Some of you may remember in an earlier post (scroll to Can you Cami?) where I wrote about the wonderful lace weight Morehouse Merino Camisole that I made for my DS's girlfriend. I loved the yarn, but somehow the dye did not penetrate evenly on this black yarn, leaving a faint grey stripe......making it look a bit dusty.
(Dusty, like in the dust in my house)
I talked to the folks at Morehouse and they had me send the Cami to them to see if they could over dye it. After looking at it, they told me that dyeing it would not help.......however, one of the ladies who works there loved it so much, she was willing to pay me for it...<grin>. Laurel had her heart set on the black Cami, even with the grayish striping, so I had them send it back to me.
They included with my Cami, a color sheet of all their lace weight yarns and asked me to choose a color for another Cami. I sent it back with a circle around a lovely shade of lichen, but I wrote that it was not really necessary to send me another kit. Lo and behold they still sent me another camisole kit. Maria in customer service even threw in an extra scarf pattern, just in case I didn't feel like making Cami again. Needless to say, I have only the highest praise for this company. They went way over and above anything that I ever expected from them.... and...... their yarn is so luxurious!
Imagine my surprise when this came. It is pretty, but not what I had expected. I emailed Maryann and told her that I thought that she sent me the wrong colorway....(you don't see the big green streaks in this picture and the blue is much more turquoise than it appears), and that I would send this one back to her, so that she could send me the one that I ordered. Maryann, immediately put the right one into the mail and told me to keep the other one. I insisted that it was no problem to send it back to her.....I was afraid she had just mixed up her orders, but she insisted that I just keep it.
I am not one to call customer service...actually I really feel uncomfortable doing so....... these 2 examples are probably the only time I have ever done so, and I was just blown away with not only the kindness of these vendors, but the generosity as well! Fiber people are amongst some of the kindest people that I have ever met!
Pups in Pots
This has been a blissfully quiet week on the dog front!! I have actually slept in my own bed for almost a week and Breeze is back to her old self, leaping up on the sofa again with nary a wince. It does my heart good for sure to see her feeling so much better.
As you can see, the puppies are growing fast! I have taken a series of silly puppy pictures.......Please excuse the kitchen in progress which surrounds the pups......someday it will be finished~
The boys are still looking great! The puppies are now up on their feet and learning how to play. I wish I could tape the little noises that they make......when they are growling at this age, they sound like pigeons cooing. It is too funny.
This little girl is a cutie......but she has the funniest little mustache. The mustache is pigment, but I have never seen this in any of my pups. Breeze and Max (dad) both have very dark pigment, which is very desirable.......but I am not sure that this mustache is...LOL
and lastly.........our little one. The girls call her Mouse, because she really looked like a little Mouse last week, but she is now growing into her own. Of course, she was a wee bit small for the bigger pot, so she is pictured in her very own small pitcher..LOL. This little girl is the very image of her grandmother, who is the foundation of my breeding program. She is mismarked and tiny.........but I am going to be very hard pressed to part with her. Time will tell...............but she is so very much her grandmother, who is so dear to my heart, that I just don't know.
Finally, a finished project!! These towels have been on the loom for what seems an eternity. Do ya think I just try to do too much? There's that ADD thing rearing it's head again. You would think with my loom being right behind my office desk that I would whip right thru weaving projects.......but nope. I am just way too easily distracted.
I read Julia's blog the other day about living in a wool house and had to chuckle. Her pictures, could have been my pictures. A pile here.....a project here........this wheel with one roving going and another with that roving going......and then of course there is the loom........and the yarn, yarn, yarn......eeekkk!
The above towels are a waffle weave. The pattern comes from the Handwoven Mar/Apr 2002 issue. The pattern calls for 8/2 cotton, but I re-adjusted the pattern to work with the 10/2 organic natural cotton that I had from The Chamomile Connection . This yarn is fabulously soft and the colors are next to impossible to capture with a digital camera.
I know that I said that my next weaving project was going to be an overshot runner for my dining room, however, that would require me to go out and purchase some new wool weaving yarn. After reading Julia's blog and looking at all of the piles that are growing in my house, I decided that this chenille that I purchased in Rhinebeck, would be perfect for my next weaving project. There is enough chenille, that I can make one for me and one for a friend :-)........and I could eliminate a pile!