So, I hope this finds everyone well and healthy.
There was a Cat 1 Hurricane that came through the area on Monday, and now they’re calling it Post-Tropical Cyclone Nicholas as the winds continue to linger and wobble around up through the middle of Louisiana. What a strange little storm, indeed. Power was out in parts of Houston, along with trees and fences blown down. At my own home, just loads of leaves and little twigs, thank goodness, but I’ve heard on the neighborhood group on Facebook that some parts of my general neighborhood are still without power.
The good news is that one of the local chief meteorologists said Houston hasn’t had a major storm after October 3, which is quickly approaching. Actual “hurricane season” runs until November 30, but for the Houston area I don’t think we’ll see another big storm this year. I also learned this year that Louisiana gets the most of the nasty Gulf storms because it has the longest south-facing coast on the Gulf of Mexico. Every year I learn new little tidbits of information.
But now onward to this week’s wonderful yarns! I have enough of the Phydlbitz II to make three more regular BRS batches, but I was going through some of the storage bins and found three new cones of Luxury Fingering that I had forgotten about: 85% 19.5-micron Merino / 25% Mulberry Silk, coming in at 550 yards each. I don’t know if these would be a heavy lace or a light fingering, but they do feel lovely. These were only 2-pound cones, so they were perfect for a weekend batch of Blog Reader Specials.
Because this type of yarn is great for lacework or textured knitting, I tried as much as I could to create solid or nearly solid colors, unlike my normal mode of mostly combining colors along the strand. You should be able to work your finest hand-work and not have a jumble of colors fighting for attention against your stitches.
I did combine dyes for most of these, but these were all dip-dyed, so the combined colors were blended in the dye bath before applying to the yarn. On some (like #806-807 or 816-817) it is clear that the dyes broke or separated once they hit the yarn. Twinset #820-821 look like an olive-and-gold, with the olive applied as an over-dye, but all the Twinsets were done with single-dips into the dye bath, no over-dyes. Since this is not superwash yarn, it was easier for colors to migrate around a bit.
I did not use any black or gray at all in this palette of colors. Twinset #828-829 is a double-strength Ecru with a tiny smidgeon of brown to bring out the color better. #818-819 is a medium navy with a bit of purple mixed in, so it seems (to my eye, anyway) like a sort of dark violet. #826-827 was Aztec Gold with a smidgeon of brown added to it, if I remember correctly.
All of these Luxury Fingering will be $30.00 after this preview weekend, but for Saturday and Sunday, you can have any of this new collection for $27.50 each.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered requests. I expect to have these all ready to ship on or before Wednesday.
Although they are dyed as Twinsets, you do not need to take both skeins of a pair. Feel free to mix-and-match — with several neutrals, you could make a lovely ‘fade’ type shawl, for example, or a two-tone contrasting entrelac scarf. Or use just one skein to make a fancy lace-top pair of socks.
806, 807, 808, 809, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817
818, 819, 820, 821, 822, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827, 828, 829