I had purchased this pattern a short time ago as my way of contributing to the Japan relief effort. You can order it here and read about it on the Mason-Dixon Knitting Blog. Since the background yarn is now discontinued and a very rare find, folks, including myself, must consider other yarn substitutions for the square's background color. So, I just tabled this project until a sub could be found.
We traveled to Jim Thorpe, Pa, recently, and we stopped at Hooked on Yarn, just to browse and pick up a little yarn token....such as a lovely skein of Rowan something. I'll save that for another post!
Anyway, as I came through the shop's doorway, I happened to look down, and my heart quickened! Could it be? The MYTHICAL Silk Garden that possibly no longer exists anywhere in this Universe? The Mother Lode??? Diane, the shop owner, informed me she had 30 skeins left of her original 60 skein order.
Well, upon returning home, I checked the pattern and miraculously it was indeed THE YARN DYE LOT! I contacted Diane and gave her my order for 13 skeins of Noro Silk Garden #269-E. My check was in the mail faster than you could say "SSK"! And, she kindly shipped that beautiful 269 to my awaiting arms.
So, Gentle Knitter, if you had also purchased the pattern, and have been wondering what to do about the yarn substitution, here is your chance to buy the 13 skeins of #269 needed for the blanket. I had told Diane I would post her shop info. Maybe I should send a note about this to Kay also? I wonder if #269 can be found anywhere else? Or, could this really be the very last of it? Forever.
When it comes to finding unexpected treasures...
Always look down!