Monday, November 30, 2009

The Good News Is.....

I'm down to 12 WIPS.

The bad news is....

the green shawl is no longer with us.  See all those little bits of yarn that don't seem to be attached to each other?  Well, they aren't.  After my boasting about the first finished repeat last night, I noticed that the yarn had broken off.  No problem--sometimes that can happen when one isn't paying attention.  So I spliced and went on for another row....then there was another break in the yarn, and this one I was positive I hadn't done.  Unwinding, I found another--and there were ends sticking out of the skein in odd places.

When I made the retirement shawl for my mother this summer, I wound the ball too tightly with the ball winder, so I had breakage everywhere--which was totally my own fault, so though I whined a great deal, I was willing to splice over and over to get the project done.  This yarn, however, was in the original skein and call me grouchy, but I just don't enjoy playing "knit the crappy yarn" on a regular basis. 

It's Elann's Baby Lace Merino, and according to Ravelry, I may be the only person ever to have this problem, so that made me feel better--especially since I have quite a bit of it in my stash.  Having a bad skein here & there is probably unavoidable.  As I have said many times in the past, I have had great luck with Elann's yarns and customer service, so I am more than willing to cut them some slack if they have something inferior once in a while.  But then it occurred to me--having a relationship with a company is something of a two-way street, or it should be if we are going to expect more from companies than we have in the past.  What if there were a quality-control issue that they were unaware of?  So, I decided to package all the yarn bits, shawl in progress, and the leftover skein and send it back to Elann.  I bought the yarn more than 2 years ago, so I'd be shocked if they credited my account for it, but on their returns page it says to include the receipt or the order history from their website.  I couldn't figure out how to print just one order, so instead I got my entire order history--going back to 2003.  I stapled all SEVEN pages together and plopped it in the envelope as well as a letter explaining the problem & admitting that I was probably outside their return policy, but that I thought they would want to know about problems--and mentioning that it wouldn't hurt my feelings if they did an exchange.  :)  I don't know--I'd spring for a new ball of yarn for someone with SEVEN PAGES of order history, but I won't be upset if they do nothing. 

However, yarn out of the stash is yarn out of the stash, so tonight I'm down to 12 WIPS, I get to add another 600 yards to the tally, and NOW I'm just two WIPS away from that new yarn for Andy's sweater......

Theo shares my excitement.....