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May162007

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handspun merino; depression glass

Plied, washed, dried, and cuddled up in a bowl of depression glass (another Tulsa thrift store score).  Pretty little yarn ball.  Slow project.  I have a fiber bracelet around my wrist when I'm at home these days; sitting, walking around, wandering and tidying up and spindling all the while.  I like the freedom of my Little Si.  I used an official wool wash (Meadows Wool Wash) for the first time (I've always been a lavender Johnson's Baby Shampoo fan for my knitblocking needs) and I love it - the Penny Royal scent smells fresh and - this really is the best word - pleasant.  I notice online that it comes in Patchouli too, which I find very tempting.  But isn't there a saying, "if you wore a trend the first time around, you shouldn't wear it again?"  I'm not much of a rule-follower (or -carer) when it comes to things like that, although Patchouli, specifically, makes me worry a smidge.  I guess it begs asking:  if I spent some of my formative years spinning (um, dancing, not yarn) at Dead shows and hung out in Phish concert parking lots making hemp necklaces, quite possibly wearing as much Patchouli as my mom would let me out the door in, do you think perhaps I should pass the baton and let someone else wash their handcrafts with Patchouli?  I'm conflicted.

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Go for it. It is, after all, a wool wash, not 'as much Patchouli as my mom would let me out the door in' anymore. It's perfectly reasonable to re-adopt a more reserved, mature version of something that's nostalgic (or just plain pleasant!) for you.
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May 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterellipsisknits
Oh, I think you are safe with Patchouli. I always go back to lily of the valley, a favorite scent for me as a youngster. I still think it's wonderful :)

The yarn, what can I say, it's beautiful and very very special.
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie
i love patchouli! it's gotten a bad rap over the years, but it's a great smell, i think. ;)
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterandrea
You can't go wrong with Patchouli! Ever! It's one of my favorite scents and always will be, never mind it's history!
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Having lived through the patchouli years with you, I say it's off limits. While high school was great, I wouldn't want my hats/cozies/etc. to smell like sweaty car rides to the beach. Those memories are what scrapbooks and carefully folded and stored homemade dresses are for!
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Can I tell you how giddy this yarn makes me? As for the patchouli, if it makes you happy, I say go for it!
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNonnahs
Hello from Nuremberg!

With patchouli, a little goes a long way, so factor that in if you're still going with that wool wash. How about a patchouli-scented linen water to spray on when you're blocking? Just an idea.

Hope all's well!
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
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May 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEdna Hart
Im just wondering where in Tulsa this great thift store is. I might have to raid it soon. :)
May 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
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