I was in the storage pod a few weeks back looking for samples. I noticed that there were quite a few boxes of yarn in need of over-dyeing. As most of you know anytime one of our colorways does not meet our rigid colorway standard ( A Farmhouse colorway needs to look like a Farmhouse colorway!) we hold them back and once we have enough of them we over-dye them to our hearts content. Well… I do and this time my daughter, Sophie, played along with me for awhile. What comes from all this double duty of color on yarn are some pretty extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, colorways.
I love them! I love everything about our Rare Gems!
I love dyeing them. I love rinsing them and hanging them to dry. I love winding them into balls. And… I love knitting them! Putting the dye on then, watching it react with the colors already there, making new hues and all kinds of subtle and not so subtle shading. Magic! Just magic!
I love rinsing them out and seeing how all of that depth and layers of color turned out and then yet again when it is drying. We have a few rules in the barn in relationship to me and our Rare Gems because… I just might have a teeny tiny problem in this area. I am allowed to look all I want but if I want any of them to be mine then Debra and Paula and I have to confer. It’s fair. Otherwise one of those big ol’ storage pods we have would be full of my Rare Gem stash and I just can’t be that person. Also, there would not be any for you guys and that is not fair. At one point, a few years ago, I will cop to having quite a few rubber maid bins full of them but, I let go and sold most of them at the last Barn Sale.
We will put these Rare Gems up for sale this afternoon (Friday, June 10th) around 1:00pm our time . The last time we did this they were gone in about a few hours so… .
Yes they do cost a teeny bit more because of the whole twice dyed, more work, thing!
I think that is all you need to know and some that you don’t on the Rare Gem front now onto our lovely color stories!
Thank you so much for your color stories I am honored and humbled by them! I am mulling them over and will be working on them in the next few weeks. We have lots of vacations this month and I am the fill in, so busy, busy me. This week I am Becky ( dyer) next week I am Paula ( shipping and customer service) and then the following week I am Debra (dyer and production mgr) . I know… it’ a damn good thing I am a mercurial Gemini! If you can be patient with me that would be all kinds of awesome!
Next Friday we are taking down the list below of Summertime colorways so we can add more, some of which are brand new! Yay!
As always if there is one of our colorways you would like to see then let us know in the comments section.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I have been soaking up all the vitamin D I can. Lots of walking and playing in the garden.
Summertime colorways coming down Friday July 17th:
Clare de Lune
Coral’s Reefer Madness