Now that the holidays have passed and the year is well underway, I think I have my projects lined up for the year. A friend sent me some Cascade 220 in black so I can recuff a 20-year old sweater in yarn the same style and color as the original. I have an acrylic blanket knitted on my BigPhil knitting machine at last twenty years ago; the blanket is fine but I have never liked the curling side edges, so I finally broke down and ordered some acrylic yarn of the same type, thinking I could pick-up-and-knit a few rows of garter stitch along the long sides. But this weekend, I discovered that folding it lengthwise, it is the perfect size for a shawl or winter wrap, so I’m going to join the side long side edges together. And being knitted rather than crocheted it will be heavy but not overly thick. The original afghan was done with random acrylic yarns, paying no mind to colors as I knit stripes in 4-row sequences, so this new yarn will be the same type but the colors won’t matter much. I might even get adventurous and install a shawl collar on the other edge.
And while digging through old projects, I also found a couple of lingering washcloth projects in yarn that I love for washcloths — Classic Elite “Provence”, a lovely smooth cotton which is apparently no longer available, so I’m glad to have enough to finish the projects already started. Besides these, I also have a few new projects I want to start, once these older projects are done.
Sooo…. what projects have you got lined up for this year? Do you have some lingering projects from days gone by that you’d like to finally bring forward and finish? Do you have yarns you’ve been saving for something special? And what about once-begun but long-forgotten projects where all your ‘lost’ needles and hooks are hiding? I found several needles I thought were ‘lost’ while sorting through bags of older things.
And that reminds me — I recently read someone posting on Facebook about being a “monogamous crafter”, only working on one project to completion before starting a new thing. I first picked up knitting needles and crochet hooks over 50 years ago, and am fairly comfortable with both crafts. Along the way, I have also tried tatting (not something I enjoyed), macrame, counted cross-stitch, printed cross-stitch and embroidery, liquid embroidery, quilting, and probably a few other crafts. The idea of starting one project and pursuing it to completion before starting another just confounds my brain, but I realize my brain isn’t wired in a straight line so maybe I’m the odd one out. Are you a “monogamous crafter” or do you have multiple projects on the go at any one time?
Anyway, on to this week’s collection of Blog Reader Specials. These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corrriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each), all dyed as Twinsets as a convenience for your larger-than-socks projects, but there’s no obligation to take both skeins of a Twinset if you only need one skein. I have rotated one skein of each pair, and twisted all skeins at the bottom so you can see all the colors represented in teach Twinset.
There were several jars of leftover dye after my last dye session, which I remixed into each other to reduce the number of jars. Thus, all the colors were one-off remixed colors. And with only a few exceptions, this week’s collection was dyed using those remixed colors that I further remixed this week. For a few of the Twinsets, I did supplement with very small amounts yellow, orange, brown, and chestnut, but for the most part, all of these week’s collection is mixed and remixed leftover dyes. Thus, none of these colors can be exactly duplicated, so if you see something you want, this is the time to take it. I can confirm that I did not use any new purple or any green — any apparent purples or greens are a result of my mixing madness. 🙂
Phydlbitz Sock is normally $27.50 per skein, but for Sunday and Monday, you can claim your selections from this new collection (BRS23 – #105 – 128) for $25.50 each. They will all be reskeined and labeled, of course, but saving the work of photographing, editing, and posting them to the Blog Reader Specials page means you get a preview pricing discount. 🙂
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selection. I will mark your selections off from the Available Yarns tally chart below, and then send your PayPal invoice. Soon as the invoice is paid I will prepare your shipping label so that as soon as the entire collection is reskeined and labeled, your yarns will ship. I anticipate shipping these yarns on or before Thursday. Once your yarns are prepared for shipping, I can photograph and post the rest of the yarns to the BRS page.
Rack 1 – 105, 106,
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116
Rack 2 – 117, 118,
119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128