Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Local Ant Breaks with Tradition

By Mrs. Micawber
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Yarn inspector Ada Grant comes from a long line of inspectors.

"You might say inspecting is in my blood," she tells our interviewer. "But my family have always been in the food business. They were kind of shocked when I decided to go into fiber."

Yarn Inspector Ada Grant hard at work

Ada, what is your biggest challenge to date?  Not getting stepped on.

What are your likes?  Food-based yarns. No one will notice if I sample a bit of milk yarn or corn yarn, and if they do, I can always claim quality control.

What about soy?  I never eat soy. I heard it's an endocrine disruptor.

And cotton?  Are you kidding? It tastes like cotton.

How about dislikes?  Mohair. Beautiful, but it tickles.

What is the yarn in the picture?  Acrylic. It's got some long complicated brand name*, but to me, it's just acrylic. The humans say it feels like cotton - but I can spot the difference.

What if you see a flaw?  I don't actually "see" flaws. My vision isn't that great. But I have a very organic connection to the yarn - you could almost say I feel the mistakes.

So what do you do about the flaws you find?  I try to point them out by waving my antennae, but I must say the humans don't pay very much attention.

Are you married?  No.

Seeing anyone?  Well, there is a special someone back at the anthill. He brings me food sometimes.

Any plans for kids?  Not unless I make queen. But right now I'm really into my career, so I don't see any kids in the near future.

Thanks so much for taking time out to speak with us, Ada. You're welcome. It was a pleasure.

*Premier Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Garden Yarn


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  1. Bahahahahahah! So very clever you write!

  2. This was awesome! I didn't know you were participating, but I'm glad you are, especially with this post. I think you're going to give Marigold a run for her money on storytelling!!!

  3. Wait a minute. Isn't that a carpenter ant???? It's a travesty, that's what it is. Where is tradition? Loyalty? Commitment to kind?

  4. Utterly fantastic. Good grief, you are damned creative.
    Got to love this although, I do admit to spending the better part of the last few days trying to get rid of hundreds of ants..thank goodness they are all outside. (as yet)

  5. Very good. My A(u)nt would use any wool as long as it was donated...to knit all sorts of things for charity. Has your Ant ever thought of that?? Joan

  6. Ha, ha, but your tolerance for ants is obviously much higher than mine.

  7. LOL...

    But I agree with the commenter above... I don't have tolerance for ants in the house.

  8. Brilliant! I will try to remember to pay more attention to ants waving their antennae at me in future!

  9. A Brilliant Post...absolutely brilliant...one to save...thank you

  10. I don't know which is more clever: the photo or the interview. Well done!

  11. Utterly brilliant!!!!!

    Ada, we love you ;D


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