Ever since I first stroked Rosanne’s Panda Silk, I’ve had my eyes open for some of my own.  After swearing loudly enough for the dude sitting two doors down to hear me when I found The Needle Lady closed yesterday, I headed to It’s A Stitch, *KNOWING* the store that closes at 4pm on Saturdays would be closed for the holiday too.  Ha!  Wrong!  My skepticism was trumped by a 25% off all yarn. 

This Pearl Blue Panda Silk came home with me.  I’m thinking it will be a scarf, probably for the to be gifted pile, but I’m open to suggestions.  It’s very soft and silky (duh?), but it really is bamboo and wool with a dash (5%) of silk.  I’m still looking forward to the soy version, due out in a month or so.  I love knitting with wool and alpaca, but I’m also very fond of soy and bamboo.  Heck, here lately, you can add cotton to the mix too.  I’m just all about soft, squooshy yarns, it seems.

My other big find was my $10 handbag.  No, really, and from Kroger’s (grocery store) nonetheless.  I had pulled up to use a self-checkout lane, and the employee supervising said stations noted my fabric bag and asked if I’d seen their cart of similar bags, 1/2 off.  I said no, and tried to present my best, “Really, not interested!” aura, but I’m glad I failed.  It wasn’t the Vera Bradley knock-offs I’ve seen at other grocery stores.  I’m not at all sure what made him think the two types were similar, aside from the fact that those in the cart weren’t leather or vinyl, but fabric…

It’s the perfect size, style, shape, colors… everything.  I hope it doesn’t run in the rain or fall apart before the summer’s over.  I even love the little bow!  I’ve always been mad for little bows.  The colors washed out in the close-up; they’re close to true in the first photo.  The contrast stitching is done in that pale pink.  Truly, I would have paid LOTS more for this bag.  It’s as though someone designed it with me in mind.

Inside, there are three little pockets.  The standard, flat zippered pocket built into the side, and two cell phone sized pockets.  The one on the left was too narrow for my phone, but the second pocket holds my phone just fine.  Everyone keep their fingers crossed that this bargain holds up until I get tired of it, please?

I’m sure you’re quite tired of reading about my little bargain bag, but I really am blown away at how well-designed it is.  It even has the little “feet” I like on bags! 

That’s the last of the bag blabberings.  Thanks for bearing with me.  You know how picky I am if you’ve been reading about my knitting bag search, so this really is a find.  Along the same lines, Vera Bradley has announced the next four colors to be retired, and they’re 25% offright now.  I might order a baby bag, just to try it.   I’d like to wait for a bigger discount, but that also means I’d risk the colors I like (Mesa Red and most especially, Botanica) not being available in the pieces I want. 

The mystery lace is complete for a few weeks.  Clue #2 is done.  It’s rather easy, as lace goes, and I’m just crazy for the yarn, both the color and the feel. 

It’s not a great photo, but at 9pm, you take what you can get. 

Whew!  I need some iced green tea now, after all of that.  Shall I pour for you too?

14 comments on “Score!

  1. Bubblesknits says:

    I like the sound of that Panda Silk! I tried the Berroco Comfort Sock that’s wool-free and I really like the feel of it.

    Good job on the bargain bag! $10 is a steal.

  2. Wendy says:

    LOVE the new bag!!! Actually jealous over it. Wish there was a Krogers around here!

  3. AlisonH says:

    I’ve almost almost bought Panda Silk umpteen times but haven’t quite yet. You are forging the way ahead for me.

  4. Grace says:

    That bag is just wonderful, No Krogers around here so nothing like that in store for me I think I equal you in being a bag freak, we were at a Luau on Sunday night and there is this great store on the way there Frogmore, they sell Vera and on the way home —long after closing I saw the sign Newly Retired Vera on sale. If I had seen it on the way in we might have been late for the party. Off to check the website and see whats available. Love the mystery lace, is this the one where the pattern will be available after you guys finish it up? or am I confusing it with something else!!!!

  5. Grace says:

    and I meant to add, yes a Glass of Iced Green Tea would be very very nice, I missed Starbucks this weekend!

  6. Robin says:

    Who would have thought you’d find a great bag at Krogers?? I’ve tagged you for a MeMe. Hope you don’t mind! Info on my blog!

  7. Anita says:

    I love, love, love that bag!!!! What a deal! You should have gotten all they had & sold them to all of us at a profit! LOL

    Your mystery lace is gorgeous!!!! I’m loving that pink! 🙂

  8. Why yes, thank you. I’d love a glass of iced tea! The bag is adorable, the scarf lovely, and yarn looks very soft and smooshy….win, win, win for you. Hooray!

  9. MrPuffy says:

    You did score! I love bamboo – it’s so soft you will love knitting with it.

  10. gaylen says:

    I agree with Anita – you should have snapped up a bunch and sold them at a profit! Or at least just cost and shipping. I love the color combo and the bow! The bow!

    You’re lace is growing nicely. Hope you are having a nice day. g

  11. StarSpry says:

    What a beautiful blue of the Panda Silk! And your mystery lace is looking really pretty 🙂

    I LOVE your “Kroger” bag! It is so cute!! I wish I could find such great stuff at my grocery store (I know what you mean about Vera Bradley knock-offs)!

  12. nichole says:

    Love your $10 score!

  13. KSee says:

    great score on the bag. Keep in mind that all the parts of the bag are reusable. I took apart some of my old bags that were too worn even for goodwill but all the metal parts and handle are, hopefully, going in my felted bags.

  14. fireflynights says:

    Love Panda Silk. When I finish or start some of my current projects, I plan to buy more of it. I’ve got too much waiting to be finished right now to buy it. The bag is cute and not what you’d expect to find at that type of store. My RCK KAL shawl got packed away last week in the knitting travel bag, and none of it has been unpacked. I read The Friday Night Knitting Club instead.

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