Ugh. I had lunch on Newbury street today with some friends. Newbury street is Boston’s Rodeo Drive. I left work early to have a few minutes to spend in the LYS a block from where I was meeting my friends. I remember it being pricey, but not obscene. Maybe 10-20% more than a regular LYS.
I looked at the yarn for about 25 minutes, but wasn’t feeling it. I really didn’t want anything, and I was pretty sure I would regret anything I did buy. There were no prices on anything. But after looking around for so long (which took longer because it is arranged by color instead of weight/fiber!), I felt kind of obligated to buy a little something. I chose 3 skeins of Louet Gems, which is hands down the nicest superwash yarn I’ve ever felt. The colors were very cool, a yellow, green and purple (goldilocks, shamrock, eggplant). I thought I would use them for somthing like this for my mom’s little Yorkie, and the skeins are generous (~175 yards) so I’d have enough left over for maybe a hat or scarf.
I was ready for it to be about $30/35, and I would have considered that A LOT. But it was $44!!! I probably should have said nevermind, but I was too shy and I felt silly for looking around so long and for not having asked the price. Reconsidering the doggy sweater idea…maybe I’ll do a mosaic something-or-other for myself…I did check online and it was not marked up. That’s what the yarn really costs!
Anyway, I couldn’t be the only person who’s found themselves in this situation. Please share your stories so I can feel a little less like a dope!