Today I've got a special interview with Liz of Colorful Eclectic!
Liz was able to chat with me on March 21st, 2018 in the Club Yumi VIP Lounge. Colorful Eclectic was the featured yarn in March's Club Yumi kit, Stars in Their Eyes. We chat about her dyeing process, her inspiration & how she got into dyeing in the first place. Liz is bright and cheery & brings all that lovely energy to her dyeing.
I also wanted to highlight Liz this month because she's created an exclusive colorway for the the #TitsOutCollective: If I Want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out: Mile High Club. She's still taking pre-orders for this special colorway and $5 from each skein sold will be donated to Girls Inc of Metro Denver. She selected this organization because their mission gives her hope for our collective future. This colorway will only be available during the month of July 2018 and would be perfect for any of the patterns in my #TitsOut Collective eBook: If I Wanted Exposure...
"I love color!"
Liz: Hi everyone. I am delighted to be here and am looking forward to answering your questions.
YumiYarns: Hello, Liz!
I’m so sorry for the delay and my terrible ability to figure out time zones that are different from mine.
Thank you so much for being here!
Liz: My pleasure.
No worries. We all have those days when time is an enigma.
YumiYarns: How are things going out in Colorado? I saw on your Instagram that you’re currently swimming in yarn that needs some dying. ^_^
Liz: Spring seems to be in full effect this week in CO! Ya know, starting the week off with thundersnow and today's high was in the 60s. Yes, I have loads of yarn to dye. It is BLISS
YumiYarns: Lol, spring in the midwest, huh?
It looks like you've got your work cut out for you. Is all the yarn to be dyed a secret project or can you let us in on some of your plans for it?
Liz: No secret projects currently. I am working with Carl & Eileen of Bijou Basin Ranch to dye up 15 new colorways for them on their Lhasa Wilderness & Shangri-La bases. These will launch at Interweave Yarnfest in Loveland, CO on April 12-14.
I also have my regular bases being prepped for some upcoming Pop-Up Shops at Longmont Yarn Shoppe (March 31st), Fancy Tiger Crafts (April 21st) & My Sister Knits (May 5th).
YumiYarns: Oh, that sounds so amazing! I didn't get much time to chat with Bijou Basin at Knit Knosh, but I did get to pet their yarns and those are beautiful bases. I'm sure that your new colorways with them will be stunning.
The pop-up shops sound like lots of fun, too. Are they kind of like trunk shows? Where folks can come, squish and buy?
Liz: Yep. The difference (for me) between a pop up shop and a trunk show is that it is just for 1 day and I am there to help with pattern selection and color pairings.
YumiYarns: Ok, that makes sense. That's a great way to run things, too. I know that sometimes it can be difficult to decide on which pattern to pair with what yarn & sometimes it's hard to imagine how a particular yarn will look once it's knit. I'm sure folks love having you there to help guide them. ^_^
Speaking of color pairings and such... you have a huge array of colorways that you create & it seems like you really enjoy making custom colorways. What's your biggest inspiration and how do you go about deciding on your colors?
Liz: I draw inspiration from everything.
I like to settle down before bed by playing around on Pinterest and I have so many boards there for color inspiration. If you want to check it out, I am Colorful Eclectic over there.
I love to look at the world around me and find color combinations that resound with me. I also have a huge (digital) notebook in my phone that I record color inspiration.
Currently, I really like working on collections. For me this tends to mean 4-10 colorways that are related. This way of working has been really inspired by the Fade trend.
YumiYarns: Lol, I knew I was drawn to your style for a reason! As you can probably tell from the kit trios, I also love working within themes/collections. It's just nice to have things tie together around a central idea.
I was actually on Pintrest earlier today and was snooping some of your boards. Lots of pretty stuff & inpiration there! I loved the Beach-themed board that you've got, you can almost smell salty air just by looking through those images.