I ran down to the Yarn Barn of San Antonio, brandishing my Bazaar like a talisman. Tahki Cotton Classic did the trick for me...I still had trouble with the lime bronze color, but it's not essential. This IS a decent interpretation of the colorway I wanted to duplicate. Let's see, 5 balls of Cotton Classic, a NEW PAIR of Lace Addis, TWO pairs of discounted small sized Skacel straights, and an issue of Wool-Gathering came in at less than 60.00. Not bad. Everyone that saw the cover LOVED the idea of taking those colors and translating them into a T-shirt for real people lives.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I zipped into Tuesday Morning. If you don't have a Tuesday Morning in your town, it is....a retail garage sale of good department store type merchandise. Long before Lauren Bacall ever did her scary ads, Tuesday Morning began in Dallas. I've been going since I began my World Tour of Texas....I mean, my Air Force career. As a matter of fact, the chain's strategic manager was a guest at my wedding to the web-toed wonder. We just called him Jim then. But I digress....
This morning I went to investigate their yarn bins, and check on their craft aisle. This is not a task for the faint of heart. It takes some digging. I found a ball of Trendsetter Vixen (the pretty pale pink) for 5.00. Fifty yards. Crap. I rummaged thru all the bins, and was just about ready to give up on the Vixen when I happened to see three cardboard bins above my head. Yarn peeped from the top. Remember when you couldn't touch Trendsetter yarn without mortgaging your needles? The novelty yarn situation is a disaster, and it's scary to see the BINS of novelty yarn marked down EVERYwhere. It's always been Trendsetter's specialty.
In the mean time, a shopper came up to me and said "I'm going to let you put that back up there for me." To which I replied "I don't work here, I am just digging for another ball of this yarn." (This happens to me frequently, and I can't decide if it's because I am pompous, look confident and friendly, or am a straight out mess.) She was embarrassed. Whatever. I hauled the little bins from their perch, and found another four balls of Vixen. While I was in the neighborhood, I saw five balls of Trendsetter Quadro marked at 3.99, with another 40% off at the register. Total price at Tuesday Morning for 10 balls of Trendsetter, a dog toy, and sales tax? A smidge over 40.00. If you go, arm yourself with patience and a willingness to dig. Lauren says "It's like a treasure hunt every week." I say "It's a flippin' mess, but the deals are good."