I check the weather ahead and thought I was clear for this whole weekend, so I could dye on Saturday and show on Sunday. Turned out that today it is wet, gray, and rather dreary. And sort of chilly as well. So it was a challenge getting the yarns washed, rinsed, and hung outside for pictures, and I managed to get the yarns back inside to the fan room before the first waves of rain started. So… yaayyyy for Ray, right!?
Anyway, I mentioned recently I’d been given some wonderful new-to-me yarns from a different supplier in exchange for some custom dye work. This week we have some 100% Superwash Merino 3-ply fingering. It could actually be a light fingering or perhaps a heavy laceweight, coming in at around 490-500 yards per 3.5oz or 100gm. Because of the light texture of the yarn I went with more solid or mostly-solid dyes — lacework and textured stitching looks best when there aren’t a lot of colors vying for attention as well.
This yarn base doesn’t perform the same as my Phydlbitz Sock so there are some variations along the strand
The first batch of yarns I tried to do as single-dye solids; the second batch was dyed with more layering of different colors. I do not hang and show the yarns in the order they were dyed. I hang each Twinset with the best contrast against the Twinsets on either side of them, once they are all washed and rinsed.
There are multiple Twinsets that could be called variations of “Fog”, as well as more than one Twinset that could pass for “Beach Sand.”
The very last Twinset of the day’s dye session turned out to be Twinset #373-374 – a true Dump Dye, which I created by layering all the remaining dye solutions used on all the other yarns of the day. I could have dumped the dyes all together before applying the yarn, but I layered the remaining dyes. When I was doing it, it appeared about as black as it could be without having any actual black dye. But that’s the nature of wet dye: it sometimes appears darker than it ends of up being. In this case it came out looking like a dark rich espresso, with a red overcast.
Each of these SW Merino 3-ply will be $28.00 on the Blog Reader Specials page, once they are fully dried, reskeined, and prepared for shipping; I expect to be shipping on or about Thursday. For Sunday and Monday, you can claim any of this new collection (BRS23 – #353 – 380) with preview pricing for $26.00 each.
By the way, all of the remaining yarns dyed in 2022 (i.e., the BRS22 series) have been marked down to $20.22 per skein on the Blog Reader Specials page, so feel free to check there and see if there are any more yarns you’d like to order.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email and I’ll prepare your invoice after marking your requests off from the Available Yarns tally chart below.
Rack 1: 353, 354,
355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366
367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380