Monday, August 24, 2009
The Yarn Antidote
I arrived in Urbana, Illinois officially Crackerbarreled out. Yes, the restaurant. That Cracker Barrel.
At first, the glamour of a corn muffin and a biscuit with each order dazzled. I am not being cute or trite here. Who among us hasn't looked forward to breaking highway tedium with that folksy menu, not to mention the gift shop and the goat hand lotion in the restroom?
But hit a Cracker Barrel for every meal except two on a road trip to Ohio and back home to Wisconsin and you soon find you've begun to dread dropped letters on menus - fixin's, salads 'n' such - and you're givin' serious consideration to purchasin' the singin' reindeer head in the gift shop. I'd link you to the reindeer but he's not up on the Cracker Barrel site yet.
Every word here is gospel, not snark. The miles and the white flour biscuits wear you down.
And so, balance must be restored. This is why the Universe created the Local Yarn Store. For the amount that Cracker Barrel gift shop reindeer head plus the cutest little ceramic squirrel holding two acorns (one for salt and one for pepper) would have cost, I bought:
Two skeins of Plymouth Yarn Co's Happy Feet DK (90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, 262 yds ea.) in colorway 54.
Mmmmmmalabrigo Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yrds) in Aguas. "This would make a beautiful Ishbel," the shop owner said. I think she's right, don't you?
Plymouth Yarn Co. Happy Feet (90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, 192 yrds. ea.) in colorway 5.
The yarn shop owner saw my travel-worn face, haggard from the highway and the endless stream of Cracker Barrel restaurants. She understood.
"Here you go," the shop owner said, smiling, holding out my new purchases to me. "A bag of joy."
Posted by Helen at 3:12 PM