Of all the bizzarre things that happened when we switched to satellite Internet, the most peculiar was that, while the new connection worked fast and well, some sites would not load at all – and still don't. What is really peculiar about this is that yarn sites won't load, and one in particular: Quince and Co. You know when you see that little wheel on your browser tab spin and spin, and spin and spin, and nothing happens? That's when you check the lights on your router, quit out of your browser, and start again. And there it is again, that horrid little wheel! You stare blankly at it, and begin to despair. (In fact, if there is an Internet guru out there, I'd love to have your thoughts, because our satellite company has no clue. To this day, I can't load Quince and Co site from the house, though it loads fine on my computer when attached to other networks.)
This recently caused a knitting tragedy, when Tom took a last-minute trip to the US – a perfect chance for me to stock up on yarn! But I was utterly unable to log on or place an order. (Note: American yarns are mostly available in Europe, but at prices "steepened" by exchange rate, VAT, customs charges, shipping costs, etc)
Clearly, it was time to find European yarn companies whose wares I liked just as much as yarns from across the world. I wrote my Ravelry and Instagram friend Sandrine in France, whose knitting I greatly admire. Following her advice, I placed my first order with a French company - because, doesn't everything sound so much better in French? My French yarn took over two weeks to arrive because - as I learned from prompt replies to my agonized emails - they'd received an unprecedented number of orders, and had to drive to the South Alps to restock. Was I willing to wait, or should they refund my order? Why, of course I'd wait. I could just imagine that burgundy vintage Citroën driving the windy roads just across the border from me, and pulling up at the house of a French shepherd!
A few days ago I finally received the package: a paper bag of De Rerum Natura yarn. French bliss.