I never posted about a gift I received a couple weeks ago. Ava told me that she was meeting the Yarn Harlot at an event. I hadn't bought the book yet. I didn't care for the last YH book, so I didn't rush out & buy the current one. When I returned from my sales meeting, there it sat on the kitchen table. Signed too! In honor of this generous gift & my favorite feature of the YH books, I present my letter to a certain yarn company.
Dear Fabulous Yarn Company-
It's a very good thing that I decided to practice self-control last night. I finished a sweater for my oldest son using your Superwash. I tossed it in the washer & then the dryer. When I reached into the dryer, I was greeted with a nubby cardigan. Because I know that you'll ask it, any good knitter would, I did make, wash & dry a swatch. It came out soft & yummy.
After a ranting & raving to my sister, I decided to stop & breathe before I rattled off a nasty email to your office. I decided to check your website & look at the washing instructions for this yarn. I scanned & scanned. Not seeing anything right away, I started to feel justified. Oooh. My letter was going to be spicy. Full of sass. Maybe you'd change the yarn. Maybe you'd send me free samples for life. A knitter can hope. But there it was. Right in front of my eyes (Mom always said I couldn't find something even if it was in my hands), "Machine wash warm. Dry flat." Damn.
So thank you, Fabulous Yarn Company. You've taught me a valuable lesson that I've been ignoring for a couple years. Superwash doesn't always mean it can be tossed in the dryer. I will always remember this valuable lesson. How can I forget when I see my son in his new raggedy sweater?
p.s. I would still like those samples.
The sweater on the left is Gus' & Tuck's is on the right. The picture isn't the best. It's nice & fuzzy in person, but try to notice the difference between the fabrics. On the plus side, I tried the sweater on Gus last night & the sweater still fits. I thought it may have felted a little bit. It doesn't look real crappy on, more like Kurt Cobain's yellow sweater he wore on the MTV special. Of course, I don't want my baby looking like the dead grunge rocker. But anything will do at this point. Still need to add a zipper & maybe some elbow patches to help the Loved/Worn look.
Tuck's sweater is still in the WIP basket. Last night, I ripped out the ribbing & 3 inches of stockinette. It was about 3 inches too long. All I have to do is get those little stitches back on a needle & knit me some 1X1 ribbing! Oh, yeah! And remember not to toss it in the dryer.