Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wholesale shopping therapy

Very antsy today. Had trouble settling in to getting any work done so I headed off to one of my suppliers' (actually where I was about to go yesterday when the Lollipop crisis emerged) to do some yarn shopping.
Diamond is the largest wholesale distributor here. They carry Noro and Debbie Bliss and Rowan and Colinette and Schachenmeyer (Regia) as well as others that I don't usually buy (Jaeger, Sirdar) or don't buy much of (Filatura di Crosa). Their shelves are packed with yarn and going there is both an exciting and dangerous adventure. Exciting because of all the pretty yarn and dangerous because of all the pretty yarn.
Picture Walmart (the superstore size - with poor lighting and no air conditioning) and then picture it full of yarn. DANGER Will Robinson!
I was tempted by:
Filatura di Crosa Porto Cervo Long Print - very pretty long striping cotton - but that would have been for me and I have too many things on the needles as it is
Colinette Banyan (Cotton and Acrylic(?)) in many lovely Colinettey colours made even prettier by the cotton-ny goodness but see above - still too many
Another Filatura di Crosa - Baby Kid Extra (lace weight mohair - they were all on the top shelf - about 12 feet up and there was no one available to climb the ladder and open all the boxes and show me the colours - the colour card I had didn't seem to match any of the colours on the shelf - so they are either new (and therefore exciting) or old and discontinued and possibly ugly - possibly,
Rowan Kid Silk Haze - they had a bag of Jelly (the best green) - but I wasn't really feeling the mohair in the heat of the warehouse
What I was looking for:
Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden in the new Fall 07 colours
Colinette Jitterbug in the new set of solid colours and re-stock some of my OOS (that's out of stock)
Regia solids and 1937 - a bright red combo for my Bird Foot Kit
Baby Cashmerino for my niece
Malabrigo Lace
What I got:
A few Noro Silk Garden (some are on eBay (user name is musthaveyarn) and some are still to be listed) in the new colours (yeah!)
A few Noro Kureyon (still in the bag - probably list them over the weekend) in the new colours (more yeah!)
Some Noro Cash Iroha - their nearly solid in wonderful colours (on eBay)
Colinette Jitterbug in Gauguin, Lapis and Popsicle (website is updated)
Regia (kits are updated)
Baby Cash for Linds (and Ainsley - now 3 - almost 4 months )
Bliss' s Cotton Angora ( on eBay - 3 colours)
What isn't in yet:
Malabrigo Lace - comes in close to a million colours so they are going to bring in an assortment. Not sure the price yet but they are 50g and 470yds per skein and should be in the 11 or 12.00 per skein range I think
Colinette Jitterbug in Vatican Pie, Salty Dog, Whirley Fig, Lobster Pinch, Morello Mash, Oyster Blush, Wasabi Squeeze, Vincent's Apron, Ginger Cinnabar, Elephant's Daydream - great names!
Missing my kitty

Here is our Lollipop with her brother Pumpkin - he is almost a year younger and still hanging in there although he has a few health issues now too
A more recent Pumpkin pic with 1 of his ears floppy due to surgery (now both are floppy as the other ear also needed surgery):

And evidence of the ears that got this little one named Bunny (he will be 2 next week and is enormous - and has grown into those ears):


At 7:05 a.m., Anonymous janet said...

Oh, Robyn, I wish I could have accompanied you on your trip to the yarn warehouse! Two of my favorites, Jitterbug and Malabrigo lace, to look forward to. I'm such a pushover for all the lovely handpaints. Your kitties look so sweet. I love cats.

At 9:02 a.m., Anonymous Gwen in Bowmanville said...

Ah, shopping therapy! It sounds like it was a great distraction. I feel your pain about Lollipop. My little old man is named Tom. He has markings sort of like young Bunny, there. He's 17 and he's been to the vet twice in the last 18 months with kidney issues.

We have such huge amounts of time and affection invested in them and they love us back so unconditionally. No wonder we grieve when it's time for them to go.

Do you suppose there's catnip in heaven?

Bless you, Hon.


At 4:43 p.m., Anonymous Josee said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Robyn.

At 4:19 p.m., Anonymous Ali said...

Sorry for your loss, lossing our fuzzy friends is always so sad.

I didn't realize you have different yarn on ebay, I couldn't find it when I went to look. How does one find you there? None of my searches involving 'musthaveyarn' had any hits.

At 7:07 p.m., Blogger Robyn - Red Bird Knits said...

You can find me on eBay by looking for musthaveyarn in the member listings. Go to the site map and under contact you will see where you can search for a member by name


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