Sometimes I make mistakes, and sometimes I just have a bad dye job that doesn’t measure up to what I can accept.
I have recently been exploring dry-dye techniques, and for the most part it has been going quite well. And on many of the yarns, i’m getting a result I refer to as a sort of “marbling” effect, such as those that I showed last week on the 258-259 and 262-263 Twinsets — light and dark areas schmearing along the skein. I like that effect.
BUT on this Twinset I dyed yesterday, on 100% Superwash Merino fingering, I DO NOT like the obviously undyed parts. It just looks sloppy.
So I am going to pair these up with an unclaimed Phydlbitz Sock yarn ….
and make Tropic-Strip wrap of some sort. And, if luck is with me, those unfortunate undyed bits will work to my advantage.
So, while I can’t be happy selling the yarn as being up to my standards, I can turn the bad dye job into a glorious Something that maybe some one will want to buy. 🙂
There are yarns coming next week to pique everyone’s interest (Primo, Phydlbitz, plus 3 NEW types of yarns!), but this morning I was able to dye up some Primo Lace for you to see this weekend!
All of these are Primo Lace – 80/20 Merino/Silk, 1000 yards – and they aren’t superwash so, using the dry-dye technique, the dyes were able to migrate and flow, creating unique colorways on each skein!
These will be $32.00 apiece when they go to the Blog Reader Specials page this weekend, but for preview pricing today and tomorrow you can claim your selections here for just $27.00. Just send me an email to claim the ones you want; requests are filled in their time-stamp order on the email; sometimes this blog system does not notify me when comments are made here. Also, if you are a new client, be sure to let me know your state or country so I can calculate shipping charges. These will be ready to ship on Monday.
I tried to rotate them so that you would see all the colors mixing and mingling on each skein; the fronts are virtually the same as the backs. 🙂
Already Claimed: 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 302
It’s that time of year where I need to raise money for more inventory — having dyed all that I have available, I am now without yarn AND without sufficient money to get more.
I have an order prepared already with my supplier; I just need to click the final “submit order” button, to get 9 cones of Phydlbitz Sock and 9 cones of Primo Lace. But it will take nearly $2,000 to make it happen — yarn, plus shipping and new dye supplies because I’m nearly out of a few certain essential colors. If I can raise the whole $2,000 for these 18 skeins it will provide me with enough yarn to survive the summer, since much of it can be sold to buy even more yarn. 🙂
One of the nicest ways to raise funds is with the Buy-a-Cone method — where you pay for a cone for me and you get 3 (or 4) skeins off the top for yourself — it works out roughly the same price as individual skeins for you, PLUS your shipping is already included. 🙂
Those skeins can be set aside for you to request custom dyes later, OR held as credit where you can claim future Blog Reader Specials as they come available, OR you can even designate your skeins as a gift for someone else to get a custom dye or claim some BRS. You can get more information on the Building Inventory page. The yarns listed there are the regular ones I use all the time, so it is easy to calculate how many of those I need.
I have recently been informed that my supplier just added some other new Merino yarns (one a sport wt, the other a DK wt.), but they don’t appear to have been added to their regular shopping cart pages yet; and they also added other yarns earlier this year that I’d like to try when I have extra money to try new things. If you’d like to help out toward some other type of yarn, feel free to use the Building Inventory page and select Lovely Sock and just write “get what is needed” and you’ll still get free skeins of whatever new yarns I can get. 🙂
I’d like to place the order by Friday for as much as I can get, and I can do another order on Monday or Tuesday if more money comes available.
Of course, Paypal’s “Send Money” option works, but taking hand-outs isn’t as much fun for me as being able to give something back for your help.
I’ve mentioned that I was getting a small amount of Bamboo DK-wt. yarn. This is 100% Bamboo, viscose (rayon type), DK weight, about 225 yards apiece.
Most of these were dyed the ‘normal’ way, mixing the dyes into a wet solution to create single colors. The pair on the fair left, however, were dyed use the dry-dye technique that I’ve been using on the Phydlbitz recently. You can see in the close-up shots further down how the dye molecules that were blended to create a single-color wet dye have remained separate to create a different effect. 🙂
Also, as a rayon-type yarn, these are drying with a lovely but subtle sheen, and should knit up with a terrific drape on a size 6 needle.
These are taking a little longer to dry than my wool yarns, but they will be ready to ship on Thursday. I’m not planning to order any more of this particular yarn (except by special request, of course), so if you want to play with some 100% Bamboo yarn, this is the time to claim it. 🙂
Just send me an email, tell me which ones you want, and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice. Soon as that is paid, I’ll prepare your shipping label so they are ready to go when this batch is dried and processed. I didn’t mark them such, but each pair is a matching Twinset, dyed together in the same pouch, so they will work together. And if you claim a Twinset today or tomorrow (Tuesday or Wednesday) I’ll give you 10% off the pair.
All the unclaimed ones are now posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; click there to see which are available at the time of your visit.
Okay, so the latest batch of Phydlbitz yarns arrived last night, I got the ready to dye last night and I dyed them this morning.
All Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 SW Corriedale/Nylon, 430+ yards), all dry-dyed. The colors are more saturated — seriously, I was trying to be light-handed about it. I guess I need to work more on my technique, eh?
Anyway, these are all ready for claiming. Just pick out the ones you want, send me an email, and I’ll get it processed for you — always first-come/first-served, and requests are taken in the order of your email time-stamp, so everyone gets an equal shot. These will be ready to ship on Tuesday — normally they’d be ready on Monday, but I had to order new shipping envelopes and they won’t arrive until late Monday afternoon. I’m sorry.
All of these are Twinsets, and for each pair I have rotated one so that you can see all the colors present in both skeins of each Twinset. If you have any questions about a particular yarn, please feel free to ask. I will be reskeining them and posting to the Blog Reader Specials page tomorrow.
All the unclaimed yarns are now shown on the Blog Reader Specials page — go there to see which ones remain at the time of your visit.