What a weird week it was, but mostly good. The best part was having a visit from a friend I’ve known almost 40 years, since shortly after my divorce. A wonderful afternoon was spent on Wednesday, reminiscing days gone by and catching up to new things in our lives. Fun time.
While preparing for the weekly dye session, I only needed to prepare seven new dye jars, since I had consolidated the remainders from last week into just three jars of blended dyes. While I try to blend remainder dyes into similar colors, it’s always a bit of a mystery as to how they will behave. While some dyes may look similar in color they don’t always have a similar chemical make-up, so sometimes the dyes will blend well and sometimes the dyes will ‘break’ or separate on the yarns. I guess this is the ‘art’ part of the “art and science of dyeing.” 🙂
Anyway, this is how the day started, with all my dyes mixed and ready to go and the kitchen counter draped in a shower-curtain liner:
And this is how the day ended:
I used pretty much all the dyes that I’d prepared, but surprisingly I didn’t use very much yellow at all, so I set aside a nearly full jar of yellow for next week. I joked on Facebook that I wish I had a houseboy to come clean up after me, but we all know that isn’t going to happen.
These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each). These are normally $27.50 apiece, or $50 for a matching Twinset, once they are posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. But for today and tomorrow (Sunday and Monday) you can claim any two or more skeins, matching Twinset or not but $25.00 each. Sometimes knitters will see coordinating or contrasting yarns and don’t really need both skeins of a Twinset; this is your chance to split a Twinset and get the Preview Pricing discount.
Usually I try to create a mix of lighter and darker skeins, but this week I only created a single Twinset on the lighter side — Twinset BRS23 – #637-638 – the light lavender pair. They aren’t solidly solid, but will knit up to look solid in most patterns. The rest are a mix of splatters and segmented variegations. Twinset #639-640 is actually two different blues, plus a green, though it is difficult to visually separate the blues as they are hanging; once knitted it should be more apparent. There is a small amount of light purple on Twinset #649-650, on top of two different blues.
This week’s DumpDye is #655-656 — I literally emptied each jar onto the yarn then rotated the yarn in the dyeing bowl before dumping the next jar onto the yarn. It would be impossible to create this combination on purpose, and sometimes the DumpDye yarns are just “dark” overall, but I really like how this DumpDye Twinset turned out.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll mark off your requests from the Available Yarns tally chart below and then send your PayPal invoice. PayPal will process your credit/debit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account. And please do let me know if you are outside the U.S., so I can calculate your shipping charges
I expect to have these all ready to ship on or about Wednesday or Thursday.
Rack 1 – 633, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638,
639, 640, 641, 642, 643, 644
Rack 2 –
645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656