Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I've Made It! I've Made It!

Lovely readers, do you know indigodragonfly yarns?

Kim and Ron, the geniuses behind the company, are known for their beautiful yarns, their fantastic colours - but perhaps most of all, they are known for their hilarious, bizarre and yet always apt colour names.

Their names are often inspired by pop culture - there's a Buffy series, a Firefly series, a High Fidelity series - and sometimes just by ridiculous things people say.

And I'm proud to announce that I am one of those people that has said ridiculous things... a ridiculous thing that gets it own yarn!

When I did a design for Kim's project club, I carefully wrote up the pattern, and submitted it to her chosen tech editor for review - the eminently sensible Jaya.

I often use a safety pin in my lace projects, as a way to mark the right side of the fabric.

But I often type faster than I think....

So instead of "safety pin" I typed "safety pint".

That in itself is funny enough.

But with me being a relatively well-known tech editor with a passion for precision, and it being a design for Kim's club (where strange things have been known to happen), the typo stopped Jaya in her tracks.

She actually contacted Kim to check whether it was a typo, or whether I actually meant it...

We've been laughing about this ever since.  It's become a short-hand for "beware: this is the sort of pattern that might drive you to drink".

And when Kim was creating new colours for this spring, she and her team created a truly fantastic orange. The sort of orange I adore wearing and knitting. My favourite colour!

And so:

"Safety Pin or Safety Pint: Discuss"


11 comments:

Fiona said...

Whoot, whoot!! Congratulations. That is a fantastic colour. :)

Anna Conway said...

That's beautiful!

Rayna said...

I saw it on Saturday...it is truly an amazingly vibrant orange! And the name is awesome.

Bonnie said...

Wow. You have your own indigodragonfly colorway?! That's fantastic!!

Liz said...

Go you! I should have known that it was one of yours.

Carol Pack Urban said...

How cute! I love when people have a sense of humor!

Rowan Falar said...

Congratulations on the honour! You know you've made it in the music business when Weird Al parodies your song. You know you've made it in the knitting world when Indigo creates a colourway for you!

May said...

What a great name and colour! There have been times during some projects when Ia Safety Pint would have been more useful (in the spiritual sense than a Safety Pin...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kate!
Instead of minding your P's and Q's (pints and quarts), now you'll have to mind your pins and pints.
Wendy Setterington

Sue F said...

That is one gorgeous color, er colour.

I may need to add to my collection.

donnarossa said...

haha, what a story behind this color. love it. I would vote for the safety pint! ;-)
and this colorway comes on my list.