the shawl is perfectly Kate – clean & classic, using traditional techniques & inspiration to create a finished object that's modern & eminently wearable. Kate had approached me several weeks ago to request yarn support, and had messaged me again a few days before the pattern release to give me a heads up.
i felt prepared – i had a decent stock of dyed shetland, a backup pile of undyed base yarn, and had made a few fresh batches of the colourway Kate had used (“bitter bug”) in case there was a sudden run on that particular colour. but i wasn't too worried – despite Kate's amazing designs & her committed following, the shetland hasn't been one of my best sellers (i'm not sure why – i think a lot of folk have a mistaken belief that shetland will be scratchy, while this is anything but!).
well, the day of the pattern release dawned – and by the time i got up that saturday morning (about a half hour later than Kate did, as quickly became apparent) i had fifty emails. and they kept coming, and kept coming, and by the end of the day, the shelves that had been packed full of dyed shetland looked like this.
i was frantically dyeing more & restocking it as quickly as i could, and the orders (& hopeful emails) still kept coming. and by the end of the week, the shelves that had been packed full of undyed base yarn looked like this.
alas, since this yarn is custom-made for OMA, it's not something that my supplier keeps a regular stock of – i've requested a re-spin, but it could take up to six weeks. this means that the few skeins of dyed shetland i currently have in stock (about seven skeins, as i write this!) are literally all there is. it also means, unfortunately, that i may not receive the base yarn in time to dye more before Unwind Brighton (which is particularly gutting, as i would have loved to bring some along).
so, to the currently hap-less, i can only apologise – obviously it's brilliant for me to have so many sales, and i'm very excited to get so much of the lovely & so far underappreciated shetland out into the world! – but i know how frustrating it is to not be able to snag the yarn you really want. i'm hoping the six week wait time for a re-spin is an outside estimate and i'm able to get my hands on the base sooner than expected – i'll keep everyone posted on twitter as much as i can!!