Brake for the cone
Sunday January 09th 2022, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit

I was in a knitting group meeting by Zoom today where they asked everybody, What is the yarn that you’ve been hoarding and not knitting that you most love?

I told them that Colourmart had some heavy laceweight 150g 98/2 extra fine merino/vicuna yarn that was really nice stuff, but that every now and then–twice that I know of–they’d popped up a few cones of some with 7% vicuna content. It’s cobweb weight but it sells out fast.

So, having knit two 7% cowls, one for me and one for a friend and swooning at every stitch–nice stuff!–I’d been stalking the site to see if any more showed up, y’know, like during an inventory check or something. For months. (This is after I’d plied it on my wheel and sworn I’d never do that part again–I should have paid the five bucks for them to do that on their machinery. Cobweb weight is super fiddly to get right when you can’t see what you’re doing because it’s black and my spinning was wonky, although in the finished cowls, who could tell. Or care. So soft!)

Suddenly one day there was this one single cone of not seven but 10%, and not only 10% but it was blended with extrafine cashmere. No sheep.

I ticked the ply box and picked a number: twelve strands, the maximum, for a thicker yarn to work with. $55 total for 5.29 mill-end ounces, when pure vicuna retails for $300/ounce.

As one of my friends described it later, I bought it so fast I showed speed streaks.

It’s black, of course, which my eyes would rather knit later rather than now, but the thing that’s actually holding me back is that there’s only the one cone. When it’s gone there may never be another. How would I risk letting anyone feel left out of receiving the one best thing, and how on earth would I choose who should get it?

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Just don’t let it go from your stash to somebody else’s, if you get my drift. Enjoy it now!

Comment by Afton 01.10.22 @ 4:47 am

Yeah…what Afton said!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 01.10.22 @ 6:49 am

I third what Afton said.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 01.10.22 @ 8:14 am

I’ve looked at Colourmart before and just been overwhelmed: so much! Every type, every color, such good deals, agh, freeze! I’m glad you got your special-special, but do use it one of these days, won’t you?

Comment by ccr in MA 01.10.22 @ 8:42 am

Yes 2022 (and 2021, and 2020) is definitely a year to use all of the special yarn
or stationery
or fabric
or balsamic vinegar
or herbal tea
Enjoy !

Comment by Lisa RR 01.10.22 @ 6:29 pm

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