Happy Saturday! And welcome to September and (as I learned yesterday on Facebook) the start of Ber Season — September, October, November, and December. 🙂
It’s been a crazy week for me with far too many things going screwy, so I’m hoping this long holiday weekend will provide some relief. I hope your weekend is a pleasure.
A new-to-me technique: Foggy Mountain Mist. These are done in a manner similar to the Baby Soft dye technique of dipping rather than pouring. They all have at least 3 different dyes, and done in layers. But on the Baby Soft yarns I hold them together throughout the process of dipping and turning so that clearly distinct colors overlap and blend so that both skeins of the Twinset are nearly identical in both coloring and sequence of colors. For the Foggy Mountain Mist, with each dipping I rotate one of the yarns so that the two skeins of the Twinset are not identical in coloring or sequence, but they both have the same dyes layered. This results in a fascinating depth of color that should enhance most knitting.
There are six Twinsets done in the Foggy Mountain Mist technique: Twinsets #806-807, 810-811, 814-815, 818-819, 820-821, and 826-827. I think any of these would work up into some amazing lacework shawls, cowls, scarves, etc. As hot as it has been the last couple months, it is hard to think of needing warm winter wraps, but we all know the cold will come as the Ber Season turns to Br-r-r-r Season.
As with all Twinsets, I recommend knitting from both skeins, alternating every 2 or 3 rows to minimize unwanted pooling, and to minimize the sometimes glaring visual disruption that occurs when you knit all from one ball and then change to another. This is usually an important factor when knitting larger-than-socks projects.
Because nearly all my Twinsets have multiple colors, when I show them here for preview I rotate one skein and then give a half-twist on all skeins so you can see all the colors that appear on both skeins of a matching Twinset. I hope this helps in your selection. If you need additional images of a particular Twinset today or tomorrow (before I start reskeining on Monday), feel free to ask.
Besides the six Twinsets done in the Foggy Mountain Mist technique, there are some Fades (Twinsets #808-809 and 822-823), a Splatter-and-Fade combo (#824-825), and a couple of Twinsets that reminded me of a melting box of crayons (#812-813 and 828-829); they appear to have no rational rhyme or reason to them but the random splattering was done on purpose. Either of the “melted crayon” yarns will knit up into some wild and crazy socks for someone not given to subdued subtlety. 🙂
These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and are $27.50 each or $49.50 for a matching Twinset (10% off).
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your requests. I’ll mark them off the Available Yarns tally chart and then send you a PayPal invoice. It’s okay if you don’t have a PayPal account — they will handle your credit/debit card payments just fine and I never know your financial details.
I expect to have these ready to ship on or about Thursday. I can ship internationally, just let me know your location so I can calculate your rate. For one to six skeins, the cost will be approximately $35.00 – $40.00 USD, but I can find the rate to your particular location and will let you accept or decline the rate before I write your invoice.
Rack 1: 806, 807,
808, 809, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817
Rack 2: 818, 819,
820, 821, 822, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827, 828, 829
I learned this week that my regular supplier will be closing shop and retiring later this month. They have served me very well the last 12 years, and I’m sad to see them close but absolutely wish them well. Because of their industry connections, they are referring their customers to a couple of other excellent suppliers, and I should be able to still acquire the yarn base for Phydlbitz Sock. However, there will be a time gap between the previous supplier retiring, and the new supplier acquiring the inventory into their own warehouse and getting set up for new clients for that inventory. Thus, there may be a time lag or gap when I won’t be able to get my Phydlbitz Sock yarn base. With luck I should be able to obtain some other interesting yarns to finish September and start October. If I don’t dye, I don’t eat, so it’s good to know there will be a hiccup and not a major obstacle.
Even so, depending on the timing of it all, I may need some help along the way, but if that happens I will let you know.