Happy Sunday. It’s been a lot warmer in Houston this past week, for which I am thankful, but it will be a roller-coaster ahead for a week or two while the weather decides we want spring or more winter. As is usual with such things, The Powers That Be failed to send me a ballot so I could cast my vote regarding the weather, so I guess I’ll just make the best of it.
Yesterday somewhere on YouTube I heard a line: “It’s so hot the only thing I have on is the radio.” It is more fitting for Houston summers, but it tickled me a lot so I didn’t want to forget it between now and then. 🙂
Anyway, so yesterday I started the dyeing by working on a couple custom dyes. Since those came out okay, I had some extra yarns prepared so I included them in this week’s Blog Reader Specials collection.
The first Twinset on the first rack (Twinset #153 & 154) is on 100% Superwash Merino, sport weight, 280 yards. These came out as an interesting Charcoal Fade. They would work together, for example, in a simple pattern like a chevron ripple or Old Shale to show off the fade of color in undulating waves (this is also true for all my ‘fade’ colorways, of course).
All the rest are Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each), mostly solids, nearly solids, or fades. The others are dyed in ways that will work for many projects.
I don’t normally comment on each Twinset, but some of this week’s collection feels like it needs some notes. I hope you don’t mind. If you find this helpful, of course, please tell me and I will continue to do this for you. Also, if you need different pictures, feel free to ask today or tomorrow before I start reskeining.
Twinset 155-156 struck me as a Rose Blush in the Fog.
157-158 is a Midnight Green Gray fade
159-160 is a Spotted Purple
161-162 is a surprise gold – I was aiming for something else and missed it by a mile, but this gold is a pleasant surprise.
163-164 is a rose/green fade
165-166 is a pair green and blue schmear, without a particular goal in mind, but this will certainly do well in any ripple pattern.
167-168 is a faded lilac sort of light purple
169-170 I was aiming for a cantaloupe fade, but I like the more orange-y result.
171-172 is a simple light green, reminds me of celery tops.
173-174 is a blackened red and it looked darker when wet; even so it is a deep red darkened with a black wash over it.
175-176 is Spotted Salmon.
177-178 is probably the darkest Midnight Green I’ve ever created, even though I have a stable recipe for that, this came up even darker; would look amazing as a simple lacy shawl over an evening gown in brilliant emerald or ivory. (Please note, I’m not any sort of fashion expert, I’m just playing out loud with the colors in my head.)
179-180 is another simple Rose Fade.
Many of this week’s solids and fades will work amazingly well with many of the multi-colored soft-dyes on the Blog Reader Specials page. If you take any Twinset from this week’s collection, you may also take any previously posted BRS yarns and I’ll invoice those at 10% off.
All of these are normally $27.50 each, and will be marked that price on the Blog Reader Specials page, but for Sunday and Monday, you may claim any of this week’s collection (BRS23 – #153-180) for just $25.50
To claim the ones you want, send me an email with your selections. I’ll mark your requests off on the Available Yarns tally chart just below, and send you a PayPal invoice. Please note, even without a PayPal account, you can use your credit/debit card to pay the invoice and PayPal will process the payment for me. Upon payment I will pay and print your shipping label so your yarns can ship as soon as this collection is fully processed and ready to go. I expect these to be ready to ship on or about Thursday.
Rack 1 –
153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159,160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166
Rack 2 –
167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180