It’s Labor Day weekend here — Labor Day, the first Monday of September, is set aside to honor the workers of America. For me, that means I’ve decided not to dye anything this weekend. For you, that means it is time for a
Labor Day Weekend Sale!
Friday through Monday – All individually marked items will be calculated at 30% off the marked price. All Bundled Twinsets will be calculated at 25% off marked price (they are already 10% off or more). No special codes, just email your requests and I will do the math for you! All weekend requests will ship on Tuesday.
Here are all of the available Blog Reader Specials ready to be adopted. To make your selections just click through to the Blog Reader Specials page!
I know I’ve mentioned this in times past, but it’s worth illustrating with an excellent example: After you have balled your yarn, you need to ball it a second time.
Most people mount their yarn on a swift in order to use a center-pull ball winder. No matter how gently or loosely you think you are winding the ball, you create tension because you are pulling yarn from the swift AND pulling the swift itself round and round. The swift acts as a yarn brake, slowing down the yarn. (A yarn brake is a wonderful tool most often used for machine-knitting to deliberately tension yarn, especially when creating an intarsia project on the machine.) This pulls on the yarn and increases the tension on the yarn as you wind it up, which can cause the yarn to loose its natural elasticity. This will affect the yarn as you knit, especially if you ball your yarn and leave it stored that way for a while.
After you pull the yarn from the swift into a center-pull ball, put the newly-formed ball on the floor and reball it again. The second time, the yarn is free and is not also pulling the weight of the swift. The second time around, the resulting ball will be looser and larger, and will thus not lose its elasticity in case you aren’t going to be working with it right away. Reballing the yarn this way lets you store the yarn ready for use without having it stretched under tension as it waits to be used.
The two balls above came from virtually identical hanks of Briggs & Little “Heritage”, 215 yards each, part of the wonderful collection I showed a few days ago. The one on the left is a first-balled example; the one on the right is a re-balled example. You can’t feel it by viewing the picture, but you can readily see the difference. The one on the left is firmer; the one on the right looks and feels softer and more inviting to work with.
UPDATE: All the yarns that were not claimed from the preview pictures down below have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page, with individual presentation pictures. Be sure to click through to see which ones are available at the time of your visit. Here are the group shots of those that were just posted there:
Another busy week has flown by, and here we are again with another large collection of freshly dyed yarns! This time it is all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards).
Looking at some of these, I’m reminded of weather maps with all the bright storm-warning colors! Right now, our friends in Hawaii are barely dodging what is left of Lane, downgraded to a Tropical Storm. A few days ago it was looking like a Category 5 storm heading right for the islands. And up in the northeast there are storms as well wreaking havoc on many.
Here in Texas it is just plain beastly hot (still). I will be glad when it will be almost shawl and sweater weather here. Fortunately, even here in the south, there are times when a light shawl or cowl is appropriate, and all of these Phydlbitz Sock yarns can be fashioned into accessories to keep you warm head to toe!
All of these were dyed as Twinsets, so you can make larger projects and keep the colors compatible (though I always recommend alternating balls of yarn every couple of rows to break up pooling and to avoid the obvious changes when a new ball is attached). On the other hand, I used a limited palette with each batch, and hung each batch separately this time, so that you can select from several different yarns and play with colors that will work well together.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email indicating your numbered selections. These will all be ready to ship on or before Tuesday.
A few posts ago I was complaining about a particular yarn company, trying to get yarn to make another blanket for my son. After the unfortunate interactions with that company, I found a different source. It arrived today. Bigger box …Continue reading →
Update: All of the yarns NOT claimed down below have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. Here are the group shots of these yarns. Be sure to click through to the BRS page to see which ones …Continue reading →