Long-time followers from the Hanks Yarn and Fiber days will know this story; when we first started our hand-dyed line at the yarn store, one of our naming schemes was for our favorite adult beverages (Red Appletini, Vodka & OJ…). We wanted to make a margarita-inspired colorway, so I dyed up this green… and my, was it ever bright. Like, highlighter bright. This was not margarita material, it was more… glow-in-the-dark material. But I didn’t want to give up on the skeins I’d already dyed, so… I looked through the other colors I had, and sure enough, I had an eye-blinding pink that went “fabulously” with the searing green. The only thing I could add after that was black, to tone them both down. And so was born a new colorway… The 80s Have Called.
Well, you know what had to happen after that, right? I had to do more colorways inspired by different decades! Here are the five I’ve done…
The 40s Have Called: Reminiscent of the Greatest Generation, movies about World War II, and sepia photographs, The 40s Have Called. Looking for a solid color yarn to match this, either for contrasting heels/toes/cuffs on socks, or something for a garment? Irish Coffee and Weathered Wood are both good choices.
The 50s Have Called: Ford Fairlanes and T-birds. Wraparound windshields, rag-top convertibles, chrome, fins, and drag racing for pink slips. Sandy and Danny singing about summer nights and being the one that I want. Soda fountains, poodle skirts, and sock hops. Duck and Cover, the beginning of the Cold War, and new kitchen gadgets that were supposed to make our lives easier and ease us into the future. Beat poets, black turtlenecks, On the Road, and Howl. The 50s Have Called, and they’d like to speak with us about a few things, which are all reflected in this colorway. Looking for a solid color yarn to match this, either for contrasting heels/toes/cuffs on socks, or something for a garment? Red Mars and Weathered Wood are both good choices.
The 60s Have Called: The 60s Have Called, on that big clunky pinkish-yellow rotary phone that hung on the wall like a heavy plastic brick. Civil Rights. The Freedom Rides. The Voting Rights Act. The Fair Housing Act. The March from Selma to Montgomery and the Edmund Pettus bridge. Change. The Vietnam draft. Conscientious objection. Burning your draft card and going to Canada. Music. Janis Joplin. Phil Ochs. Jimi Hendrix. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. Woodstock. Being barefoot in Berkeley and passing out flowers. The 60s were a time of change, and some would say we haven’t been the same since. I’ve chosen, with these colors, to remember music and band posters and the color palette that started to show up in dens and kitchens across the country. Looking for a solid color yarn to match this, either for contrasting heels/toes/cuffs on socks, or something for a garment? None of your Beeswax, Soylent Green, and Vodka & OJ are all good choices.
The 70s Have Called: Harvest gold and Avocado green kitchen appliances. Dark dens with shag carpet and uncomfortable brown and green tweed couches. The “Me” decade, Watergate, Vietnam, and disco. The oil crisis, Jonestown, and Skylab. Key parties, microwave ovens, and VCRs. The first Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and the failure to ratify the ERA. Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, and Coretta Scott King. Leisure suits, bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and and finding oneself…. The 70s Have Called, and they’d like to have a word with you. Man. Looking for a solid color yarn to match this, either for contrasting heels/toes/cuffs on socks, or something for a garment? Irish Coffee, None of your Beeswax, and Soylent Green are all good choices.
The 80s Have Called: The 80s Have Called. They’d like their big hair, their neon colors, and their questionable taste in music back. Looking for a solid color yarn to match this, either for contrasting heels/toes/cuffs on socks, or something for a garment? Good luck; I don’t currently offer anything in a tonal solid that matches this (but I’m open to a custom order in any of those three colors – just drop me a line!).