The Amazing Lace Challenge #2: The One Spinner

Sunday, June 18th, 2006
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This is part one of a Choose Your Own Adventure series for the Amazing Lace KAL.

We’ve been on the train for 5 hours, our knitting needles click-clacking as the train shifts back and forth on its metal haunches. A yawn escapes from my mouth. Another row of garter stitch. I glance over to see how you’re doing; faster than I. Harumph.

A man with a dark hat and small, round glasses enters our car. “Excuse me. Are you ze famous Eva Katamari, international spice merchant… and illegal yarns dealer?” He lets his voice lower with those last four words. I glance about to ensure noone heard him.

“You’re looking in the wrong place, stranger. I sell mercerized cotton. Nothing illegal about that.”

“I have a message from Lazlo Kalbanian. He sends his regards. And this.” From his tailored red suit he pulls a small sample skein of what looks like cashmere. I stop in mid stitch to gaze at it. You put down your needles and snatch it from his hands, stuff your magnifying loupe into the crook of your eye and inspect it, gleefully.

“You’ll have to excuse my partner,” I say. “Used to chew aluminium needles.”

“There’s hardly a flaw!” you marvel at the fibre.

“Zere are no flaws. And no fibre,” the man whispers. You look up, confused.

“Listen, buddy. What are you playing at? You’re really starting to crimp my skirt.” I growl, acidly.

“Have you ever heard of… Ze One Spinner?”

Your eyes widen, letting the loupe fall and smash on the ground. The whole car is quiet.

“They say she spins molecules.”

“Zat’s right. And Lazlo wants you to find her.”

A thousand ideas race through your mind. In hiding for 20 years. Rumours of Zamibia. Iceland. Mongolia. Canada. Is she in Canada?

“Lazlo wants you because you are ze only one who can find her. She is in danger. And so are you, now zat I have contacted you.”

Suddenly, you hear a scream. A scream you recognize.

“Katerina!” I burst into the next cabin, but it’s too late. She was knitting. Knitting the same pattern as I was. Knit one, kill two. They got the wrong Katamari.

X-tremely Morbid!

The man turns to you, expectantly. “Well?”

It’s time to choose your path. Do you take his offer or reject it? Leave your vote in the comments!

This Amazing Lace entry is submitted under “X-tremely morbid,” “X-tremely monochrome” and “X-tremely melodramatic.”

Continue on to Part Two.

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22 Comments to “The Amazing Lace Challenge #2: The One Spinner”

  1. Take his offer! Let’s see where this leads you. (Delightful post, btw.)

    Comment by
    Mintyfresh
    June 19, 2006 @ 7:19 am
  2. Take the path!!!

    Comment by amanda
    June 19, 2006 @ 12:28 pm
  3. You know what they say….If your not living on the edge, your taking up too much room.

    Comment by jackie
    June 19, 2006 @ 1:09 pm
  4. You’re kidding right? Take the dang offer! (Great post by the way!)

    Comment by Cara
    June 19, 2006 @ 1:18 pm
  5. Great post!

    Comment by --Deb
    June 19, 2006 @ 1:53 pm
  6. How wonderful! Of course you’ll take the offer. You might get to go to … Zamibia!!

    Comment by Dave
    June 19, 2006 @ 2:38 pm
  7. Take the offer for sure. Maybe you’ll end up in Iceland!

    Comment by Kaitie Tee
    June 19, 2006 @ 6:38 pm
  8. Take the offer! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain (besides if you reject we don’t get to hear the rest of your lovely tale ’cause I’m thinking taking it will be way more exciting for us!).

    Comment by Cynthia
    June 19, 2006 @ 6:51 pm
  9. You will take the offer becauseiyou are in danger now so you might as well get something out of it.

    Comment by crzjane
    June 19, 2006 @ 8:53 pm
  10. What a really cool idea! I can’t wait for the next installment! (I love film noir). Good Luck in the Amazing Lace!

    Comment by Debby
    June 19, 2006 @ 9:45 pm
  11. Of course you will go and find ze One Spinner. Can’t let them kill your lace knitting friend just like that. I hope you have some secret knitting skills to help you on the way.

    Comment by Emma
    June 20, 2006 @ 4:50 am
  12. Of course you must hunt for ze One Spinner. But you must check in with headquarters and get some fancy knitting gadgets that are James Bondish too.

    Comment by Debbie
    June 20, 2006 @ 8:51 am
  13. But of course, you must… you must…

    BTW, what a delightful post! and perfect photo..

    Comment by Teyani
    June 20, 2006 @ 9:19 am
  14. Thanks for the great responses! Keep ‘em coming!

    Comment by Eve
    June 20, 2006 @ 9:20 am
  15. I’m all caught up in the story now, man! That was awesome =) oh, yes, take the path. Venture on down that path, lassie! hahaha (oh, great photo!)

    Comment by April
    June 20, 2006 @ 2:34 pm
  16. What a great post!! I love it!!

    And take the path – absolutely!

    Comment by Kathy
    June 20, 2006 @ 4:45 pm
  17. [...] I was planning to write another installment of my little story tonight, but I started knittin’ on my lace and it kinda got away from me. I’ll have more time tomorrow after work, so check back then! [...]

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    June 22, 2006 @ 9:30 am
  18. Whoa!! You’ll take of course…. because you must! [love the picture, love the post]

    Comment by Stitchingnut
    June 22, 2006 @ 2:00 pm
  19. [...] This is part one of a Choose Your Own Adventure series for the Amazing Lace KAL. Read Part One if you haven’t yet. [...]

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    June 22, 2006 @ 8:25 pm
  20. Take it!

    This is too clever. Nicely done.

    Comment by Theresa
    June 26, 2006 @ 12:26 am
  21. [...] This is Part Three of The One Spinner Choose Your Own Adventure series. Read Part One and Part Two if you haven’t yet. [...]

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    August 8, 2006 @ 6:24 pm
  22. [...] In case you haven’t discovered it yet, you should listen to April’s podcast, Knit2BTied. Her last episode included a reading of The One Spinner, episodes 1 and 2. I listened to it ages ago and it was so great but then I was stolen away from the internet and just now I realized that I never thanked her or plugged her podcast or anything until now. I feel so bad. [...]

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    August 11, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

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