This month brings 7 new colors from Lorna's Laces- 6 multicolors and a lovely medium-mocha nearly solid called Driftwood. Lovely as usual, these skeins and their names brought some questions to my mind, so I posed them to Lorna's Laces owner Beth Casey. Here's what she had to say:
Allison @ SSYC: LOVE the new colors you have introduced this season. They make me think of spring! I've noticed that for the past few collections that the names of the colorways have departed from the typical Chicagoland names that I've grown accustomed to seeing. I think you've focused on employees hometowns, or pet names or even descriptive names like April Showers. Is there a particular reason for the change?
Beth Casey: Great questions! We look at the naming as part of the creative process. The Chicagoland names are fun, but it was time to move on and look in new directions.
Allison: What's in the names for this round of new colors? Boardwalk, Cattails, Geyser, Niagara, Tidepool, Venetian Spring and Driftwood. These make me think of summer family vacations, visiting the Jersey shore boardwalks and tidepools of Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Who named these and what's the inspiration?
Beth: You are so insightful! The Spring 2016 Collection started with a contest we ran in conjunction with Interweave. The Grand Prize winner got to design and name a color. She sent a picture (shown below with the yarn it inspired) from a beloved vacation in Venice and voila, Venetian Spring was born! Then, over pizza one afternoon, the crew sat around riffing on that. We talked about things they associated with water and water vacations. Some of it even got a little racy!
Allison: Gosh, you really did that photo justice! I went to Venice myself last year, and that colorway speaks to me. What's next on the agenda for Lorna's Laces? Any chance you're going to get in on the speckled skein game? Seems to be all the rage and I'd love to see your take on it!
Beth: Wow, you are reading our minds! That's exactly the direction we'll be heading for Fall. We've got a few designed and will be filling in over the next couple months to launch at the show in June.
Allison: Finally, what are the five most popular colors that you dye?
Allison: All faves around here too! Let's make this even more interesting and allow some of the loyal Lorna's Laces fans to choose some of their faves and have a chance of winning some yarn. What do you think? I mean, we have over 300 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM!
Allison: Great! Readers, if you tell me in the comments below which is your favorite Lorna's Laces colorway (you have multicolors, nearly solids and stripes to choose from), I'll choose three people to win the skein of their choice. Just leave me one comment with your fave color (and perhaps even tell me why or what you might like to knit with it) by Thursday, February 11 at noon EST and you could be randomly chosen!