I am often surprised by what requests I receive.
My 17-year-old niece finally responded to the "what do you want for Christmas?" text a couple weeks ago. And I have been trying to acquire the yarn ever since.
Have you seen those really, really chunky knit blankets? Due to copyright concerns, I'll just link to a few images, in case you haven't seen these. Here are links to one, two, three, four, and five different examples.
Yup, this is what she wants. I am, of course, familiar with this trend. I have been curious enough to want to try it, but I don't really have the room or need for such a thing. Now I have the perfect excuse to try it. But, the yarn...
First, I found this yarn...
Nice, right? (That's my hand in the picture for scale.) I got what I thought was enough of it, and then my niece told me how big she wanted the blanket to be. Yeah, not nearly enough.
So, last week I went back to the yarn store to get more skeins. Did they have them? Of course not.
I looked online to figure out which store had this yarn in this color (because I couldn't order it online or else I would have). The closest store that had the quantity I needed was a bit of a drive. And Saturday was the day to go as the yarn would be 50% off (with an added 20% off coupon on top of it).
Traffic was terrible, so the distance felt all that much more. And guess what? They didn't have the yarn.
(Yes, I should have called ahead to verify. I know this. I didn't do this.)
However, they did have another gray, a darker gray, in a heavier weight.
This was the same brand of yarn, so the 70% discount would still apply. I have receipts for the other yarn, so I can return it. I might as well get the yarn that I could get in the quantity needed.
I sure hope I got enough...
I'll post pictures when I finish. (And don't ask how much this all cost even with 70% off.)