I had wanted to write about Divine Lace, a luxurious yarn spun in Italy with a 70% Mulberry Silk and 30% Cashmere content, for the last two weeks. But, after much contemplation, we decided to take our first vacation in 7 years. Have you ever taken a vacation with two kids under the age of 8? Have you ever been on a plane for more than 7 hours with an extra 2 hour stop on tarmac? Then you know what I am talking about when I say I am ready for a vacation, again.
We flew over to the east coast to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving and while it was great it was not a real vacation. When we got back I found that I had fallen behind by about 4 weeks. I am almost caught up and decided it was time to post about Divine Lace.
In our search to find someone to help us dye this yarn we came across Grey Drizzle Fibers, a Seattle indie dyer that specializes in dyeing subtly variegated color-on-color hues. The owner/dyer is meticulous with her dye work (read: obsessive), and skeins the yarn beautifully so as to make sure all colors are presented on every hank and later, winding them is a breeze. She is a perfectionist and we like that. Her colors have depth and show beautifully when worked but sadly the beauty of her color work is hard to show fully with photos. So expect to be surprised pleasantly when you see Divine in person as it will be much more beautiful than the photos shown on our site.
We are also offering free shipping for Divine Lace; for U.S. minimum purchase for free shipping is 2 hanks and for everywhere else it is 4 hanks (free shipping applies to whole order). Grey Drizzle is a small dye-shop so this is the first batch of Divine Lace we have and the next batch won’t be here for at least a couple of months.
On a not-so-related note, I am inserting a picture of our cat Tank watching me while I take photos. I found out he was there when something nipped me on my ankle and scared me in the quiet of the night. This little boy came to us when he was a few weeks old weighing less than a pound. Now at about 5 months he is almost 7 pounds! Many thanks to all of you for your cat food recommendations. After several unsuccessful tries we have settled on Royal Canin. Tank seems to love it and it has minimized his lethal gaseous excretions. Tank you are the cutest cat that lives in our zip code! 🙂
So those are my yarn news. Personally speaking I am trying to get ready for the holidays and focusing on baking. I have also increased the frequency of my gym visits as I have become a cookie monster (I am wearing my “fat jeans” as I type this paragraph). I love sweets and Seattle weather does not help. I also bought America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies magazine and tonight I am going to try to bake at least one batch and continue to bake until I go through at least half of the recipes. Just in case you are interested I will be posting the recipes that I bake right here. Watch for a huge baking disaster as I have not been very domestic lately.