Today is 100 Days into 2021! Not counting the horrid Winter Freeze in February, and a bunch of other this-and-that, it’s becoming a pretty good year. But I won’t count my chickens before I cross them. Or something like that.
Thursday evening I went to bed wondering how I would dye this week’s yarns the next day. Usually I like to pull colors out and play “What if…” as I mix and experiment to see what happens, but I went to bed just not ‘feeling it.’ I woke yesterday morning with a plan in mind, sort of. Because of techniques I’ve been using lately I was thinking I could do fades without any purely undyed portions, as I’d produced in years past; even the palest tips of the hank would have the faintest hint of color.
Nearly all of this week’s yarns were done with blended dyes using a fade technique. Even though I blended the dyes with boiling water to dissolve everything, some of them ended up separating on the yarns anyway. It probably won’t be noticeable in the end, but I noticed it as I was hanging the yarns out to dry. I did the first batch with the first set of blended colors, and then for the second batch I combined the dyes leftover from the first batch and mixed up a few additional jars.
From the blended and reblended dyes, I was able to create two Dump Dyes this week — a rich rust color (#310-311) and a sort of colonial blue or cadet blue (#312-313). I just Googled both of those colors and both have a variety of images showing lots of variations under those names. As for the others, #290-291 is definitely Midnight Green Fade (a darkened version of Knitivity Green #1), and then #300-301 is a lighter saturation of the same dye jar as an Avocado Fade. There is also a Teal Fade (#296-297) and a Turquoise Fade (#306-307). These four (Midnight Green, Avocado, Teal, and Turquoise) I can reproduce fairly accurately. The rest are mixed blends.
All of these are Phydlbitz Sock and were all dyed as Twinsets. I think in the future I won’t do Fades as Twinsets, as getting both hanks to fade in equal amounts is more difficult than I remember it being. As always, of course, there is no obligation to claim both hanks of a Twinset; I dye Twinsets as a way to ensure color compatibility for larger-than-socks projects. they aren’t always exactly identical because of the process, so if you use both hanks I recommend alternating yarns every few rows to avoid unwanted pooling and to smooth out any differences between the hanks as you knit.
All of these will be ready to ship on or before Wednesday; normally Phydlbitz Sock is $27.00, but this new collection (#290 – 313) is available today and tomorrow with a preview pricing discount at $25.00 each.
To claim the ones you want, send me an email indicating your numbered selections. I will mark them off on the tally just below as your request is received; I try to respond quickly, but if I’m away from work for a bit I will honor the requests based on their email time stamp in the order received.
All the yarns not claimed below have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; click through to see all the available yarns at the time of your visit.