Supply and demand of nerd gear

The Dalek Poses with ... (by Slice)

Adam has become obsessed with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. So obsessed in fact, that he was champing at the bit for volumes 2 and 3, which no Barnes and Noble had in stock. We had to go to Forbidden Planet to find them, and inside, we saw this Dalek [which due to Adam’s other nerd hobbies–like watching Dr. Who–I recognized]. I was like “Nerd hobbies collide! Traveling sock must pose with the Dalek!”

I was actually rather sympathetic to Adam’s plight because I had been searching every Barnes and Noble and yarn store in the city for this issue of Piecework, which features an article about how to make these Finnish mittens. Somehow, every other knitter in New York had snatched them up, and I was forced to order it off the internet, but I did get a copy.

I read some article once and the now-forgotten person being profiled said to their intern, “This is New York. You can find anything.” I have held this quote firmly to my bosom, but I have news for whoever said this. There are things you cannot find here.

Traveling socks…in the snow.

I may have acquired Piecework, but I often see beautiful knitting projects on the internet, and they are–unless one is willing to pay ridiculous shipping fees–impossible to get. (Though I sometimes think most of the fun of shopping for hard to find items is the search, no? The end product isn’t even that important.) Here for you to lust after, Things I Cannot Find in New York:

1.) Germany: Sport & Strumpfwolle Color-Ringel, color 15742. I saw Elemmaciltur‘s socks and I have been lusting ever since, though my babelfish-translated email to the company garnered me a depressing response: shipping to the U.S. is incredibly expensive.

2.) Japan: Ooh! Exciting news! I just realized one of my long-time favorite Flickr projects, this Japanese shawl, is actually a pattern I have! It’s a variation of a tablecloth in Marianne Kinzel’s First Book of Modern Lace Knitting–Yarn Harlot made it into a shawl here.

But Japan continues to lure me with cute things. Look at this beautiful baby sweater! So refined, yet cute!

3.) France: I actually tracked down (and bought) this pattern via ebay, but the yarn has been discontinued, and the occasional lots that pop up on cost way to much to ship here, especially for a novelty acrylic yarn.

4.) U.S.: Even things in my own country continue to elude me. Like Jess Hutchison’s booklet of Unusual Toys for You to Knit and Enjoy [the ethics of copying her out-of-print booklet has been hotly debated on Ravelry–a topic, interestingly, that is discussed almost point for point in today’s The Ethicist] and Hello Yarn’s fiddlehead mitten kit (good news on that front though–Hello Yarn is going to release just the pattern soon).

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5 Responses to “Supply and demand of nerd gear”

  1. February 25th, 2008 at 3:01 pm #Adam

    You also can’t find a Wegmans in NYC. What does that have to do with knitting? Wegman’s has a large selection of knitting magazines, surprisingly. But I think you already know that 😉

  2. February 26th, 2008 at 10:45 pm #Grace

    I call NYC “the city that sleeps.” I can’t even go to the public library any day other than saturday because all the ones I am close too close at 6:30 pm. Sometimes I miss Super Walmart…. except when I’m actually at a Super Walmart.

    Love the socks! Is that a feather and fan?

  3. February 27th, 2008 at 10:58 am #jenny

    OMG! If you figure out how to transform that tablecloth into a shawl, would you keep notes? I tried several times, but because I am very very lazy with the math, did not succeed in ending the patterns cleanly on the edges.

  4. February 28th, 2008 at 10:12 am #setters

    I loved the sandman & was so sad when it ended. I have all of the original comics & some signed by various artists – sigh!!

  5. March 9th, 2008 at 9:21 pm #luxeloops

    i completely identify with your nerd habits! i love to knit AND i know what dr. who is… is it okay to admit that i work for the sci-fi channel? because i do. 🙂