I definitely have cultivated the biggest yarn stash dump from LYS BUT the biggest one day dumps have always come from Fiber Festivals. The Washtenaw Fiber Expo definitely has contributed the most.
Then we made the rounds looking at other vendors like. . .
Finally it was time to do some buying.
Well, that was the day. It was fun. I barely missed Linda. What can I say. I'm a yarn harlot (in small letters because nobody can be Stephanie Pearl McFee.) Put beautiful yarn in front of me and I pretty much forget everything else. Notice I did say "barely." There were moments when I turned around to say something only Linda would get then realized she wasn't there. This was a spring festival so it is much smaller than the one in the fall. I was a bit disappointed because there were no animals which meant no shearing. I love to watch that. I was very glad we went Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday because Sunday we woke up to heavy freezing rain.
Now why do I buy more in one festival than in a LYS? You have 30 and up LYS in one place. Without walking more than 5 yards in any direction, you are in the next shop. I really do major damage in a very short time at a festival. Yarn crawls don't affect me the same way. I have a chance driving from one shop to the next to come down from my hyper-passion. At a festival it is literally, "Look at that! I want that! WOW! Is that awesome." One sight builds on the next with no opportunity to decompress. One of the things I will do at the Fall Fiber Expo is try new vendors. I need to expand my horizons. I met a wonderful retired nurse who has just started her business. I feel sad I didn't support her with a purchase. Festivals are just filled with one fabulous vendor after another.
Next I will tell you about the online stores who have been co-conspirators to the growth of my stash.