Update: 11May2022 – All the yarns that were not claimed during the preview period have been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page in individual Twinset photos. Here is the group shot of the unclaimed yarns:
Happy Sunday! I hope this finds you well and happy.
Recently I have been waffling about looking at pictures of dye jobs I’ve done over the years. I decided I would try some of them again, after I found my “recipe book” with my earliest dye recipes for named colorways. I can’t recreate the original colorways because I have changed my dye techniques over the years (the natural evolution that comes from years of experience), but since I still had the dye names and percentages I thought I could try using the recipes with my newest techniques.
It just occurs to me as I’m writing this that “old school colors” might be misinterpreted. I mean “old school” as in the colors I used to make, and not old “school colors” to celebrate your alma mater. But, as it happens, I was recently informed that this coming October is my 50th high school reunion (eeek! Fifty Years!), so maybe I should do a set of favorite School Colors. For the record, my high school colors were Olive & Gold. What were yours?
One colorway in particular that has always appealed to me was the “Patina” colorway. So I mixed up the colors in my current methods and created Twinsets #391-391, 399-400, and 409-410. Twinset #391-391 was at the original color saturation levels, #409-410 was at half-saturation, and #399-400 was a segmented dip-dye, but all three Twinsets are the exact same five dyes just used in different ways. As a point of interest, the only difference between “Patina” and “Mother-of-Pearl” is that one dye is swapped for another, and all five dyes are about 1/8th or 1/4th the solution used on “Patina” so they create a much, much lighter color. I might do “Mother-of-Pearl” next week, although that colorway always looked better on the Primo Lace (a lovely Merino/Silk blend), which is no longer available anywhere, sadly.Most of the other Twinsets need no special explanation; the colors seem true on my monitor, but if you need clarification I’m happy to take more pictures of a particular Twinset, perhaps in direct sunlight this afternoon.
These are all on Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and will be $27.50 each on the Blog Reader Specials page. For Sunday and Monday, however, these are available at Preview Pricing for just $25.50 each.
As always, you are welcome to break up a Twinset if you only need one of a particular color. When appropriate I have rotated one skein of each Twinset to show the full range and distribution of colors, although each Twinset is dyed with the same colors in the same dye pouch so they are virtually identical if not exactly so.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered requests. All Blog Reader Specials are ‘first come/first served’ and I try to quickly mark off requests as they come in so you can see which ones are still available.
Now that international shipping has been restored, please do let me know in your email request if you are outside the U.S., so that I can calculate current shipping prices — I use First Class International Package shipping rates through the U.S. Post Office. I will mark off your requests here immediately, but I will send you an email with the postal charges before writing up your invoice, so that you can accept or decline the charges.
Rack 1: 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396,
397, 398, 399, 400
401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412