let me tell you a little story
from vacation with the cousins last month
that involves maine, and yarn, and math, and della q…ready?
after putting a pile of dirty clothes and the right number of quarters
into one of the big washers at the local laundromat,
i drove up the road a bit to
‘stone soup artisans’ on main street in saco.
this is a collaborative of maine artisans who all take turns manning the register
and being in the shop to fill the hours it’s open.
inside is photography,
jewelry made from beach rocks,
carved wood, pottery, sea glass, baby gifts,
and one basket filled with beautiful handspun yarns.
this is the wall hanging that is right behind the cash register:
so true! when i asked the woman behind the counter if i might take a picture
(she obviously said ‘yes’), i noticed that she was
knitting a little baby sweater.
we started chatting
and it turned out that the lovely handspun yarn i had chosen to buy
was her yarn. she raised the sheep. she raised the alpacas. she spun it herself.
having lingered to talk to her about life at ‘ewe & i farm’ a little,
i was even more excited to get
back to the cottage and
except, i had vacation brain. you know.
now i had the yarn, i knew i wanted a big squishy ribbed hat for me,
and my brain was refusing to do the arithmetiic.
so i did what anyone on vacation with my family would do,
i walked into the next room and asked my dad and my uncle jim to do the math for me.
they were a bit baffled by the parameters of what i wanted,
but they did the math anyway. thanks guys!
now all i needed was needles.
the exactly right needles.
normally on vacation i would not have had them with me.
normally i would have grabbed whatever was needed,
for the specific yarns i was packing,
and brought no more.
but, just before vacation my tri-fold circular needle case from della q had arrived.
i was so excited that i packed it up with my favorite needles
(from indian lake artisans) nestled inside.
i don’t have nearly enough of the lovely hexagonal needles to fill the case,
but now i can see clearly where the gaps in my collection are…
and i did have the exactly right 16″ 10.5 circulars that this new handspun needed.
i can’t really say strongly enough how convenient i find this case.
it packed well, it traveled well,
and it meant that i got to cast on asap
which every knitter knows always feels like such a good thing.
when the temps drop significantly below the upper 80’s,
i’ll get a pic of the hat in action for you.
for now, and in case you were wondering, let me say
that i did remember, with my new yarn snugly under my arm,
to pick up my laundry on the way back to the cottage,
but only because i had to drive right by the laundromat
and, i may have had to do a bit of a u-turn as well.
i did, never-the-less, remember the laundry.
note: now for just a little of the nitty-gritty.
i was given this circular needle case to review, but
i loved it so much that i went back and bought the matching dpn case asap.
and you know me,
a free case isn’t ever going to make me say that i like what i don’t.
i’m much too stubborn and pigheaded for things like that.