Monday, February 19, 2007

PSA

My sister asked this in my comments:

"Hey, I know a chick with a serious fiber fetish, she raises her own sheep and llamas to get the wool. She sometimes dyes and sells skeins, would that be a birthday present for you?"


Small-batch, hand-spun and hand-dyed wool is *always* a good present for any knitter.

*ALWAYS*

This is true even if there isn't enough of the yarn for a whole project--it can be used as an edging or other accent.

Actually, pretty and/or unusual yarn in general is always a good present for any knitter.

That is all.

44 comments:

mary said...

talk about SUBTLE HINTING! hehehe...i guess this family is not very good at giving/understanding them...

Tori said...

::snicker:: well, I figured I'd ask. Hey, I found out, didn't I!

Tori said...

I have found, especially in recent dealings with especially stubborn friends, that the direct method often works best. Though sometimes when people finally do get a clue they completely drop off the radar. Ah, well.

Whit said...

Honest to god I thought the question was whether a gift of a sheep or a llama would be a good present. And then I had a picture in my head of a llama tied up in a Minnesota backyard in January...awesome...

Kate said...

Hey, change it to an alpaca, and it would totally work.

Grendel said...

Hmm. Off to AlpacasRus.com.
There.

Should arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Tori said...

I'd love to see a pack of oddly dyed sheep running around in SWMBO's little backyard, tie-dyed, cobalt blue, cranberry: it'd be like the manifestation of those trippy Snapple commercials one used to see when one watched TV with commercials. Or a llama (?alpaca :D) with the neck dyed green, back dyed purple and the sides dyed in varying shades of yellow eating SWMBO's prolific basil plants. ::snicker::

Grendel said...

(a response to tied dyed sheep)

So. . . one might say they were dyed in the wool. . .

Kate said...

That is actually kind of what "dyed in the wool" means. Except that it usually takes place *after* shearing.

http://dict.die.net/dyed-in-the-wool/

Tori said...

::snicker:: not always...Ashley (the one with the sheep) is considering dyeing the sheep themselves to see how the yarn comes out if she does it that way. No Kidding :D

Grendel said...

Sigh. A beautiful pun slain by an ugly fact. . .

Tori said...

Um, the pen is mightier than the sword?

Grendel said...

make like the dyed sheep will certainly want to and get the flock out of here?

Whit said...

Tori - I may be stating the obvious, but you have some odd friends...

Tori said...

Well, clearly.

Grendel said...

Include a guy wrapped in cellophane going to a psychologist (or psychiatrist, either way) and your a one line away from another terrific joke.

mary said...

i am pretty sure the fact that SWMBO would probably be VERY VERY VERY angry if she came home and there was some tie-dyed alpaca eating her herb garden....but hey, that is just my opinion...

Tori said...

Hey, she'd have alpaca meat in the freezer and some reeeeally unusual wool for her sock-making activities. I'm thinking she'd get over it once she'd finished skinning the bugger to make a jacket and making scrimshaw out of the shoulder blades. (Waste not, want not!)

(Imagining SWMBO in full camo with a bowie knife chasing after said alpaca...lmaorotf!!!!!)

Oh-PSA

The Geeks in Love comment string has now reached the sacred number 42!

That is all.

mary said...

yeah, SWMBO in full camo with a bowie knife chasing after said alpaca=SWMBO after she had completely LOST IT! yeah, just staring at it until the venomous look killed might be a little more accurate! i mean, i can understand the bowie knife, but the camo? no way...

Tori said...

But that's what makes it FUNNY!

Grendel said...

Camo is unnecessary. She just needs to take her glasses off and the alpaca (or whatever) won't see her coming.

Tori said...

HA! And she won't see it coming, either, which will make the whole experience so much more interesting. Seriously, we could sell tickets.

Grendel said...

As long as it doesn't bite her.

Seriously, my sister was bitten by an alpaca once; she was with Sven who was carving his initials into a tree with an electric toothbrush when. . .

Tori said...

That just made me almost bust a gut laughing.

Ha! My Sister Got Bitten By An Alpaca...now THAT's a headline.

Grendel said...

Later, I'll redo the comments at tremendous expense, and at the last minute.

Grendel said...

After getting sacked.

mary said...

YAY MONTY PYTHON THREAD! that just made my day after fark.com posted a thing about a church playing Life of Brian... hehe... wonder-alpacas...

Tori said...

Oohh...nice transition there! It's not even something completely different! (oh, but they've already got one, don't you know!)

Tori said...

Apparently it's time for something completely different....hmmm.

Tori said...

Apparently it's time for something completely different....hmmm.

mary said...

yes, but it is very nice...are you sure they've already got one?

Tori said...

Quite, quite. Or mayhap 'twas that darned Grail Shaped Beacon Zute keeps lighting in her spare time between thong-sewing sessions....

Grendel said...

Not thong sewing. . . naughty underwear. Which, while it could arguably include thongs, isn't necessarily limited to them. But that was all before the castle burned down, fell over and then sank into the swamp. (Yes, I know. Different castle. Seemed too early in the morning to start the "there's only one punishment. . ." lines. :) )

Tori said...

While I agree that 'naughty underwear' includes more than thongs, can't you just SEE Zute as the head of the thong-sewing division?

Grendel said...

Ahem. I'm not sure how to respond to that. . .

:) However, now, that image is appears seared into my brain (not that it's all bad. In fact, I admit I like it a little bit. And the Rocky Horror reference for the win! :) )

mary said...

it was INTERESTING underwear...geez you people need to watch the movie again...

Grendel said...

And what's the punishment for misrembering a Holy Grail quote at SWMBO?

(sorry, I did such a good job earlier, I couldn't resist.)

Tori said...

A SPANKIIIIIING! Spank me, no spank me!!!!!!

mary said...

or we could just catapoult various farm creatures at you...FETCHEZ LA VACHE!

Grendel said...

Ha! Neither of those frighten me. (As I make a desperate attempt at political correctness and don't make a joke about having had cows thrown at me before in the bar. . wait, I just did. Damn.)

Tori said...

::schick:: ~the sound of claws coming out~

Back up carefully...carefully...that's it, good!

Or we'll throw poultry and braising greens at you and then go all Wolverine on your butt.

Grendel said...

Lol! Well, that's never happened before at least (the poultry and braising greens. :) )

Whit said...

I'm such a rebel :)

mary said...

you're such a LOSER! and so am i! hahaha!