slouchy knit cap: wool, silk, cashmere, alpaca, possum?
i can hardly wait to knit this slouchy cap by cathy carron from the fall 2009 issue of VK. the yarn is a brand i've never seen before: kia ora's zealana "rimu." which all sounds very exotic in a holly-hunter-in-the-piano kind of way. upon closer inspection, however, i note that the fiber content is new zealand merino wool...and...possum.
come again? possum? really? my mind immediately changes channels from "the piano" to "flight of the conchords;" and anyone who watches that knows what the aussies say about NZers and sheep. now...this.
with apologies to bret and jemaine, not to mention ellie mae and granny, i can't quite envision myself knitting with yarn spun from a varmint. a few years back, my friend laurie and i attended a knitting retreat in camden, maine. strolling through the picturesque harbour town, we spotted a woman knitting in her car. we poked our heads inside to inquire what she was working on. i can't recall what the garment was, but i will never forget the fiber. it was yarn spun from dog. her dog. she swelled with pride. we recoiled in horror.
don't get my wrong. our norwich terrier mac will always be my BFF, but i simply can't imagine merrily stockinetting away with the fur off his back. let alone wear it on mine.
how 'bout you? do you share any of my knittiosyncracies with fiber content? or am i being just a hair too fussy?
Posted by knitlit kate at 5:38 PM