Monday, February 25, 2008

Mardi Gras Yarn?!

As you probably know, we moved our family to New England in the wake of Hurricane Katrina after having lived in New Orleans most of our adult lives. This year, I wanted to knit something for Mardi Gras...and so I Googled "Mardi Gras Yarn"...let me share the travesty with you:

[Yarn Hall of Shame: #1- Euro Yarns, #2-Lion Brand, #3- Colinette Jitterbug, #4- Prism, #5- Lisa Souza, #6- On Your Toes Bamboo]

What do all these abominations have in common?...they have NOTHING to do with Mardi Gras. "Carnival" I would accept, but not Mardi Gras. Yarn spinners, I beseech you... we all love poetic names which evoke the muse which inspired while you were spinning...but PLEASE stick to some standards of propriety! The assemblage above can claim absolutely no relationship to Mardi Gras other than chaos.
Mardi Gras is a holiday and since 1872, when Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors, the OFFICIAL colors of Mardi Gras in America are PURPLE, GREEN, and GOLD/YELLOW. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors gave meaning to the colors: purple represents justice; green, faith; and gold, power. If someone searches "Christmas yarn" they expect some combination of red, white, and/or green. Similarly, in America, if one is looking for Mardi Gras yarn it should be purple/green/gold.

I commend the following ONE producer of homespun for accurately labelling her yarn: Lonely Love Bird Supplies (aka LindsayLuu Designs) at Etsy. Here is an image of her fab Mardi Gras worsted homespun:

KUDOS, LLD!{here I am throwing you some beads and a Muses shoe... thanks!}
If you are searching for Mardi Gras yarns, may I also recommend the following (neither of which self consciously created a Mardi Gras combination):
Blue Ridge Yarns Jubilee cuperwash sock yarn in "Sunset" and Lorna's Laces Swirl in "Purple Iris."

Send links to any further tradition butchers OR to any good Mardi Gras yarns that you find...please!!!

2 comments (previously published on "Branching Out Knits":
Jenn said...
Oh my goodness---what a travesty! I'm hereby boycotting the use of any poorly labeled Mardi Gras Yarns. (Ok, so that's a lot of bravado for someone who doesn't know the first thing about the mardi gras). I always wanted to be a color namer. I could have done a better job!thanks again for taco tuesday--both girls reported it was GREAT!
February 28, 2008 9:42 AM
LindsayLuu said...
I am so glad that I have restored your faith in humanity, or at least of those of us who sell yarn :)
February 29, 2008 10:12 AM


Liz said...

Crystal Palace - Panda Cotton has the Mardi Gras color available it's number #9667.

Kristin Whitehead said...

I absolutely LOVE this post. My dad is from NOLA so I searched for "Mardi Gras yarn". When I came up with stuff that had bright pink I thought "WTF??" can they call that "Mardi Gras" colors? I am a crocheter and was wanting to stitch up some cute hats in the traditional purple-green-gold colorway. i just have to say, this is great...LOL.

Doctor Knitter said...

Hahahaa. Glad you got a kick out of it. Stay tuned next week for the next installation of MG yarn abominations...AND suggestions :-)