I tried something slightly different this week …
But first, it has been a year (and two days) since I went into surgery to have my aorta replaced. The miracle of modern medicine, eh? A year ago today I was still connected to monitors with a variety of tubes going into and out of my body at various places. Suffice it to say that is not an experience I wish to repeat.
I am much better now on several levels, due in no small part to the encouragement and support of Knitivity fans, friends, and supporters. I’ve made it a year and I thank you for that.
Now, onward to this week’s experiment.
I was waffling between doing another set of yarns with the Melted Crayon technique that I used a couple weeks ago, but was also encouraged that all of the nearly-solids from last week were snatched up almost immediately. And then I thought, “What if I do Melted Crayon Twinsets, but then also made coordinating Cold-Dip solids to go with them? How might that work for a striped scarf or sweater?”
I am more pleased with some than with others, but fortunately all of this week’s Phydlbitz Sock Twinsets are fine on their own even if you don’t want to combine a mottled with a solid.
These are all done on Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and all dyed as Twinsets. As always, there’s no obligation to take a Twinset, if you only need one.
Normally I try to arrange the display racks so that each Twinset is somewhat contrasted with its neighbors. This time I have tried to arrange the racks to show the Melted Crayon yarns next to their intended coordinating Cold-Dip solids. Clearly, some worked out better than others. 🙂
The last two Twinsets (#93-94 and 95-96) were not intended to coordinate, but were the end of the session and both of those Twinsets are what I call Dump-Dyes, and using the Cold-Dip method. Dump-dyeing is when I use up all the remaining dyes at the end of a dyeing session.
The #75-76 Twinset was a Cold-Dip mix of the purple and leaf green used on #73-74 and I’m not sure how well they coordinate. I was struck by how the Cold-Dip Twinset #91-92 (intended to coordinate with #89-90) somehow manage to ‘break’ and shows spans of fuchsia and leaf green rather than mixing more solidly as some of the others did.
As you know I don’t follow color recipes much, but like to play “What if…..” with my colors. Always an experiment, and usually they turn out well. At least I think so.
Because of how the dyes were mixed and applied, it will be impossible for me to duplicate any of these. BUT…. if you have a combination of colors (3 or 4, minimum) you’d like to see in your own Melted Crayon combination, just let me know. I’d be happy to dye a custom Twinset for you; minimum of two skeins for custom orders, but if you need more I would do them all at the same time to ensure color compatibility across your project.
Or, if you just want to suggest a combination for me to try as Blog Reader Specials, feel free to make suggestions. Always happy to try a challenge.
To claim the ones you want just send me an email with your numbered requests. Each skein of Phydlbitz Sock is $27.00, and will be reskeined and put up in twisted hanks with proper labels before shipping.
Because we’re in a wet spell it will take a couple extra days for the yarns to air dry, but I expect to ship on or before Wednesday, January 27. In fact, I had to rush the yarns outside for pictures and then get the yarns into the fan room to continue drying, as we’re supposed to have drizzly wet off-and-on the next few days.
All of the yarns not claimed from the drying racks have now been photographed and posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. Click through to see which ones remain available at the time of your visit.