well, somebody up there must like me, because - after days.... no, weeks, of rain! - we finally got another sunny day, just in time for me to dye the last batch of sock yarn for the trunk show. i was so superstitious about jinxing it, though, that i didn't even want to take any pictures or blog about it until the end of the day, when the yarn was brought inside & hung up to finish drying (only slightly damp - it's amazing how much difference a bit of sun can make!).
in the background of the above picture, you can just see the results of all my hard work. here's a better look:
to give you some idea of scale, that's the bottom half of a double futon, fully occupied by bags of yarn, most of which are stacked at least two (& sometimes three) bags high.
& now, i can (mostly) relax. the time that each batch of yarn takes to dry, even in the sun, means that i am literally unable to do any more yarn for this showcase - even if i wanted to (which i kind of do!) i just don't have the time. all i have left to do now is label the last batch or two of yarn, print up a couple of little signs, & put together the handspun hat kits - which means i just have enough time for a little contest!!! it's one simple question, requires no special skills, and the winner will get a surprise skein of yarn from my new stock (you can let me know if you'd rather have sock or laceweight yarn).
here's the question - how many skeins of yarn have i managed to dye up for the trunk show day? the more astute among you may try to count the bags in the picture - most of the bags hold one kilo of yarn, which is usually ten skeins. but although that might get you closer to the answer, it won't help you too much, since not all the bags have ten skeins in them (some have more, some have less). plus, there's the yarn i dyed today which is still drying, and there's another batch that's already dry (& hence not on the drying rack) but which still needs labels (& hence not yet bagged up ready to go). confused yet?? here's a hint - i started with 30 kilos of yarn, and despite my best efforts (damn that rain!) i didn't manage to get through all 30 kilos, although i did dye up a lot of it.
to enter the contest, just leave me a comment telling me how many skeins you think i dyed for the trunk show day - easy as that! i'm looking for a number of skeins (i.e. 173 skeins - which is not the right answer!) - not a number of kilos. i'm not including handspun or hat kits, or anything currently in the shop - just the mill-spun yarn that i dyed specifically for the K1 Yarns day. i don't even have an accurate number myself - i'll need to go through & check the bags & add everything up - so i'll give you some time to think about it! i'll keep the contest running until sunday 17th august - so leave me your guesses, and i'll let you know!