Trivia This Week – All Your Base (Q3 #7)

Anyone else nerdy and old enough to get the title reference? No? Just me? Anywho… Your trivia question last week was a little more math, “How many different yarn bases do we have in the store (excluding specialty products like Sock Bites or bundles)?”

You all surprised us, as you so often do, by coming up with several different (completely valid!) interpretations of what constitutes a different yarn base – I can’t tell you how often we tweet a new question and an hour later see someone posting on Ravelry with an extremely well thought out but far trickier answer than we were imagining!

dsc_0219_4Based on our original intentions and your dedicated riddling, we decided to award credit to  two possible correct answers this week – 134 and 130, the latter accounting for the four base yarns we offer in multiple dyeing styles, which are ordered, stocked and counted by our vendors as separate bases even though they are, in fact, the exact same base. (Don’t you love it when we’re all right?)

Considering that we started out with just about 20 yarn bases, 134 sounds like a lot, but, honestly, it doesn’t sound like such a huge increase over 7 years, right? But when you break it down by colors, we have more than 9,000 different combinations of colors and bases currently being sold in the shop, a truly mind-boggling number. We’ve already filled up the entire front portion of the “huge” retail space we moved to in 2012, and there’s more in the warehouse.

Everyone who submitted the correct answer has been credited and e-mailed to confirm. If you believe you submitted the correct answer and did not receive an e-mail, please let us know so we can take care of you. Look for a new trivia question for this week on Twitter!

P.S. If you’re interested, the four yarn bases that are dyed as multiple bases are: Juniper Moon Farm Findley and Findley Dappled, Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton and Multi-Cotton, Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica Solids and Multis, Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 and Solids.

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