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?