In the previous post I promised I’d be introducing the new (to me) lines one at a time. This one, I am calling Tropic Sock, but I may rename it later. It is 60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% …Continue reading →
Wheee! You know it’s a good sign when he doesn’t park at the street, but backs the truck in!
and leaves a couple of LARGE boxes on the ramp for me. He was going to take them to the door, but I told him to leave it outside for me to unpack. You’ll notice two of my three helpers just lying off to the side being lazy!
Got it all unpacked and the packing list checked….
I put away the yarns I’ve used before (I already have separate bins for most of those), and then these are the 6 yarns I’ve not tried before:
Two of them are bundles of 10 skeins each, the others have 8-10 skeins per cone. I will be introducing them one at a time over the next week or so. The ones that get the most interest will be the ones I will likely re-order next time. 🙂
Today I will be dyeing “Tropic Sock” (which may be renamed if I keep it) — 60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon — a fingering/sock yarn at about 430 yards apiece. Because it is a sock yarn, I will be doubling up and dyeing them with Phydlbitz as if they are a Twinset — one of each type dyed together in the same pouch. This way I can readily compare how the yarns compare. We are supposed to be having thunderstorms starting this afternoon, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to show them on the rack or not, much as I would like to. But there will definitely be some Blog Reader Specials to start looking over before the weekend is out. 🙂
Okay, so I’ve been working on this shawl pattern, using the new (as yet not-officially-named) fingering yarn, 80% superwash Merino/20% Silk, 430 yards.
A client asked for “Dusty Rose” and it took 3 tries to get it ‘dusty’ enough. The first two were nearly alike, one only slightly more saturated than the other, but neither was right for the client. So I kept these aside for myself to see how they work up.
I started with a familiar and simple pattern: My Boxy-Boxes shawl from several years ago (originally done in sock yarn):
and I just now realized on the original that the big squares are 5 boxes wide and tall, and I’m doing this current one with squares just 3 boxes wide and tall. Oh well, whatever.
I started the shawl with the light of the two rose balls, realizing that when I run out and tried to change balls there would be a clear difference. So when I near the end of this ball, I will end the current direction of my work, and use a contrast color around the bottom portions.
I took the second rose ball and over dyed it with electric purple (you can see a hint of the rose in the picture), and also dyed a sky blue and a teal. And I’m not sure I like any of my options, but I’m going to leave this here and see which ones you think would work — the purple, the blue, or the teal? Or some combination of them? Keep in mind the contrast color will form the bottom “V” border, and perhaps a row or two across the top. And I will be using a different stitch pattern, yet to be determined.
Or should I just go back to the drawing board and dye up another ball or two of really richly saturated Dusty Rose to make the border just a darker shade of the main field color?
The first pic is the flash, the second shot is overcast daylight without flash.
The knitted blank that I dyed yesterday is fully dried. I laid it out on the ramp again, tried to spread it wide, but it’s all stockinette and wasn’t behaving. Anyway, here it is: It is definitely not what …Continue reading →
Awrighty, then! I woke this morning around 2:00 (eeek!), and tried valiantly yet unsuccesfully to return to sleep. So I did what anyone would do — I ordered over $300 in assorted dyes to replenish my supply, and almost …Continue reading →