undyedyarnpire: cartoon voodoo doll, looks like knitting needles stuck everywhere (Default)
 This is a list of vendors at Stitches who are offering Thursday night specials. If you patronize them on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will be paying more than other people and getting less selection:

From this thread: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/stitches-west-2011/1521105/

Alpenglow Yarn / Ranch of the Oaks / Little Red Bicycle #1048
Knotty Knitters Calendar (sold by XRX itself)
Ellen's Wooly Wonders #1445
Faerie Mountain Fibers #1040
Twisted Sunshine Designs #1146

I have blacked those places off my copy of the market map because I do not want to pay more than the supposedly fair price the vendor has chosen. 

Admittedly those were not places I have highlighted, so it would not be a loss to me, but I will probably refer back to this list so I do not accidentally patronize them in the future either. 

This Thursday night sale basically says, "We treat some people specially and you are not one of those people. We would prefer to do business with other people than you. Please go elsewhere." So I plan to abide by that request and take my money elsewhere, forever.

Bijou Basin Ranch has coupons on their website, so you will pay more if you do not pre-prepare, but they are at least good for the whole show and for anyone. (#602 - 700) I would feel less put upon if I could "mention their website" or a special code word and get the discount, but that is because I cannot print at home so self-printed coupons are a huge hassle.

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Last year I asked if there was anyone reading here who wanted to accompany me to Stitches West on the Friday market day. I have never gone with anyone else. This year I invited people from the learn to knit group where I volunteer and no one wants to come with me. (One woman does want a ride there if I am going, but did not see the invitation as being to a social outing with me as her friend.)  If you want to accompany me, please do speak up. Email, Rav PM, or comment here. If you know me, feel free to call too. I am seriously considering not going. I have only three booths highlighted and I could just as easily order from their websites later. Between gas and entry fee and lunch, staying home would more than cover any shipping costs. Plus I need nothing. I still have untouched things I bought at my first Stitches in 2008.  It would be different if I was going with someone else and doing something social and fun. Many of the comments in the Stitches West group talk about how great it is to meet other knitters and make lots of friends. I do not think I have spoken to anyone who is not a vendor, ever, at the show. It usually seems like everyone travels in groups of their own friends and have no need of conversation with strangers. 

undyedyarnpire: cartoon voodoo doll, looks like knitting needles stuck everywhere (Default)
I have a complaint about how words were used. If you can mentally hear the guy in The Princess Bride saying, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." That might help. 

If you have a website and you say something is "in stock", especially if you give a count of the number of that item which are "in stock", I do not think that should mean, "We will call the manufacturer and have it drop shipped to you at some point in the nebulous future." If something is being drop-shipped at a date uncontrollable by your store, then it is not "in stock". If you have to call the manufacturer to check whether the item that was ordered and expected to arrive this week is actually available at all, then you completely misunderstood what "in stock" means to the customer. You are also in violation of my expectations of privacy because you are disclosing my personal data to a fourth party (store, shipper, now manufacturer).

Although I am resigned at this point to getting the loom I settled for, I am extremely angry at the purchasing experience. If I had known they were going to lie about the availability, I would not have bought the 13" Emilia, despite the deal. 
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Sadly, today my top choice of rigid heddle loom is for sale, used, locally, on Craigslist, for about half the retail price (after all the extras are included). 

Can I admit that I want to buy that too, just in case the small one is insufficient for my needs? 

What if I let this one go and do not like the tiny Emilia that is not here yet? I did get a confirmation email this morning but it said they would email directly if my item was "backordered", like they do not know if they have it? So are they going to wait until someone else buys the used loom on CL before telling me, "Ha! Ha!"? 

I also had a spot of concern because that is a hefty discount and if I do not like my loom, I want to be able to resell it for much closer to my purchase price. But there were still people paying full price for Flips and Crickets on the various Ravelry groups, so probably it is the CL underpricing. I will be sure to list my loom in the appropriate Rav groups first. 

Plus at that price, the CL loom was probably gone instantly, so I would not have gotten it. 
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I bought a loom.

I had 3 choices I really liked.
  • floor loom, Glimakra Julia. But honestly I've never woven and $1K is a lot to try something out. Plus the space, the space...
  • rigid heddle loom, LeClerc Bergere, but it doesn't have a stand available, it doesn't fold up and it's kind of big. 
  • rigid heddle loom, Glimakra Emilia. I loved the 19" version but couldn't find anywhere that actually had them. They were the vaporware of looms.
Most people said that RH looms are better with a stand unless you get a really tiny one like a 15" Schacht Flip. 

So when Paradise Fibers sent a Year End Clearance coupon code good for 10% off almost everything (except LeClerc looms and some spinning wheels) I went and looked. They had the 13" Emilia. So I bought one on the spot. I figure it will not need a stand because it is small enough and if I need to do big things, I probably want a floor loom anyway. 

It has been more than a year of looking and and handwringing trying to find the right choice. I hope this was it, but certainly with the sale price, I can resell it for closer to my cost. 

I started looking for a loom because someone, somewhere said weaving uses up gobs of yarn. I have a lot more yarn than I can possibly knit in my lifetime. (I am a very slow knitter and easily distracted when something is not for me.) But I love yarn and want to keep spinning, so I needed to find something that would help. 

I expect to be rather happy with my purchase, and there will be pictures. 



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