We had a lot of visitors this weekend who hadn’t visited in a while, and the one thing every visitor to my house is forced to admire wants to see is the Stash Closet.  Everyone is cheered up by the sight of so much yarn so nicely arranged, either by type or by color or by any number of deeply personal mathematical computations ,that you just want to start you visit there even before you use the WC.

Even if you come over a few times each week, I’m sure it’s always a thrill.

Imagine my surprise when I dramatically threw open the stash cabinet doors and it looked, well, a little thin in there. There was hardly any Noro, having used up almost everything on a pair of felted elfin slippers which, considering how big I had to make them to get the proper felting proportions probably cost more than a pair of Manolos.  And I had put all the bits of leftover sock yarn in a box to use for knitting that ranch house so there wasn’t much of that on the shelves.  Oh, there was still plenty of miscellaneous balls of things from long ago projects, and a few widows and orphans from various sale bins, but nothing that would make a knitter gasp and say, wow, she has a big problem.

Maybe you didn’t notice the difference, but I sure did.  I noticed and my heart rejoiced, because there is plenty of room for more yarn in there.

One place I’ll head right back to is a new(ish) yarn store on Orchard Street in NYC called Gotham Fine Yarn. This was a fine place with fine people and last time I was there, I got some fine yarn.  They carry interesting lines – Noro, Madelinetosh, Koigu and stuff like that there, and some kinds of no-name worsteds and alpacas that were reasonably priced.  They also have a swell selection of buttons.

Not only was it fine, the folks were nice. A customer pointed out her favorites  assuring me that she wasn’t a shill.  The owner took the time to look something up for me on Ravelry, checking out the comments posts to make sure we had all the facts straight. I get my hair cut around the corner from there, so now I can get the beauty treatment and do some stash enhancement all in one trip.

I did buy some hot pink alpaca. More about this hot pink alpaca later in the week, because I did some very clever pattern adaptation of a classic hat and I am quite pleased with the result. But it needs a picture.