While driving away from the Grand Canyon last week my mom says to me, “Over at Cameron Trading Post they have yarn hanging from the ceiling.” I replied, “Is it for sale?” and she said surely. My fingers began to tingle at the thought of what kind of hand spun yarns awaited me. For 50 miles I thought about the yarn and what I could make from it.
When we arrived at the trading post I made my way directly back to the grocery store by passing all the lovely handmade native american baskets and pottery, along with obscene tourist tchotchkes. When I got there I immediately looked up to see skein upon skein of yarn hanging from huge wooden cross beams on nails as long as my fingers. Now imagine me on the navajo reservation with my head titled all the way back, in a grocery store squinting to see 10 feet in the air above me which yarn I would buy. After 5 minutes of uncomfortable looking around and feigning like I knew what I was doing I walked over to the young store clerk, a girl not much younger then me, and asked her how much the yarn cost. She says with out a blink, “$6.90 a skein”. I asked her if they were made from local wool and handmade and she replied yes and that a local woman had made them. When I remembered the price I just about snorted with glee.
Now here comes the best part, my mother being a tour guide has store create at this trading post out in the middle of nowhere Arizona, so she says, “Buy as many as you like.” My heart skipped a few beats. The store clerk asked which ones I wanted and I wasn’t quite sure so she handed me a rectangular card punched with holes, through which color sample had been tied. (I should have photographed it but they don’t like photos in the store.) I spent a good ten minutes trying to decide while my mother entertained the girls by allowing them to chime all the wind chimes in the store…. In the end I chose two skeins of each of the colors you see in the picture above. Rounding out at just under $100.
What will I do with it all? The magenta will become a Tiny Tea Leaves for S, the grey a hat for D and the rest I’m still undecided. What would you make?
Right now I am not reading much, just catching up on the backlog of wonderful blog posts you all write!
Joining Ginny for Yarn Along