Friday, August 19, 2005

Scarf swap, eh?

Earlier this week I sent my yarn out to my scarf swap pal. I hope she doesn't go too crazy watching the mailbox in anticipation of receiving this. I was out of town when the swap partner info was distributed, and was only able to send this this week. Also, it's being sent to another country, so I imagine it will be another week or so before it's received. SNYO pal, when you finally arrive here and read this, my apologies for keeping you waiting.

Destined to be a backyard leaves scarf, a wee peek at the package sent:

When this yarn grows up, it will be a scarf

I hope the yarn goes over ok. I'd been having reservations about sending this, which in-the-know knitters will quickly determine is Knit Picks. I'd hoped to find something made in Canada to send, but came out empty-handed. After scouring the 3 yarn shops in town, I found nothing, not even a piece of local yarn. Hmf! Well done Ottawa, capital of Canada.

Yarn shops just haven't quite caught on here, the selection is mostly geared toward an older generation of knitters. It's rare I find yarn in colours I like, but there's no shortage of acrylic blends. There's one shop in town that sells some interesting yarn, including Rowan, Noro, and Debbie Bliss, but I just lose my brains at the prices. An average of $20 for a ball of wool is ludicrous, and I just won't have any part of it.

Anyway, before I go bananas on this topic, suffice it to say scarf swap pal, it wasn't my intention to send you Knit Picks yarn. It's Knit Picks Merino, if that's any consolation. With any luck, you've been wondering if the Knit Picks yarn is really all it's cracked up to be, and you'll be super pleased with this yarn. Whatever the case, pretend it's made in Canada and everything will be just fine.


suzen said...

There are only two stores in Calgary that sell high quality, beautiful yarn. Beehive, my favourite, specializes in knitting, needlework, embroidery and tapestry weaving.

What I'm getting at is that I totally understand your pain for more LYS! I'm taking the month of September to learn how to use a spinning wheel, just so I can make my own yarn affordably and in the colours I like. Sometimes it pays to go to school for textiles. :)

Anonymous said...

Knitpicks yarn isn't bad at all, for the most part. I am sure your swap partner will enjoy working with it!

Also, the yarn coming to you is on the way - I didn't send until close to your return date, so hopefully you'll get it soon!

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