Saturday, 9 February 2013

Trigger, Rabbit, Fish, Jungle, BBC!

When I'm putting stuff on the internet I have to add the colourways as an option manually before I then attach the option to the yarn itself. So, a long long time ago we added 'white' and 'black' and 'baby blue' etc. and once they're added we can use them again and again.

How many times do you think I'll use 'triggerfish' and 'rabbitfish' again? Personally, I'm hoping I get to use 'jungle' a bit more. I'm talking about the new shades in the Regia Sock. LOOOOOOOK!

I really should make these collages before I lower the resolution of these photos (not that I know what that means, or even if it makes sense to people who do, but I know what I mean...). 

How much do you just want to cast those on and keep people's feet warm!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Well, I did just that! Straight away, which was a bad idea because I have a tonne of stuff to do and I know I get obsessive. I finished the first sock the very next day and tried to take a photo at my friend's house with her beautiful fluff-cat, let's take a look at how interested she was... 

Yes, it does have a slightly nipply toe - I forgot when you're doing a sort of top-of-a-hat-toe (that's deffo not the technical term) that you have to change the rate of decreases to every row at the very tip - I haven't done one for a while and we were in a really interesting conversation and I didn't want to have to stop and kitchener so I carried on regardless. Look where that got me. The bloke who I am making them for has much bigger feet than me so I'm hoping he fills them out a little better. 

Anyway, let me tell you about Regia. When you order most yarn you do it by number (smaller companies like Cygnet often know the names of the individual shades but Regia and Coats in general is blady massive so you can't expect them to know everything). When they come in to me, the only shade identifying info is the number but the numbers get ridiculously long, they're difficult to remember and mostly, they're just not inspiring. So I generally choose to either find out the names of the yarns or I choose the names myself. Regia is a German brand so all of the names are auf Deutsch. I make good use of google translate and get to the root of the issue and we end up with some stunners ('funny red' anybody? :)). Anyway, I am really excited by 'triggerfish' and 'rabbitfish' because really, what names for yarns?!!?!? They're both part of the Südsee range which appears to mean Pacific (sounds like South Sea to me???). Ahh, brings back memories of GCSE German and trips to Mainz in year nine. 

Anyway, imagine how excited I was when I found these lovely photos whilst translating colours:

That's a rabbit fish.

That's a trigger fish. 

And imagine how little my customers believed me when I said I was genuinely working and not just looking up pretty fish... Why would I look up pretty fish?!?!? 

I'm really not that sure how they got from those fish to the colours in the yarn but I'm not the one in charge here am I? I just choose the pretty colours that they provide. Brill!

Anyway, whatevs. It doesn't even matter what I think does it? All that matters is that you love the wool as much as I do and get some lovely socks with a ten year guarantee out of it!

So that's that - buy it by clicking here!

And now a bit of housekeeping...

WE WANT TO WIN ANOTHER AWARD. Or rather, actually win it this time, but we have to be in it to win it and we depend on you for that. It's the Knit Now awards and at the moment we have a month or so to get our name in to the competition, after that we'll hopefully be shortlisted and then you can vote again for us to win. I also think that it's fair that anybody that has benefited from our wool, and by 'benefited' I mean 'been in the same room as', also votes for us so that includes, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, cousins, inlaws, outlaws, pets etc. etc. You get the idea.

Secondly, I WANT TO GO TO SKIPTON. Or rather, 13 of you have now booked to go to Yarndale with  us and I need 18. The deadline is not until the end of June and we're pretty much there really because there's at least 10 more people who have said they will deffo be there so brill! But I need some money and I really want to go and I think it'll be a bloody brill day so get to it. 

Thirdly, I WANT TO BE ON THE TV AND FAMOUS. Or rather, I already bloody am!!!!!!!!!!! Can you remember when I was telling you about being on Sky News? Well, Charlie Brooker (married to Konnie Huq), was obviously listening and he only put me on his bloody program didn't he!?!?!? That's Charlie Brooker! BBC 2! And he wasn't taking the piss out of me!!! I was at the pub after pub knits at the time and things got a little silly - I don't think the bouncer was impressed when I shouted in his lughole but he let me off... Probably because I'm so bloody famous!!!

That's it folks, it's twenty to nine and I haven't done any prep for the lesson tomorrow because a handsome man came to talk to me for the last hour of the shop being open and I couldn't bring myself to tell him to leave. Oooof. I'm regretting it now I want to go to bed. Oh well, a handsome man is a thing to behold ain't it!?

Love Eleanor. 


  1. Love love love rabbitfish. Making plans to be in notts in a few weeks, hope you still have some left when I get there!

  2. I'm sure we will. We can set some aside if you'd like? :)