Saturday we got a mention in Quirky Jerky, an article by food writer Lauren Shockey for the Wall Street Journal, and the out of town orders for jerky, bacon and sausages keep pouring in. Thank you Lauren.
Thanks to the Internet, it’s never too late to do your holiday shopping
Sixteen of the 30 colors of vegetable-dyed worsted merino knitting yarn available from Catskill Merino
As you’ve probably noticed, lots of people are recommending homemade Christmas presents this year as both more personal and less expensive than store-bought ones. Fat lot they know. Have you checked out yarn prices lately? The other day a friend sent me a link to the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm -- http://www.catskill-merino.com/store/6 -- which sells merino wool yarn hand-dyed with vegetable dyes. I concluded that, with difficulty, I might be able to winnow the 30 luscious shades available down to 10 absolute favorites that would knit up into a splendid striped shawl—but at $16 per 2-ounce skein, that’s still $160. Also, I’m a slow knitter. I might get that shawl done by next Christmas, or the one after, but not this one. Which, come to think of it, is all the more reason to invest in fine yarn if you can: Who wants to waste whole years of your life on dimestore acrylic? Also all the more reason this yarn would make a welcome present to a knitter on your list. (And even if you’ve left it to the very last minute, you can order a gift certificate by email.)