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On a different note:

I gave my mother a set of crochet hook in a case for her birthday. However, she's not crocheting (she says - before she showed me evidence she actually was) because her hand hurts. Given that this was her left (dominant) hand and it's the wrist she broke a few years ago, not really a shock.

What she was crocheting was a gift for Eamon, her boyfriend's baby grandson (who calls her "bubby.") It was adorable - a bumblebee hat. It was also made of sticky, nasty, ugly acrylic yarn. This yarn is just fine for her favorite project - endless crocheted afghans, and it's what she can get at Wal*mart (much as she hates Wal*mart, there's nothing else in her area and she doesn't use the internet at all.) I did have Patternworks and Knitpicks send her catalogs, but she sees their yarn as expensive.

Anyway, I'd always planned on making this a two-part gift. So. First thing I did while we waited for my brother to join us was to take out a couple of swatches I'd made for my current project. The yarn is Dale of Norway Falk - 100% superwash DK wool. One was for gauge, one was to practice the cable, and I'd washed both. They were soft and lovely to touch, and the color, a rich purple, just glowed. My mother has never worked with real wool.

I showed her Encore in the catalog - Encore is a relatively inexpensive but nice feeling acrylic/wool blend that works beautifully and would really be idea for the bumblebee hat, but we didn't get that.

Instead, she found a beautiful cardigan pattern with interesting stitchwork and we got the yarn that it called for, although instead of grey, we got a soft blue. I also got her the needles called for - she probably has them in straights but I got her circulars because she wanted circulars, which would be easier on her hands. I called Patternworks right there, and it was very amusing - my husband reciting our credit card number from memory, my mom talking about Wal*mart and the nice lady on the phone hearing every word. There was a sale on denim needle holders, but I have two pairs of straights and I'm not likely to buy more. So I bought it for my mom, too. It was cheap enough. Not that she'll know, as they're sending the invoice to *me*.

This way she'll make something for herself - and she picked the pattern and the yarn.

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That Dale of Norway Falk sounds fascinating. I'll have to see if I can get a skein to see if shatterpath likes it. She's very picky about the fibers that will go next to her skin. We've managed to find one that she really likes, and of course it's basically been discontinued. I'd found 4 skeins of the Lion Brand Wool-Ease, but it seems they're discontinuing the brand. *rolls eyes* But I'm working on using eBay and such to get more of it for her.

I'd think that shatterpath would prefer Encore yarn - like Wool-ease, it's mostly acrylic, and it comes in lots of weights. It felt very "wooly" to me and it washed and even blocked fine.

Dale of Norway is 100% wool, which isn't what shatterpath wants.

Oh that looks lovely. I'll have to see about getting some to play with...

And it turns out that not all of the Wool-Ease shatterpath likes is being discontinued. Our local Michael's had a bunch of it, probably 8 or 9 colors, too... So maybe it's a different weight or color that's been discontinued...

She thinks Knitpicks is expensive?

On the other hand, yeah for yarn pushing!

I don't think she got the Knitpicks catalog. And, as opposed to Red Heart Pounds of Love, yeah. It would be.