Feel my glee.
Woo-hoo! What a weekend! I started shaping for the arms on the Manly sweater. It's coming along really well. I made the Hub try it on once I took it off the circulars and put it on two different sections. It fits really well and already looks swell on him, even if it is a Cirque de Soleil-esqu torso tube kind of a thing that shows his nipples off. Sorry ladies, those pictures are for my eyes only. ;)
I also got myself a little something at Elann. In my defense, it was cheap, fuzzy and has over 229 yds per skein, so there was really nothing I could do. I'm not made of stone, after all. I think these colors go really well together and I'm thinking of a stripey hooded sweater. I have a great old 60's pattern book full of mohair patterns, and there's one in there I might do. When I find the pattern and am sure this is the right guage, I'll post it. This might even be enough for two sweaters! (the example that Elann is using only uses 4 skeins and I have 12!)
The best part of the weekend was when we spent the day going to yard sales with my parents. It's one of those family activities that we always enjoy together. My dad loves trying to strike bargains with people and my mom always gets annoyed with him when he offers someone way less, I mean waaayyyy less than they're asking for something (although I've seen her talk someone down on a 50 cent item). Someone had a DVD player for $40 and he actually said to the lady "I don't really need a DVD player, but I'll give you 10 bucks." as if he were doing her a favor. She thanked him but said she'd hold on to it for a while. At the end of our yard saling, he wanted to drive by their house to see if the player was still there. He was going to give her another chance to sell it to him because by then she'd just want to be rid of it and would be begging for his ten-spot. So we drove by and they were still there, but mostly packed up. I piped up that the DVD player was still there (of course it wasn't, but that's just how I am). My mom was yelling at my dad that he had better not get out of that damned car. We didn't stop, but my husband (who is really getting the hang of being part of my family) pipes up with "Well, by the looks on their faces, I'd say they're about 10 dollars short." My dad loves it when he helps tease my mother.
So I got some good stuff. I got a cool set of 1950's dishes with service for 12 for $5. It was all wrapped up in plastic zippered bags made for dishes and they were in perfect condition. They're still in the car, but I'll append this post when I get them inside.
We also hit a sale that was a group of people selling stuff to benefit a local organzation of some sort. These are the best because it's not their stuff, so they have no sentimental attachement to it and just want to move it out. At first there wasn't really anything good. Then I went to the indoor portion of the sale and found this:
Pretty intriguing, eh? Wonder what they are?
Well hey, they're Esther Martin's Workbasket magazines from 1961-1975!! Wow! Esther sure LOVED this little magazine, she subscribed for 14 years!
And who wouldn't, it's got knitting, crochet and sewing patterns, embroidery transfers, gardening tips, recipes, and all sorts of ads for sensible shoes, dentures, and real live pet monkeys.
Yes, there are. Look. (click the picture so you can read it)
So all of these magazines were $5! I carried the box around and came across another box of even more interest. Here is a sampling of the wonders within (again, click for a better view):
25 cents each!!!! I'm going to type that again because it makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. 25 cents each!!!! I got 20 magazines and pattern books from the 50's and 60's. At 25 cent each (!!!!), that's another $5. So I was getting all this goodness for $10. Too cool. Then I went to pay. Imagine my surprise when the nice lady told me everything was . . .
wait for it . . .
What a great weekend!