I’m feeling a little sad that I’m not at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally this year. I keep seeing photos from friends showing all the beautiful yarn and amazing creations, and it’s making me a bit jealous. I would say that my bank balance is thanking me, but one of the reasons I’m not going this year is that I’ve spent my money on rugby tickets, and I’m not exactly stinting on the yarn front either.
You might remember that I found a new indie yarn dyer while I was at Nine Worlds this year. Third Vault Yarns specialise in geeky-inspired colourways. Lola has a fantastic eye for colour and is producing some beautiful dying with a witty SF touch. (Please, somebody buy the Nightcrawler and Vortex yarns before my hand slips.)
Last week she was polling views on which of three test dyes should be her new Waters Of Mars colourway, commemorating the discovery of water on Mars with a Who-inspired colourway. I fell instantly in love with one of her test skeins and bought it. More on that in a later post.
But while we were talking on Facebook, she spotted my Missy cosplay profile picture. And this happened. I ended up entirely accidentally commissioning Lola to custom dye me some Missy inspired yarn. I’ve never commissioned a custom dye before, so it was really exciting. Naturally, the yarn is purple and red. I asked for two skeins, on her pure merino Companion 4 ply, to give me some options about what to make. I’d really welcome ideas, actually, about what this could become.
What a helpful cat!