Sea Silk yarn, 70% silk, 30% kelp seaweed
Friday December 01st 2006, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Knit

Months ago, I took a rather expensive chance on a yarn I’d heard only a little about but was quite curious about, where the only way I could get near any was to order it online. I can’t say sight unseen, since there were pictures; how about, touch unfelt? And that is how the two-skein shawl in my book for my younger daughter came to be. Which also means that it’s off at the publisher’s at the moment.

I looked at Knitty Noddy’s website a few weeks ago, and went OOOH!!! I had been wishing severely that there might somehow be a Sea Silk colorway that was a relatively solid-shade teal. (It didn’t exist in Handmaiden Yarns’ dye lineup.) And that I could justify it in our budget right now if there were. Well guess what. Turns out Knitty Noddy had special-ordered some to be created just for them, and there it was right there on my screen. Exactly what I’d wished for. They had four skeins left. It’s that Constance Harker “Color is everything” quote again: I don’t usually go wishing hard after material goods, but this one was really getting to me. But I’d told my husband I would hold off on buying more yarn for the moment, since I certainly have enough baby alpaca and wool to keep me happy.

Given how fast Sea Silk stocks tend to disappear–which I understand now–I knew those skeins would be gone in no time. There’s nothing else I’ve ever felt that feels like this stuff when you’re knitting it, all those hours it’s running through your fingers, and later, when you’re wearing it: nice. Verrrrrry nice. It does smell strongly of silk, being 70%, in case that stops anybody. But anyway. (Repeat the mantra: I have enough yarn to keep me happy.)

So there I was looking at this, my colorway dream come true in my dream yarn, and said to my husband that there wasn’t anything else on earth he could possibly buy me for Christmas or birthday that I’d enjoy more than two skeins of that teal to go play with. That was it. He thought about it, and said, Okay, then, I guess, go ahead and buy it. But no knitting it before then!

Long as I had him agreeing, I said, okay, that’s for Christmas; how about the Sea Shore colorway–just one skein for my birthday? That got me a bit of a growl, and then a, sure, go ahead. He saw the $100 total and winced, and then the deed was done.

So. The box came. I was home, he wasn’t. I…yeah, I did, I opened it, fondled it, and oh-so-dutifully put it back. Just to check out that shade, you know; after all, monitors always differ a bit, you know. Said to him later, how about if I wind it into balls so it’ll be all ready to just zip away with it come the day?

No! No fondling! WAIT. You’re just going to have to wait.

Well, so I sort of wait; I take it out about every third day, pet it some more, and then stuff it back into the box out of sight. Nope nope nope, can’t knit it yet. Back. Nope.

But you know, right now I’m really glad I was born a week early rather than a week late. Thanks, Mom! If ever a yarn deserved to be knitted at the beach, too, while we’re at it… Half Moon Bay on my birthday with that Sea Shore Sea Silk, dear? A romantic lunch or dinner on the… (You won’t mind if I bring my needles with us, right? I’ll need to wind it up; do you think you could hold your hands out while we wait for the main course? I just don’t want to trip the waitress up by putting it around the back of the chair leaned back from the next table over there.) Dear? Dear?

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Giggle, I resemble this! LOL

Comment by fiberfanatic 12.02.06 @ 9:15 am

qrpxyAlison~ ~ ~Your a tough negotiator. Bet your publisher had his hands full with you! Very much enjoy your blog.

Comment by Ahrisha 12.02.06 @ 11:37 am

I’m so glad you were able to buy your skeins of sea silk in your colour, Alison. serendipity that it all came together.
ps: is your birthday soon?
pps: I have thrown a snowball in your honour :o)

Comment by Mary Anne 12.02.06 @ 7:57 pm

Thank you! Mary Anne, it’s easy to miss it when you don’t have to shovel it, so thank you for that snowball. Actually, we’ve had it cold enough here lately to snow at night, but it hasn’t, at least not yet. I’ve been trying to picture what California would do with a major snowstorm–a combination of the world simply stopping, and, people who have no idea how to drive in the stuff thinking they can just go at their normal speeds. We’ve still got our 22-year-old snowshovel, though; we’re prepared.

My older sister used to tell me the 12 days of Christmas started with Christmas Day and ended on her birthday in January, and I argued, being the twerpy little sister, that it started with my birthday and ended with Christmas. She was right, of course, but I don’t think I ever acknowledged her superior good sense and intellect then nor later. Till just now. (Carolyn, you reading this?)

Comment by AlisonH 12.02.06 @ 8:40 pm

By the way, for people coming here later via a Google search for a sea silk shawl, there are two posted elsewhere on my blog, on the Jan 19 and Feb 12 entries, the one a one-skein stole, the other the two-skein one whose pattern is in my “Wrapped in Comfort: Knitted Lace Shawls” book that is being released June 11 ’07.

Comment by AlisonH 03.16.07 @ 5:26 pm

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