Thursday October 28th 2010, 10:53 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Family,Knit,LYS

Thank you, everybody. I talked to Dharma Trading Co, purveyor of all things dyeing, and they cautioned that the chemicals that would reliably get the dye out would wreck the feel of the cashmere and, they said, miss the point of such a sweater. Their advice was wash, wash, wash, gently, and hope.

O—– said they were passing the word along and would get back to me shortly. Okay. Now that I’ve had a day to chill, reading all your notes, thank you, you really helped, even just by speaking up.

The best antidote, of course, was to finally run in the four yarn ends on a project I’d blocked–yup, dry now, it’s ready–go off to Target, buy envelopes and mailing tape, and then a little later, after checking my email for details, get out to the post office. One book (yeah, that book) sold (directly, thanks) and in the mail, and one…

And (whistle) typing that sentence is when it hits me that, oh. Right.  I forgot to photograph it. *Bad* knitblogger!

And there, in my own mailbox, was a gift of beautiful, beautiful shots of the coastline, taken by my childhood friend Scott, one of the B’s I drove to Pacific Grove to see. If I couldn’t stand in the sun admiring the surf and the fog and the steep hills rising from the water, he could and he did and he gave that tideline to me. Gorgeous. Well done, Scott, and such an antidote for petty disappointments. Such good timing!

And in the glow of that, I went off to Purlescence tonight and they had a new line in from Cascade: royal baby alpaca, which is the finest grade you can possibly buy and hard to find, mixed with cashmere and silk. Swoon.

I told Richard that when I got home.

“So how many skeins did you buy?”

I didn’t.

“You DIDN’T?!” He was genuinely stunned.

I couldn’t make up my mind. The deep blue or the wine-red: both colors were exactly my shades. I’ll have to come back.

Yeah, I think they’ll see me again. Happens.

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You need to choose between deep blue or wine red? I would have thought the answer was obvious: BOTH!

Comment by LynnM 10.29.10 @ 1:49 am

I think you should buy both colorways. You deserve it and think how much pleasure it will bring you and someone else.

Comment by Joansie 10.29.10 @ 5:13 am

Ooooo! Baby Alpaca is my favorite and to mix it with cashmere and silk must be heavenly! I hope you will be able to salvage the sweater.

Comment by Jody 10.29.10 @ 7:29 am

So glad you got the photo to remind you of a beautiful day with great people.

Blue, red or both?

Comment by Channon 10.29.10 @ 7:56 am

I see the problem — choices, always choices — and you’re waiting to hear that little voice which will best inform your choice — can’t wait to hear that story!!

sounds like the mail man has been busy carrying you good things too!

Comment by Bev 10.29.10 @ 8:56 am

I wore my new sweater (without the matching fingerless mitts) to the LYS tonight. The ladies oohed and aahed appropriately. Then, later, a young woman who usually knits only hats came in and said she had finished knitting her sweater–the same sweater so we all gave her kudos but she was a little bummed that she had not known how to do it all in one piece and seamless because now she has to sew it all together.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.29.10 @ 9:11 am

Amalie would have agreed with LynnM and others — get both. That was her advice to me on more than one occasion.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.29.10 @ 9:46 am

I’m so glad you got advice from Dharma – if anyone knows they will! And I will have to see that new Cascade yarn.

Comment by Renee 10.29.10 @ 3:49 pm

Oooh…. royal baby alpaca… I’ve got to look that up online right Now!

Comment by robinm 10.29.10 @ 4:36 pm

OR you could over dye the sweater, in a darker shade of red, or with purple, or with brown. (any color with red as a component)

Comment by Diana Troldahl 10.29.10 @ 4:38 pm

Nothing like a little fiber and friend therapy. And it is good to know that O… is trying to do the right thing.

Comment by twinsetellen 10.29.10 @ 6:48 pm

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