Here is Smiling Tiger talking about different interpretations of the phrase “Yarn Ho.” I am a member of the excellent blogring of that name, but I cannot claim to want to be known as a “ho” of any variety. I am a mom, after all. I have to have translations if I inadvertently see something on MTV as I pass through the room.
Smiling Tiger and readers say that some people understand it to be “Yarn, ho!” as in “Land, ho!” I like that. You can imagine yourself to be an intrepid explorer or swashbuckling pirate, whose sharp eyes sight the delectable fibers and sail right for them in your red-sailed ship — rather than someone trolling on street corners for just one more skein.
My LYS http://handheldknitting.com/ is having a “huge sale” today, which I plan to skip. In the first place, of course, I have to come up with #2 daughter’s tuition and both sons’ lab fees, not to mention enough food to feed my insatiable boys, so I have no business buying yarn. In the second place, I have the yarn already for my DNA scarf, and am planning a Fair Isle sweater for my next project — and the ladies at the LYS already told me they would call when the yarn for that arrived, which it has not done — so I clearly do not NEED any yarn. I even have one skein that I have no current plans for, so there is some sense in which I actually have a stash. And there is that quilt, and a crochet bedspread, and a couple of sewing projects, and my socks, and the third clog, the yarn for which has also not arrived. And of course I have a job. And madrigals to learn.
But the main reason I am planning to resist the temptation to attend the sale is that yarn sales are never what you imagine they will be. I am thinking of half off on Desert Garden and Brilla, real steals on Lamb’s Pride and silk blends, but in truth it will be 10% off the basics and big cuts on the novelty yarn that I never wanted in the first place. Half off will be for the lone skeins of cotton. So I will leave it to the bargain hunters, the swashbucklers who have real stashes. I will resist the temptation. Do you believe me?
my stash 😉
3 thoughts on “Saturday August 28, 2004”
Nope. No nostaliga. It wasn’t my RD. It that Big Boss, the one who is in charge of RDs and RAs alike. She’s Great! You can call her for any probelm and she’ll help you to the end. Also she has a degree in Criminology. Also she named her little girl, Honor.
::giggle:: I’d prefer not to be considered a ho, either – my personal interpretation of “yarn ho” is someone who just can’t get enough of yarn. I really like the “Yarn, ho!” idea, though!
I believe you. Your stash is way cooler than mine – aside from little bits of leftovers, I’ve got one unused skein and a couple partially used skeins of Red Heart.
my stash is rediculous and way too ‘overflow-y’ for a poor college kid 😉 i do have 2 skeins of jewelbox in that color in my stash!
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