Guess what?

Chicken butt!

To most of my Colonial brother and sisters in North America that old joke will be a blast from the past. Knitsibs on this side of the pond, I am fairly certain, have no idea what I’m on about. My apologies for the cultural confusion. For those of you not in on the joke let me assure you, to an eight-year-old, growing up in Oregon the 1960s, that joke was hysterically funny.

It is also apropos for this, the inaugural post of my brand new website, because today we’re playing Match Yarn Monday. That’s the game where you pick an item, and match it to the closest shade of Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight Shetland yarn. It will come as no surprise to those who know me that today I’ve chosen a chicken butt as one of my matchy items.

Today’s Match Yarn Monday subject is Eleanor, a Lavender Orpington hen who’s the Alpha chicken of my small flock. Eleanor’s colouring is known as “laced” which means the edges of her feathers are tinged a different colour than their centres. In this case her feathers are a light medium grey, J&S 27, tinged with darker grey, J&S 54, while her head is deep charcoal, J&S 81. Her fluffy nether regions (Chicken butt not shown – you’ll just have to take my word for it) are J&S 203, and her lovely comb and wattles are pinky red, J&S 9097.

Anyway, welcome to my new website. Do have a look around. Details about the May Gwlana workshop are on the front page. I’m enormously excited to be collaborating with my friend, Felicity Ford (aka Felix) on this project. Felix has, quite literally, written the book on designing stranded colourwork, with methods so igenious, so simple, and engaging, you can’t help but want to join the fun and play along with colour. Accordingly, you can look forward to Match Yarn Monday and Fair Isle Friday posts with some regularity, and you’re heartily invited to take part (using the hashtags #matchyarnmonday and #fairislefriday) in whatever media you find sociable. Or, you know, leave an old fashioned comment right here. Eleanor is partial to those.