Innovation……..

Where do you stand on the issue of change? I’m not a big fan, myself. On the one hand I know it’s necessary, after all without change there can be no progress, and life must progress (or perhaps we would be living in a world without toilet paper).

But on the other hand, messing with something that is an established classic, that’s a dangerous game, my friend. You’re unlikely to improve it, and there’s a good chance that you’ll ruin it. A case in point: the corned beef hash that Mr P made for me while I was poorly.

Corned beef hash was the only thing I could fancy, so off he trundled to the supermarket to buy the ingredients. One hour later, with delicious smells wafting up the stairs ahead of him, he brought me a bowl of hash. Or should I still call it that? Because this was corned beef hash with a twist. A bad twist. To the classic and time honoured potatoes, onions, and corned beef (with a dash of ketchup, which doesn’t class as innovation) he had decided to add garlic. And broccoli.

This was no longer hash. This was a bowl of unfamiliar grossness. Now it’s not that I dislike broccoli, and I actually adore garlic. But there is a time and a place. And that was not it. We had a similarly unfortunate incident last week, when he sprinkled chilli and garlic (the man has strong taste buds) flakes on my egg on toast breakfast. There were tears.

Now the point of this long convoluted story is this: sometimes innovation is necessary, but sometimes you’d do better to leave well alone. Which brings me to today’s photo (on the PY blog, not here, because Blogger is being foul tempered again). This is a skein of sock yarn that we have been experimenting with (don’t worry, there was no cruelty involved). You see, every dyer wants to achieve the impossible – a variegated yarn that won’t pool. In general, I think our yarns are pretty good, but every now and then I see a pair of socks knitted up and wince, because there is unfortunate pooling involved. Usually its when the sock has been knitted in stocking (stockinette) stitch, because that really doesn’t suit variegated yarn. Brief tip: 3 x 1 rib. Gorgeous.

Anyway. We experiment often to try to achieve a non-pooling sock yarn, one that cannot possibly pool, no matter what you do to it, but – and this is important – still has plenty of variety of colour. Here is our current candidate. It has colour, it has randomness, it has cloudy, discreet colour change. It doesn’t look as good in the skein as our regular variegated, but I think it will work.

Unlike that hash.

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