I trust this finds you well and healthy. This weekend is obnoxiously sunny and glorious, so I’m not complaining at all. 🙂
I got a new order of Phydlbitz Sock yarn from my supplier on Thursday, and it arrived early enough I could get all the hanks pulled and ready to dye on Friday. Speaking of my supplier, for the last year or so, they’ve been shipping via FedEx, so I’ve been getting my yarn orders within 3-4 days instead of 7 or 8 as it used to be. But my supplier has experienced problems, so they will be going back to shipping with UPS, so I will go back to waiting a week or so for my orders.
As for my outbound shipping, I will continue to ship with USPS. I know there have been other problems with USPS this past year, but I’ve not heard complaints of excessively delayed shipments to any of my customers. I figure either all my customers’ orders are arriving in a timely fashion, OR my customers understand where problems lie and haven’t reported lost or delayed packages to me. But, obviously, if a package IS delayed I would like to know about it so I can try to track things in their system. I try to indicate a target date for when yarns will ship, and customers always get an email with their shipping tracking number so they can readily see when a package was picked up here and where it might be along its journey.
Last night as I was finishing up the dyeing, I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out, but when I burst the dyeing pouches this morning, I was very much tickled and had to show the whole collection as it was ready to go into the wash-and-rinse cycles. As I mentioned on Facebook this morning:
I love putting color onto undyed yarn. But even more, I really love bursting the pouches to see what magic happens inside the steamer beyond my immediate control. After all these years it still feels like magic how sometimes the colors migrate a little and blend into colors I didn’t see at first.
These are not in any particular order and I have no idea how they will hang on the racks. But these are the yarns I’ll be showing in a few hours for this week’s collection of Blog Reader Specials. They are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and they are shown as twisted Twinsets in this picture — each bundle is actually two skeins that were dyed together.
I had to wait for the sun to move into an acceptable position for pictures without shadows, but here they are, shown below.
As mentioned, they are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and all were dyed as Twinsets so you can use a pair for larger-than-sock projects like scarves, shawls, etc. Most were dyed with a splattered or “melted crayon” technique and shouldn’t create a lot of pooling, but I still recommend if you are using both hanks of a Twinset that you alternate yarns every couple of rows to further minimize pooling or striping. Twinset #178-179 will work up into self-striping spiral stripes — the hanks were dye half yellow and half light salmon with a schmear of brown in the middle. Twinset #182-183 is the last pair I dyed; I did it as a DumpDye, just dumping all the remaining dyes of the day into the vat to create a wonderful semi-solid burgundy. It will surely work up into a lovely lace or textured piece without the color distracting from your stitch work.
As always, while I dye Twinsets for convenience and to make enough yarn for larger-than-sock projects, you don’t have to claim both hanks of a Twinset. If you need more than two hanks for a project, I’ll be happy to dye up a special collection; just tell me what you need.
All of these will be ready to ship on or before Wednesday.
Each of these is $27.00.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered selections. I will mark off on the Available Yarns tally just below and then send you a PayPal invoice. Please do make sure PayPal has your correct shipping information, as that is where I print shipping labels. Plus, if I use the confirmed shipping address in PayPal we are both protected in case of a lost item.
eta: All the yarns unclaimed from the preview racks have now been individually photographed and moved to the Blog Reader Specials page; click through to see which ones remain available at the time of your visit.
Rack 1 –
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183
Rack 2 – 184, 185, 186, 187,
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195