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The writing on the wall…

You know those days, where you wake up all chipper and bright, with a positive ready to conquer the day attitude, and… a plan, a to do list even and your favorite cuppa, just ready to rock the day!  Then… mere seconds before you pick up your to do list, Kaboom!! The day explodes and keeps going at a record pace with no concern at all for your plan or your to do list, and that cuppa tea you made, well that has been sitting cold for at least a few hours with the barest sip taken from it.        I am having one of those days.  It started around 6:30 and has not let up. I’ve reheated my tea not once, or twice even, but three times. This third time, my tea, me and my laptop have stolen away behind a locked door so I can write this post and work on at least the first item of my to do list which is deadline oriented so really needs to be done today!! Hear that powers that be?  Deadline.

Okay, now that I have that out we can get down to important stuff, like yarn and color. I am sure by now that most of you have seen that we’re having one of our semi-annual 15% off sales on the website. It stared yesterday and goes until Wednesday at midnight eastern time and 9:00 pacific. The coupon code you need to redeem your 15% off is MAYSALE2013.  If you’ve been waiting on getting yarn for a summer lace project of fiber for the Tour de Fleece this is a good time. The dye barn is already hopping with orders flying in and us processing them. We do get quite a few orders during a sale so it will takes us longer to process them. We appreciate your patience!!  If you need any color or ordering help please do let us know. We are more than happy to serve!

Speaking of color help. I could use some of yours. I am planning another color affection. I finally finished the silkie one I was working on and then promptly gave it to a friend who was lusting after it.

This has been sitting on the lunch table in the barn and has been making me a crazy woman. I love them all in their own right, especially that scummy one on the end, but together I think they are magic. I don’t need ( or want to work with) 5 colors so I have to pick three.


And herein lies my problem.


There’s this trio which makes me pretty stinkin’ happy. ( It’s not the best picture but you get the idea.)


And then there’s this combo that seriously makes my heart go pitter pat, pat, pat!


And take away that Blecker grey and substitute the hue of my heart Pond Scum and it’s pretty wonderful too.

But you know what?


I think I might need a moment. Oh my, this is hard enough just to consider much less type or say out loud. I think…  that… maybe, just maybe… I might sorta, kinda like the Blecker trio better than the Pond Scum one. I can’t decide. I really do like them both a lot. ( Sorry Gourdy combo.) The choice is definitely between those two.

So Help Please!  What are your color thoughts one this. Besides… doing both. Believe me I have thought of this option.

Since we’re on the subject of pond scum ( The things one finds oneself typing.) I found another knitter who has a love as deep as mine for the scum that is pond scum green. sw1

I didn’t think it was possible but Stephen might even have more of a color crush on pond scum right now than I do. Actually it was quite wonderful to watch someone else obsess over a hue as much as I do.

Hue Obsession. Hmmm… now, that has a nice ring to it.

We  got  to spend all day playing with color on yarn with dye. Way too much fun.  We  even came up with some new colors. sw2




Stephen also has a bit of chicken whisperer in him.





So… a good weekend full of color. My favorite kind!   And look at that, cup of tea finished and we have chatted and now onto my deadline project.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


  1. tampnp #

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this but…..I would go with the pond scum combo! It’s more colorful than the one with blecker and would look wonderful at this time of year.
    My preference would be the gourdy combo!! Love it! I may have to order during this sale.
    Thanks for the color goodness today! It’s been “one of those days” at work for 3 weeks now!!!!! I’m ready for the powers that be to let up a bit and give us all a break. Cancer sucks. ‘Nuff said!

    May 7, 2013
  2. I love the high contrast that Pond Scum brings to the trio whereas Blecker will blend in more.

    I have this crazy relationship with Pond Scum – I love it and all its cousins. But here is the crazy part – I can’t wear it next to my skin. It is simply not my colour and yet I want to knit and knit and knit with it.

    And so all my Pond Scum knitting gets given away – every time!

    Have fun with your knitting whichever colours you choose.

    PS, my Colour Affection is Marine Silk in Pond Scum, Grawk and Blush. Blush is not my colour either!!

    May 7, 2013
  3. Hazel Smith #

    I must be crazy, but I think that in terms of grey scale, the combo with Blecker in it has the most contrast. I don’t see it just blending in at all.

    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

    May 7, 2013
  4. Julia #

    Okay, so it isn’t one of your options, but I would go with gordy, pond scum, and the garnet (sorry, woefully unedumacated on colorway names. Mea culpa.) nor am I aware of the rules (if any) for color affection…i know you want 3 colors.

    May 8, 2013
  5. kay #

    I would go with the Blecker grey combo: I love those colors best.

    May 8, 2013
  6. Janis #

    I see the first three colors ( in the main
    picture ) working well together-

    Pond Scum with Gourdy and Blecker.

    I wasn’t sure about Pond Scum before,
    but now I can see how it brings colors
    together with a sort of’ ‘ happy- mojo-
    vibe’ !

    May 8, 2013
  7. jabecker #

    You know I have a deep, abiding love for anything even remotely scummy. And Blecker, well…

    How can I choose?

    May 9, 2013
  8. Hazel Smith #

    And just in case my post was in any way ambiguous, I’m voting positively for the combo containing Blecker.

    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

    May 9, 2013
  9. Tru #

    I’m all for the Blecker Gray trio. Even before reading your thoughts, I like that trio best. Then I started thinking about why… One warm color, one cool color, and one neutral yet each a significantly different value. Each makes the other super pop in a very balanced way. The other trios, while nice together, aren’t quite as perfectly balanced in both hue and value. In the first, the orange “flattens” the red. In the last, the pond scum really tones down the other two rather than making them pop. I like them each but Blecker Trio definitely wins.

    May 10, 2013
  10. Janis #


    I have been thinking about the color affection colors a bit more.

    I do love the Bleck, Bittersweet ?, and Big Brain Blue trio…
    But me is thinking you have to include pond scum though, so let it be….. Pond Scum, Bittersweet? and Big Brain Blue…
    Yes I will stick with that one!

    The colors say warm summer days ahead,
    with shawl wearing cool summer nights!

    May 10, 2013
  11. bitchesgetstitches #

    i hadn’t seen the chicken pic before . . .

    May 20, 2013

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