Whilst in Vancouver, we went to a yarn and craft fair and having got there it seemed only reasonable to buy some yarn. So much yarn, so much to choose from and all the time Max watching my every move. If I spent more than ten seconds admiring a particular yarn or colourway he moved in.
"Aren't you done yet? Look at everything before you decide what to buy."
Hmm, not bad advice and a license to buy it would seem. So we did the tour; it didn't take long.
"So, all done? Can we get back now?"
I firmly started on the second round having narrowed my choice down to three or four very modest options. Having never woven with tencel that was one of my choices and I went striding back to the stand and bought a large roll. Enough for a warp so it needed a plain weft, or two. No sooner thought than bought.
"Oh that's lovely. Now, if we get back to the car now we should be back in time for lunch." As if the thousands of bars and restaurants in Vancouver all close at 2pm...
I zeroed in in some sock yarn and chose a couple of beautiful colours.
"Hmm, don't forget we've got to take this back with us. Overweight is expensive - surely you can buy all the wool you want in France?" Yeah, right. My bag had been packed in France with a lot of thought, leaving plenty of room for the important woolly things of life.
In the end I was worn down. I took the view that Max would only be persuaded to visit another yarn fair if he saw how reasonable his wife can be. I bought a tiny pair of foldaway scissors which even airport security didn't object to and left happy with my tencel. And a secret plan to sneak down to Granville Island before we left to "support" the local wool outlets. Support, you understand, is very important...
Anyway, I finally had time last week to wind a warp with the tencel. It is gorgeous and was unbelievably well behaved - no knots, no tangles, no problems. I'm using the blue first, the second will be the fawn. Two wide scarves - almost wide enough to be a shawl but I didn't have quite enough; should have risked the suitcase and bought a second cone.
More photos when it's off the loom.