I realize much of the rest of the country continues with frosty temperatures, but Houston is starting to warm and shake off the freezing temperatures from last week, so I was able to start dyeing again this week. Because of where I live (poorly insulated mobile home rental), it is very difficult to dye while staying bundled up to keep warm.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not, but BigBoy is starting to accept a routine of my whistling for him around 9:00 in the evening; he’ll come in, nibble a bit at his indoor feeding bowl, and then go straight to the bed where he will stay for the night. He didn’t used to do that until recently. For those who haven’t met BigBoy, he’s about 11 years old, a domestic shorthair cat, beautiful gray. He didn’t used to like indoors much at all, but as he ages, he seems to accept some creature comforts. He isn’t much for conversation, of course, but just as well since I don’t talk much around the house, either. Two-ie was the chatterbox, but he died November 9, 2020, and BusterCat was lost after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, so it’s just me and BigBoy now. Most of my recent pictures are of him curled in a ball; if I can catch him in a better pose, I’ll share one.
I mentioned last week that I will be dyeing a custom job on some Superwash Merino worsted weight, after which I will do a collection on the leftover SWMerino worsted as Blog Reader Specials. I will likely dye those as single skeins instead of Twinsets, but if you have a project in mind where you will need multiple skeins, please let me know. As this base is fairly easy to get from my supplier, I can usually get enough for a special project if you need it although they do have a minimum volume for orders.
I’ve been toying with the idea of turning all the remaining 2021 BRS yarns into mini-hanks of ~105 yards each, and bundling 5 mini-hanks together for a bundled price of $27.00. My question to you is whether to bundle similar colors, deliberately contrasting colors, or randomly gathered. Let me know your thoughts on this.
Anyway, I dyed up a new collection last night. These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards). Most of these are ‘soft’ dyes, using a dip method rather than a pour method, and a few Twinsets had a combination of different techniques for layering. They will all make wonderfully unique socks, of course, but several will also lend themselves to other larger-than-socks projects like cowls, fingerless mittens, etc.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selections. All Phydlbitz Sock are individually priced at $27.00 each, but for Wednesday and Thursday, you can claim the ones you want at $25.00 each, whether you claim a Twinset or a collection of individual non-matching skeins. As requests are made I’ll mark them off on the Available Yarns tally shown just below. Because I have two custom jobs working between now and the weekend, I expect to have these ready to ship by Monday.
update: All the yarns not claimed from the racks below have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page.