Monday, April 23, 2007

Sublime Service

Pattern : Flair from Knit and Tonic
Yarn : Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran (75% merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere), Shade 0017
Needles : 5mm Clover Bamboo circulars
Mods : Left out the buttons as big buttons look silly on me. Will use a brooch instead

When I first saw this pattern, I could almost see Kate Moss or Sienna Miller wearing this chunky swingy cropped cardigan atop their skinny black jeans, with boots, a beret, and a 'oh, i just woke up & threw this together' attitude. You see, I was on the hunt for my next project and wanted something 'of the moment' and fashionable, and this totally fit the bill.

There is a special chemistry between the Sirdar Sublime yarn and Clover bamboos - the stitches just hover above the needles and magically form an even fabric without me even trying. The yarn was very soft and yet it wasn't so insubstantial that the cardy would fall apart after a few washes. It was one of those magical projects where even plain stockinette was fun, and as a result, I completely lost track of the yardage and didn't realise that the yarn was being gobbled up. There was not enough yarn to finish the sleeves... Crap.

Abandoning my knitting, I googled "Sublime" (and got some mighty weird & definitely non-yarn-related searches in the process), sent multiple emails to any retailer who carried it, and waited anxiously, my mind frantically searching for other alternatives. Another colour, no sleeves......hmm...

One of the online retailers was kind enough to forward my request to Sirdar, and their sales manager sent me an email, telling me that he had sourced & found 3 additional balls of yarn - in that particular dyelot. YIPPEES. Plus, he mentioned that he would be dropping by Singapore & offered to bring it with him so that I could save on the cost of shipping. Seriously - isn't this the best service? To put it into perspective, Sirdar only has 1 retailer here... so our market isn't big, and yet he was kind enough to do that little extra for little ol' me. If I didnt already love this yarn, I will definitely buy more from Sirdar just for this.

Well, now that I have enough yarn, guess I better go finish the sleeves on this cardy before the trend for cropped jackets is over eh?


Lois said...

that's what i call Good Service!

Siow Chin said...

I didn't know that Sublime was by Sirdar. And that is really good service!

e said...

Hey i totally agree! sublime and takumis are a perfect match! lol I'm working on my Thujas with the same ingredients.

Anonymous said...

hmmm... the red is nice. Can't wait to pass you your GGH Scarletts (in red too!)... :) - Sharks