A New Array of Color!

Happy Monday, Everyone

I don’t know where you are but in Houston it is hot.  Just plain hot.  I saw a meme this morning that said, “Remember to drink lots of water and stay indoors between 11:00a.m. and November 1.”  Yeah, for real.   And I’m of an age and condition where I need to seriously pay attention to air quality warnings, pollen warnings, and all the rest.

So I take my morning walks as early as I can.  If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I carry dog biscuits to feed the friendly dogs along the way.  Today I set out with a pocket full of treats, and didn’t see a single dog anywhere on my route; none of my regulars and not even a wandering stray.  And it was barely 8:00a.m., so I guess they’re already all staying cool somewhere.

Anyway, I hope all of you are staying healthy and protected from the heat.

Last night I dyed up another collection of Blog Reader Specials, all on Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards).

As is my custom, these were all dyed as Twinsets, to allow for larger-than-socks projects, but a single skein is more than adequate for an average  pair of adult socks, although knee-highs would need both skeins of a matched Twinset.   My Twinsets aren’t always identical twins, although I do try to make them as similar as I can.  And to ensure you can see all the colors within a Twinset, I will twist the bottoms on the rotate as well as rotate one skein of each pair.  I hope this helps.

When I hang the yarns to dry in this manner, I do try to make sure each Twinset is different from its neighbors on either side, but don’t normally try to show off any particular Twinsets.  This time, however, I put Twinset #483-484 deliberately next to #485-486 — there’s just something striking to me about the apparent orange and apparent purple.  I say “apparent” because both of these Twinsets were made by layering multiple colors, repeatedly dipping into one and then another color to create the end result.   Actually the colors layered in #483-484 are the same colors that were segmented for Twinset #469-470.

While part of me feels like I’m getting (almost) too old for this sort of work, I am pretty sure I could go several more decades before running out of ways to make new combinations.  Other dyers like to create a stable of special repeatable colorways, I prefer playing with colors and discovering new things each week so there is always something new to inspire your knitting and crocheting adventures.

Phydlbitz Sock is normally $27.50 each skein, but for Monday you may claim any two or more skeins, matching or not, for just $25.50 apiece.

To claim the ones you want just send me an email with your requests.  I’ll mark your requests off the Available Yarns tally chart below and then send you a PayPal invoice.  Upon payment I will prepare and print your shipping label right away, so that when the yarns are fully dried and reskeined, I can ship without delay.    I expect this week’s collection to be ready to ship on or about Thursday or Friday of this week.

Available Yarns
Rack 1:   469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480
Rack 2:  481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492

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