… so apparently, I am a primo target for press releases when somebody in the craft yarn industry sues someone else. That’s it. Is that it?
I received an e-mail from a PR agency with an interesting subject line and a PDF attachment. I downloaded the attachment and read it.
(Uh… so apparently, I am stupid enough to download attachments sent from an unknown source called “Communications Specialists”, simply because I am led to believe the subject matter is interesting. Why yes, this computer is running Windows. Why did you ask?)
Actually, when I read the subject line — “Knitting Fever Sued in Federal Court” — I thought, wow, if that’s about the cashmere, that’s old news, kind of. The public part of the tiff started so long ago, and seemed to have died off, that the general public has probably lost interest except for dropping a random comment in a yarn shop about whether one’s yarn contains the percentage of cashmere indicated on the label, followed by a vague explanation that there was a dispute aired publicly between some company and Knitting Fever about Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and how somebody had a lab test done showing that the yarn didn’t contain the claimed cashmere, and how somebody else had a lab test done showing that the yarn did, and each side claimed that the other’s tests were flawed and that Cascade Yarns (who contaced yarn shops with information about Cashmerino content) was just jealous because Knitting Fever’s Ella Rae line was barging into Cascade 220′s market space and that James Casale, co-owner of The Knit With (a yarn shop in Pennsylvania) who also took up the dispute was just bitter because KFI and his shop weren’t doing business anymore.
And I never posted about it. I started to, mind you, but I draft posts like I knit sweaters: I start lots of them, and never finish because I get distracted by something else. I found a couple of drafts, and they’re not in great shape. For now: The Knit With’s “Yarn Recall” page, with many PDFs. Carol’s (love ya) names changed to protect (against) the litigious. Eleven pages of speculation at Knitter’s Review. Two other pages from Knitter’s Review, in which it appears Cascade launched a salvo.
(By the way, speaking of cashmere: that thing I’m knitting of yarn that I firmly believe is pure cashmere and obtained from a source not mentioned in this post that I messed up by inserting a single twist is doing just fine, thanks. Decided to reknit in the round, and not a twist in sight. Had a momentary lapse when halfway done, wondering whether I had just run out of one of the yarns I was using. Fortunately I found the other cone.)
And then nothing really seemed to happen, more exciting things like Ravelry turned up, and aside from the resolution that I would never buy a wool-blend yarn that claimed to have 15% or less cashmere — because, well, why, really? What difference does that amount of cashmere really make? — as I was saying, aside from that resolution and a general mistrust of labels (exacerbated by the recent disclosure about Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, also distributed in the U.S. by Knitting Fever), we had nothing to show for it.
(Another aside: speaking of the pointlessness of low cashmere content, I bought some Fiddlesticks Knitting Luscious Tweed recently, and to my fingers it felt just as soft as Jo Sharp Silkroad (Aran/DK) Tweed. Luscious Tweed is 90/10 wool/silk; Silkroad Tweed is 85/10/5 wool/silk/cashmere. I remember reading about an acceptable 3% variation (provided it is unintentional) in content; what does that do to 5% cashmere?)
Anyway, here I am, folks, doing exactly what you and those unknown PR people would expect.
Newsflash! On Tuesday The Knit With sued Knitting Fever, Designer Yarns, Filatura Pettinata, Sion and Diane Elalouf, Jeffrey Denecke, Jr., Jay Opperman, and Debbie Bliss (hands up those of you who think the last individual was named out of pure swank). The complaint alleges false advertising, breach of express and implied warranties of merchantability, unfair competition, and even invokes RICO.
The complaint is a hefty 60 pages that I haven’t read through yet, and I’m certainly not going to finish tonight. I’ll edit this post once I’ve finished the first 82 paragraphs.
Edit: here we go…