Human behaviour fascinates me, particularly human consumer behaviour. I just watched a yarn site sell $15,000USD of yarn in four minutes. I then watched people get on a ravelry board and boast they'd 'won' some. There was someone up at 2 am and was devastated she'd 'missed out'. Someone said 'I didn't get any this time. But it was a good experience for next time' (that one really stupedfied me.)
So, in the interest of human behavioural research, I am going to conduct a very rudimentary consumer behaviour experiment. Right here, right now.
I'd ask you first to clear your mind of any predetermined knowledge you may or may not have about independent yarn dyers products or labels. Any predetermined knowledge present in your mind will skew the results of my experiment. Thank you.
No googling until after you've done the test.
Please examine the following pictures:
There are two skeins of identical silk/merino yarn in the above photo. One was coloured by the talented colourist Sundara. The other was coloured in knitabulous' sink by knitabulous.
There are two skeins of silk lace in the above photo. One of them was coloured by the incredible Madeline Tosh. The other by knitabulous. Knitabulous was completely unaware of Madeline Tosh's colourway when dyeing her own yarn.
There are two skeins of silk lace in the above photo. One of them was coloured by Claudia's handpainted yarns, the other by knitabulous.
I'd be interested to see, in the absence of labels, which of the two yarns people liked more. Or whether people could really tell which was a professional colourist's work and which was slapped out of my sink.
Because, taste in colour is personal, it's discretionary, and is blind to labels. Taste in yarn, on the other hand, isn't.
If you feel like humouring me, put your answers in the comments.
(and it isn't any secret which yarn is which - you should be able to do it in a few clicks if you're interested)