They get to decide
When I was in college I took a history of religions class. On the very first day, the professor declared (repeatedly and emphatically) that we would absolutely positively not under any circumstances be offering our own opinions on whether one group or another were ‘really’ any particular religion. The official class position was “if they said they were, then as far as the class is concerned, they were. They get to decide.”
It seemed reasonable to me then. It has proven to be a pretty good way to handle a whole host of other identity issues in the intervening years. And it’s coming in handy now as I put together yarns for Curls 3 (who said those history classes wouldn’t be useful…).
As I’ve been showing off the Curls 3 yarns, I’ve had quite a few people get in touch to say some variant of oh, that yarn is lovely, but it isn’t really speckles/a gradient/what you should be using for this book. And I’m afraid I must hereby officially declare that my position is “if the dyer says it’s speckles or a gradient, it is.” And, as a corollary, “if I say it’s what I plan to use for this book, it is.”
Now, I completely and totally understand if one yarn or another isn’t right for you. That’s one of the other nifty things about this approach. If you say a yarn isn’t right for you, it isn’t. And that’s absolutely ok. We all get to decide for ourselves. It’s one of the most marvelous things about knitting…there’s room for us all to create whatever makes our weird little hearts sing. But if you start trying to decide for me, I’m going to very gently point you back to this post.
And for the record, those bits of lovely in the picture are are Blue Moon’s Sugar Plum Fairy Dust colorway (from their BeSpeckled line of colors) and Hedgehog Fibres Construct colorway (and they do lots of speckle-y delights). They’re both lovely yarns that I’m enjoying very much! I hope you like them too. And if not, I hope you find something you like every bit as much as I like them.