I always feel rich on payday. Usually the last three or four days before I get paid, I'm scrounging for change to put into my gas tank (and to buy coffee and sometimes lunch). Then, when Friday comes, it seems like my car stereo automatically starts playing that N'Sync song and I go crazy. This payday, I felt like going YARN shopping. Now, how wild is that? I know. I cruised up the hill to go to Jo-Ann Fabrics, listened to the newest Harry Potter podcast, and plotted in my head what I was going to buy. I limited myself to $20.. For sure some Vanna's Choice (I just got a new granny square book and want to make a blankie!) and some thin yarn for that lacy crochet book I reviewed the other week. Little did I know that Jo-Anns had some crazy clearance! It started Sunday, so most of the cubbies were empty, but I found plenty of skeins for as low as 50 cents. At the end of my visit, my receipt said 18 items for $19.05!
Here's a list of what I picked up: three cards of bow-shaped pink buttons; Vanna's Choice in Eggplant, Pea Green, and Dusty Purple; Red Heart Sport (these were only 50 cents!) in Wood Brown, Medium Thyme, Baby Pink, Black, Pumpkin, and Blue Jewel; a big 7oz Red Heart Super Saver in Light Periwinkle - also only 50 cents (How could I resist? So worth the price!); Bernat Softee Chunky in 39531 (burnt red-orange); Premier Sockweight in Thyme and Tanzanite; Royale Crochet Thread in White; and Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread in Maize. The only things that were totally full price were the two crochet threads & the cashier scanned the weekly coupon book so I got those 40% as well. The Lion's Brand were on sale for $2.50 a skein. My advice: Go to your closet Jo-Anns as soon as you can!
So, that was definitely exciting. I plan on making some granny squares from the new book I got (Beyond The Square: Crochet Motifs) and I'll make a post on that after I do. Speaking OF, I finished my first project from the Kyuuto! book I got! It was way easier than I thought it was going to be. It did take getting used to the smaller needle & thinner thread, but in the end, I think I really liked it. I sometimes have trouble with fluffier and thicker yarn, like Lion's Brand Homespun, and it was easy to work with such a solid strand of crochet. It probably took me around five hours total to complete this. After I finished, I let it lay on the counter over night with a wet paper towel over it and it blocked beautifully! I don't know what I'll do with it yet .. maybe once I weave in the ends, I'll mail it to my grandma; she gave me the needle and thread!
Happy crochet! Have you gotten any fun craft hauls lately? Let me know what you got and what you plan on doing with your stuff! ♥