new yarn from (review)

A few weeks ago, I committed the ultimate marketer sin: I fell for a Facebook ad.

I know, I know - they're stalkers, they compile too much information about us, we're the guinea pigs in their data compiling experiments, yadda yadda.  But I have to admit, I really like seeing only ads that pertain to what I like.  Even if I purposely ignore them half the time.

Anyway, my sin involved clicking on a link to a site called


.  It's advertised as an auction site for crafters and - well - that's pretty much exactly what it is.

When you first sign up, you get a $5 credit, so of course I had to try it out.  Finding something that catered to my own crafting needs was a little difficult - most of the auctions are for jewelry-makers.  But the fun thing is that you can browse upcoming auctions and Tophatter will text you once the auction goes live.

So picture me waking up late at night to sit in front of my computer and bid on yarn.  This is my life.

It was worth it, though, because I really wanted

this hand-dyed merino wool blend


Northwest Originals

on etsy.  Of course, I won it quickly and easily because everyone else was there to buy jewelry supplies (and I'm almost loathe to brag about it in case I up my competition).

With my $5 credit, I paid something like $6.  $6 for hand-dyed yarn when you might pay $20 for the base alone.

*Halleluja Chorus*

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the site (if you couldn't tell).  Awesome yarn at great prices?  Sign me up.  I'm all over it.

The site itself has been kind of buggy for me on my old PC, but I think that's mostly the PC's fault.  Like almost everything else, it runs perfectly on my Mac ;)  Just be warned that it doesn't play friendly with 4-year-old laptops running archaic versions of Windows  with IE browsers that refuse to update past version 8.

If you're interested in trying out Tophatter, then simply

click this link

!  As a thank-you for signing up, you, too, will receive a $5 welcome gift when you create an account.

Or if you'd like to purchase great yarn directly from the seller, make sure to

check out Northwest Originals

on etsy.