Can you believe it’s nearly October already?! This is the penultimate sock club shipment – how fast that year went! The yarn went out in today’s mail, so it should be with members very soon. This time we used my current favourite sock yarn, Elinor, a tightly spun superwash merino, which has 400 yards per 100g skein.
For the colourway, I was inspired by an autumn fireworks display, bright colours on a muted background. I wanted it to be a colourway with a lot of different colours in it, in Tony’s special subtle way. And he’s done a beautiful job. I gave him the theme, and he interpreted it with his usual flair.
However, a colourway that has lots of subtle colours is virtually impossible to replicate over a dye lot of 110 skeins (we always do extra). And so there is a great deal of variation between all the skeins. They are all beautiful, they all capture the theme, but they are all completely individual. So please, please don’t be upset if your skein doesn’t look identical to someone else’s, and if anyone does post spoiler photos, please don’t have any exact expectations as to your own skein being the same as that one, because it almost certainly won’t be (which is why I haven’t taken any photos myself.
That proviso having been said, I really think everyone will love this colourway. I know I do. I may have swiped a skein for myself! Here are my pattern suggestions for the yarn:
A final word about the sock club: we’ve talked and talked, and we really don’t think that we will continue it on in 2010. Tony feels that his time would be better spent in dyeing extra yarn for updates, or in doing one off kits. The way he dyes does not easily lend itself to replicating a colourway over such a large amount of yarn, and he gets a little stressed trying to do so. So although I’m not saying we definitely won’t be doing the sock club, there’s a good chance we won’t. But if we don’t, we’ll try to come up with fun one off yarn events for you all instead. In the meantime, enjoy the last couple of club yarns!