Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yarn I Can Resist!!!

Normally, there isn't much yarn I don't love.  In weak moments, I have even been known to purchase bright fuchsia Fun Fur, so my standards are obviously not too high.  However, this yarn might be completely without temptation for me.

55% New Zealand Merino Wool
20% Nylon
15% Alpaca
10% Possum

Possum????????  Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I can't even hear the word without images of Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies, and when one is trying to think of classy knitting projects, it's best not to picture someone with string for a belt serving up a stew of your yarn source

6 comments:

Janet said...

Oh Yummy, an interesting combination. I don't blame you, I think I could bypass the urge for this yarn too, lol. Have a great day Toni!

Gaidig said...

The Beverly Hillbillies kind is 'possum, that apostrophe it in place of the o. Opossum and possum are barely related! Possums of Australia and New Zealand have fluffy warm fur. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_brushtail_possum

Daniele said...

AH! Reading what Gaidig said - now I understand!! I couldn't figure out why someone would want to have fur from one of our Opossums!! Although I did have a conversation with Paul in which I asked him to get me some fur the next time he pet one instead of our cat outside in the dark. LOL

Kathleen C. said...

I've felt the New Zealand possum type yarn and it's really nice! Pretty soft and cushy-smooshy feeling.
Not that removing your defense against buying yarn is necessarily a good thing...

Toni said...

Rats! And I was SO hoping that there was a yarn I didn't want....

tinebeest said...

Having touched mr beest's possum socks (import gift from New Zealand, courtesy of a colleague), I know I could not resist possum yarn.

It probably does not help any cold-sheepers if I tell you that you're doing the Kiwis (birds and humans alike) a favour by using possum yarn: the animal got introduced from Australia and the New Zealand fauna cannot cope with its presence. Possum are hunted down, to save other (rare and nearly extinct) species. At least you get to use the animal for something useful in the end, like superwarm socks.

So there are all sort of moral sides to the possum debate (for those who state we should not kill animals, especially if we're not going to eat them); that's why I said it "probably" doesn't help.