Monday, April 18, 2011

Feature Colorway--Goldrush

Goldrush on the dye table
Goldrush drying

One of the fun things we do every year is name our Colorways.  The newest colors are released soon but I thought you would enjoy hearing our naming "logic"!!  We try to choose names that reflect where we live.  Montana; the mountains, woodland, prairie, or valley; local geographic features, local flowers and plants; and the history of our area.  We use all of these as inspiration. 

Mining for gold, copper and silver have greatly influenced our state.  There are ghost towns where mining used to happen and there are still active mines near towns like Butte and Anaconda. Known as the "Richest Hill on Earth" Butte produced more mineral wealth than any other mining district in the world up to the middle of the 20th century. We chose the name Goldrush as a way to remember all the hundreds of thousands of people who came to Montana in the late 19th century to work in the mines, supply the miners, or entertain the miners. 

So next time you pick up a skein of our yarn in Goldrush remember the brave folks who came from all around the world to settle in the remote state of Montana.

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