edit: The yarns not claimed during the Preview Pricing period down below have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. This is a group shot of those unclaimed.
I hope everyone is doing well. I’m nearing the end of overlapping dye processes, between my weekly Blog Reader Specials and some custom dye jobs. I’ll be finishing all of these this week and jump right into next weekend’s collection; once I complete next weekend’s BRS cycle, I’ll be able to take a breather for a day or two, maybe do some yard work or something if the weather is tolerable.
A fun change of pace to have a different yarn base for you this week! As much as I enjoy dyeing Phydlbitz Sock, and it will be my primary yarn base as long as it is available, it is fun to do something different. Today’s collection is all Superwash Merino worsted wt, Normally I pull hanks of this base from cones, but my supplier recently started offering it on pre-wound hanks at ~115 grams, so these will have some extra yardage beyond my normal 4-ounce/113-gram hanks. I’ve not heard anyone complain for a little surprise yardage. I label yarns based on the yards-per-pound that my supplier lists, and I will still label these at 4oz/210 yards.
Side note: I was born and raised with imperial weights and measures, and I am learning to work with the metric system like the rest of the world, but it confounds me when the supplier or various manufacturings mix imperial and metric. That is, don’t sell me yarn at yards-per-pound pricing and then offer hanks in grams. Sure, it’s a minor quibble, but still I’d like to see them pick one system or the other and be consistent across the board with it. Okay, rant over.
Sock yarn, and sometimes sport weight yarns are easier to do as Twinsets, but for the way I dye the yarns, I get less satisfactory results with doing worsted weight yarns as Twinsets, so I do them one at a time. Thus, all of this week’s Blog Reader Special collection were dyed individually. Not a single Twinset in sight here. All of them have at least 2 dyes on them, and they were all triple-dipped or more to get the layering right. While there are no identical hanks, I used a very limited palette across the whole collection, so it should be easy to find two or more compatible and/or contrasting yarns for some wondering two-skein projects.
I would also add that because of the two-tone coloring on most of them, these would work up into scarves or shawls with very simple mini-Old-Shale or mini-chevron stitch patterns to easily highlight the changing colors without plain boring striped effects. I’m a firm believer in letting the yarn do most of the work of making fabulous projects. A simple standard Old Shale uses an 18-stitch repeat, but an interesting effect could be created with a 12-stitch repeat — i.e., K2tog twice, then [YO, K1] 4 times, instead of the normal K2tog 3x and then [YO, K1] 6x pattern sequence.
Each of these will be $27.00 when they are moved to the Blog Reader Specials page.
To claim the ones you want, just email me with your numbered selections. I will mark them off on the Available Yarns tally chart shown below, so you can see which ones are already claimed.
I expect to ship on or before Thursday, when all of the BRS and custom yarns have been fully processed, reskeined, labeled and prepared for shipping and/or posting to the BRS page.
Normally I do 24 skeins for a BRS collection, but this week there are only 22 skeins. However, I also have some of the SW Merino worsted wt., as well as some extra Phydlbitz Sock, that were done in preparation for the custom jobs, so these extras will also be joining the BRS page later this week.
Rack 1: 139, 140,
141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149
Rack 2: 150, 151, 152,
153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160