Years ago, Jon’s grandfather Albert asked me one night at dinner if I needed a wok. I didn’t know what to make of a 90-year-old gentleman offering me Asian cookware. I answered that I didn’t have a wok, and yes, if he was trying to find a home for it, I’d be glad to have a wok.
It turns out he had bought the wok while watching a late-night infomercial. The guy selling woks was so compelling that before he knew it, Albert dialed in and bought one.
I’m feeling like I’ve been watching wok infomercials these days, except it’s yarn that has me hypnotized. Yarn is so interesting. We’re thinking about yarn a lot these days, what with the new site on the horizon, so I can’t get enough.
I’m on a bender, really. I’ve taken to keeping a skein on my desk, in my line of sight all day long, just admiring and wondering about it. I swap it out, a fresh skein every few days, like somebody who collects Manolo Blahniks but doesn’t much wear them. I have these skeins; isn’t that enough?
This one really has me puzzling.
It’s from Nashvillian Rain Pope of Rain’s (obsessive) Stitchery. This merino superwash sock yarn is named Fred, colorway Huntsville. As in the Huntsville space center, aka the Marshall Space Flight Center. I don’t know how these colors evoke the space center—are they Wernher von Braun’s office colors? Freeze-dried ice cream flavors? Whatever—the mix of colors is strange and interesting. I bought it from a supernice woman at the Hook a Frog booth, a fiber shop in Madison, Alabama. (Down the road from the space center, needless to say.)
Rain’s other space program color, at left, Cape Canaveral, clearly nods at a rocket blastoff. And also the Auburn Tigers, a shrewd move for an Alabama yarn shop.
What will this look like knitted up? I really can’t tell. Speculation welcome. I’m going in. Will report back.
PS The peonies are great this year. These plants were given to me 24 years ago, by Jon’s grandmother Mary Jane who had tended them since she received them in 1930: 86-year-old peonies. Mary Jane was the wife of Albert, wok shopper. They were quite a pair.
PSS I still have that wok.