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Well, I showed the previous post on Facebook and several people suggested I should move forward with the plan to make a set of mini-hanks, even though I was disappointed the colors didn’t come out to match the bird that I was going for.
So… what we have is this — three sets of 6 mini-hanks of Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon), with 140+ yards in each minihank, for a total of 840 yards in each set of 6 minihanks, as shown in the first picture. These are $52.00 each, plus s/h.
In the second picture I have shown all three sets, arranged in various ways to show off how the colors might interact with each other. There is also a small (1.7oz) bundle of the leftovers taken after pulling the 140+ yard hanks — the smallest of these is about 20 yards, some may be 30 yards. This bundle of butterfly bobbins is $10.00 including shipping. Leftover bundle has been claimed!
To claim yours, send me an email and ask for the Banded Broadbill mini-hank set. They’ll come with a Blog Reader Specials number, of course, but for these three I’m not indicating numbers — they’re virtually identical, as I dyed full sized hanks and then broken them into mini-hanks. The one with the pinks in it was dyed black, blackened purple, blackened blue, fuchsia, and pink, with a 72-inch repeat.
Well….. I thought I was doing it the right way, that bird I showed yesterday. I made six hanks, to be divided into 3 sets of 6 mini-hanks, using the colors of the bird. I combined all the yellows/golds into a gradient, and the turquoise is from the bill. And there’s a solid black at the left end. The others were attempts at combinations of the blackened purple, blackened blue, as well as the fuchsia and pinks with the gradient black purple blue.
I still need to break these down into minis of about 140 yards each and then assemble them into sets before I can photo them for sale.
I fixed the problem with the shawl project, and moved forward to re-establish the pattern sequence. So… YAY for Ray.
Last night the new yarns arrived — Phydlbitz Sock and a new-to-me yarn — a blend of 45% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino, and 15% Cultivated Silk, a luxury sport weight yarn offering ~245 yards per 4oz skein.
Today, I’m going to be pulling hanks to make sets! I saw this image being shared on Facebook, with the caption “Banded Broadbill in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand. Photo by Carl-Johan Svensson”.
There are many colors involved here. My first inclination was to make a variegated yarn with all the colors, but (as Jill suggested) I think I’ll go with sets of quarter-length hanks. Some of the colors are clearly distinct, but others are gradient fades. I’m not sure (yet) how I will divide the dyes, or even whether I will make different length minis in proportion to the colors on the bird, or just go with equal length minis.
Anyway, that’s all I will (likely) be dyeing today, in order to keep this separate from the regular Phydlbitz collection that I can do tomorrow. If there is enough time this afternoon, I may do the regular Phydlbitz later today as well.
And next week I get to do the new luxury sport wt. yarn.
Well, dammit! So, I’m knitting along, feeling all smug and everything, and notice this humongous eyelet on the right side of center. Since I’m not sure where the error occurred, I’m going to rip it back to the middle green round (yellow above it, black below it). When I rip out those dozen or so rows, I’m not going to worry about keep the yarns. I mean, they’ve already been cut and I truly do not care if I toss out a few yards of a few colors. That blue is still connect to the ball, as is the grey, but I can toss the cut part of the white and orange.
But on the plus side, I have my sequence laid out to make a simple eyelet pattern to break up the monotony of the striping. And I have a few other ideas for farther up the shawl. 🙂