Archive for August 20th, 2015

Ghost Yarn

The blanket for Dad is on hold while I wait for the yarn to come in. I called the yarn store about the backorder to see if I could get a handle on when it would arrive and then ship. The conversation was odd, as if I were a spy trying to get state secrets. One person told me the yarn was in and suggested I talk with a second person. Person B got all flummoxed when I said that I understood the yarn was in. Immediately she got her back up and asked “Who told you that?” I said the person I just talked with and Miss Officious wanted a name. I didn’t get a name, I said, since I wasn’t planning on being interrogated. All I want is to expedite the shipping, I need the yarn sooner rather than later and it’s already been over a month.

Miss Officious replied that the yarn “wasn’t really in” yet. I truly didn’t want to get all snarky, but how can a tangible object not be “really in”. It’s either in the store or it’s not.

“What does that mean?” I asked.

“It’s not really here”, she replied.

“Are we talking about ghost yarn? There in spirit but not in actuality?” At which point I felt that this was going to deteriorate into some kind of ethereal back and forth, which is what happened.

The upshot is I don’t have the yarn. I don’t know if the store knows whether it really has the yarn or not.

I could go searching for a similar color, weight and make up of yarn and substitute that in, but unless I hold it in my hands and look at it side by side the yarn I’ve made 40% of the blanket with, I won’t know if it will work. If it doesn’t work then I need to go through the hassle of returning the yarn and la dee dah dee dah.

All I want is some kind of time frame. I am going to contact the store again, after I tape together the little pieces of half eaten, ripped up paper on which I wrote the number. I bet you can’t figure out who did the ripping and eating. As I’ve said before, Yarn Rascal is nocturnal. There is no way of figuring what he will get into at night. It seems no matter how we batten down the hatches he always finds trouble. Frankly, he’s amazing.

The whole kicker to this yarn snafu that just drives me over the edge is that the yarn is the store’s brand. If it’s your brand, good business practice says you should have the information from the supplier to know when it will or will never be in.

So that’s where I am: yarn-less, with 40% of the blanket done and praying for my father to live long enough to see and use the blanket. My kingdom (which is very small) for this yarn!

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