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07 August 2007



Hiya--I'm back and you're gone.
I want to eat the green yarn in your last post. I need to stay away from that demn website though. Evil. I am finishing projects, not starting new ones.
Coffee is my friend. You should give coffee another chance. Congrats on getting off the poison. I have brought Scott over to the iced latte side, which is doubly good because now he randomly makes me iced lattes on the weekend. Also, milk is very good for me, so the lattes give me lots of it. I sure can blather.


Ummm... scrolling through comments on the debit card/aspartame withdrawal post from a few days ago, I was rather stunned to see this one in response to the news that Juno's debit card had been charged one dollar to the "Islamic Friendship Society:"

Hang on, hang on. While I'm sympathetic about the depression and the cash and the being robbed by terrorists and the being an aspartame junkie thingie, what I'm really horrified by is the W word. We have to WORK for stuff?


Probably this was just an unthoughtful joke, but even in jest, do we really want to go equating "Islam" and "terrorism?" Probably not, which is why I'm bothering to post on this. I am certain that if someone flippantly posted something that equated, say, persons of color and violent crime, there would be a storm of protest (as well there should be)...and this is no different.


I've discovered it's really important to wash the wool thoroughly, including rinsing, before dyeing. The spinning oils act as a resist and even if the wool is clean enough for knitting and I think I've gotten everything out of it, it still can have enough oil to affect the dyeing. I've tried many different processes and have found Bi-O-Kleen's All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser (no affiliation) to be my favorite wool wash.


They must have sold a boatload of that yarn! I've got three cones of the olive green and three cones of grey. And it will get used Someday. And very thoroughly washed!


Wow! What a *huge* difference!


Two great posts. Good info. You wouldn't by any chance be coming my way?

julia fc

jealous, of the trip you know. think of me.
And dude, what news about the yarn. I think I'll wash my angora stuff first before casting on for my Arwen. Given your experience, it seems such gestures can make a big difference.


Thanks for posting this! I have some coned merino I bought at an estate sale and had been boggling at how anyone could think merino was soft. Now I will have to give washing a try.


Excellent science. Bon voyage! Must go look at your Ravelry stash now.


I really never thought about all the potential crud in my yarn - you have given me a sudden desire to hose down my stash.


You've mentioned this before, but now I have to ask: what do you do with the plunger? Are you joking? Sorry, but I am completely in the dark.



I knew coned yarn scared me for a very good reason.


So interesting! I currently only have one cone of yarn, but I imagine I'll get more at some point. This will be fun to try out.


Verrry interesting! I, too, have coned yarn from Webs that's been sitting around for ages b/c, to put it simply, it's not that nice. I will definitely try washing it!


I suppose this is NOT a good strategic moment to mention the ethical issues surrounding cheap cashmere these days - but what the hell. I haven't yet followed all the links in this post (http://fishwrapper.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/the-price-of-cheap-cashmere/), but I did hear about it live from Astrid when I met her a couple of months ago (at School Products, no less!), and I'm afraid it did make me... think. And if there's one thing I hate, it's being made to think, especially about the possible wrongness of something I love.

Hope it's a fun trip....


Very dramatic couple of posts, and they go nicely with the laundry/blocking post.

Good vacation to you! And happy cashmere knitting. (Sheep dip - shudder!)


Thanks again for the notes on cleaning coned yarn. I'm new to all this stuff and just dive in. It's nice to not reinvent the wheel when one is playing with laceweight cashmere. Whew.
Have a good trip!

Lee Ann

That Picture. All I could do was say to myself, brrrrraaaaaaiiiinnnnssss....

Because that's what it looks like.

Cashmere-for-brains is not, however, a bad thing.


I also bought that stuff from Webs, in black! I didn't wash it before knitting it and it was nasty to use, I made a shawl as a gift. When I washed it it bled so much I was worried it wouldn't be black anymore!! It was fine of course, but not as soft as it should have been . . . I guess that's as soft as $14/lb cashmere blends get! I had also bought it in grey for a sweater for myself, and proceeded to do what you've done to prepare it for sweater knitting. It ended up so papery-linty feeling and not soft enough (after all the work to skein it and wash it!), I just gave it away. Come to think of it, I've never liked any yarn bought as a millend on cones . . . I must be real spoiled!

Have a good week!

Abby Franquemont

You know, I bought some of that same coned yarn, back when... in black. And BOY was that fun to wash (and yep, I washed it aggressively first, because it was clearly crunchy and prepped for industrial type use). I wonder where that is now? It must be somewhere in my stash.


Yikes! I have some of that merino/cashmere coned yarn from Webs in an olive green color (I seem to remember buying around 3 lbs. of it, too - it was so inexpensive!)...I think I'll be washing it before I use it...that's quite a difference.


Have a great trip! I'm fully impressed with your stash on Ravelry, I aim to be so organized.

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