Beautiful day in Houston, and not a day too soon. I could be horribly mistaken, but it looks like we’ve finally seen the last of the 100º days and moving into more autumn-like weather. Yippee! I walked a mile early on while the yarns washed and rinsed, and then just a few minutes ago walk another mile plus a little more. Now that the weather is changing I don’t need to do my walk at the crack of dawn to avoid the heat, so that’s nice.
Since I was able to get my regular monthly yarn in early this month (my current supplier did me a huge favor sending me some yarn before they shut down their operation next week), I didn’t get a bunch of mini-hanks pulled out this week. That project is still on the list to be done however, since I do need to pay for the yarn I just got plus more yarn for October.
So, I set out the dye session thinking I would dye a version of Midnight Green, maybe a Midnight Green Fade, and then try a Midnight Red Velvet. That’s what I was aiming for. I’m not super disappointed in the results, but I think I may have missed those targets. I’ll let you fine knitters decide.
Twinset #872-873 didn’t come as dark as I wanted for Midnight Green, but the same dye mix was used for the Midnight Green Fade (#866-867). Twinset #874-875 was supposed to be the Midnight Red Velvet. Twinset #878-879 is a wash from the runoff of the Midnight Red Velvet.
When I apply a lot of a single color, or even using multiple dyes, the excess dye runs off into a little catch basin, which sometimes becomes the next Twinset dyed. Depending on the color(s) it will become either a straight dye, or used as a pale undertone onto which I layer other colors. Runoff dyes are always unique and cannot be duplicated (for obvious reasons) but are often beautiful in their own right. As I’ve mentioned before, I try to follow a “waste not, want not” practice when dyeing yarns. Allowing excess dyes to run into the catch basin, I find some amazing results that I most likely could not create on purpose.
One such runoff dye job is Twinset #864-865, a sort of taupe color or gray-tan, similar to certain styles of women’s hosiery. It may seem rather plain and dull, but the slight variation along the strand will give it life once knitted, and it is a perfect neutral tone to accent a variety of bright outfits as a shawl or scarf.
Twinset #870-871 has four or five different blues, teals, and even a little of the leftover Midnight Green, all randomly sprinkled around. Twinset #858-859 is another randomly sprinkled pair.
As I said above, I’m not sure I hit the target colors I was aiming for, but I am not unhappy with any of this week’s collection. 🙂
These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards) and each is normally $27.50 per skein, but matching Twinsets are 10% off ($49.50 the pair).
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email and I’ll mark your requests off on the Available Yarns tally chart shown below. You can pay your invoice through your PayPal account or with a credit/debit card.
I expect these will be ready to ship on or about Thursday of this week. When I process your payment and print your shipping label, you will receive a notice with your tracking number so you can follow your shipment once it leaves here. Due to quirks in my local mail service I have begun putting a notice on the Knitivity Facebook page to let people know their packages have been picked up so they’ll know to start tracking their packages. If you are ordering from outside the U.S., most packages have a base International rate whether you order 1 skein or up to 6, and it is usually $35-$40USD.
Rack 1 –
858, 859, 860, 861, 862, 863, 864, 865, 866, 867, 868, 869
Rack 2 – 870, 871, 872, 873,
874, 875, 876, 877, 878, 879, 880, 881