This Sunday, I woke up extra happy because it was Free Yarn day!
A few months ago, Nine Rubies in San Mateo offered a Living Social coupon to get $30 worth of yarn at for only $15. That’s already a great deal, and to make it even better, three of my friends bought their coupons from my referral so I got my $30 of yarn for free.
Woo hoo, free yarn!! Thanks friends!
Yarn shopping is most fun with other knitters, so Preeti, Elizabeth, Kelly and I decided to go together to Nine Rubies. Since our last Purl Jam trip to Nine Rubies ended with certain delinquent knitters getting kicked off the Caltrain (I may have been indirectly responsible), this time we decided to carpool. After some delays and navigational issues, Preeti, Elizabeth, Kelly and I set off on our mini-road trip.
To fortify ourselves for the shopping, we stopped en route at Stacks in Burlingame for a traditional American breakfast.
Full of syrup and waffley goodness, we finally made it to San Mateo and the main attraction, Nine Rubies!
Nine Rubies is a lovely place, the kind of place where people feel comfortable spending the afternoon knitting. For me, the best part is the staff who have always been extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The store is spacious and filled with yarn that ranges from affordable (Plymouth Encore Worsted in every color) to luxurious (Fyberspates Scrumptious) and hard-to-find (Plucky Knitter, just in and going fast). I wish I had taken more photos in the store but unfortunately I was very distracted by all the yarn.
Needless to say, it took us a long time to decide what to buy. In the end, Preeti picked a lilac purple skein of Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere to pair with a skein in her stash for a stripey shawl, Elizabeth picked out two skeins of Cascade 220 for an argyle scarf plus a skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted just because it was pretty, and I got two skeins of Noro Silk Garden in a brand new colorway (359) and some Soak just because I could. Oh, the guilty pleasure of buying yarn when there is already plenty in the stash at home!
Most impressive was Kelly, who decided not to buy the Living Social coupon and restrained from buying any yarn whatsoever but still came on the trip just for the fun of it!
For those of you who are wondering how Nine Rubies can offer such a great deal, Saloni of Nine Rubies wrote a blog post with lots of interesting statistics based on their first such offering, a $10 Groupon worth $20 of purchases. I didn’t buy that one but I did get both of the Living Social $15-for-$30 coupons that followed and would definitely get one again if it’s offered. Despite my commitment to stash bust, I can’t resist a bargain, particularly if it involves a mini-road trip with friends.
Reported by Tracey, who enjoys yarn with her waffles.