Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sundara yarn problems, a glove, and more spinning

On Thursday night I spent 1 1/2 hours untangling a skein of Sundara sock yarn. It had no knots in it, but when I untwisted the skein and put it on my swift, it had clearly been twisted up in a manner that tangled up a whole lot of the strands together. It wasn’t easy to untangle, and I had to wind by hand and pass the ball through and between strands the entire time I was winding, up until the very last few strands left on the swift. I was so frustrated and annoyed. I posted about it on Ravelry because I needed to vent. I couldn't get up the nerve to email Sundara again about a problem with the yarn. Along with venting, though, I added that she is such a wonderful colorist that it seems like a shame to give up on her yarns because of these technical difficulties, but this was an unacceptable experience. Anyway, she saw the post on Ravelry and emailed me about it. I'm glad she did, because I felt kind of passive-aggressive in posting there rather than contacting her directly. She is going to refund me the cost of the yarn, which is great, and she apologized and said she didn't blame me if I gave up on her. But I really like her yarn so much! So I emailed her back and said all that, and I'm going to keep buying her yarn because she is an amazing colorist and the yarns are lovely to work with.

Here is most of a first glove out of this same yarn that I had to untangle.



More spinning to report on. Here's a ball of roving, one of four "bumblebee" batts I bought from marion on etsy - handpainted superwash merino and some black border leicester lamb locks for texture and color contrast.



Here is how I spun up its brothers:



It's the best spinning I've done so far, pretty consistently about the thickness of a candle wick, or finer perhaps. The weird thing about it is that the bits of black are a wildly different texture so they were very hard to spin with the yellow, especially at first. I've gotten used to it now, and I think I'm doing pretty well with it. I've done three of the four batts now. I keep stopping after each batt because when I get tired I get sloppy. I'll be very interested to see how the singles look once they're plied together.

Lastly, Adam is playing a game called "Overlord" which is really starting to work my last nerve. I am of a mind to start a column reviewing games from the perspective of the SO's of gamers, in which I review the experience of listening to the damned game for hours at a time. There's a sycophantic little creep in this game whose voice I'm really really tired of at this point. Fortunately he's almost done with it, and it's going back to GameFly tonight, I think.

1 comment:

QuirkyKnitter said...

OMG!! I had the exact issue with the only skein I've ever ordered from Sundara, a few months back. I was fuming throughout the whole protracted detangling experience, yet when all was said and done, I did not contact her. I lost my nerve and wasn't sure what I should say to her. I was just so frustrated because I used to work in a yarn shop where detangling was part of my job, and I only encountered one skein as bad as this. I'm glad to hear she offered you such great customer service. It's just funny ... I was starting to wonder whether it was just me ...