Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Do Not Agitate!
I just bought some yarn from www.Yarnzilla.com - it's a gorgeous cashmere which I just love. I think I'm going to use it to make something from Scarf Style. When the yarn arrived I quickly opened the package and felt this wonderfully soft yarn. Then I started reading the label. On the back it said, "Hand wash - do not wring or agitate." For some reason that just struck me funny. Don't agitate the yarn? You wouldn't want to piss it off now. Angry yarn is a dangerous thing. But the more I think about it this really explains alot. When you're sure you have followed the pattern exactly but it just doesn't turn out right? You must have agitated the yarn. When it constantly splits? Must be agitated. When the finished product just doesn't look like it should? Serious agitation. I once read that if Abalone is killed in a traumatic way it doesn't taste good and is rubbery to chew. So I wondered - how do you actually kill an Abalone without traumatizing it? Lull it in to a false sense of security and then sneak up behind it? But I digress. So my advice of the day is DO NOT AGITATE YOUR YARN! Speak to your yarn lovingly, stroke it, appreciate it and it will knit good things for you.