It seems like only yesterday that we were lamenting the loss of so many Jamieson & Smith jumperweight Shetland colors--some 60 colors were discontinued (see the link in my sidebar for details), and many of us worried about the future of Fair Isle handknitting.
But as the trite, saccharine, and irritating saying goes: God never closes one door without opening another. (As one friend of mine said, "I can accept that, but why the hell does the hallway between the two have to be so long?") At any rate, the good news is that some 32 colors have been ADDED to the Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift line in the last year!
Yes, 32 colors! I blogged about 4 of them a few months ago, but the big surprise was in February, when Karen of Two Swans Yarns generously sent me 25 new colors (pictured above) for people in my workshops to use. A beautiful collection: many shades of yellows, a lovely clear blue, a wonderful deep purple, soft greens, and more. And she has them all in stock. To top it off, I learned today that she is expecting 3 more colors within weeks!
I've written frequently about the concept of "enough," usually some Puritanal rant about losing our understanding of the word in our endless search for meaning through consumption. However, I must say that, as far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as enough when we're talking about colors!
By the way, I've photographed the yarns wound on plastic embroidery or crewel bobbins--I store samples of each color this way because I find them easier to use than a color card.
The Abandoned T-Shirt Project Update
I've created a new blog for the abandoned t-shirt project: www.feralknitter.typepad.com/abandonedtshirt. I'll be blogging regularly about my progress--and adding short essays on cotton production, t-shirt history, global trade, wet t-shirt competitions, and anything else I find of interest over the year. I've found 3 t-shirts so far!
In addition to the 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop June 5-7, I will be teaching my 1-day Color in Fair Isle Knitting class at Village Yarn & Tea in Shoreline, Washington (just north of Seattle) on May 31th. (This is the same class that was cancelled due to my illness last February.) I hope to see some of you there!