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Dear Cassie

Dear Cassie,

It’s been very nice getting to know you online the past little while. I’ve been enjoying our correspondence, and I am thrilled that you’ve been so happy with your Creamsicle fiber. As I think I may have mentioned, the merino/silk/camel blend is absolutely one of my favourites to spin. So I felt very enthusiastic when you said something about “red,” and even more so when you expressed such confidence in me and said, “Oh, just make something nice.”

So enthusiastic, in fact, that I dyed no less than 7 different reds on 3 different fibers yesterday. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and fed (no doubt) by recent rains, the geraniums on the deck were starting to bloom afresh. I rather suspect that, as I was thinking about reds, I was staring at those blossoms in their little clay pots with a pleasant breeze tickling them. As the merino top, silk sliver, and loose camel dried, their colours lightened (as you’d expect) and they kept growing closer and closer to various hues of geranium.

Still, though, I felt the silks were too pink. I had to take those out of the running. I feared I was off to the blue side with the merino top, too. The camel, though, 60 grams of it, came out an absolutely delicious scarlet — the very shade you see when you… okay, when I jab myself with a needle and a drop wells up before attempting to stain whatever it was I worked on at the time. Nothing gets redder than that.

This morning, once everything was dry, I took it all to Cardzilla, and we got started. Things were actually worse than I’d thought, alas. Parts of the merino top — which I had dyed to be variegated so as to create some depth to the colour — were outright pink. While this is always a risk with dyeing anything red, I was disappointed. I also had to eschew the silks that I’d dyed for this purpose in their entirety; while they’re lovely deep pink, that isn’t red. I was forced to look around for other red silk (fortunately I do have a little).

Tragically however, when all is said and done, I just don’t think you’re going to like this fiber at all. Now, before you say anything, please rest assured that I’m not writing this letter to you because of the tendency you and I discussed, where I tend to not sell the merino/silk/camel blends because I like them too much. Of course that’s not what’s going on here, and I’m sure you’d never accuse me of anything so crass. Really, it’s just that this fiber is terrible, and you wouldn’t like it at all. The colour is completely wrong. The proportion of silk isn’t what I originally planned for. Everything’s just completely off.

Also, my son touched it, so it has boy cooties. Those are contagious, you know. But since he’s my child, I’m immune, so clearly, the only thing for me to do is put this in my stash and keep you safe from it. I’m only doing this for your own good. It hurts me more than it hurts you.

Best wishes,


P.S. Here are a few pictures so you can see how awful it is.

P.P.S. It doesn’t match the geraniums at all.

P.P.P.S. So I don’t think it has a natural-looking red to it like you said you like.

See? It’s terribly primary coloured.

P.P.P.P.S. Sucker! You didn’t believe me, did you?

14 thoughts on “Dear Cassie

  1. You are a very bad girl!!!!

  2. I am so jealous.

  3. Hmm… Are you doing custom dyed luxe batts now?

  4. Laughing my ass off.

  5. Ditto Juno.
    And also, YUM.
    (The boy cooties part nearly made me guffaw at work, and that is frowned upon…)

  6. Boy cooties – too durn funny!! Also, a scourge I’m too aware of – having three sons and a husband (he counts as a boy – anyone that asks “what kind of cereal did Mom get at the store?” and it’s not his health he’s concerned about, but sugar content(!) very much counts!)

    Abby, you never fail to both educate and amuse!

  7. Ditto ditto Juno. I was believing you up until the cootie part. Silly woman. 😀

  8. You’re right; it’s really a hideous pink. Thanks for the laughs. Now I can get back to work.

  9. Hmmm…. I’ve never spun anything with boy cooties before.

  10. Boy cooties — so that’s what they are called. I’ve had them around for years and years. More coming now that I have 3 grandsons.

    Love the color – love the story more.

  11. 7 shades of red in 3 fibers to blend–wow.

  12. Pretty!
    I believe “awful pink” is the best and probably only medicine for boy cooties? I`ve managed to stay clear of them anyway.

  13. She cannot possibly love THAT… I only had a son, so I am used to “boy cooties” and I think it needs to come and live in MY stash… and germinate into geraniums! LOL…. loved the whole post! … and wiping laughter spit off the screen!

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