Monday, April 7, 2008

Emergency Field Trips

When the alarm went out on the CGOA_Membership online group, I jumped to action!  A field trip was a must because Wrights, well known as Boye's outlet store located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, had been announced on the list to be closing!  A phone call to the store confirmed the news.  Everything, as of this past weekend, is 25% off their already low prices.

Inside Web's back room, there is nothing but yarn as far as the eye can see!I went on this "emergency field trip" with my friend Grace, and with Mini~Dee and her friend Mini~Lois.  It turned out to be a long -- yet fun -- day, starting at 8:00 in the morning

Our first stop, shortly after 10:00, was at the 
Mt. Laurel Yarn Boutique.  This was a new yarn shop (to us) to explore.  Inside we found that the shop is one of the most "crochet friendly" -- from staff, to displays, to patterns available for purchase.  In fact, one employee was working on the crocheted socks featured in the latest issue of Interweave Crochet magazine!  After selecting some yummy yarn, we then drove down the road and started our adventure at Wrights.some of Dee's loot from a day of yarn shopping

At Wrights we were not alone -- the store was hopping!  Word is out, although there are no signs to indicate that, the store is closing!  Everyone was stocking up, walking out with huge bags!  I managed to pick up quite a few goodies myself, including the new Boye "InterChangeable Head" crochet hook set that many have been discussing on various online groups!  (For those interested, some of the Wrights employees said that their goal is to close the shop by the end of April.)

After checking out, we popped back onto the highway and headed west to Northampton.  While there we enjoyed lunch at Sylvester's, then ventured over to WEBs to partake in their Anniversary Sale where I, once again, loaded up on lots of goodies, including some beautiful Ella Ray bamboo/silk yarn!  (It's soooooo soft & silky!!)

Our final stop was at WEBs new bead shop (formerly known as Beaders Paradise).  They just opened the shop and, according to the staff, they're still in the process of stocking the store.  That didn't stop me from finding some new beauties to bring home!  LOL

The girls had a fantastic time shopping too -- and I expect they'll be sharing information about it at their after-school "Hooks and Needles Club" meeting today.  :)

6 comments:

bearangel2445 said...

Oh Dee, I wish I lived by you.  It would be so nice to go shopping with you and have someone so knowledgeable to learn from.  You always enlighten my day with your website.  You bought some beautiful yarn on your trip.  Can you please tell me what the name of the beautiful red yarn is.  The color really stands out.  Thank you Dee, Dee Jr and Mini Dee for letting me be part of your day. Wendy from FL

crochetwithdee said...

Hi Wendy,
I sure wish the world were smaller too!  

The red yarn that you're finding so striking is the Ella Ray bamboo/silk yarn I mentioned.  I purchased two hanks in the red, and two in creme.  WEBs is still having their anniversary sale, so I just may need to order some -- or worse, head back up to Massachusetts to get more!  ... once a yarn addict, always a yarn addict, and happily so!  LOL

Thanks for visiting with me,
~Dee

bearangel2445 said...

Ohhh Thank you so much Dee.  The color is so beautiful.  I can't wait to touch it. SMILE.  I am going to go to WEBS right now and see if I can order some.  I wouild love to make my sister a sweater from it.  Hope all is well with you and your family.  Hugs, Wendy

itsmemaven said...

Dee, I'm so new to CGOA... perhaps you could zap me a link or something so I'll know where to find the CGOA message group:)

crochetwithdee said...

Those that are new to the CGOA, such as Maven, and would like to join the online CGOA messageboard, please visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CGOA-Membership

When you request to join, please make it easier on the moderators by providing your full name and your CGOA membership number.

For those wondering what the CGOA is, check out this website: http://www.crochet.org

~Dee

wipforever said...

An interchangeable hook????  Hmmmmmmm!  And what is the consensus from those who have used them?  Any problems with them popping off?

Sounds like you hit the stores at just the right time!  Lucky you!

Love and hugs,
sheila