Summer started yesterday, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, which means we are into Hurricane Season (which runs 1 June through 30 November). If you’ve followed my journey over the last 15+ years, you know I am not a big fan of summer weather. I hope wherever you are that you are able to take time off, go traveling, or whatever gives you pleasure.
As for me, I noticed yesterday that I was able to start and finish a dye session while it was still daylight — it has taken longer than I expected, but my stamina is slowly returning after last year’s surgeries and health concerns, so that’s a good thing.
And, speaking of yesterday’s dyeing, I am particularly tickled with what came out.
I was able to get a few cones* of Phydlbitz Sock (my supplier had been out for quite a while), so I did up my usual 24 skeins. Most of these were done with leftover dyes from last week’s session, although I did need to mix up two more jars of new dyes. Most of the leftover dyes were blends, which I then blended and reblended in new ways. Some of them (like the Twinset #520-521) was were done with a single jar of blended-and-reblended color, so that as the dye set, it separated on the yarn as it was steaming, creating its own unique bleeding variation. On the Twinset #522-523 there were originally assorted blues and reds that got mixed into a deep rich burgundy, but in the steamer some of the blue spread out creating an interesting blue halo sort of effect. In fact most of the sprinkle/splatter dye jobs have a halo of color spreading around.
* As I mentioned last week, I would like to stock up on cones of the Phydlbitz Sock yarn base, but I don’t have the funds to get all that I want right away, so I’m offering an opportunity to buy one or more cones to build my working inventory. In return you will get 3 skeins per each cone purchased, without worrying about price increases, and you’ll get your 3 skeins with free shipping within the U.S. At the current price, 3 skeins would cost $81.00 plus shipping, so $75 is a pretty good deal. And you can claim your 3 skeins either as Blog Reader Specials, or use them to request a custom dye job, or give them as gifts during the holiday season or any other time; I’m happy to ship to your gift recipient. This offer is good through the end of this week.
Twinset #516-517 was done with segmented sprinkling of four different colors, from yellow to orange to red to purple. Similar red and orange colors were used for Twinset #524-525, but the darkest color is a different dark navy-purple as was used on #510-511.
To my eye, Twinset #530-531 is most interesting — it was a DumpDye of the blues, yellows, and orange, creating an interesting green, but when you see it close-up, you’ll see tiny specks of Sky Blue. Seen from a distance after knitting, it will read as just a pleasant green, but viewed closely you’ll see those tiny flecks.
If you want a better view or closer picture of a particular Twinset, please let me know. I’m happy to photograph individual Twinsets off the rack until they are reskeined and labeled for presentation.
These are all Phydlbitz Sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each and are $27.00 each.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You don’t have to take both skeins of a Twinset. These will be ready to ship on or before Thursday.
Rack 1: 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519,
522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533