I set out to do the regular collection of 24 Phydlbitz Sock. One Twinset was bleeding horribly, and another Twinset was just horrible and not even really matching. The bleedy pair is getting another run through an acid bath, hopefully to capture any excess dyes. The horrible pair is going to be held back for overdyeing in the next batch.
So, there are 10 Twinsets this week instead of the normal 12. Or 20 skeins instead of 24. 🙂
As always, there is never an obligation to take both skeins of a Twinset if you don’t want both. I dye two at a time partly as a convenience to me — I can get more done in less time, and my body isn’t getting any younger — but also so that knitters have two compatible skeins for larger-than-sock projects. I do, of course, always recommend knitting a Twinset by alternating skeins/balls every couple of rows. This helps to minimize or even eliminate pooling, and helps to conceal any “new ball of yarn” change in the overall fabric. Two skeins are dyed together with the same dyes in the same pouch to ensure color compatibility.
This week’s collection seems to have been a sort of comedy of errors, minor as they were. At one point the skein winder simply stopped counting, so I had to manually unwind each skein that had been pulled and rewind them back onto their cones, and then adjust the winder (technical term: “jiggle it around a little”) to make it start counting.
Then last night after dyeing the first batch I was very much tired and set it all aside until this morning, when I dyed the second batch after a trek to the market for some essentials. And, of course, having put my bananas and canned fruits into my basket, I promptly forget to get more working gloves. BOTH pairs of my Playtex Living Gloves had gotten holes, leading to oddly stained fingers after a dye session, so I meant to get more. UGH. Thankfully I found a pair of some other brand I bought long ago and never used, and I was able to dye this afternoon without staining my middle finger (which is where the gloves had torn).
Then having finished the dyeing, steaming, cooling, washing, and rinsing…. and rinsing…. and rinsing ….. I pulled out the bleeding Twinset for another acid bath and proceeded to rinse again the rest of the yarns, and they seemed to be okay so they went out to start drying. In the brisk afternoon breeze. I was afraid the sun would continuing casting tree shadows across the yarns, but a cloud cover moved in and I was able to get fairly decent pictures for you. 🙂
Here they are, 20 skeins of Phydlbitz Sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each. These will be processed over the weekend, and will be ready to ship on or before Tuesday. For Saturday and Sunday, they are $25.00 each. Once they move to the Blog Reader Specials page, they’ll be the regular $27.00 each.
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