While it is true that lys' in Costa Rica tend to be less than impressive, on ocassion you can find a true gem. Case in point, a cotton elastic yarn that goes by the name Fixacao. I think we can all agree that the name sounds suspicously like Fixation. The similarities don't stop there.
Before anyone pipes up with "Bonnie, what qualifies you as the expert on this?" I took several anthropolgy classes in college and was a star "A" earning pupil, so I feel more than qualified to to pursue the origins of Cascade Fixation from a purely scholarly perspective. Stop giggling people this is serious business with stash affecting implications. So let's investigate a bit further, shall we.....
Specimen #1: Fixacao is 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. It is made in Brazil by a company called, Circulo SA. The skein I bought at El Nuevo Chic Paris in downtown San Jose comes in 100 gram balls that cost 1,400 colones. If you buy with a fist full of cold hard cash there is a 15% discount bringing the grand total to 1,190 colones. Or $2.28 per skein. That my friends is what you call a bargain!
Specimen #2: Cascade Fixation is also 97.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. Brazil is also the birthplace, although Fixation is sold in 50 gram balls for $4.45 a skein. So half the size but almost double the price.
So what can we deduce from this? I have knit with both Fixacao and Fixation. They feel the same and I feel confident declaring they are same! So I won't go all fiber-y Slim Shady on you demanding that the "real Fixation" please stand up. It will only lead to an uncomfortable moment where Fixation and Fixacao both stand up and eyeball one another. Things will likely take a turn for the worst and things will go all Jerry Springer. And I don't like to contribute to yarn on yarn violence.
What I do like to contribute to is enabling compulsive yarn buyers and helping my fellow knitters find a good bargain. So if you the words Fixacao channel your inner Duke brother and buy, buy buy! For you youngsters who weren't around to enjoy the cinematic genius that is Trading Places....go rent it and then re-read my post.