I normally try to get yarns posted earlier in the day, but when I woke it was barely 35º outside and only 55º inside. I don’t know when the main heater finally decided to kick on during the night but I’m glad it finally did. Even so, it was too cold inside for me to function beyond huddling with coffee and a blanket near the supplemental floor heater nearby. I don’t understand the main heater other than it is old and persnickety, coming on when it decides to work, and the trailer is poorly insulated and sealed.
I am grateful for the little space heaters for daytime and the electric blanket to sleep under for when the main heater is having an attitude. And I am beyond grateful I don’t live where it is truly icy cold with snow. Within a few days Houston will be in the upper 70s/low 80s. I hope wherever you are, it is safe and warm and ready for some amazing yarns!
I had a bit of various yarns to use this week, so I made a collection similar to a few weeks ago — some Superwash Merino sport/DK, 310 yards/4oz, and some Superwash BFL laceweight, 875 yards/3.5oz.
I decided to go semi-wild with the Special-K8 with some bold colors. As often happens, I wish I’d had unlimited dyes pre-mixed so I could do something different. Alas, I can only do 10 jars of dye in each session, and I try to make a good variety for each session.
All of the SW BFL Lace were dyed to read as solids, but I didn’t use a straight dye on any of them; they were all dyed with two or more colors blended into the dye bath. Lace #173 is a mix of 4 dye colors; the yarn took up as much of the dye as it could, and then I dyed #180 into the remaining dye in the dye bath. I think those two in particular would make an amazing two-tone shawl in various configurations — simple stripes, entrelac, or even alternating ripples of Old Shale. Similarly, you could knit #171 and 175 with both strands together for a fingering weight shawl or scarf.
Just as an example, several years ago I designed and knit this Devyn Rae shawl holding a strand of yellow and light green together for a stunning effect. If you purchase two or more of my laceweight yarns Sunday or Monday, I will send you a copy of the Devyn Rae shawl instructions. It was designed with a vertical half-drop in the pattern repeats for a more interesting effect. Choose any from this week’s collection or any lace-weights from the Blog Reader Specials page. And be sure to ask for the free Devyn Rae shawl pattern when you order today or tomorrow.
Among the Special-K8 sport/DK, I think Twinsets #155-156, 161-162, and 167-168 would all knit up into amazing scarves, either single or double stranded, with minimal pooling or striping. Twinset #163-164 would create a soft toned striping effect, while the bolder colors would make beautiful self-striping spiral striped socks.
Both the Special-K8 and the BFL Lace will be posted to the Blog Reader Specials page at $28.00 per skein. For Sunday and Monday, you can claim any two or more of this new collection (#155-180) with 10% off per skein.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email (email@example.com) with your numbered requests. I’ll mark them off the Available Yarns tally chart shown below so others can see which ones remain available at the time of their visit. I post in many places, so having the tally chart here makes it easy for everyone to see what is available.
If you are outside the U.S., please let me know so I can calculate your shipping costs.
Rack 1 – 155, 156, 157, 158,
159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170
Rack 2 – 171,
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180