In the last fortnight, I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Two weeks ago, I asked you all for suggestions as we made our plans for 2014. And earlier this week, I invited your comments as your entry to win a place on the new Swatch Like You Mean It course.
Both times, a direct request for quick feedback and, both times, you guys blew us away. The first time I asked, your emails came in like a deluge — so thick and so fast that Jill (who sees all the emails first) suddenly said, “What is going ON?!?” (I’d written that post in a burst of last-minute inspiration and totally forgot to tell her to expect your emails. Oooops!).
And the second time I asked, you guys replied with literally hundreds of comments within a couple of hours. It was amazing to watch! And I know it’s given Mel a ton of wonderful information that she can use to help you overcome your hurdles to swatching.
So the valuable lesson? For as much as it might feel like the most important thing in running a hand-dyeing business is the dyeing… the truth is that the real most important thing is a great Community. And that’s so more than just having people who buy yarn. That’s having wonderful people who come together o make a KAL supportive and fun; it’s what makes a yarn show great because I finally get to meet so many customers in person; it’s the supportive and helpful posts on Ravelry whenever anyone has a question or needs assistance. A great community is truly an amazing thing.
And there was a second lesson too. When I have a question, I should… just ask you.
So Here’s a Question…
I have a little dilemma. You see that gradient kit below? The one that morphs from that fabulous yellow into gray into lavender? Yeah, I’m totally in love with it, but I can’t for the life of me think of a name for it. There’s two of those kits sitting in the shop right now with no name (seriously!). People will think I’ve gone mad.
So here’s my question: what would you call that gradient colourway? Leave your answers in the comments (or just hit ‘reply’ if you’re reading this by email). I’m totally stuck and I’d really appreciate your ideas!
Limited Edition Colourways
You guys already know that the Mini-Skeins are my opportunity to really explore colour and experiment with new ideas. See those Mini-Skein bundles up at the top? They were the Multicolour Mix for October, November, and December — and there were three colourways in there that I just knew I wanted to dye again.
Sooooo…I’ve decided I will! Just for fun, and for two weeks only (17 – 31 Jan), I’m offering these three colourways for custom dyeing on:
- Celeste (3ply fingering, 490 yds)
- Lucina (sparkly fingering, 430 yds), and
- Lyra (cable plied sport, 270 yds)
If you love these colours as much as I do, click here to grab your skeins! I can’t wait to see which of these three is your favourite…
33 thoughts on “Lessons (and Limited Editions)”
Lily and lilac of the valley
Dawn to Dusk
Immediately Dawn to Dusk came to mind for this yummy gradient!
Your unnamed gradient called to me when I saw it and said “Grapes warming in the Sun” all your colours are beautiful!
What about Minion? Whatever you call it, it’s wonderful!
These three gorgeous Mini-Skein colourways are available as full skein Limited Editions until Jan 31 only. http://t.co/Rh3JNhnqFL
It’s like a bumblebee on a lavender plant
The Last Light of Durin Day. Haha, can you tell I just saw The Desolation of Smaug?
The purples are the twilight, the grey is the Lonely Mountain, and the yellows are the moonrise, revealing the keyhole to Bilbo.
The unnamed colourway made me think of a street half in shadow half in sunlight. So… I thought of ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’
I love it how about Canary in the Sky
purplesaurus rex – the best kool-aid flavor.
I was curious, so I went to the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_tricolor) where a search for “Johhny Jump Up” lead me, and I like the name they have there “Wild Pansy”!
Call the unnamed colorway Daffodils to Violets.
I agree with the name Johnny Jump Ups! Love to see those in the spring.
Necco, like Necco wafers
When I saw the unnamed gradient kit, my first thought was “Mayfield”. These were the school colours of my high school (thus the name) in the mid 1980s.
They were my HS colors too =)
I would call it “Lavender Lemonade”. It’s so pretty! I love all that Stephanie does!!!!
I would call the yellow/lavender Sunshine on Lavender.
It’s lovely! I vote for Iris as a name. Also, malachite is gorgeous.
My mind did not go to one of the lovely, poetical names. I was thinking more along the lines of “My canary married a pigeon!”
My first thought was “Metamorphosis” because of the colors of a butterfly and how a butterfly changes.
Love it! Pansies was also the first thing that struck me too.
If only it were available on the thicker weight yarns (the unnamed one and the other special ones)… Ah well, I do have a good bit of other SpaceCadet yarn that I need to get to 🙂
I would call it Sunrise; the purples and lavenders of pre-dawn and then full glorious sunshine!
The lavender and yellow reminds me of the little violets called Johnny Jump Ups with their bright little faces.
I would name your unnamed one Cosmic Sunset. It is a very vibrant gradient.
there are 2 things that I can think of that range between yellow and purple: bruises (call it “bruised”?) and pansies.
Also, I love malachite!
I love this new gradient kit. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was Pansies. I often see the yellow and purple flowers in the spring.
Somehow it makes me think of the the transition to evening so I think it should be called gloaming.