The Perfect Yarn: Destiny Begins NOW
September 12, 2005
Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknit Task Force,
Thanks for the virtual chicken soup. We’re all on the mend, though David managed to eke out an extra day home from school when he said to me, in his pale way, “Mom. I need just one more day . . . to recover . . . ”
OK. A couple of notes:
First of all, thanks to all you type-A homework completers. I knew we could count on you.
We had last-minute write-in nominations for the Perfect Yarn, which are OK because somebody moved the Future Search sign in the lobby which meant that a bunch of you ended up at the Middle Tennessee Automotive Repossession Professionals Conference. RepoCon. Very sorry about that. Karlie and Sarahfish are clearly working for Patons, but Patons Classic Merino goes on the list anyway. Stephanie throws in Karaoke by Southwest Trading Co., which we’ll add simply because it’s 50% soy silk/50% wool and who doesn’t love soybean yarn? Finally, Katie wonders where the Berroco Softwist went, and I honestly don’t know so we’ll stick it right in there.
Annhb uncovered what is possibly a switcheroo regarding a yarn that goes by Kilcarra everywhere but the U.S. and Canada but may well be Tahki Donegal Tweed in the U.S. Troubling at best. I know she’ll keep us posted on this.
Thomas points out that many of the nominated yarns are not available in Denmark. This is a grievous situation–everybody please send Thomas at least two skeins of the nominated yarns asap.
Lauren raises the question that haunts me, too: who are these people actually knitting on desert islands, or thinking about it?
Finally, Liz nominates the margarita as the Official Drink of PHDC. Kymm and Gale seconded. Mary deB votes red wine. Nominations will remain open until it gets real late and we forget that we were supposed to be nominating drinks.
And Here We Go
We have come to one of the crossroads in a Future Search: we’ve shared, had a lot of watery coffee, shared some more, and tried to smile politely when somebody else made a goofy comment. Now we take a big step toward choosing our destiny.
How to vote: Because of the limitations of Blogpoll, only 20 choices can be listed on any single poll. (Please, nobody suggest that I hack into Blogpoll to add more choices–the only hacking I do involves this pesky cough.) So, despite the fact that this looks like a three-question poll, it’s just one question. We are all going to vote, on the honor system, for one yarn. Just one. None of this clicking on Koigu AND Euroflax. The purity of the Future Search will be best preserved if we all dig deep, focus, and resist the urge to overvote.
(At first I tried to sort the yarns into fiber categories to make voting easier, but it just got ugly and left Euroflax in its own weird category, and I respect Euroflax too much to treat it that way. So the yarns are listed alphabetically by maker, fiber be damned.)
Please vote by Thursday night, 9:41 pm Central Daylight Time.
This is risky stuff, people. Delicate. People care, OK? After you vote, I want you each to do a Yarn Validation Exercise. Leave a comment in which you a) name the yarn you like the LEAST and b) make a positive comment about that yarn.
Doesn’t that feel good?