What's New - Babette vs. Wild Iris

We don't talk a lot about exactly how the dye magic happens here at Miss Babs (hey, we have to have some secrets!) but today we're going to go into a little bit of a deeper explanation to introduce a new category you'll see on the website and on skeins of yarn: Wild Irises.

Wild Iris yarns

First, here's a little information about the two basic types of colorways we create. Our monochrome (solid) colors are dyed in a controlled way to help ensure consistency across skeins and from batch to batch. Our Babettes (variegated colorways) are dyed using a method that creates artistic variability from skein to skein and batch to batch. Babs uses the same color of dyes for each batch of a colorway but things can affect the appearance from batch to batch and skein to skein. The placement of colors can vary, and factors such as the temperature of the yarn, outside temperature (winter versus summer), and the yarn base can impact how the colors are taken up in the yarn. 

We didn't expect that our Babette colorways would achieve the popularity that they have, and we also perhaps didn't expect that we'd end up with so many repeatable variegated colorways. There are now dozens of repeatable Babettes

We'll be keeping the pink "Babette" stickers and labels on our repeatable, but variable, colorways like Biker Chick, Zombie Prom, and Berlin. These colorways are featured with representative photos on the website, but the yarn you receive may differ slightly.

But not every colorway can be repeatable. It is so important for Babs to keep fresh creativity in the dyeing process. There will always be new and unique colors, both monochromatic and variegated. Some we will plan to keep in the regular rotation of dyeing and some will come and go.

However, we recognize that this can be confusing and even frustrating when you're trying to plan a project or pick out yarn on the site. In the hopes of making the selection process a bit simpler, we've added a third category to help describe and differentiate our colorways: Wild Irises.

Yarn Labels with stickers

We are now labeling our non-repeatable colorways with a new purple sticker that reads "Wild Iris". (It also has "not repeatable" on it). In the above photo, left to right, Coffee Break is a (repeatable) Babette and has a pink sticker; Lipstick is a Wild Iris and has a purple sticker; and Slate is a monochrome colorway, no sticker required.

Additionally, if a skein from a batch of a repeatable Babette like Perfectly Wreckless is wildly atypical - if it turns out too dark, too light, or somehow missing some colors, we'll give it a different name (a person's given name) and a Wild Iris sticker as well.

We're adding graphics to the site to reflect this, and changing the wording on the product pages to be more specific that these colorways are unique. 

We hope this helps you choose the right yarn for you!

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KB

It never occurred to me that air temperature would affect the color! Regardless of how you classify them, I’ll continue to call your Yowza colorways amazing, fabulous, wonderful, the greatest thing since sliced bread….

Constance

Say what? Maybe it’s too late at night…

Andrea

Beautiful explanation. Beautiful yarn. Thank you so much for all you do for the fiber community.

Mary Tole

Thanks for the explanation, It helped me understand somethings I didn’t know before and I think by adding the Wild Iris label it helps even more.

Sayra

I am so confused! Better have used words like OOAK, UNIQUE, and BASIC.

I will have to really focus, and understand this new language.

Syd T

Wonderful system! Thank you.

Mary Jo

Love all of it! But I admit to a big pull to the wild ones… ;)

Mary

Thanks for the explanation AND for the wonderful color combinations and delightful names. The hard part is choosing. I anxiously look forward to more creativity.

Dana L

Thanks! While I appreciate the explanation, I have to say — I have never been disappointed with my yarn selections! As for your colors online – your photography is great – it is truer than any yarn on any site. My only problem? Remembering the project I purchased the yarn for? Thanks again for my beautiful shawls, sweaters and hours of knitting.

Michele

Thank you!-I was always hesitant to start a project with a Babette for fear of running out and not being able to get more. This will be a great help!

Marlicia

Thank you very much for the information. I love your yarn and this will be helpful in future purchases. I hope to see you at MSW again this year. :)

God bless…

Sharon W

Many thanks, as a newcomer to Miss Babs, I was confused by the stickers and their names. This was quite helpful. I read that you will be at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in May. I will stop by to get a close look at your lovely yarns. Then, when I order, I will have a better idea of your lovely’s.

Sharon W

Many thanks, as a newcomer to Miss Babs, I was confused by the stickers and their names. This was quite helpful. I read that you will be at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in May. I will stop by to get a close look at your lovely yarns. Then, when I order, I will have a better idea of your lovely’s.

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