Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Random on Wednesday

Yesterday I felt my week was veering off course, and today my suspicion was confirmed.  I discovered that 2 dye lots of the same colorway are so radically different they can no longer fall under the "dye lots may vary" umbrella.  My first reaction was one of disbelief. Maybe if I took them outside in natural light they would look the same. My daughter issued the verdict when she said, "Mom, I don't need better light.  I can see a mile away that those two are different."

I'm launching an investigation, but in the meantime I'll share some random thoughts and ideas that are swirling around in my head.

~ This coming Saturday I'll be in Portland (the one on the right coast) at KnitWit Yarn Shop.  I usually make my way to the shop a couple times a year, and this is my spring visit.  I'll have a few new colors along for the ride, and there will be yarn on the needles for knitters to sample.

KnitWit has been the test shop for my gradients.  Since they've been experimenting with the shifting colors, I thought it would be fun to give away a gradient bundle.  If you're in the area, stop by the shop and enter for a chance to win.  Suzie, the owner, is a wonderful hostess, and I'm sure it will be a delightful afternoon.

Since not everyone can make it to KnitWit, I'll be giving away a second gradient bundle to a lucky person on the newsletter list.  If you already get my newsletter, you're all set.  Your name is in the hat.  If you don't get the newsletter, sign up now.  I'll be picking a winner over the weekend.

~ I truly appreciate the number, nerdy side of knitting.  That's why I have to give a shout-out to Kate Atherley's current project.  Kate is collecting all sorts of data on hand sizes.  Grab a tape measure and fill out the form.  It's for a good cause.

~ Does the last stitch of your bind off look a little sloppy?  Take a look at this method.  Maybe it will help you tidy things up.

~ And for the knitter who is also a hockey fan, check out Hat Trick Yarn from River City Yarns.  They even have pattern suggestions.  

Have a great Wednesday!  I'm off to solve the mystery of the dye pot debacle.

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