The madness has got to stop

I think I need to just accept my stash and my stashing ways and stop pretending to have any ability to “maintain” or “de-stash” what I’ve got, because damn. These August sales are killing me.


I was chatting on Ravelry with Kim, another knitter from Hamilton, who told me about a summer tent sale going on at the Spinrite factory outlet in Listowel, Ontario. They have (produce?) all the Patons and Bernat yarns, and sell a few other things along the way. She kindly allowed me to tag along (even though I ::cough:: had us drive for 15 mins in the wrong direction on the way back ::cough::) and, well, we bought some stuff. I’m not going to go into full and complete detail, but I’ll just say that 4 bags of Patons Shetland Chunky for $30 is a darned good deal. Patons Urban Aran and Starsky, (and oh, a few bazillion baby sweaters and blankets) here I come.

[Edit:] Just FYI – we unfortunately caught the tent sale on the last day, so yarn by the bagful isn’t an everyday experience at Spinrite. (Damnit.) But their regular stock IS indeed priced lower than average retail price. It’s worth the trip as far as I’m concerned. 😉

That should have been enough. It really should have been enough. But we decided to stop in Waterloo as well, and check out another unfamiliar Local Yarn Store, Cloth & Clay. It’s inside a shopping complex downtown on King St. (close to ample public parking, FYI), and at first we were a little faked-out because we didn’t expect to find a yarn shop in a little mall across from the usual mall-ish clothing stores – but there it was, and so we went in. Seriously, y’all, I gotta go back there. I stood there in front of a veritable wall of Briggs & Little Regal in all the colours and sort of whimpered a little bit. They had Fleece Artist, Koigu, Trekking, Louet, Manos, Wooly Bully, Hemp for Knitting, Berrocco…it goes on and on. Their selection of books is one of the best I’ve seen outside of Toronto. I mentioned that I’d been living in Toronto and had recently moved to Hamilton, and she mentioned a couple of other yarn shops in Toronto and Hamilton areas and I said – “No no. You’re competitive. Really.”


Oh yeah, and for August their whole store was 20% off. I got a few skeins of Hemp For Knitting but I could have done so much more damage. And the saleswoman was very nice, and I realize now that I completely forgot to ask her her name, and I should have.

And Kim, if there is a next time, I will totally read the maps right this time. 😉


  1. ooooh, new yarn shops! the pix look like she had a good variety. will have to go check her shop out! sounds like a good time.

    as for the zero won’t power….I am right there with you.

  2. Sounds like amazing bargains – soon it’ll be winter sales!!

    I’m just the same way – listed the stupid amount of yarn I have accumlated in no months in Ravelry – thought hmmm better knit some of this before I buy more – went on ebay – hmmm better knit the new stuff before I buy anymore ;o)

  3. It’s futile. completely. give in, have fun, roll in it….:^)
    That store looks like it has darn near everything you could want…had me drooling.
    Where’s the cupcakes?

  4. Whew! Luckily I am on call past the end of August. Twice in the past I have had time to kill in Kitchener and haven’t been able to figure out how to get to the Waterloo yarn shop.

  5. Ahh…. this explains the silence. Here I was, waiting for the next cupcake adventure and you are off fondling wool all over Ontario! Cupcakes….. wool… whatever….. give into the forces of evil. We are all powerless!! Enjoy!

  6. Nice haul! I love the way you act all innocent but at the same time you’re trying to suck other knitters into the buying frenzy by telling them exactly where to go for the good deals.

  7. 🙂 gotta love those enablers!!! How is the Patons Chunky? Soft? That is a really good deal….

  8. Resistance is definitely futile! New yarn stores are definitely fun and really, who can turn down a bargain 🙂

  9. Cloth and clay is neat isn’t it. I found it by accident when I was killing some time in that mall last fall. I was going to stop in when I was out there last Friday, but decided not to deal with the closure of King St and just take the highway 😦

    Congrats on accepting and learning to love your stashy ways!!

  10. There will TOTALLY be a next time. I’m already plotting what to buy next.

  11. Outlet yarn??? Why has no one told me before!!! Thanks for sharing, Glenna. Now I’m going to go figure out where Listowel is…..

  12. Uh, I’ll just be taking that whole coat rack of Euroflax, mmmkay? Yeah.

    (Wow. Hey I can dream!)

    😀 Sounds like you had fun!

  13. Welcome to Hamilton – I am a longtime lurker (well since Ivy) and have to say that all this talk of cupcakes and yarn sales… I live in Stoney Creek (east of Hamilton) – we have a Lens Mills Store here and I have made it out to the Needle Emporium a time or two – will have to head for Listowell or Waterloo sometime soon! R

  14. I’m so jealous! the only non toronto yarn shopping i’ve done is with julie, in BOARDMAN OHIO. yep. sounds exactly as it is named.

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