Monday, May 9, 2016

Possible Spies and Military Leaders

I tried looking up James C. Brett to find out more information about the company.

There isn't any. This company has a beautiful website showing off  its yarns and patterns, yet any information about the company itself is a closely guarded secret.

We know it's based in Britain, and has its yarns milled in Turkey which seems to be the hot spot for yarn mills. Almost everyone goes to Turkey to have their yarns done. They must serve champagne and hors d'ouevres there while people relax by the pool. 

I guess I'll have to research turkey yarns sometime. 

We also know that the company started in the 1980's and that James C. Brett is a real person. But as far as knowing who the real James C. Brett is - that is a mystery. He's not even in Wikipedia. Undercover agent maybe? Royalty using an assumed name? Time traveler? We have no idea.

Sirdar on the other hand, freely admits who they are. They are another British company who also has their yarns done in Turkey. The company began in 1880 by the Harrop Brothers - and that explains why we have some beautiful yarn called Harrap Tweed. Tom and Henry started small using pure wool in their spinning company. It was Tom's son Fred who renamed the company in 1934. The name Sirdar comes from Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener who was the British Sirdar of the Egyptian Army. Sirdar is another name for "guy who tells people what to do and they do it".  Some people would say he was a leader. So you see, Sirdar claimed the title "Leader" in the yarn industry.

This is the same Lord Kitchener who created the Kitchener Stitch because he was concerned about the seam in soldiers socks.

So you can praise him or curse him depending on how you like the Kitchener Stitch.

And I bet you didn't know that a fierce military leader was also a knitter and designer. Tell that to the men in your life who think that knitting is too girly for them.

See, they can vanquish their foes in the day, crush beer cans with their teeth for dinner, and then spend the evening knitting socks and lace doilies.

Of course, you can do that too.

For this week, we've selected three different yarns all that have only one color left because we couldn't offer you just one yarn and only one color. Where's the choice there?


James C. Brett Passion
70% Acrylic, 30% Wool
Chunky (5)

Regular Price:$11.00
Sale Price: $2.75

Sirdar Connemara
51% Wool, 49% Acrylic
Chunky (5)

Regular Price: $7.00
Sale Price: $1.75

Sirdar Squiggle
51% Wool, 49% Acrylic
Super Chunky (6)

Regular Price: $7.00
Sale Price: $1.75

 Posted by Anna Maria Junus - happy employee who has images of turkey yarn in my head. Anybody ever sheared a turkey?

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