Taxation WITH Representation

...representing knitting!!! (of course)

Let's see...

36 skeins of mixed media (different types of yarn...wool and other stuff) at Central Yarn Shop in Portland, Maine

1/2 lb cone of Shetland, a 12" circular, "The Opinionated Knitter" and BOTH PBS Series DVD sets of the Zimmermann woman and her most awesome daughter, Meg. (Knitting Workshop; Wool Gathering/Knitting Around) from Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine

"Fishermen's Sweaters" by Alice Starmore from Borders (which also adds credit to my member's card.)

15 POUNDS of mill ends from a long-awaited and well-looked-forward-to short daytrip to Bartlett Yarn Mills in Harmony, Maine. We also took a tour of the mill and it's kinda freaky to actually BE in the same spot where they filmed Stephen King's "Graveyard Shift" and just like every other mill in this glorious state, it sits on a river and it's just plain perfect...the little town just appears out of nowhere from the road and before we left, we had lunch at the little general store in town...and I could just go on and on. That was one of my high points from this tax-return-spending this year; I've been waiting for the opportunity to get up there...grew up here in Maine, traveled most of the state during the fair season while growing up and still never saw that area of the state before and I fell in love with the whole area (not just because of the mill and the luscious wool yarn that I love the most and how much I got of it this time 'round) and will have to go back. It's the ONLY mill left in the U.S. that uses a spinning mule, which is why the yarn has the curiosity of handspun. They don't use any other modern equipment.

No one else in the wool shop even had a chance. I saw the huge basket of mill ends and just took the whole thing and spent three glorious hours sorting through it when I got home. A lot of the cones were the very same colours and spinning lots and such, so, I skeined them up right off of the cones and then grouped them all together.

A few other things were done with other tax return dollars, but most of it ended up on the needles (or to be on the needles), in the library (multimedia and literature) even needles themselves, and a daytrip that was more moving than even I thought.



Tom Hart's picture

Sounds like magic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Can you deduct wool as a dependent??????????? I'm dependent on it!!!!! You did some shopping and work there guy! I'm actually kinda jealous.

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

What a wonderful day out Robert. I'm envious.

Mnjack's picture

What a great day, and to end up with such a nice stash. I can see you will not run out of things to knit for lack of material. Great job.

ronhuber's picture

What an adventure! You lucky guy. You are making us all jealous. I have ordered from Bartlett and they are very gracious and sell a lovely product. Thanks for sharing.

jessemkahn's picture

sigh. lucky boy. a tax refund AND new yarn.

Bill's picture

I think a trip to Bartlett's mill is now on my must do list!
My dad was a Maine boy...and I spent lots of time in the Belfast area...must go back.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Congrats on all of your finds Robert--productive and bountiful day indeed! I can relate to the sick, crack whore feeling when around fiber!


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Kerry's picture

Sounds like a great day out.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

If I was a lesser person, I would barely speak to you out of envy. Instead, I can only rejoice in your good fortune and new acquisitions, wishing you many hours of enjoyment from them. Sounds lovely. Congrats. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.