because there is nothing better than friends bearing gifts of yarn.
See, I fell in love with the laceweight that Margene is using for her Icelandic shawl. I emailed her to ask where she had gotten it, and she told me that the Plain and Fancy yarn company didn't have a website and they only went to one wool festival a year, the Estes Park Wool Market.
Hmmm, I thought. Don't I know someone who's going to the Estes Park Wool Market? Someone nearby? A kind and generous person whom I could possibly convince to schlep wool halfway across the continent for me?
It's true what they say, when you need something, you should ask your local librarian. Carole brought me this yarn all the way from Colorado, via Utah!
Probably no one remembers this but me, but after I saw Claudia's Birch last year, I was determined to have a persimmon orange shawl. I really wanted my wedding shawl to be orange, but couldn't find laceweight orange yarn at the time and wisely decided that 3 months before my wedding was not the time to be learning to dye. I am still really happy with that decision, but I still want an orange shawl, someday.
And Carole and Margene just happened to pick me out orange yarn! They're like Psychic Friends bearing gifts of yarn, that's what they are.
Now, what shawl should I knit with it? Decisions, decisions...