The Fall Equinox occurred on Tuesday, and today Houston is enjoying a nearly perfect autumn day – low- to mid-80s, light breeze, low humidity. I hope everyone else is having a good day as well.
Yesterday I had a wild thought in my head about how to dye this week’s collection. And, as so often happens, the dyes must have been asleep during our planning conference because they just did their own thing. I’m not entirely disappointed, though; there were some stunning yarns coming out of their steaming pouches, a few looked almost like marbling. Once washed, rinsed, and spun out in the machine, they weren’t quite as impressive (yarn always looks better fully wet), but they’re still pretty, and I will do that technique again.
There were also a couple “oopsie” Twinsets. For as long as I have been doing this, you would think I should remember than when doing a technique that involves actually touching the yarn with a multi-color dye process, that I would remember to rinse my gloved hands EVERY time before touching a different section of the yarns. Thankfully, and mostly because I work each week with a limited palette of colors, I was able to repeat the mistake and make it look like I did it on purpose. A useful skill to have. So is the ability to laugh at myself when I make mistake. Some of you may recall that “Blog Reader Specials” were born out of a need to market mistakes and experiments that occurred while dyeing custom skeins. Now nearly all I do is Blog Reader Specials and I am free to play all the time. More fun, less stress. Win-win. 🙂
I may go out later when the yarns have full direct sunlight; I don’t know if it is the daylight or the camera but some of these don’t look as bright as in real life. Or it could just be my monitor. No matter — if you need to see a Twinset laid out in better or different light, feel free to ask. I do try to make the pictures as accurate as I can.
The last Twinset is truly a “Dump Dye”, where I combined all the leftover dyes into the dye bath where I gave the yarns a double dip to take up as much dye as they could. When appropriate, I have rotated one skein of a pair so you can see the color distribution of both; #834-835 are a two-tone half-and-half; #840-841 is a two-tone fade; #844-845 is a mix of various bands of browns, pinks, reds, and light blues; #846-847 is a straight sprinkle with purple; #850-851 is a straight sprinkle in light blue; #848-849 is mostly deep pink with a deep brown tone across the center of the skein at around 36-inch centers.
These are all Phydlbitz II sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and are $27.00 each. They will be reskeined and labeled before shipping, and I expect to have these ready to ship on or before Tuesday.
Preview Pricing: If you claim any of this new collection (#830 – 853) on Saturday or Sunday, you may have each skein for $25.00 each.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selections.
Note: I took some daylight/sunshine pictures this afternoon; they are included here below each of the morning photos that show individual numbers. I didn’t want to simply swap out pictures.
Edit: All the yarns not claimed during the Preview Pricing period have been reskeined, labeled and posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. Click through to see which yarns are available at the time of your visit.
Rack 1 – Daylight/Sunshine photo – Click to enlarge
Rack 2 – Daylight/Sunshine photo – Click to enlarge