Friday, April 4, 2008

What's the craziest thing you have ever done for yarn?

I know we have all done some crazy things in our lives. But what is the craziest thing you have ever done for yarn? I think I have gone over the top on this one. After having heard so much about Wollmeise Sock yarn, I decided that I needed to get some. The problem? It's very hard to get your hands on some of those beautiful skeins. The yarn is done by an indie dyer in Germany and she can't make it fast enough. You can order from her website, but you have to be there right when it goes up, because it will sell out fast. Within minutes.

Here in the U.S. the yarn is sold by my favorite yarn store, The Loopy Ewe. For those of you not familiar with this wonderful store, it is a sock knitter's heaven. She carries other yarns as well, but no one has the selection of sock yarn she does--anywhere. Sheri, the shop's owner, does what she calls "Sneak Ups" each week. If you are a regular Loopy Ewe customer, (this means you have placed six orders) she will send you an email when a certain yarn has been restocked. If you read her blog, she will tell you what will be in each week's "Sneak Up." The Sneak Ups can happen at anytime, day or night.

Here is where my quest for this hard to attain sock yarn begins. A few weeks ago we were told on The Loopy Ewe Blog there would be a Woolmeise Sneak Up sometime that week. On Ravelry in the groups is a Loopy Ewe group, and several of us began congregating on a specific thread waiting for it to happen. Monday came and went. Sheri took pity on us in the afternoon and told us there would be no Sneak Up that day. We all breathed a sigh of relief and left our computers to spend time with our families or go back to work. Someone in the group had requested that she not do it on Friday because it was her Anniversary and her husband would divorce her if she wouldn't go out because she might miss the Sneak Up. So Sheri agreed not to make on Friday. That meant it would be Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Tuesday morning found us back on the same thread in the Ravelry forum, constantly refreshing The Loopy Ewe's website page in between talking to each other. Since I work at a computer all day long, it wasn't hard for me to keep my eye on things while I got very little work done. Part way through the day on Tuesday, Sheri came on and told us the Sneak Up wouldn't be today, and so we could rest easy.

Wednesday morning came, and the group was at a fever pitch. We were so sure the Sneak Up would be today. I learned a lot listening to the other people in the group who were very experienced at these Sneak Ups. I figured out what my first choice of color was. I decided I was only going to try to get two skeins of that one color. They told stories of how stuff disappeared out of your cart before you could check out if you tried to get too much. So, I had my plan, now I just had to make sure I was online at the computer when the Sneak Up came. As the day progressed we became more and more frantic. I had become obessesed with getting that yarn. At one point there was thirteen hundred people in the Loopy Ewe Group, I believe they were all waiting for this yarn. Around dinner time, Sheri came on and told us to go have dinner with our families and basically to go away. There would be no Sneak Up tonight. But having listened to the more experienced people, I knew that meant only up until midnight. After midnight it was fair game.

So around midnight, Loopy Ewe time, we all began to congregate around the Loopy Ewe forum again. And we waited up all night. I'm not sure when I just decided to hang in there. I think somewhere around 3:00 am I realized that I'd already invested so much time into it, plus, I was having such a good time, that I was just going to stay with it. Remember being young and staying up all night camped out in front of some theatre for concert tickets? Or staying up all night for a slumber party? That's what this was like. It was fun, it was silly, we were laughing and just having a good time. And so the night progressed. My husband thought I had completely lost it. He had gone to bed at 11:00 just shaking his head at me. I didn't know what he'd think when he found out I had stayed up all night.

At 7:30 am Thursday morning, we were rewarded. The yarn suddenly appeared on a refresh of The Loopy Ewe site. My heart was pounding so hard I thought I was going to have a heart attack. It was exhilarating, scary, heart-pounding shopping. The yarn sold out within about two or three minutes. Every skein of it. I did exactly what I had planned. Found my color, put two skeins in my cart, and checked out. Here is a picture of the yarn:

Was it worth it? You bet. Now I know what everyone is talking about. The coloration is absolutely beautiful. I haven't knit with it yet, so I can't attest to how it knits up, but it does have an interesting feel to it for an 80% Wool, 20% nylon yarn. Here is the thing, though. I felt kind of bad, too. Huge amounts of people weren't able to get any. People who had been trying to get some for a year. I had gotten lucky. I don't know if I'll be lucky enough to get more, but there sure are many other colors I'd like to get my hands on.

I'm planning on knitting Cookie A.'s Monkey socks with it, only as knee socks. That's why I needed a second skein.
So, what's the craziest thing you have ever done for yarn? I'd love to hear about it. I can't be the only one this crazy for yarn.


Yarnhog said...

I've never stayed up all night for yarn. Of course, I wouldn't stay up all night for diamonds, either, so I'm not a good yardstick on that front.

Actually, I don't really stalk any particular yarn. There are so many gorgeous and wonderful yarns available that there is always something that makes me happy. I do stalk yarn sales. I love a great deal. I check Destash about 10 times a day and my favorite online sources three or four times a day for new posts. Is that crazy?

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

I'm so glad that, after all that time waiting, you GOT it! It really is gorgeous yarn, isn't it?

The craziest thing I've ever done for yarn? Well, it wasn't to get yarn for myself, but it involved yarn. I set my alarm for 3 am so that I could do a middle of the night Sneak Up. Why? Because we have such awesome international customers and I wanted them to have a chance of being "first in" for once!

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Jamie said...

Wollmeise is about the only yarn I can think of that would keep me up all night.

I did claim an earlier appointment with the doctor so I could leave work early to hit my LYS and pick up the extra skein of yarn needed for a project. That really wasn't so much crazy as dishonest I guess, but I got my yarn. :)

Congrats on snagging yours. Someday maybe I'll have my chance too.