30 August 2006

for seriously!

no really! my apologies for the lack of teh blogging lately. every time i think i'm going to have time to take photos of my recent FO's & WIP's, reality interrupts. rest assured knitting, stash-busting and a wee bit of stash-enhancing is still occuring on a regular basis. when it comes to make a decision between knitting or blogging, knitting wins every time! =]

whoah, i got all for serious down there on that last post for a minute. guess what? no one else is actually talking about it or even really cares. who knew?!

lastly (for this post anyway), a couple weeks ago, julie of dunwoody yarn and i had the pleasure of driving out to gilliland's heritage alpacas in hoschton, georgia to visit and learn a little more about alpacas and fiber farming. omGOSH we had so much fun!! angela and jim were so very gracious and seemed to really enjoy having visitors that they could lure into the wonderful realm of alpaca farming. we met all of the alpacas, and also met their new llama, who they were working with since she had gone down due to heat stroke a week earlier. we watched them put her into a sling that rasies her up, helping her stand up for the necessary 8 hours a day. you could tell that these guys really love their animals. and if you think alpaca fiber is soft in yarn, you should pet an alpaca! SO! SOFT! they are also very shy and prefer to approach you, so after trying and failing to approach them slowly enough to let us pet them, we turned our backs to them so that we could chat more with angie about their traits and all the things that go into the business. every time we would look back behind us, they'd be sneaking up on us, trying to nibble on our clothes or catch a whiff. it was so cute! before we left for the day, angela took us to her office where she showed us the yarn she had spun from her flock. i picked up a ball of 210 yds of fingering weight that had a bit of blue-grey dye scattered here and there on an otherwise natural cream color, and a skein of worted natural cream. both of them are destined to become the softest hats on the planet.

more soon, with photos....no, really!

08 August 2006

we interrupt your regularly scheduled blogcast to bring you...

the fight everyone is talking about.

if you haven't heard, cascade and kfi have been duking it out over the supposed actual cashmere content of one yarn darling, debbie bliss cashmerino. a couple weeks ago, i had a chance to view both of the following letters directly from the companies in question.

the letters reposted below have been copied from the thread at knittersreview.com (an excellent thread on the subject until it derails a bit towards the end)

so originally...i posted the text of the letters here, before i realised the whopping amount of page space they took up. my biggest blogging goal right now is not to lull any potential regular readers into a torpor from which the only escape is closing and never re-visiting my page. that would make me sad. you should go read the thread at knittersreview.com linked above. i'll wait...you won't miss anything, i promise!

The whole thing is just very...bizarre. Cascade of course started it by essentially slandering DB Cashmerino without solid proof of lack of cashmere content. But then KFI upped the ante by doing a bit of passive-aggresive name calling in the process of [rightfully] defending themselves. I think KFI could have done without all of the "jealousy" commentary, personally.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Does it matter? Is the industry really getting this saturated and competitive that yarn companies are resorting to tactics previously reserved for big corporate bullies? The whole thing is just a little off-putting on both sides, though I'll be the first to admit that when I bought my first ball of cashmerino a few weeks ago, I actually woke up in the middle of the night wanting to cuddle it, it was so soft. Since my yarn bag was next to my side of the bed, I ended up sneaking my hand into the bag like some surreptitious yarn pervert, stroking it until I fell asleep. Is that bad?

03 August 2006

don't give up on me yet!

i'm still here...been living and knitting. work has been hell the last couple weeks, and my down time has been spent knitting & getting things done around the house rather than blogging. BUT! i have an fo and a new project i'm really excited to show you...more next post once i have photos.

i also discovered that i must be a bit of a masochist when it comes to this yarn thing. when i could have been blogging, i have instead spent the last couple of weeks torturing myself looking at hand-dyed, hand-spun, silk, cashmere, lace, wool, patterns, books, bags...so many beautiful things that i can't buy right now. i'm managing to keep myself under control, but there's one thing, just one...

i covet....oh, how i covet

i think in order to keep myself sane, i'm going to have to buy a couple skeins tomorrow. i had heard of socks that rock, of course, but i had never actually seen the colors. oh dutch canyon, highway 30, flourite, seal rock and scaponia, how i covet you all. i must have you!

more later, with knitting photo-y goodness!