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Thursday, February 28, 2008

All New Yarn Must Be Approved By A Licensed Inspector Upon Entering The Premesis

Fortunately, I have a Yarn Inspector on site at all times. Just in case you've ever been curious about what goes into a yarn inspection, I was able to get some photos of the process.

It begins with a general sniffing, to determine the animal of origin and make sure there is no bacon that accidentally got wound in with the yarn.
A gentle roll on the yarn determines if it's soft enough for actual knitting use.
A full body roll checks the quality of the skein winding (and it just feels soooooo good!)
Finally, each skein is rechecked to see how it held up to the inspection. The inspector typically reports his findings and then takes a nice nap so that he's ready for the next batch of yarn that needs checking out. So far he's never found any bacon in the skeins, but he remains optimistic, knowing that he is young and his entire career as a yarn inspector stretches before him.

The yarn being inspected is my Dream In Color Classy that I got from The Loopy Ewe for the Knitalong. This is the Cool Fire color which was my original pick. She ships so quickly that she probably shipped this out before I even tried to change colors, but that's fine - this pink is a pink, not a darker berry color so it is different from what I've been knitting with. The yarn is super soft (as most superwash wools are), but I'll be swatching it carefully and washing the swatches several times because I've had bad experiences with superwash growing in the past.

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Blogger ~S said...

I have been working with both Classy and Smooshy dream in color for the last year and just love this yarn. It seems to hold its own quite well and the colors are just gorgeous.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Rudee said...

Finn is so darned cute and his coat goes so well with your new yarn.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

What a helpful doggy!

9:34 AM  
OpenID myboringblog said...

Finn does a very thorough job. What a good helper! I have some Cool Fire in Smooshy on the needles and I really like it. If I finish Twist in time, I might get Cool Fire for my discount "I Finished" yarn.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

Does Finn leave an "inspected by #9" piece of paper in the yarn when he's finished? I'm glad he's so thorough!

10:33 AM  
OpenID sword-maiden said...

Finn is an excellent yarn inspector I'm sure. My dog...is not. While he often makes sure the softness factor is high by sitting atop whatever I'm working on he has yet to attempt to sniff out bacon. Who knows, maybe I've been knitting with pieces of bacon hidden within my yarn and I'd never know it. My dog is definitely missing out.

11:25 AM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

The yarn inspector at my house likes to very gently taste the yarn and roving that comes in. He doesn't chew it, just kind of touches it once or twice with the tip of his tongue. To make sure it's good enough. And to see if there just might be some bacon intertwined. Mine's ever hopeful too.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Fibra Artysta said...

That is the cutest thing! Thanks so much for sharing that, it made me giggle out loud! :)


3:28 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

I love your description and photos of the process. My golden is all about the sniffing but thankfully doesn't seem to feel a need to actually roll in it. And so far has limited her chewing depredations to the needles more than the yarns.

Finn is gorgeous.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Love your yarn inspector - he's so cute! Smooshy is a great yarn & I love knitting with it.

6:39 PM  
Blogger vlb5757 said...

I am sure that you rewarded the yarn inspector! No yarn inspector should go to nap hungry. I have four inspectors at my house and it's a challenge for them to contrast, compare and compile the information for me. Maybe our inspectors should get together and publish their results? lol!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Very cute. I have a finicky inspector. Only rolls in Llama or alpaca. But does like to push bags of yarn around and bark!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

How cut is that? I think the Inspector deserves a piece of bacon -- for his hard work, of course!!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Webbies said...

I love it, what an adorable pup!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful dog! Gorgeous yarn! Horrendous spelling of "premises!" Knitting English teachers across the continent are cringing.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Judy G. said...

And my husband thinks there is no useful purpose for dogs...Finn needs a nametag or a hat or something to make him look more official.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Judy G. said...

As someone who periodically makes (gasp) spelling mistakes, i think that Anonymous needs to lighten up. Or at least leave an address where the rest of us poor uneducated folks can go for guidance and spelling questions.

12:08 AM  
Blogger annmarie said...

I absolutely love these pictures! :)

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Pink Lemon Twist, Judy G. and anyone else who may have been offended... I apologize for my comment about the misspelling of "premises." Being a proofreader by trade, typos and misspellings jump out at me like a flashing neon sign. Sadly, I also fail to remember that the world-at-large has no way of knowing when I'm being tongue-in-cheek. I apologize for my comment.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous cheriwan said...

I've not ever commented before, but that was the cutest darn thing I've ever seen.

3:05 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

What a beautiful dog! I must agree with a previous poster and say that he could use a uniform to make it even more official. I have two inspectors at my house although they are more of the meow variety. Great company when I knit and rarely critical. Thank you for sharing these great pictures!

7:13 AM  

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