Harsh knitting realities

  1. Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting is not available at list price from Amazon. In fact, if Amazon reports that it will take several weeks to fulfill an order for a book, it’s likely only available second-hand. Stop hoping against hope. Personally, I’d rather you poured your energy into pre-ordering the non-existent Get Smart DVD set from Amazon, in the hopes that increased demand will encourage the studio to release the series before a movie is actually made.
  2. If you don’t know what to do with that Cotton Ease (or any other discontinued yarn) before you buy it, and if you’ve never knit with it before, don’t hoard it. You know what? You probably won’t miss it. Save your holiday-shopping mob mentality for yarn that your experience tells you will be used for a project.
  3. In the same vein, complaining to a company that has announced a decision to discontinue a yarn due to a history of poor sales and little interest from retailers is not going to do any good now. If you loved that yarn so much, why didn’t you buy it when it was available? Why didn’t you demand that your LYS/OBBCS (that’s obscene big box craft store) carry it? Maybe you were waiting for it to be discontinued so it would go on sale.
  4. You don’t win yarn on eBay. If you “won” yarn, you wouldn’t have to pay for it, would you? What you did win was the legal obligation to give someone money in exchange for goods. Congratulations.
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14 Responses to Harsh knitting realities

  1. pixie says:

    omg haha i thought i was the only one who hated it when people said they won yarn! HAHA! i feel better now!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Yup, that win stuff drives me nuts. You were high bidder.

  3. nod says:

    Ooh, #4 gets me too. People are so silly.

  4. a. warped, knitter says:

    So true, so true. Have you snuck into my head and snooped around? Wish you had posted #1 two months ago.

  5. j. says:

    Would you believe I’m signature #156 out of the nearly 7000 on the list?

  6. Rima says:

    Would you believe there’s a petition for the release of Get Smart on DVD:
    petition ?

  7. j. says:

    There have been two Get Smart movies. And Fox produced a series starring Andy Dick in 1995. They have little merit.

  8. Diana says:

    ROFLMFAO! Jenna you are so right! While I would have bought the now infamous Cotton-Ease, had it *ever* been available locally, bitching about it now, would do me little good.

    Oh, but I do wonder what LB will replace Cotton Ease with, in their little baby hat kits? That is the *only* place I’ve ever seen Cotton Ease. Or will they discontinue the kit too?


  9. Julie says:

    FYI. There’s already been a Get Smart movie (even without the series DVD sales), The Nude Bomb, released in 1980.

  10. j. says:

    AK in paperback–I think that’s vaporware.

  11. Kathleen says:

    But when is Aran Knitting coming out in paperback? I regret not buying it from Interweave’s closeout a few years back. Sigh.

  12. Eva says:

    Hear! Hear!

  13. Mia says:

    It is amazing what people will pay for a book. I had an extra copy of another AS book that I sold on Amazon for around $50 which I felt was a bit high but I saw the same book sell for well over $150 on eBay at the same time. And the simplest way to increase yarn sales is to discontinue it.

  14. ~Jo~ says:

    All so true, I hate it when you are always right! ;) Hope you are doing well. :)