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Sadly, it’s true. All roads do seem to lead to Wal-Mart. No matter where you go, you can count on finding this store along your way–which in my opinion, isn’t necessarily a good thing. I don’t like the place. And I really don’t like seeing its buildings littering every highway I go down.

I’m really surprised at all the people who seem to think this store hung the moon. It may not be over-priced on many things, but you get what you pay for. And just because you get a bargain one day, doesn’t mean you won’t pay extra for something else later to make up for it.

Awhile back, there were rumors circulating that Wally World was going to close their craft and fabric departments. I think their yarn and fabric sections are not up to par anyway, but out of curiosity I wrote the company to find out if this rumor was true. Here’s the response I received:

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the fabric department in your local store.  In keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community, Wal-Mart is converting the fabrics and crafts department in some stores to a newly expanded assortment of merchandise that focuses on life’s celebrations.  We are thrilled to offer our customers this exciting new crafts and celebrations center that makes available craft and party planning needs along with information on current trends and new ideas in the area of life’s celebrations, such as holidays, weddings and birthdays.

In those stores where the new crafts and celebrations center is placed, merchandise commonly referred to as ‘notions’ will be included in the product offerings – such as sewing machines, yarn, needles, thread, etc.  As a part of this conversion, most of our new and remodeled stores opening in early 2007, as well as a small number of existing stores, will feature the new crafts and celebrations center in place of cut fabrics. Wal-Mart will continue to carry cut fabric in most of our stores.  Due to the continued evaluation of our stores, we are unable to share a list of existing stores scheduled to receive the new crafts and celebrations center at this time.

Thank you,
Wal-Mart Customer Relations

I suppose if the only place I had to shop in my city for craft supplies was the Big “W”, I’d be concerned about the changes. But considering I have other craft stores to go to–not to mention I can get anything online that I could possibly want–I don’t see the changes being a major issue for me. There’s even a petition against the closings out there somewhere on the net. Makes me want to start my own petition against the place.

Personally, if I had my way about it, Wal-Mart would be banned or restricted in some way, shape, or form. But that’s just me. I’m not totally in love with the place…and I feel for the people who are.

…just my $.02 worth…

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It seems to happen every summer. Well, I say every summer, but since I’ve only been crocheting for a year and a half, I can’t honestly say there’s a trend just yet. Still, it seems that during this time of the year, I become uninspired with my hook and yarn. I have things I want to crochet for myself, as well as things for charity and gifts, but I think Summer Fever has hit.

I went to Michael’s yesterday to get some of the yarn they had on sale, and I walked out of the store completely empty handed. Yep. Me. I actually walked out of a craft store without buying one single item. No yarn. No scrapbooking supplies. No beads. Nada.

I know I have a list of items to create, but all are kept mentally, which many times causes blockage for me when I’m shopping. I’ve decided that I need to go through some of my books & magazines, find those items I want to crochet and make the most, write them down along with the materials I need, then keep it in my wallet. That way, when I’m shopping, I’ll at least know what I need, and I won’t end up without a purchase just because inpiration didn’t strike.

As for what’s on my hook right now: I really, really, really need to get my Butterfly Shawl completed, especially since I’m testing the pattern. Having never filet crocheted before, it’s been a challenge, but also a great learning experience. That is my top priority as far as my crocheting is concerned. I also have a hobo bag that I started a long time ago which needs to be completed. I made a mistake in it and just haven’t taken the time to frog it to the point it needs to be in order to get a move on with it. Maybe once I get these two items finished–or at least the shawl–inspiration will return, and I’ll be ready to start a brand new project. I just need to figure out which one it will be.

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 I’ve been searching and searching for Sirdar Yo Yo yarn, in my LYSs & on-line. I finally found a site that had it, but I couldn’t find a listing for the price or how to order, so I emailed them. I got a reply today, with a link to the yarn. For a mere $73.98, I can own two 400g balls of this yarn. That’s quite a bit of yarn, I know, but that’s also $36.99 a skein, NOT including shipping. I’ve never in my crocheting-yarn-lovin’ life paid more than about 5-7 bucks for a single skein of yarn. Sad thing about this yarn in particular is there’s really not much out there that would make a good substitution.

Looks like I need to save up my yarn allowance if I truly want this yarn, as well as the jacket I’ve been wanting to make with it.

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I had the opportunity to go to another LYS on Friday–one that I’ve been to before and that I really like. I didn’t buy anything, though, because I get in there and I lose all of my senses. On one hand, my mind does a flashback to all of the projects I’ve ever wanted to do but didn’t have the right yarn for, on the other hand, my mind starts thinking about what could be made with “this yarn, and this yarn, and oh! what about this yarn!” I really should make a list and keep it in my wallet so when I’m in the area & can visit the store again, I know exactly what I want need, without the distraction of what I could find a need for. I didn’t leave there totally without something, though. I talked to the sales lady about yarn substituting (meantioned in my previous post), and she told me what to look for. The yarn I need is a boucle–a word I didn’t even know how to pronounce until recently–and she didn’t have any in her store. I know Joann’s has one, which I’ve decided now to try for this particular project. If it turns out too large or too small, I know someone to give it to, so it won’t be a total loss if the yarn doesn’t work out.

I also went to the Half Price Book Store in search of some new crochet books. I was a little disappointed that there were only a handful of books on one little part of a shelf, while knitting took up three whole shelves by itself, but I tried to ignore that fact. I ended up with two books I’d been wanting, as well as three others to add to my collection. Two of the books were only $5.98, one was $6.98, and two others were only $7.98–not a bad deal if you ask me, especially since I couldn’t even get them on Amazon for that cheap. Then when I got home, another book I had ordered about a week ago was in the mail. So, without spending an arm (I couldn’t crochet without my arm!) and a leg, I added six new crochet books to my bookshelf in one day.

Felted Crochet by Jane Davis

So Simple Crochet by Melody Griffiths – The pattern I can’t seem to find a yarn to substitute for is in this book. See my review of it on my Book Shelf.

Learn to Crochet by Sue Whiting-not that I need to learn, but there’s a hat pattern in this one I want to try, and who knows when I might find an opporturnity to pass this book on.

Today’s Crochet-Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America by Susan Huxley – I thought about joining the guild but haven’t yet.

Blue Ribbon Crochet, edited by Carol Alexander – I’ve seen many of the patterns in this book for free on Annie’s Attic pattern of the day.

Heirloom Crochet Treasures from The Needlecraft Shop – nothing but thread crochet in this one.

Now to figure out what projects will be next on my to-do list…

And I’ll update my Book Shelf as I have time.

Happy Crocheting!

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LYS

I went to a LYS today. Well, it’s really not all that local, but it’s one I’ve been wanting to go to, and I was in the area, so we stopped by. I wasn’t impressed. I mean, there were some really awesome yarns there, but unfortunately, there was very little that had to do with crochet, except a few books. There weren’t even any notions geared for crochet, nor any hooks. I asked the clerk for some assistance in yarn substitution, but she didn’t have a clue what to substitute. It was a bummer of a visit, and I left there deflated, with one brow raised in a quizzical manner.

I know so many people think that knitting is “all that” and such, but you know, it gets really annoying that crochet takes such a back burner to the k-word, especially when both crafts have some awesome patterns and both use yarn. So what! if one uses a hook and the other two needles. Crochet is by no means inferior to knitting–or to any other craft for that matter. It really makes me want to open my own yarn store and gear it more towards the crochet, without totally ignoring knitting, as so many yarn stores seem to do just that–except in opposite order.

Needless to say, I left the LYS without a purchase. I know that tomorrow I’m going to another one–one that I’ve visited before–and I also know that I won’t be disappointed.

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Supplies Shopping

I went shopping yesterday for the thread I needed to make the shawl I’m a tester for. I’m always disappointed that Joann’s doesn’t have a better selection of yarn and thread, and this trip to that store was no exception. I actually left without a single purchase in my hand.

I decided to try Hobby Lobby. I knew they’d at least carry the crochet thread I needed, but wasn’t sure about the metallic sewing thread. Much to my chagrin, they didn’t have the sewing thread. At least I was able to get the crochet thread I needed. I didn’t even buy any yarn. Just thread. And some pins for another project.

I wanted to get started on this project, so off to Joann’s I went again. I knew they had the metallic sewing thread in the color I needed, and I had decided to just use my 40% off coupon and buy a small spool of it. After looking around a bit more, though, I found a much larger spool–for a much larger price! With my coupon, it wasn’t all that bad, and the spool has nearly enough thread on it to carry me through the project. I’ll get the rest of what I need soon, so that I have it all on hand.

I started the project; having never done filet crochet but once, I wasn’t sure how well I’d catch on, but so far, so good. It’s going to be a beautiful project. I can’t wait to get it finished!

As a tester, I was told to expect it to be a long project, about three months or so, and when I told this to my SO, he said, “The way you crochet, you’ll probably have it done in 4 days!” Heh. I’ll take that as a compliment.

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