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!
"Safety Pin or Safety Pint: Discuss"