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