So as I was leaving for work, I realized that I didn’t remember putting the milk I’d purchased two hours previous in the fridge. So I look around the house, and the milk isn’t anywhere. Great, I think; I must have left it in the car. So I run out to the car… and it’s not there. I run back to the house, now late, and run up the steps – falling and catching my pinky on the rail, probably dislocating it, because it hurts like a blankity-blank. I stumble back into the house, hoping my neighbors didn’t hear me cry out in pain, and check the fridge, just in case I’m an idiot… the milk is not in the fridge. I check every spot I might have set it down in the house – the guest bedroom, next to the couch, the foyer, even the bathroom… where is this milk?! Now I’m really late, so I let fly a few choice epithets and go to work. So now I’m sitting here, awkwardly typing with a taped up finger and shooting pains in my palm, and some very expensive organic milk and cheese mouldering somewhere among my possessions.
With that, back to the yarn introductions. Thanks for your great suggestions for naming the sock yarn; keep ’em coming! The labels are roughed, I just need to go back and put in a name. I really like the ideas so far, and there’s another opportunity for yarn name-age coming up below…
Lace pulled out in front this round of dyeing; there’s a LOT of it. I won’t even show you the old stuff I already dyed; check out my hand-dyed yarn page to see those. But anyway, it’s all recycled, so pay attention to the fiber content. Each skein is 500 yards of fineness that I call Second Chance Lace.
Do you not LOVELOVELOVE this color? I call it Pokeberry Purple, as it’s a good bit darker than it appears here – a rich fuscia that survived some intense rinsing. There’s a decent bit of acrylic in this otherwise wool/angora blend, which gives it an elegent sheen (as it didn’t take as much of the dye) and extra strength.
This yarn befuddled me – It’s a super-soft blend of angora and wool, with some synthetic thrown in for strength, but it defied almost a week in a black bean dyepot to stay almost exactly the same natural color. I can hardly call it Black Bean Blue, though there are slight hints of blue among the grey brown. I’m thinking of just calling it Naturally Neutral.
This lot is extra special – so special that I made a new line for it, called Second Chance Lux Lace. It’s Black Bean Blue, if you can’t tell, and it’s 100% cashmere. It’s like knitting with a cloud, and is accordingly a bit pricier, but when you touch the swatch I knit up for it, you will know it is sooo worth it.
This batch is a new color I’m calling Turmeric Tawny. (I’m pretty passionate about alliteration; can you tell?) I’m also pretty committed to semi-solids, and some varied dipping times add some pleasant change to this otherwise REALLY bright dyelot. You can actually win a skein of this for free if you go leave a comment on the Cloverhill Yarn Shop Blog (third post down, look for the same picture). Otherwise, this 90% wool, 10% cashmere will be available with the rest of these yarns at the festival. This is definitely a cobweb – fragile, so wind it by hand (ask me how I know) – but it knits up like a little golden cloud.
I took about half of the yarn from the sweater for the last lot, and before I dipped it in turmeric, I dyed it in a black bean bath for about a week. The result is my first real green, and if you know about me and green, this is a big event. It’s an even brighter spring green than you can see from the picture. Also 90/10 wool/cashmere, and a very fragile cobweb, I have five skeins of this stuff – enough for a perfectly enormous lace number, if that’s your cup of tea.
But this color also does not have a name! For semi-solids I like alliteration or rhyming, with a heavy dose of obviousness, but “Turmeric & Black Bean Green” is a little much. Any clever ideas?
Tomorrow, meet the rest of the Second Chance gang, and hopefully I will have made a decision about these colorway names…