Monday, June 18, 2007

Lions and Tigers and...Wolves! Oh, My!

This past Saturday, I found a fairly good sized box left by the mailman on our steps. When I picked it up, I noticed that it was from Lauren
just down the mountains from me in Scottsdale. Wow! This was way bigger than I thought it would be. Upon opening the box I not only found the two skeins of luscious Merino sock yarn that were Lauren's tall-tale-telling prize, but the remainder of the box was crammed full of wolf fiber! How neat is that?
I have spun wolf before, long a Galaxy far, far away. I remember little about the actual technique I used, but I do remember the finished yearn. It was beautiful! I ended up giving the yarn to a mom who was always trying to get her small son to wear a warm hat during the cold Kansas winters. I gave the skein to her mentioning that maybe a knit hat made out of real wolf might entice the little boy to keep the hat on his head - that no other little boy would have a hat made out of real wolf. It worked. During the winters the little tyke would not leave the house unless he was wearing his Wolf Cap.

The surprising thing was that I thought the smell of this fiber would downright insult the feline inhabitants of our dwelling. Oh, cont rare! To my amazement, cats were trying to remove said fiber from the bag that Lauren had filled. It was truly bizarre to watch them take clumps of wolf and rub it all over their faces, over their ears and then stick their noses in the fiber inhaling its heady perfume. These are the same cats that hate dogs! These are the same cats that will pee on my jeans should I not wash them fast enough after visiting friends with dogs. I was speechless to say the least.
And I am so looking forward to the day when I will be adept enough to actually knit myself a pair of socks with this beautiful yarn. It is exquisite - the jewel tones and softness will make the socks things of beauty to behold. That is, if I can get good enough to knit a pair. Hmmm....who knows? Maybe there will come some inspiration and they will end up in a weaving project. They need to "speak" to me. Thank you so very much, Lauren!

It's a wonderful thing to know...that these yarns don't eat anything (but space) and don't have to be sent to college!

Thought for the Day: Never eat biscotti while wearing a scoop-neck t-shirt! :)


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Yep, Lauren is definitely a Peach!

As for the biscotti, those of us who can still bend at the waist and aren't too well-endowed would have no problem eating them in a scoop-neck tee. You need to get out of that recliner, girl! (I know, you'd love to. :-)

Kathy L. said...

I actually am out of the recliner more than in it, Michelle! :) Hard to believe, I know...
As for the biscotti crumbs...that's more a matter of endowment getting in the way! (rofl)

Leigh said...

Wait a minute, wolf as in the canis species? Wow, I didn't know it could be spun. Does it have a lot of guard hair? Please give us some details. Too funny about your cats, but then cats do seem to love fiber. I know Rascal does.

Very clever about using your own finger to measure WPI! Thanks for mentioning that!