I showed this picture last year but I thought it was worth repeating since it’s costume time again. This is my all time favorite costume. The ladybug hat is from a Zoe Mellor book, Animal Knits. The wings were from Old Navy, but they would be easy to make. Add black turtleneck and tights or leggings. Volia, cute ladybug.
She wore it two years in a row. And now I’m eyeing little sister as a prime candidate for ladybugness this year.
Ok, now to the subject at hand:
I’ve mentioned that I’m having a shop update next week. I still don’t know which day it will be, but I will announce it here as well as send the reminder e-mail to all my past customers. E-mail me: Emily at emilyquilts dot com if you want to be put on the reminder list.
I’ve also been experimenting with new techniques, and I want to show you something that I’m really thrilled with.
Ok, it's still wet and hasn't been properly skeined. Did I mention I was enthusiastic, excited and over-eager? I suppose you can't really see what I'm talking about in this jumble of wet yarn, but trust me. Gorgeous.
I love to knit with the bright, variegated fun stuff. But I don’t often wear bright purple or pink socks. I just a neutral girl when it comes to my feet. So I’ve been doing a dye method where I dye it the usual way, lots of colors and color variation painted on, and then dye it a second time (that’s called overdyeing) by immersion method into a solid color. This mutes all the shades and gives it a much more subtle, solid overall appearance, but the first dye job, the varigation, gives it beautiful nuances. It makes it way more interesting than would result by just dyeing it once, a solid color.
I find these to be very special, so I’d like to give them a particular name, to set them apart from the others. I was cracking myself up thinking “They’re dark and handsome, but you can’t really make a sock yarn tall.” “The Yarn, Dark, and Handsome Collection” “The Sock, Dark, and Handsome Collection” “The Solid, Dark, and Handsome Collection.”
Please help me with a name! I don’t want to be a dork (see Brigadoon comment from previous post). What name do you like, or do you have any other suggestions? You guys came through for me last time I asked for help with names so I’m counting on you again.
Also, since I’m on the subject of asking for help, I’m going to ask one more thing. Almost all my yarn customers last month were repeat customers. (Again—LOVE YOU GUYS!) It is obvious to me that people who buy the yarn really like it. But I would like to get the word out more and get new customers, so if you could tell a friend, I would be very grateful!