time are some which come to mind). Then there are all knitting and yarn-related recovery options. On the day after my move, however, I don’t think I was fully prepared for exposure to yarn. My Hamilton friend D had already been to the annual ‘tent sale’ at the Ancaster yarn store ‘The Needle Emporium’, but since Thursday was the last day and I had just arrived…well, I suppose it was only natural that I would go.

And, well, I suppose the result was predictable. Here’s what happens when you go to a tent sale and “aren’t really going to buy anything”:

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Now, while you’re recovering from that picture, allow me to explain how the sale went. There were 3 different sizes of bags, each with a different price tag on them. I ended up with a “large” bag, which cost $150. You went through the tent and filled up your bag and then paid the requisite price according to your bag size. And since it was the last day of the sale, they were also giving away a free small bag’s worth with every medium or large bag.

I’ve heard stories from D about that first day of the sale – how it was very quiet and intense inside that tent, how the sock yarn went within the first hour, how there were people walking out with entire bags full of Noro Kureyon…. So my take was from a much more limited selection, but lo and behold there were a few boxes of Jamieson’s shetland in varying weights. After a tour around the tent, I finally settled in front of those boxes and started digging, pulling out everything that matched colours and then more and more that would complement each other…I kept on stuffing. I ended up with 30 skeins of Jamieson’s Chunky Shetland in about 5-6 different colours, as well as a bag of ‘Trillium’ (viscose/linen) from Needful Yarns, and some oddballs like a skein of Butterfly cotton and a ball of Cashmerino Aran. All told, I think I walked out with over $500 worth of yarn.

Dude, it was Jamieson’s. I couldn’t say no. At the time I thought, “cool, a whackload of sweaters.” My sister is steering me towards a log cabin “moderne” style from Mason-Dixon. So…yeah. Lookie there, eh? My stash is groaning at me, but I’m trying desperately not to care. Is it wrong that now that i sit and look at it…I wonder if I should have tried to stuff another 5 skeins in there? πŸ˜‰

Next post I’ll have more cupcakes to talk about, thanks to my parents’ kitchen not being in a state of rubble. (and I should mention yet again how awesome they have been in all this moving and shaking going on.) I hope all y’all out there in the blogosphere are well.


  1. Wow! I wish we had something like that here – or do I???

  2. oh my goddness…i am so green with envy. yep, green through and through.

    What an idea….all you can stuff into the bag for a fixed price. I like it…especially with squishable, darling yarn. I just may have to check that out next time.

    Hope the new digs are suiting you!!

  3. I’m jealous of you, too. What a sale.
    I am trying out cupcakes from that site for my daughter’s wedding reception and have had the S’mores in my cross-hairs. Thanks for the post about them. I did the Boston Cream Pie cupcakes and they were a big hit with the family.

  4. Oh my god. That is a serious amount of wool.

    I am so jealous I have no words to explain exactly how filled up with jealousy I am. We need fibre festivals like that in Denmark.

    Oh. my. god. The colours are so pretty! So gorgeous!
    I think it’s well-deserved, considering you moved and all. πŸ˜‰ Moving is hard, I think. So you need a little pampering. πŸ˜›

  5. Dude…..don’t torture yourself with the wondering business, you know, that extra 5 skeins? I’m rolling over here with joy for you and that tent sale, that is one very serious whack of beautiful, gorgeous yarn, and YAY to that happy feeling of having it,eh? To Have and To Hold…
    So glad to hear you’re settling in…knitting…tent sales… cupcake baking ;^)…exceptional parents…..all of it!

  6. Yo, just read (or re-read) what TYH has to say about stash, specifically why you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. I myself have little control around yarn sales, so I have just been avoiding them.

    Besides wine and baking, y’know what I think helps during a move? Good upbeat music! Afro-Cuban jazz, bluegrasss (not the whiny kind that drains your emotional core, but the serious fiddlin’ and banjo playin’), reggae, or whatever is your taste. Sure helps with the unpacking.

    Anyway, sounds like the hardest part is over. Have fun with your new yarn, good luck with finishing the t-word, and of course I’m looking forward to whatever you make with all that dreamy Shetland wool πŸ™‚

  7. *chants* Log cabin, log cabin, log cabin! It’d be like a giant sweater, only one you could put on your bed and sleep under and be warm all night long.

  8. I’m guessing that you didn’t buy any skeins that were cardboard box brown, because I certainly will be happy if I don’t see that colour for quite some time!

  9. That is so amazingly awesome. Lucky you! I’m sure the stash won’t mind, skeins always seem to be happy to make room for new friends:)

    It’s probably for the best I didn’t know that yarn occasionally got sold by volume… things could get dangerous.

  10. I have yarn envy bad! All that Jamiesons!

  11. Sharp intake of breath… that must be the yarn haul of yarn hauls! It looks wonderful, and mixed with wine, will look even more wonderful! Tent sales? We’re missing out on so much here in the rainy UK.

    Moving is stressful. Yarn is the answer – don’t worry, we’re all with you on that! Roll around in your yarn haul and breathe deeply….

  12. wow. wow. wow. look at all that heathery goodness!

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