I’ve been receiving yarn lately. I have actually placed an order for most of it, but I still feel giddy when it comes. I can leave uninteresting mail untouched for days (I have just opened the jury summons that came last week–I know I have to get a postponement because I can’t do it when I’m teaching), but packages containing yarn get much more immediate attention.
I got notice about yarn at the Post Office on Saturday which I just got to this morning. I knew it was from Fable Fibers (too large to get through mail slot–Super Bulky yarn) and although I was eager to see it, getting to the post office is always an issue. My mail is held at an office different from the one I drop stuff at–and it is down a huge hill, which must then be walked back up or the trip timed to work with the local bus–or picked up on my way to the subway. This is my preference as it is just three blocks out of my way, but not uphill. So I just waited until Wednesday when I had to go down to the subway. I had to keep myself from opening the package as I got ready for my class tomorrow and ran errands.
The piece de resistance? An envelope from Jeane at Elemental Affects with the mail when I got home from my trip downtown. Jeane and I have been working on colors for her new yarn lines. If you have never tried to put together color ways, you cannot truly appreciate how difficult it is. It is hard because you cannot be too distracted by “oh, I love that one” and must stay focused on what makes sense in a different and much bigger color picture where you have to have something for everyone, and everything has to be happy together. It is a bit like doing the seating chart for a large dinner party. I got 93 samples (rough count) from Jeane. We need 18 colors to start; natural already gets one slot.
Hard to know where to start! I gave Jeane raw colors, then sorted them into four tighter/focused color stories as a means of sorting them out. Jeane mentioned at some point that she doesn’t like to name colors, so as I was putting the color visuals together for her I gave each color a name. It will at least give us someplace to start once we make our final choices.
It took me only 15 minutes to sort out 17. Not sure it is my final, final choice, but I have 17, with a few backups. I’m hanging them on a white surface to consider them. I can’t show you pictures yet. Enjoy the other yarns, below.
If you are wondering about my knitting, I met my goal for Tuesday night. I am down to 60 sts per side! Tonight I’m going for 40 sts. Mitch has a late meeting, so I’ll get some extra knitting in. In the meantime, I need to get a thing or two moved onto Wendy’s desk, make pizza dough, and mentally prepare for Pilates at 8 am tomorrow.