A rainy autumn weekend has arrived!
Thank you to all the well-wishers who made my 15th anniversary as Knitivity special. And now I return to the work at hand.
Last night I learned that International mail service to several countries has been suspended due to COVID-19. I learned this when a package sent to a long-time client was returned to me. Certainly not what I wanted to get in my Friday evening mail delivery. I’ve looked it up and found instructions what to do. My client has asked me to hold the package and try to ship it again when the suspension is lifted; according to the USPS Web site I can simply remove the pink sticker and try again without having to pay new postage. Unfortunately, there appeared to be no way for me to find out when the suspension is lifted, so I’ll just keep checking back regularly. This suspension is directly related to limitations due to COVID-19, so hopefully this won’t last forever.
Until then, of course, there will be no international shipping, and for that I am sorry.
Onward to this week’s collection of Blog Reader Specials! 🙂
I think I mentioned last week that I had tried to replenish some of my regular dyes that were running low, and discovered that (also due to COVID-19) production and distribution of dyes has suffered as well, and the dyes I needed are not available. So, I went to a different brand and got some new-to-me colors instead.
I went into the dye session with the intention of using one of the new dyes (called “Sunflower Yellow”) to see how it plays with some of my other regular dyes. It was quickly apparent that this isn’t the sort of yellow I expected; it has a definitely leaning toward brown; you can see it on Twinset #866-867, that is the only dye I used there. As a blended dye from the manufacturer, it is clearly made up of several other dyes, and you will see some red showing through here and there. I applied it in sections, dry dye on wet yarn, and then used a schmear technique to spread it out. Had I used a liquid dye solution it would have been an even color
That Sunflower Yellow Twinset was the second Twinset of the first dye session, done after using last week’s Dump Dye jar to create this amazing terra cotta/red brick Twinset #876-777. I think 876-877 will make some lovely lacework, as it came out nearly perfectly solid so it will show of your textured stitches or lacework.
Twinset #856-857 is a segmented teal/purple combination; for #860 -861 is used a yellow dip dye at one end of the hanks, with a sprinkling of pumpkin orange over that, and then dipped the other end into a vat of the “True Black” dye I just got. It isn’t as black as the “Jet Black” I’ve used in the past. Twinset #862-863 is a purple/navy variegation. #870-871 is a yellow and deep teal schmear. #874-875 is a dip-dye in residual blues, with a schmear of black over it.
The rest of the yarns are fairly evident in their coloring, but I am happy to get individual Twinset pictures in different lighting for clarity if you need them. I am hoping by the time these are ready to be reskeined and photographed there will be better outdoor lighting. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Normally for a Saturday showing, I try to aim for Tuesday shipping, but with the rain and humidity in the forecast I will say I expect to ship these new yarns on or before Wednesday. Wet weather just means the yarns take longer to dry.
All of these are Phydlbitz II sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards. They are each $27.00 and will appear on the Blog Reader Specials page as soon as they are dried and ready for their presentation photos.
To claim the ones you want from this new collection, just send me an email with your numbered requests.
Rack 1 –
854, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859, 860, 861, 862, 863, 864, 865
Rack 2 –
866, 867, 868, 869, 870, 871, 872, 873, 874, 875, 876, 877