I was at my local quilt store about a year ago and all these giggly ladies kept swarming in and out. Everyone was cheerful. So, I automatically thought, "Hey, this quilt store beats the heck out of The Store that Shall not be Named." You know the one I'm talking about: The one with all the coupons. The lines. The long lines. The long, long lines. The lines lined with seas of dead, sad stares. Sad stares that tell you sorry tales of time spent in that long line, pretty much no matter what. Pretty much no matter what if you try to get there when pre-school and elementary school are in session or if you strategize and go when there aren't any active coupons.
You are pretty much screwed no matter what in this store that shall not be named.
All I know is, is the last time I went when elementary school was in session and when there were no fantastic coupon or sales going on there were 26 people in front of me with hollow, sad stares. The carts overflowing with plastic flowers, styrofoam, printed paper and scissors.
It's a wonder the employees don't climb up on one of the thread displays and fling themselves off and to the ground.
It's a wonder I don't climb up on one of those displays and fling myself off just thinking about it.
It's a wonder I even ever go back.
Sorry for the tangent but I couldn't help myself. Problem is, sometimes you need a grommet.
Which brings me to this: Turns out, the happy peppy ladies wandering in and out of the quilt shop were on some sort of quilt shop crawl. I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently there is such a thing. The closest thing to a quilt shop crawl that I've ever been on was an afternoon of winetasting.
And come to think of it, with the right group of friends, I'd totally do some sort of crawl that doesn't involve wine. Like, a yarn crawl.
So when the people at Yarn Crawl L.A. approached me to mention the event on my blog that runs from April 11 - 14 in the L.A. County area, I said, why not? After all, talking about the quilt store crawl I witnessed would give me an excellent, guilt-free opportunity to engage in my ninth-favorite activity: Kvetching about my horrible waiting-in-line experiences at The Store that Shall not be Named.
Check out the activities and schedule here. One of my favorite yarn stores, Unwind, is having cocktails and snacks Thursday through Saturday until 10:00 p.m., plus, Stephen West is debuting a new pattern exclusively that weekend. When you go there, you can pick up the "Safety Scarf" pattern and join a KAL and get a 10% discount on Manos Maxima to make it.
Now, I know not all of you can join in, but everyone is welcome to leave a comment and be entered into a giveaway for a Yarn Crawl L.A. tote bag. I can give away more than one, so be sure to leave a comment.
I'll announce winners later this week! And, if you win and are joining the Yarn Crawl, you can make arrangements to pick your tote bag up at one of the participating yarn stores you visit.
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