We are now one month away from Sock Summit, and preparations are definitely moving into high gear. Base yarn is on perpetual re-order, and I mutter grumpily about how Kraemer’s Sterling yarn is out of stock until too late. The near-constant use of equipment is taking its toll in the studios of indie dyers from coast to coast. First, Jennifer’s second best dye-pot blew up, then one of my Rubbermaid soaking tubs developed a crack that slowly leaks water.
The thin grey line in the middle of the picture? Leaky crack. I can still use the basin for soaking and washing dyed yarn if it’s in the sink, but next time I’m at Fred Meyer’s Wall o’Rubbermaid I’ll need to get a replacement.
And what have I been dyeing? Sock Summit and Ravelry are sponsoring a contest for dyers selling in the Sock Summit marketplace, called Dye for Glory, and I’ve worked up a couple of colorways to enter. One goes by the catchy name of Clown Barf, a term of affection that knitters apply to particularly BRIGHT colorways. This is my version:
Available in my Etsy shop, of course!
We had a run of lovely warm weather, so the roses have been happy. Here is a bloom of Just Joey, a lovely apricot rose with a delightful scent that thrives in the Northwest. No black spot!