Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ravelympics Training

So we're on our way to the big box home improvement store and I say to Mr. Truck that I need to go to the sporting goods store next door. And after he stopped laughing, he wanted to know why. Well, I'm in training for the Ravelympics and I have to wind my yarn and to do that I have to measure it and somewhere I read that fishing line measuring thingys will also measure yarn. And I have 2400 yards of this lace yarn and I only need about 600 for my Swallowtail Shawl. So I need something to measure it.





And after he got done laughing again we went to the Sports Authority and although they have all sorts of fishing things, we couldn't find a measuring device. "Well, what does it look like?" I have no idea. "OK, then, what's it called?" I have no idea. "All right, who makes it?" You mean a manufacturer? So we tried Walmart, but they didn't know what I was talking about. Well, neither did I. And then Mr. Truck had "a stroke of genius" and took me to Efinger's. They have everything including an official fishing line measuring thingy. The man there knew exactly what I wanted but he wasn't sure if my yarn would fit in. But when I said lace weight, he nodded and said it would work fine. (A remarkable man.) And here it is. I'll let you know if it works.



9 comments:

MicheleLB said...

I thought you were going to say that you needed a BassPro bag to store your needles! Which you still might. Although I'm pretty partial to Lantern Moon. Different vibe! Good luck with your line measuring thingy.

Marie said...

I'm participating in the Ravlympics too! I'm doing the Fleece to Fencing event. I think I lost my mind yesterday when I signed up for it. But, it will at least get me motivated to start working on all those alpaca fleeces I purchased. Good luck with your shawl!

PrincessPea said...

Good luck with the counter thingie - it's great that we can provide our families with amusement through our hobby, don't you think?

Go Team Mine!!

Sara said...

Heeey, I might have to get one of those...

Aim said...

Hee heee heee! That is a good story, but look, you got what you were after. You definitely need to let us know if it works :) I think I must need one too....heh.

BTW, I tagged you at my blog :P

Kimberly said...

Walmart NEVER has what I need. Went to the 3! local's looking for a line striper. Not one of the either A) Carried them or B) Heard of such a thing. Pox on Walmart!
Pat Mr. Truck on the back for understanding and knowing where to look.
I signed up for the UFOlympics. I've got a Fair Isle sweater that I've been working on for 7 years. Time to finish it or frog it.

Celeste said...

HOORAY for Mr. Truck!

I'm glad to know about this because in October I'm going to a fiber festival where most of the yarn is handspun. Except probably it won't work for me unless I get laceweight...

As princesspea said: Go Team Mine!

Lindsay said...

Ooh... I have no practical use for such a thing (rarely do laceweight these days) and for some reason my brain demands I get one.

Very clever.

Knitcrazy said...

Ohhhh... I just LOVE Cherry Hill Yarn... I don't own any but I haveFondled it often.... Ohhhhhh