Here's something not everyone knows about me: I love handbags.
My collection is modest (especially when you compare it to my yarn stash), but years ago I decided that buying a handbag I'm lukewarm about is a false economy -- it'll just wind up on the floor of my closet gathering dust. Better to save the price of that ho-hum bag and put it toward something I love, I think.
Granted, I've never been able to force myself to spend beyond my own personal price point (and no, I'm not disclosing what that is, but I do want to emphasize that I have one, and I don't go above it). I've tried -- once when I was particularly flush with cash, I strolled into my local Holt Renfrew, intent on purchasing something, you know, really immodest. Something way out there, that would scream to the world, "I just spent a ridiculous sum of money on a purse!"
And I just could not do it. Something in me -- perhaps my Scottish DNA, or maybe just my own common sense -- froze at the idea of handing over such big bucks for the privilege of shilling for some high-end handbag designer.
The money stayed in my wallet, and I wound up getting a very conservative brown suede slouch bag that served me very well for a few years.
Anyway. I told you all that so I could tell you this: today while I was browsing at my LYS, I came to an abrupt slack-jawed halt. There it was, sitting on the floor and calling to me: the handbag of my dreams. In a knitting store. And for the first time in I don't know how long, I came out of an LYS without any yarn. Instead, I spent my month's yarn allowance on this:
Gaze in wonder, my friends. It's a Jordana Paige knitting bag, cleverly disguised as a purse. It's purple, and it's sleek, and it has a kiss-lock, my absolute favourite kind of handbag opening, and it's mine, all mine!
(rubs hands together in glee)
In celebration, I think I'll go out and rake some leaves in the back garden.
Oh yeah -- that's the other reason I'm a bit giddy today. I was outside without a jacket just now, and the sun is shining, and all the snow is gone. Let's hear it for Easter Monday!