Today I found myself wandering around a big-box fabric store on Route 2, a.k.a the Strip Mall and Shopping Center Capital of Rhode Island. My ostensible reason for heading out this way was to compare prices of various lighting fixtures, appliances, countertop materials, medicine chests, etc. at Lowe's and Home Depot. (We are rehabbing a rental apartment we own.) However, I also had to buy some buttons for a baby sweater I recently knitted for a little girl who's going to enter this world next month. (Isn't it amazing how much we can know in advance? That's why I did the sweater in pink-lavender heathered Shetland wool.)
After finding some acceptable buttons, I wondered, does this fabric store have a yarn department? The answer was yes, if you define yarn as acrylic (mostly) and sold in supersize skeins (one pound seemed to be the measurement du jour).
It was, truly, like the McDonald's of yarn. Do you want fries with that?