Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Mocking Nipple

I’ve been very busy these past few days working on replenishing stock in my eBay and Etsy stores and also developing new colorways for a brand new yarn I am adding to my line.

The new yarn is a superwash merino sock/fingering weight yarn. I already carry superwash merino in a sport weight and I have a plain old (not superwash) merino sock yarn, but to date I have not carried a traditional sock weight superwash. I purchased a small quantity (well, small by my standards – 20 pounds) of the superwash sock yarn and will be testing buyer response over the next few weeks.

Nobody except my hubby has seen this yet, so you will be the first to get a glimpse of this new yarn. It’s a lighter-weight sock yarn, at 550 yards per four ounce skein, which makes it wonderfully versatile for both socks as well as lace knitting. It’s scrumptiously soft with a lovely twist to it. I am sooooo in love with this yarn! Here’s just one colorway to give you a taste of it. This, along with a couple of other colorways, will make their debut in eBay auctions on Monday.

Ready for the grand unveiling?

Drumroll please.

Without further ado, I present Fearless Fibers’ Brick House on Superwash Merino Sock Yarn.

Ain’t it just delicious? This one is a rainbow dye, rather than a handpaint. I’m not certain yet but I think I’ll mostly rainbow dye this yarn. It responds beautifully to rainbow dying (which is gradual addition of different colors to the dye pot at various stages in the dyeing process, creating a random mosaic of color rather than a self-patterning yarn). Here’s a closeup so that you can see the gorgeous nuance of colors.

Anyhow, I’ve been dyeing yarn like crazy these past few days, but today I quit early since I have to be somewhere in a couple of hours. Per my usual routine, I rested a few minutes and chatted with hubby Bruce before heading upstairs for a shower.

When I got upstairs and looked in the mirror, I had to laugh out loud at myself. Picture this: I am wearing a purple T-shirt that is splotched and stained with various colors, a pair of gray jersey shorts that have a big picture of Tweety Bird on one leg and are also splotched with dye, and white socks that are not only stained but also have holes in them. This is one of several of my “work” outfits. My hair is tied back in pigtails with wisps coming out everywhere. I am going quite gray and haven’t had a touch-up in months and so I have a speckled dark brown and white patch running down the center of my head. With my hair in school-girl pigtails and this speckled gray line down the center, my head is one giant oxymoron! I’m wearing my glasses rather than my contacts. I am extremely nearsighted and so my glasses … well, how can I explain … hubby Bruce occasionally calls me Mrs. Magoo when I wear them. ‘Nuff said.

I look so hideous it is almost unimaginable. Could I possibly look any worse? I shake my head, laugh it off, and begin to strip for my shower.

And then I see it, staring back at me in the mirror as if to mock me and say, “Yes, it can get worse!”

Dye has soaked through my T-shirt.

I have one green nipple.


aija said...

Beautiful new yarn!

Hehe, green.

anne said...

OMG, that is too funny!
i just LOVE this new yarn. you are SO bad! to be shoving it in my face!! yikes! that brick house color is beautiful—oops, i'm drooling on the keyboard . . . help!!

AmysBabies said...

I love dying! In college I was in the Costume Design department and we had a 50 gallon drum converted for dying. I was routinely purple from fingertips to elbow with different splotches on my face and in my hair. I had a set of what were once white t-shirts that were rainbow by the time I was done!