Part One: At the Michigan Fiber Festival I decided to buy some Socks that Rock yarn. I've had the pattern for a scarf called "Crossing Over" for more than a year. I got from Toni at The Fold. She had the completed scarf on display at her place and I really really liked the colors, which were Farmhouse and Fred Flintstone. Well, Farmhouse was easy - but according to Toni at the time, Fred Flintstone had been a limited release. I bought a different skein of another yarn that had similar colors, but never made the scarf.
I checked over a period of months on eBay and then on Ravelry, but I could never find any Fred Flintstone. I looked again on the Socks that Rock website just a few days before the Michigan Fiber Festival - no Fred Flintstone. So, I decided to purchase a different skein from Toni (at the festival) and figured I'd go with that.
Part Two: On the Wednesday after the Fiber Festival, I happened to stumble on some info that Claudia, the Wollmeise, had announced that she was having a sock club for 2008-2009. Wollmeise is the current "hot" yarn. I have two skeins of it - one in laceweight that I got before she really took off, and one from The Loopy Ewe's Spring Fling event (in the goody bag!). But I've never scored any from Claudia's German site, and I never catch it when Sheri adds more to the Loopy Ewe site. This is not surprising - 300+ skeins of the stuff go in like a couple of minutes.
Wollmeise yarn is beautiful - no question. And Claudia's colors and the color-saturation are pretty amazing - but I don't have the time or wherewithal to stalk it. I figure I'll get some when I get some :-) (and I'd link to her site, but it appears to be down).
Part the Next (a/k/a Where One meets Two): Enter the sock club announcement. Of course - just days after I make this big hoohaw righteous statement on how I'm going to knit and spin from my stash for a year, all of sudden there's a Wollmeise sock club. Great. I've never even had an interest in sock clubs before - I mean I'm approaching SABLE* in the sock yarn category so I was never tempted. Before. Right. I decided that if I got in it would be one of my dispensations, so I signed up and tossed my hat in the lottery ring. And even though I set the intention that I would get in - and I'm a really really lucky woman - I didn't really imagine that I would actually get in because I figured a bazillion people would sign up for it.
And then on a whim, I checked the STR website that same Wednesday to look at the Raven Clan colors one more time. And what do I find??? There on the main page of the Multicolor Wave yarn: Fred Flintstone. Geez - you think they could have put it up the week before the festival, wouldn't you?! Well, I really wanted to get it, but decided that I would wait to see if I got into the Wollmeise sock club, and then I'd do all my damage at the same time. It would be all, or none.
Conclusion: Lucky girl I am. :-) It was all. So, when you see this graphic in the months to come, you'll know not to peek if you don't want to be spoiled.
And in the mean time, I await the arrival of Fred Flintstone (with another Raven Clan color tossed in for good measure - I know, I'm hopeless).
Happy Labor Day!*SABLE = Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy