edit to add: All of the yarns not claimed from the racks shown below have been reskeined, individually photographed and posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. Here are the group shots of the unclaimed yarns:
Here in the U.S. this coming Thursday is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a time to share a plentiful meal with friends and family, and to show gratitude for all that you have in your life, however much or little it may be. We’ve all had our struggles this year, but we are here and we have each other. In whatever way you observe the day, I want to give thanks to you for making this a great year. Besides buying the product of my dyeing efforts, many of you have reached out to share with me in other ways. Your friendship and patronage have encouraged me and help me continue this adventure. So, truly — I Thank you!
It’s probably not a big deal to anyone else, but in 2018 (my best year up to that time), my BRS roster showed I did 1202 skeins that year — averaging about 100 skeins a month, which was my goal. Toward the end of 2019 my health started going downhill and I only show 904 skeins. I started 2020 with the Big Surgery and ended the year with a smaller surgery, so with recovery times I managed to do less than 400 skeins. for the year. And, of course, this year I started in recovery mode, plus some weather interruptions, so I am tickled that I’ve dyed this many (1002 as of today). I should be in the 1100 series by now, but I’ll accept being in the 1000s, and hope be into the 1100s to finish this year. So, I’m mildly excited to see tangible evidence I am getting better. 🙂
Anyway, I had some custom dyes to do on Friday, and then yesterday dyed up a bundle for you to view as BRS this week. These are all Phydlbitz II sock yarn (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each).
They always say “stick to what you know, do what you do best.” I tried for years to get solid color dye jobs, but invariably there were undyed sections and other disapointments. Fairly recently I discovered a way to dye solid colors, which fairly well tickled me, but I subsequently found that the colors were “flat.” I find flat colors to be boring, so I probably won’t be doing that any more; better I should stick with my layering techniques. That’s what my customers seem like and that’s what I do acceptably well.
After all, the big commercial dyers can manage the solid colors just fine and I don’t need to try competing there. The big commercial dyers can’t create one or two skeins on demand — they set their colors months in advance and create thousands of identical skeins. I think I would shrivel up and die having to make even one hundred identical skeins, never mind thousands.
The most notable Twinset this week is #982-983 — It started as a purple fade, but it wasn’t “fading” enough for my liking. I deepened the darker end, but I couldn’t lighten the other end, so I gave it some black freckles. I also added freckles to some of the other Twinsets, and #996-997 is just black freckles. 🙂
Solo #1002 is a true Blog Reader Special — It’s a leftover DumpDye from a custom job during the week.
Today’s yarns aren’t layered to be visual solids but they all have more than one color or dye involved in all of them.
Phydlbitz are normally $27.00 each, but for Sunday and Monday, you can claim any skeins of this week’s collection (#976 – 1002) at Preview Pricing for just $25.00. And by way of giving thanks to you for sticking with me through thick and thin over the years, when you claim any two or more on Sunday or Monday, I’ll give you free shipping as well.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selections. I’ll mark your request off on the Available Yarns tally shown below, then send your PayPal invoice. Looking at the weather ahead, we may have rain this afternoon, but it looks good for Monday and Tuesday, so I expect to be able to get these into the mail on Wednesday, since Thursday is a mail holiday.
There is no obligation to take both skeins of a Twinset, just take the ones you want. I have altered the pricing on the Blog Reader Specials page with a discount on Twinsets, but even there you don’t have to take both skeins of a pair.