Again it’s been just far too long since I sat down and wrote any kind of interesting words on my blog, and for this I am truly, very sorry – please do forgive me! I promise it’s not for want of trying, but children/work/children/work/bouts of illness and general life do have a terrible habit of getting in the way. But no more! I promise (to you as much as to myself) that this will change, and I will Make The Effort to write up the to-ings and fro-ings of my life more often. So there.
And so, to business. Quite literally as it happens. Things are afoot in the world of Lotte Jamieson The Craft Empire. Stuff is happening and decisions need to be made, plans need to be followed, items need to be ticked off lists and I need to spend a lot of my time sat in front of my computer instead of knitting and sewing, which is where I would clearly prefer to be, but hey ho, them’s the breaks when you are attempting to make a career out of these things.
This week, asides from getting serious glazed eyes from staring at the laptop for many hours a day (remember when I used to do that for a proper job? Crazy.), I have been looking at colours. Yes, looking at lovely colours and deciding which ones I like the best. I’m aware that it doesn’t sound all that strenuous, but for some reason I have made it into quite a task. The thing about colour is that, quite obviously, we all have our faves and sometimes we agree with other people that pewter grey and mustard yellow are quite divine partners, and other times we think that baby pink and coral make us to want to vomit in spectacular style. So when it comes to choosing colours that other people might like/want, it makes me suddenly doubt my own preferences and leads me to become so paralysed by too many choices so that I am completely incapable of making any decisions whatsoever.
Which is why I decided (just the one sensible decision) that I would ask the general public for their thoughts and have a poll of opinions on these damnable but oh so pretty colours. I gathered up 16 different flavours of wool that are potential recruits for my latest projects and I flung them into the faces of my Facebook followers to see which ones stuck and which fell by the wayside. And the results (so far – it’s still ongoing) have surprised me. Now I am aware of the power of advertising and the strength of names when it comes to anything that you want people to like/dislike, and obviously if you’re going to call a pale shade of green something inviting like Leaf or Spring, then people will tend to react more positively than if you went down the Games Workshop route, and labeled it Gangrene or Goblin Snot, but still, I was pleasantly taken aback at the popularity (and non-popularity) of some of the shades. Regardless of their prettified names.
By far the most popular were Sunset (a lovely bright eggy yellow – I imagine the marketeers steered clear of Egg Yolk as a name for the reasons stated above) and Ash. Which brings me back to the yellow and grey combo I mentioned at the beginning – it’s good to know I’m on the side of the right colours sometimes. Much less popular were Forest (dark green), Teal (which I think comes out a bit off on a computer screen) and Mink (one of my favourites, a dirty pinkish pale grey/brown), which got no votes at all. So I’m obviously not right all the time.
So, here’s your chance to have a say – let me know what you think and I’ll add your votes to the overall score. Then in a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to reveal just what is happening to all this lovely colourful wool.