One day in October, I found an email from Leanne at Jimmy Beans Wool in my inbox.
I was pretty excited, as a HUGE Jimmy Beans fan (have you been to their warehouse in Reno? WOW).
And even more excited to read my invitation to participate in their upcoming 12 days of yarn-mas: an exclusive colourway a day from a yarn dyer they don’t currently carry.
Of course, I said “yes,” as fast as my fingers would type.
My day was “six geese a layin.”
Oh good, I thought, I can come up with a goose-inspired colourway super quick.
Famous last words …
Come to find out, geese are kinda … white and black and grey and maybe amber/orange if they have that color of bill or feet!
I dyed a LOT of new colourways, thinking about different angles: my beloved Northern California geese (love hearing them honk overhead!), the goose who laid the golden egg, Mother Goose.
Then it hit me: goose feathers. Those gorgeous geese who visit the lake just down our hill are covered in iridescent, amazingly beautiful feathers.
Greys in all hues: deepest charcoal to palest mist, with tiny subtle flecks of color.
In fact, six feather-lined nests in a row, for those six geese a layin’, lovingly blanketed in goose down and feathers, to protect those precious eggs.
And Six Geese a Layin was born.
Watch Jimmy Beans carolers sing The 12 Days of Yarn-mas (up to day six!) here.
I’ll share some great complementary colourways later today!