The good is these gorgeous batts that I carded on Mim's supercard when I visited her yesterday. The lavendar is Merino that I oven dyed. The multicolor is a blend of Ashland Bay samples from a spinning workshop I attended, blended with some mohair locks that I already had.
The bad is that I'm not going to have enough of the blended samples to make socks after all. This finished bobbin is two ounces and the samples I blended yesterday are two ounces, but I'm pretty sure it's just not enough. I've decided this yarn is what I will use to learn toe-up socks - finally!
The ugly is this batt that I blended from the red and orange type samples. Again, I added mohair locks to extend the yardage. It's disturbing - hurts my eyes. I've decided to go ahead and spin it as is and the overdye it with something dark, maybe even black. When I run out of the blue blend on the socks, I can make the tops from this, since it will be the same grist and no one sees sock tops under pants anyway.
That kind of color goes much better on cats. I realized after I had torn my studio apart and reconfigured it that I hadn't left any place for Charlie to sleep in the sun. I rigged this up with the leftover cube panels. It's leaning against the shelf on the left, but Charlie only weights 8 pounds so it's secure enough for him.
And speaking of color, I got this in the mail from Benita. She and her husband are graphic artists but have also produced some T-shirt designs. Recently she had a T-shirt give-away, but I told her I'd rather have the transfer to put on a shirt that I know fits me. So she sent me one! You can't read it, but it says, "We who are to dye salute you." I laugh every time I look at it.
And speaking of color, I did a double take after my shower yesterday at the two shirts I recently ordered from Lands End. It occurred to me that surely they wouldn't use two different pinks, just for reasons of economics. However, the shirt on the floor appears to be a lighter pink that the shirt I'm about to wear.
Even side by side, the left shirt looks lighter. It is amazing what the juxta-
position of color does for value.
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