"His whole high, broad form, seemed made of solid bronze, and shaped in an unalterable mould, like Cellini's cast Perseus. Threading its way out from among his grey hairs, and continuing right down one side of his tawny scorched face and neck, till it disappeared in his clothing, you saw a slender, rod-like mark, lividly whitish."
--Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
No collection of Moby-Dick would be complete without Captain Ahab whose character is synonymous with monomania.
I dyed Captain Ahab as part of my Moby-Dick fall collection, and I used the quote above as my inspiration. Captain Ahab (the yarn, that is) has some white for the scar, red for Ahab's skin, gray for his hair, and bronze for, well, for his being. I also added a bit of blue for the sea, because Ahab wouldn't be Ahab without it.
Every colorway in this collection has the same sea blue, and I dyed them on my Sock Perfection yarn base.
Among the photos, you can find one of a small sample I knit up using US Size 2 needles. There's also the Leif Bolero knit for me by a friend using Captain Ahab.
Captain Ahab on Sock Perfection
450 yards / 3.5 oz / 4 plies
80% extra-soft superwash merino / 20% nylon
Care: Machine or Hand wash cold and air dry.
The last couple photos show the entire Moby-Dick collection. From left to right there's November in My Soul, Call Me Ishmael, Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab, and Queequeg.
PROCESS AND PACKAGING
Each skein of yarn is spun or dyed by me with loving care and contains a label with the yarn facts shown above. Your yarn is wrapped in tissue paper and shipped promptly, making a great presentation if you are giving it as a gift to your favorite fiber artist--even if that happens to be you!
Unless otherwise specified, your yarn will come as a hank, which is basically a large loop. This is the best way to store yarn because there’s no tension being placed on it. Before you begin to use it, however, you will need to wind it into a ball or cake or you will end up with a tangled mess. The best way to do this is with a swift and ball winder. However, you can use the arms of a patient friend or just put your yarn over two dining chairs back to back and wind it into a ball by hand. If you don’t have a swift and you plan to use the yarn fairly soon, I would be happy to wind your yarn into a cake for you at no extra charge. Just mention it in your note to seller when you check out.
As a token of my appreciation, I would be happy to include your choice of either a sprig of fresh rosemary from my organic garden or a handmade felt ball infused with essential lavender oil with your order. Both of these smell wonderful and are natural moth deterrents. Just let me know if you would like one and which one you would prefer in the note to seller when you check out.
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