Smiley’s, a discount yarn shop in Woodhaven, Queens (reviewed here), has an annual Manhattan Yarn Sale. You can only buy yarn in bulk at this sale (3-10 skeins in each bag), so I have tried to avoid it for the last few years. While it’s a great place to be if you have a sweater to make, it can also lead to impulsive yarn stashing, which is perhaps not so great if you live in a one bedroom apartment as I do.
Yesterday, I arrived at the hotel where this massive sale is hosted (the picture above shows about 1/6 of the yarn that’s available) right as the doors to the ballroom were opening. Usually, there are crowds around the room so I thought an early start was the best idea. You see, I decided in all of my last minute gift making mania to make a blanket for my grandpa. I needed a bulky yarn and I needed some masculine colors.
I was tempted to buy more yarn, but I held firm. I *only* bought 21 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky.
Now I just need to finish this blanket by the end of next week :). I did finish one project this week, but not for the holidays. It will be sent out to the publisher tomorrow, along with some other secret projects I’m working on.