Thursday, June 01, 2006

You can not imagine my dismay when I received an email this morning, a communique from the Handsome Cabin Boy who was just in sheep country in Australia and did not buy yarn because no yarn was available that was free of alpaca.


no ya.... in... sheep country and did not buy yarn....


The haste with which I opened an email to assure him that indeed, alpaca is fine, nay, alpaca is MORE than fine, was somewhat amusing. I got a little frantic, even.

Mental note. Specifying "Merino" to traveling friends is good. Telling them things such as, "Sock yarn, lace weight, etc." is also good. Perhaps next time, also add: Cashmere, alpaca, silk, vicuna and other luxury natural fibers in any blend are acceptable, encouraged and even guaranteed to be a popular choice.


Lucia said...

Let me get this straight. He didn't buy you yarn because it had alpaca in it?!? (makes noise reminiscent of patient on medical drama show)

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

He did not buy me yarn because it had alpaca in it. Yep.

Geogrrl said...

Oh, oh, oh. I'm reeling.

However, I've also been there.

With the fiber-uneducated, it can be very difficult to get across what is acceptable and what is not. If you're not specific enough, they'll bring back something hideous in a synthetic. Too specific and they'll pass up drool-worthy stuff because it wasn't exactly what you asked for.

Assimilation... er, education of the Cabin Boy is in order.

ladylinoleum said...

I happened to be in Ireland a few months ago and couldn't find a decent skein, ball, hank 'o yarn to save me-life! Oh yeah, non-yarn-y friends do not know what do do with yarn weights...LOL

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

Geo, yeah, definitely! Though to his credit, apparently he spent an ENTIRE DAY in sheep country, trying to find yarn, even went to the tourism and commerce offices to see if they could help him find yarn shops or farms with shops. And then took several hours to hunt down "merino sock wool" in Sydney on the next day.

The Cabin Boy, while clueless as to the value of alpaca blend yarns, is an absolute gem of a guy to have done all that cos some Yank asked him for yarn *giggle*