It started two months ago and about a dog. A three year old yellow lab had been bounced between homes. I have trained labrador retrievers to hunt test standards since 1992 – junior, senior, and master levels. My teacher, knowing that my current retriever is 12 years old asked if I wanted to take this one? Now a professional field trailer he thought that my manner would bring the best out of him. I said, Sure. After that I started phoning cotton mills in the Carolinas. One of them had what I was looking for, 4/8 / 8/4 warping fibre. And what a surprise at its cost. In the end I bought four cartons, amounting to ~700#. In Canada this would cost me $7,350; in the US at the mill it cost me $1,500. Even with the monetary conversion ($2,000), GST, and diesel fuel for my pickup ($400), it was less than 1/4th the price as here, by the time I would have added GST and shipping in Canada! (And my first $800 was non-taxable since I had been out of the country for 12 days.)
I drove through the Dakotas, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and the Carolinas. The Great Smokey Mountains were shrouded in mist and mystery. I stayed in friends’ homes all along my route and meandered…they are each tremendous people.
These were great people with whom to deal. The yarn is on 4# cones and is great quality. As I write my wife is on the way home with 16 large bins in which we will store this treasure. And from it we will weave 400 – 500 blankets, much of which is for free distribution to homeless and those who have less access to the necessities of life. It filled the back of my truck.
And I also came home with a free, handsome, homeless dog that shows tremendous tractability and field potential, and has already become tremendously loyal to me. Of what more could I ask. I feel truly blessed.