One of the perks of working so closely with so many artisans is that I can make odd (at least to non-sock-knitters) special requests out of them on a regular basis. Like working with Tanis on last years' Valetine's Kit or this year's Anniversary kit. Because we are like minded, to her it's normal when I say, "hey, I want a special sock yarn that reminds me of the clotheslines that I pass when I drive home". Saying that phrase at somewhere like Home Depot would get you nowhere, but saying that phrase to the right person at the right time will get you exactly what you want.
That's why when I started dreaming up the SSYC Grand Opening Sock Kit, I knew I had to approach the right dyer with my request. I wanted the skein to knit up in a certain way- no pooling, no striping. Just randomly dappled, subtle color. What did I want to emulate?
The 1940's post office tile on the store's walls.
When I approached Dream in Color about it, Veronica was not only all about it, but she returned a spot-on skein within days. Here's a sneak peak at Rapunzel Rose. Wheat, mustard, pale olive and blushed terra cotta. What do you think?
James came with me to work today for his first "full" day (7am til nap time). I bought some cheap new toys for him to have as his special store toys, and he's being quite delightful and awesome right now. But none of these new offerings are as interesting as the new Pagewood Farms price booklet which is printed in black and white and has a sheep on the front he can color. Thanks, Chuck and Robyn, for the new coloring book! Heh.
If you want to see a short video of James at work, it's on our Facebook page.