I hope this finds everyone well. Spring Equinox is tomorrow, so that should signal better weather for us in the Northern Hemisphere; of course, it would be the Autumnal Equinox for our friends below the Equator. 🙂
I finally (!) got my appoint for my first Fauci Ouchie, coming next week for the first jab. I don’t know if it will be a two-dose version or the one-dose version. Doesn’t matter to me, just so long as I get it over and done with. After the other health issues I’ve had over the past year and some months, getting the vaccine will mark a time for things getting better. I’ve heard the 2nd dose has a stronger effect on some people; I am anticipating the worst, just in case, so there may not be a BRS collection that weekend. 🙂
I have to be in clinic this afternoon, and I couldn’t want until tomorrow for dyeing, so I dyed this week’s Blog Reader Specials yesterday. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that the final dye of the day was a Dump Dye with some unfortunate color memory. I’m glad that after steaming, washing, rinsing and starting to dry, the color mellowed out in what seems to me like unfired clay of some sort.
This is the collection of dyes I started with, and did a variety of techniques to get the dyes onto the yarns this week. Most of these dyes are ones I’ve not used in a while — I can tell because they were still sporting the manufacturer’s older style labels. Normally I make room for 8 dyes at a session, but I had 11 jars of dye to work with this time. It made for some interesting combinations.
The final dye job of the day was a Dump Dye, combining the remains of all the dyes into a single dipping vat to create a one-of-a-kind nearly solid color. Usually those Dump Dyes come up with a primary or secondary color blend. This time the final Dump Dye Twinset (#242-243) came out unusual as it was wet, but dried to something like unfired clay. This Twinset, as well as a few others, will do well in textured or lace stitches to show off your handiwork.
Twinset #232-233 will work up like self-striping spiral stripe socks, like the ones I showed last week. Last night another customer (Hi, S.H.!) sent a picture of her Glacier Lake socks from way back in 2007!! She writes that she still wears them and they’ve held up well. As I mentioned last time, everyone’s stitch gauge and tension, and the precise proportions of the dye job, will vary from skein to skein, but this is the general trending of my half-and-half dye jobs. Isn’t it great when the dye job does the work and you just have to knit and make something that looks fabulous! 🙂
All of these are dyed on Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and are $27.00 each. These will be processed and ready for shipping on Tuesday or Wednesday.
To claim the ones you’d like, just send me an email with your numbered selections.
eta: 22March2021 — All of the claimed yarns are packed for shipping today; all of the unclaimed yarns have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; click through to see which yarns remain available at the time of your visit.