Saturday, October 06, 2007

Two Birds

After I left Michigan, my old LYS--Threadbear ditched selling Clover bamboo DPNs and started selling these needles I had never heard of: Chaio Goo.

Kinda sounds like something you'd get with a side of fried rice.

Rob raved about them many times in the Threadbear newsletter (that I still get).

I was intrigued, but never pursued purchasing them.

Cut to Texas where I joined a SNB that Janna turned me on to. There I met Amanda.

A week or so ago Amanda announced she was going to be selling Chaio Goo DPNs in her Etsy store at a very reasonable price. So I snapped up a set of size US 2s.

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Mmmm...they came in the mail Thursday. I haven't knit with them yet but I can already tell I'm going to love them.

So where do the two birds come in?

If you flip the package of the Chaio Goos (and Rob at Threadbear pointed this out when they first started carrying the needles), they may be made in China...

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...but they're distributed by a Michigan company.

I gotta say, being able to support a Michigan company and a Texas friend and get a great pair of reasonably priced needles out of the deal--how can you go wrong??

I was listening to NPR on the way home from work/school last night and heard a story that didn't really surprise me. Michigan now has the country's highest unemployment rate and one in nine families is receiving some kind of assistance with food.

I loved Michigan and will always have ties to it as that's where El Chunko was spurned from my loins, but I am glad we got out of there. I've seen my Michigan friends struggle with unemployment there and it's not pretty.

I figured things were bad when about a year ago I saw my first ad on TV basically begging companies to set up shop in Michigan.

I know I can't solve their economic problems and there are no quick answers, but hey, buying the Chaio Goos didn't hurt!

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11 Comments:

Blogger weezalana said...

I wish I'd known about your CG lust! I have a set of size 1s that are gathering dust. We didn't...mesh well.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Amby said...

Yep, things aren't so hot here, especially since we just got an income-tax hike last week and sales tax is now being applied to random services like limo services, balloon-o-grams and...escort services.

Which I kind of agree with. If I have to cough up sales tax on my bags, the hookers should be paying it too!!!!

Just another reason I'm ready to head home to Kentucky...

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I like Chaio Goos as well - I have a few in different sizes that I bought at Stitches East last year and like how slick they are considering the fact that they are bamboo.

5:35 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I must remember that the next time I order a balloon bouquet to be deliverd but a limo riding "escort", I'll be helping the state of Michigan!

5:50 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Those are some good needles. I have some 1's and 2's and love 'em.

5:57 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I've never heard of those needles. Cool name though.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

It's definitely too bad about the unemployment in Michigan. We have asimilar problem in Windsor and st' Thomas because the car manufacturers are closing up shop. yup, hte politicians trumpet how our unwemployment rate dropped. What they don't say is that lal those people are working low pay crappy jobs....

8:07 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hey I missed you! Serious PC issues and job searching myself and all...Can't wait to see how thoses needles knit, I look forward to the report :) Now to comment on what I've been missimg.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

OK, that's terrific, supporting a state that's in trouble, but but but, what do those letters "B E Z Z I E" really stand for?

Enquiring minds want to know.
;-)

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I feel bad for those who are struggling in MI and other places in the US. Michigan; however, is suffering from a horrible economic downturn much of which can be blamed on the American auto industry. Maybe when the US auto industry begin making cars worth a crap, people will begin to purchase them again. Oh, yes, I cannot forgot the damn unions involved. They have played a huge role in the failure of domestic auto industry.

Okay, off my damn soapbox.

Kay

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Jan b. said...

I bought some ChiaoGoos, which started to split on the ends after a few uses. I mentioned the fact on my blog, and soon got a note from a sales associate at Westing Bridge. She offered me a free pair of needles to replace the ones that had split. I thought that was great!

(The new ones are just now starting to get a little rough on the ends, but I've used them for about 6 months now)

I was a little disappointed to see no Clovers when I visited Threadbare this past summer.

4:45 PM  

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