Hi Everyone, I know it's been a long time since I posted, life has gotten me by a stranglehold lately with work (which is just crazy right now!) and my DH coming home from Iraq. I've been trying to desperately get a good work-homelife balance which zaps my energy for blogging, but not knitting thank goodness!
I was finally pushed to get atleast a word out there because of all the dear people out there checking up on me and making sure I'm OK. (Thanks KnittyCath!) I was also motivated cause I had to ask for some advice.
See, I'm taking a entrelac class at the red needle in Savannah and I signed up a few weeks ago. In December I had seen a pretty entrelac shawl identical to Lady Eleanor in Scarf Style, just knit on bigger needles with less repeats. They didn't have any classes going right then and I hadn't decided if I was going to wait and take a class or teach myself.
In the meantime, my mom asked me if she could send me some yarn (yay mom!) So I asked for 5 balls of the yarn to make that wrap. I practiced by casting on for Danica and left it at that. Earlier this month when I was in the Red Needle, yarn shopping, I saw they had classes (at $40) which I thought was a little high, but finally decided to go for it, thinking I needed to get out a little more and be social and meet some local knitters!
When I signed up the store owner told me what supplies I needed, and I told her I already had 5 balls of that yarn but would need to buy 3 more balls to make the class project. I went to look for the yarn in that color, and they did not have any and were sold out of most other colors. So, I called the yarnstore where my mom purchased the yarn in CA and asked them to ship me 3 more balls.
I thought nothing of it until today, when the RN owner called to confirm the class this weekend and this is what happened:
She said, "You still need supplies right?"
I said, "I actually have the yarn that I need for the project."
She- "Well you didn't buy it from here did you?"
Me- "No, my mom bought it for me for Xmas before I thought about taking this class."
She-"Well, that's not fair to the other people."
Me (Not yet getting what the big deal is)- "Well, it's the same yarn as the class project, so I will be able to follow along. I tried to buy more yarn from you but you were sold out of that color."
She (Getting huffy now)- "Well that's not fair to the other people."
Me (Starting to get bothered)- "Well, that's fine, I didn't know I was going to take the class when I bought it, if it bothers you that is fine, I won't come to the class and you can just refund me my money."
She- "Well it's really not fair to the other people, just come to the class and we will talk about it."
Me- "Well, if it's a problem then I don't need to come. I live an hour away so I don't want to drive in if it's going to be a problem when I get there.
She- "Just come, we'll talk about it then. Bye."
So...although I'm no longer a newbie knitter I have to admit I'm a newbie when it comes to knitting with other people, especially in yarnstores. I took some classes at the fab Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove, CA when I lived there and we were encouraged to always use whatever yarn we wanted to, and if it was stash, all the better. They were lovely and very supportive.
I realize I must have stepped on some toes here, by not buying the yarn at the store but I guess I don't completely understand why. I think if I had known I was going to take the class, and then went on the internet to find the yarn cheaper that may be slightly wrong (although it's my money and I should be able to do what I want).
I think when I pay 40 bucks for a class I should be able to use whatever yarn I want, not be stuck with the specific brand, in store with the 4 colors they carry. Then mine would look just like everyone elses, what if I wanted to use Noro for heavenssake? I realize that's a sidepoint because I already have the yarn but I had to make it.
I'm bothered now because all the fun has just been taken out of the class. It's going to be uncomfortable, she's probably going to try and embarrass me in front of all these people I don't know and the yarn will forever have negative karma.
So, please, help me. Throw me an opinion if I'm right or wrong and tell me what I should do when I go to the class tomorrow.
Signed helpless in hinesville.