Things that Go BUMP in my Mind

Knitting, stitching, reading, gardening, cooking--I have no time for any of it.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Internet Rocks.

Wanna know what I'm doing right now? Other than blogging, I mean. I am--get this--negotiating the price of a new car. Via email. How cool is that? Rather than driving from dealership to dealership, I sent out emails to the four closest Toyota dealerships asking for their best price on a 2006 Matrix. When I get all the responses, I'll shop around the lowest price to see if I can do better. Then I will buy it, with the aid of a loan I *also* got over the Internet, all without leaving my desk and/or dealing with a pushy salesperson.

All in all, not bad compensation for dealing with the kids during spring break.

And there's a new Knitty. I'm totally making this, and these, and possibly this. If I can figure out where to get the listed yarn, I might knit this. I'm told the "Circulo Anne" called for in the pattern is actually #3 crochet cotton, but I'll be damned if I can find anything resembling (a) the colors or (b) the yardage she identifies in the types of #3 cotton I can find online. I'll need to ponder that some.


  • At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Judy said…

    That's cool about the car shopping! I just had a long comment and deleted it (AAGH!!), so I'll settle for saying, have a nice week with the kids and enjoy the nice weather!

  • At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Pammie Taj said…

    Go to and check to see what other folks are paying for thier cars. When I bought my Matrix I checked every dealer for a 100 mile radius and only one would meet my price. Others were anywhere from $400 to $1500 higher. (c: It's a great little car, though. I'm quite happy with mine.

  • At 3:54 AM, Anonymous Carol said…

    I have found a site for the yarn you are looking for. If you go to the yarn for the new knitty sweater can be seen/bought from there. It is a 4ply mercerised cotton 28sts/38rows.

  • At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Mary said…

    Well, I tried the diamond yarn site and the stores that list it don't carry the right colors. I've found a shop online,, in Canada, which carries the yarn, but she only has some of the colors and doesn't want to order more because she has to order too much. Maybe if a bunch of us order enough to make it worth her while . . .

    There's also a website in Australia which ships to the U.S., which carries it, which I'll try next.

  • At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Barb outside Boston said…

    I e-mailed the authour of Anatolia and got this reply almost imediately!

    --In Canada Anne is distributed by Diamond Yarns. In my local yarn store Anne is found hiding in an out-of-the-way corner where you meet little old ladies looking for crochet cottons. I have also seen it in small-town yarn shops that don't stock fancy yarns.

    I didn't realize that it would be hard to find, but I have sent out several e-mail enquiries and the most positive reply was from Ram Wools' manager Alyson Schwartz [], who wrote:
    "I will place an order right away so that we have the colours in stock. I have checked with Diamond and they have all of the colours in stock. We will have the colours up asap and if you would like to link to us that would be great."

    I have looked at my local yarn store's site (Romni Wools in Toronto, Ontario), and it appears that they will mail order (they want you to e-mail and then call with credit card info). That could be another option. --

    Barbara Gregory

  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Jenny said…

    Nice blog, by the way. I'd like to make the Anatolia, too. I've seen the yarn referred to as #10 cotton on ebay, so that may be another option. The folks that make the Peaches & Creme cotton (see link from Ann & Kay's book), also make other lighter weight #10 cotton in various colors, so that might be a good place to look, too. Shipping shouldn't be nearly as much from NC.

    Good luck with the car dealings! Edmunds is an excellent site to start looking from.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Jenny said…

    We just bought a new Honda CRV using the same method you described. And I wanted a matrix too - but DH overruled me. We'll probably have to replace our other car in another year or two and we are sooo getting the Matrix then!

  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger Blue Gal said…

    I was looking for the Anatolia yarn and found your blog. Nice one! And great commenters, too. That's a sign of something good going on here. Cheers.

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Blue Gal said…

    Still thinking about the anatolia sweater...I'm thinking maybe Jaeger Siena which comes in rich colors including hallelujah, black. Rare to find that in a cotton. Probably can find a US source for that one, too.


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