Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Yarn Buddies Anonymous
"Hey, Em...look what I got," I dangled my new ball-o-yarn friend in her face--which you know drove her nuts that I had something cool and she did not...
"HEY! Where'd ya get that?!" she yelled all jealous-like.
And the next thing you know, we are spending every freaking quarter that could be found in a Kautz pocket, change purse, and/or glove compartment just to collect more of these goofy things. We even went back the next morning to get more--addicting little devils.
They are little ball-o-yarn dollies--or better known in the marketplace as "voodoo dolls." But I don't use them as voodoo dolls--I just like them because they have "personality" and I can get them for .50 cents--well, if you are in the Mexican restaurant in Springfield, Illinois. Here they have them at Hallmark for $8.95 which is crazy for a yarn buddy. I'm not sure why they are voodoo dolls, I just think they are cute and I have them hanging in my car....and they make me happy.
But half of the fun of them is the thrill of the unknown....the chance you take when you drop 2 hard quarters into that machine, never knowing what yarn buddy you are gonna get. We've got a graduate, a ballerina, a bald-headed newspaper-holdin' old guy that we call "Joe" and some other guy who's got a book or a computer or something. And that's when we ran out of quarters.....but not the want for more. Bummer.
Em and I were so addicted that we pleaded with Joe to stop there before leaving Springfield just so we could get another. And we both stood there......our last two quarters in hand....then dropped, ever so carefully into the machine......and.....and.....
we got some plastic figurine of a droopy-boobed old woman with curlers in her hair and a frying pan in her hand. Yeah...it was the whammy of vending machine fodder. Damn it! Two quarters WASTED. Ugh.
But did that stop us? Nope. We are still on the hunt for a machine that sells these damn things around here. We don't go anywhere without scouring the vending machines for yarn buddies, and so far, no luck.