Spiraling Notions

Great Expectations, um yeah...


I started knitting socks. I am really annoyed about this for a number of reasons, actually. Although they are nice to wear around and if the pattern is simple you can bring them anywhere. But they are a pain in the ass. For the amount of time you spend on one pair of socks you probably could have knit an afghan for a king sized bed.

And don’t get me started on sock yarn... too late!

I am disenchanted with spending 20-30$ on 4 ounces of yarn when the make up is identical to every other yarn out there. That is to say: 80% wool 20% nylon... But this is special nylon that was hand spun by Peruvian temple virgins and came from the elusive nylon goat native to the slopes of Macchu Picchu and can only be harvested at 8pm on the spring solstice every four years. And each goat has its own personal masseuse following it through the mountain trails to make sure the resulting nylon is exceptional... oh wait nylon comes from wood chips and vegetable waste... made in a factory from digested sludge.

But apparently this nylon/wool combination is from exceptional sludge.

I went a bit off-the-handle and bought about 10 skeins of sock yarn so that I could satisfy my current binge. It got a package from Knit Picks - the enemy - with 5 different Stroll Tonals. And from JimmyBeansWool, I decided on Lorna’s Laces shepherd sock yarn. Upon arrival I instantly tore into the packages and closely examined my 10$ skeins and comparing them with the 24$ skeins... aside from the label there does not seem to be much of a difference in quality... and really, both labels were made of paper...

But then Lorna’s Laces is Kettle Dyed, by hand, right...? OOOOhhhh. Well so is the Knit Picks stuff, apparently by hand as well. Course that hand is probably also an unpaid peruvian child... but then again... maybe Lorna’s is too... Their website is a tad obscure about such things. Don’t get me wrong. This is not an advertisement for Knit Picks. It is an exhaustive missive about yarn snobbery. What makes this child-labor-violating-animal-cruel yarn better than this non-fair-trade-slum-originating-hand-dyed?

I only wish I had the balls to add an extra 10$ to my yarn because I sneezed near the dye pot while I was in the kitchen.

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