Here is a story:
Once upon a time. I drove to
. Then I drove to Astoria, OR Seattle,
WA by way of . Then I drove to Tacoma, WA . And at Eugene, OR I attended Black Sheep
Gathering 2012. And I met my best friend
Sasha, of the Spin Doctor podcast. And I
shopped for fiber. And I showed Sasha
one of the fibers I purchased. Eugene,
It was this:
Polwarth, 8oz, from Crown Mountain Farms in the colorway Ishkur. I asked Klaus about “Ishkur”, and he told me that this is the name of a very old god. And the god’s lady friend was named Shala. So I said, “I will be Shala to this Ishkur” and bought it.
I didn’t buy it because of the name or the story of a Mesopotamian god and his consort. I bought it because the colorway attracted and repulsed me. My first thought when I saw it was “uck”, but I kept circling back around the booth to pick it up again. It was a scary colorway. I had no idea how it would spin up or what I would do with yarn of such colors. I bought it as a challenge.
And then I brought it to my best friend Sasha and asked her to tell me how to spin it. Sasha held and stroked and gazed at Ishkur in a way Shala did not appreciate. But then she released the fiber and suggested a thick-and-thin singles. I was game.
Then one day I took my Ishkur to my spinning group and asked my best friend Theresa to show me how to spin a thick-and-thin singles. She was happy to do this, and I was off and spinning. Now I have these:
I’ve looked up more information about Ishkur. He was a god of storms and rain. Ah, I get it. Lightning and thunder and walls of blowing dust and funnel clouds that pick up some houses and leave others standing. Unpredictable, astonishing power. Ishkur.