It was 34º when I got up around 4:30, but had dropped to 32º by the time I’d gotten the yarns through the wash-and-rinse process. I wasn’t in the mood to take wet yarns outside for pictures only to have the yarns freeze into pretty colored sticks. 🙂
By the way, we are expecting a good freeze in Houston for the next few days, which may impact what I can do or get done. I have two big custom jobs to dye this coming week, but below a certain temperature it’s all I can do to stay warm under a blanket with all my sweaters and a hat on. Ahh yes, life in an older mobile home!
By the time it was warm enough for me to be outside handling the yarns, the sun was in just the right position to glare into the lens, so I had to wait for the sun to move a little behind me to light up the yarns. The colors are fairly accurate but I’m never quite perfectly happy with how the yarns photograph. Then I remind myself I’m a dyer not a photographer. And so far nobody has said, “This isn’t the color I wanted!” If people do comment at all (rarely, to be honest) it’s more like “These colors are better than the picture.” Even so, I do try to show you yarns as accurately as I can.
Anyway, among the yarns I recently received was a new-to-me marvelous blend of 75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon, 4-ply sock yarn with 460 yards per skein. It is a yarn noticeably thinner than my regular Phydlbitz Sock yarn, and it looks like it will have a lovely drape.
Because it feels like a very thin sock yarn or heavy lace, I decided to go with rich solid colors. Lacework or even textured knitting does better when the stitching doesn’t have to fight for attention against multi-colored yarns. 🙂
The first Twinset, #25-26, was dyed with mostly ecru with just a smidge of brown, since ecru alone is barely noticeable. Adding just the bit of brown made this pair come up like beach sand — very lovely. The last Twinset on the first rack, #35-36 is a literal DumpDye of all the remainder dyes of the dye, all the blues, the teal, the gold, the pink, the burgundy, and even the last of the brown. I was expecting more of a black, but this is such an amazing deep midnight blue. Twinset #33-34 was mostly pink, with just a little bit of turquoise added to the dipping bowl. Twinset #39-40 came out almost a dusty rose — it’s a pink with some of the ecru/brown added into the mix. Again, a surprise to me. Twinset #45-46 was a bath of gold plus a small bit of straight brown. For Twinset #29-30 I used the gold and a bit of pink, which came out sort of tangerine or cantaloupe.
As most of you know (or may have guessed), I don’t have formulas or recipes for most of what I do, and instead I like to play “what if…” with colors. If you like what you see, it’s a safe bet it won’t be exactly repeated, although sometimes I end up with results similar to what I’ve done before. For what I do, and the way I do it, it is more art than science. For custom work, of course, I do maintain better control; if you need a lot of one color it is best to request a custom job to be done all together.
Because this isn’t my normal base sock yarn, the colors came out slightly different from what I am accustomed to seeing, so I am just as surprised as anyone with the results. It also seems to take up color differently overall, as well.
Since I’m not yet sure I will want to order this base on my own, I’m calling this simply Mer-Lon Great Sock, with 460 yards of 4-ply 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon. As with all potential future orders, it depends on feedback from users, so if you try this and want more, just let me know. 🙂
All of these will be priced at $28.00 each, but you can take any two or more this weekend (
Saturday or Sunday or until the freeze is over!!) for just $26.00 each. Just send me an email with your requests and I will send you a PayPal invoice. If you are outside the U.S. please let me know so I can calculate your shipping. In most cases, international postage will be the same whether you order one skein or six (my envelopes can comfortably hold six), but I am happy to hold yarns until you have enough yarns to get the most from your shipping money.
I expect to have these ready to ship Wednesday or Thursday.
I always try to update the Available Yarns tally chart below, so everyone can see what has already been claimed at the time of their visit.
Rack 1 – 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34,
Rack 2 – 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48