I went into the dye session with some amazing colors for this week’s palette, and I am fairly well impressed with how they all turned out. I didn’t haven’t enough of the Phydlbitz Sock base for a full regular BRS collection, so I used some Superwash Merino worsted wt. (I just checked — more of the Phydlbitz base is arriving sometime this afternoon.)
Phydlbitz Sock is 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards/ 393 meters for 4 ounces/113gm, Corriedale has a longer fiber than other wools, so it is great for hard-wearing garments like socks, but has a good loft making it good for things like baby blankets or even open lacework. And, with Phydlbitz Sock being a superwash-plus-nylon blend, it is great for things you might need to launder frequently. It can be knit on the smaller needles or up to a Size 5 or even larger for seriously openwork lace projects. I’m currently crocheting a baby blanket with a Size E hook to create a firm but not stiff or rigid feel.
The SWMerino is 100% Superwash Merino wool put up in a worst weight yarn at 210 yards for 4 ounces/113gm. Merino is terrific for most garments worn next to the skin, and will work up into lovely scarves, cowls, hats, etc. I like to use Size 6 or 7 needles for this yarn, or a Size H or I hook.
Yards or Meters? Ounces or Grams?
Most of my yarns come from a single supplier, and it is sold to me by the pound and measured in yards. I’ve been selling my yarns in 4-ounce hanks and giving the yardage based on what my supplier indicates in their yards-per-pound descriptions. Other suppliers of undyed wool put up their yarns by grams and meters. Most of my customers are in the U.S., and are familiar with imperial measurements, but I’m wondering — would you prefer I sell hanks in 100 gram weights, and measured in meters? I’m not planning on converting any time soon, but I am simply curious to know what you like. Do your favorite international patterns/designers include imperial weights and measures, or do you need to do some extra calculations to ensure you have enough yarn for a given project? By the way, on my of my yarns I DO include 4oz/113gm on most of the labels, but I don’t calculate the meters since each yarn base is different.
This Week’s Collection
Okay, onward to this week’s yarns. Every Twinset was dyed with at least two colors, although some have 3 or 4. Twinsets #479-480, 483-484, 487-488, and 493-494 should work up into some amazing lace projects, where the changing colors shouldn’t interfere with your stitches.
Twinsets #481-482 and 485-486 would work up into some amazing spiral striped socks or something like the Shorty McRippleton technique! (You can find the instructions for that technique on the Patterns page.)
The last three Twinsets are the Superwash Merino worsted wt. yarns. The last Twinset (#499-500) is a true DumpDye, where I poured all the day’s remaining bits of dye onto the yarn. There was a large amount of black, but all the other colors were added to the yarn, one by one. I ended by layering red, and then yellow, so it is not a solid black. I expect that out in the sunlight you might see hints of other colors here and there in whatever you knit with it.
Both the Phydlbitz Sock and the SWMerino worsted are normally $27.50 each. For Saturday and Sunday, you may select any of this new collection (BRS23 – #477 – 500) for just $25.50.
I expect this week’s collection to be reskeined, labeled, and ready to ship on Wednesday or Thursday.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selections. I’ll mark them off from the Available Yarns tally chart below and then send you a PayPal invoice. PayPal will collect your shipping address, so be sure they have the correct address on file. I can ship internationally, but please let me know if you are outside the U.S. so I can calculate your rate. I’ll let you know the rate before writing your invoice, so you can easily accept or decline the charge.
All of the yarns not claimed during the Preview Pricing period have been posted as Twinsets to the Blog Reader Specials page.