Wow… Can you believe it? It’s been SIXTEEN YEARS since I officially started as Knitivity. Technically speaking, I started dyeing yarn about 6 months prior (Spring of 2006) to my official start on October 1, 2006, but that was mostly just practice to see if I liked dyeing yarn. Well, actually it was to see if I even could dye yarn. At the time it was becoming evident that a lot of people were seriously into hand-dyed yarns, sock yarns, specifically.
As many of you know, I’m went through Hurricane Katrina when it came through New Orleans in 2005. I’d already been toying with the idea of making a life change, but had held back mostly out of my own doubts and insecurity; I had a stable income working for the State of Louisiana. Katrina brought upheaval to just about everything around me. If there was ever a time to make a change, that was it. I figured I’d never have such a ready opportunity to try making it on my own, so I swallowed hard, closed my eyes, and took the leap. It has been a challenge with some seriously rough spots.
I have stuck with mostly sock yarns for several reasons, but mostly because you can start knitting and have a functional pair of socks with just one skein; I wouldn’t have to dye a sweater’s worth of matching yarn and hope to sell it all as a set. For my particular space and resource limitations, dyeing sock yarn is easier for me than some of the heavier yarns. I can, of course, access and dye heavier yarns on request, but I don’t currently stock a ready inventory of them any more.
For my 16th anniversary, it didn’t feel right offering just 16% off, since that would only be $23.10. So, instead, I’m going to invoice ALL my yarns this week (October 1 – 7) at just $20.06 each (because I started in 2006), both from this week’s collection and all previously posted Blog Reader Specials (click through to see what is available there).
All of this week’s BRS collection were dyed on Phydlbitz Sock. I went mostly with the “Sherbets” technique, although there are a few Twinsets dyed with other techniques. The last Twinset (#822-823) is a true DumpDye — I put the yarn into the acid bath, then splashed some dye from the jar on one section, moved the yarn around to expose another section and splashed some more. There were 3 or 4 dyes I did that way, then took the yarns out onto the work space and splashed some other colors on top just for fun. 🙂
If you have questions or need to see a particular Twinset, please feel free to ask and I can take individual pictures if no one else has claimed them already.
To claim the ones you want, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your numbered selections. I expect these to be ready to ship on or about Wednesday.
Rack 1 –
800, 801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 808, 809, 810, 811
Rack 2 –
812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, 818, 819, 820, 821, 822, 823