Blitzen: When my sisters and I were wee things we would pretend to be Santa’s reindeer. Some of us were a little better at pretending or maybe just had more of a reindeer kinship then the rest of us. One evening my sister Regina, in her sleigh pulling exuberance, fell firmly to earth and her head met the corner of the coffee table in the living room. She was all well and good after a few stitches in her head. Even though I know in my heart of hearts that she thought of herself as Rudolph, I always thought she was more of a Blitzen.
Blitzen the exuberant reindeer!
Cindy Lou Who: I have a soft spot in my heart for Cindy Lou Who. Such a huge amount of wide eyed hope and optimism in a tiny little Who-girl. She believed in the basic goodness hidden in those Grinchy layers when others didn’t. We all need someone in our lives who believes in us the way Cindy Lou believed in the Grinch.
Festivus: Thank you Jerry Seinfeld for such a great celebratory word. The episodes where Mr. Constanza fights against the commercial pressures of the holiday season and makes his own holiday celebrations and traditions were some of my favorite! I chose bold colors and then shadowed them with lighter versions of their selves leaving a little light (white) in between to bring them all together.
Holly and Ivy: I love all the shades of greens in holly leaves and it’s bright red berries. I always make a holly wreath for the holidays as a celebration of the season. We have holly tree farms here in Oregon and there is a place in Southwest where there are some old ones that are covered in ivy and those feel ancient and magical to me. So, we have greens for Holly and Ivy and red for the berries. Where they meet there’s a swath of dark purple for the berry of the Ivy!
“The holly and the ivy
Now are both well grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown.”
Joy to the World : I was raised Catholic and one of my favorite parts of that experience was singing in the choir and folk group. I love to sing! I have quite a few favorite holiday songs but my memories of singing Joy to the World with a full choir and packed church at midnight mass fills my heart to brimming. So many voices raised in love. Most definitely a sounding joy!
Noël : I love vintage holiday cards. I have one that was my grandmothers from a friend long ago. It’s simple and elegant with that understated blue next to that vibrant red and neutral white. These are my favorite holiday hues.
1 Maraschino short of a fruitcake! : I do believe this one speaks for itself. I swear we had the same fruit cake being passed around for years and years. I do mean cake here. Although the holidays do bring out a little bit of the nut in all of us. (heehee)
WhoVille: The magical land of Dr. Seuss that exists on a speck of dust.
“Da hoo dorais fa hoo dores
Welcome Christmas Christmas day
da hoo dorai fa hoo dores
Welcome Christmas, Christmas day
Welcome, welcome fahoo ramus
Welcome, welcome dahoo damus
Christmas day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp
Fahoo fores dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas bring your cheer
Fahoo fores dahoo dores
Welcome all Whos far and near.”
Tinsel: I know what you’re thinking. This colorway does not look like tinsel. It does if it is delicatley thrown on the tree and the christmas tree lights are on and all of the other lights in the room are off, then and only then, does this colorway look like tinsel. I promise!
Under the Mistletoe: A kiss, is a kiss, is a kiss. Underneath the mistletoe anything goes! Green for mistletoe and pink for the kiss!
Watch where the huskies go and… don’t you eat that yellow snow! Thank you Frank Zappa!! If you have not heard this song, go look it up on you tube. It’s fabulous. We were being very silly in the barn one day and Charlotte said she wanted more yellow colors. I explained to her that not many people like yellow and well things escalated from there. At some point she suggested a sprinkle of yellow, like pee on snow, with a splatter. As soon as she said it I thought of good ol Frank. So this colorway is for Frank and Charlotte.
Kate’s Blue: One of my favorite people to work with is Kate Gilbert. She’s generous, creative as hell and very funny. We have great fun brainstorming over yarns and colors and for projects she wants to use my yarn for in Twist Collective. She needed a blue. I made this blue for her so this is Kate’s Blue!
Candy Cane Tipsy: Miss Candy Tipsy is from the Cane branch of the Tipsy family tree. She is very sweet although she can be a bit stripey when the mood is upon her so… best look out. You can tell she’s been in the vicinity by a hint of mint in the air as she breezes by. Candy loves the holidays and is the life of the party! You’re likely find her hanging around the Christmas tree.
I hope you love the new colorways as much as we do.
PS: If there is a yarn base you want that one of these colorways is not offered in then please do send us an email and we will do our best to make that happen for you!
PPS: We will be posting the 2014 Sock Club info next week!!