I hope this finds you and yours all well and truly safe and healthy. I’m staying as far away from everyone as I can, only going to market every 10-14 days. Otherwise, all my food and groceries are delivered. And my health is slowly returning to what it was a year ago, so that’s a good thing.
I continue to alternate my weeks, between putting out a collection of Blog Reader Specials and catching up on some custom orders that have been waiting. I’m looking forward to doing nothing but Blog Reader Specials again.
There were some hiccups last week so I didn’t get the Blog Reader Specials done as quickly as I would have liked, but now they’re all done! This week I did two dozen Phydlbitz Sock yarns (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards). Most of them are a combination of Splatter-and-Schmear, but there are a couple of fades, and the last one I did was a Dump-Dye (#155-156) to use up all the leftover dye from the dye session.
These are all dyed as Twinsets, but there is no obligation to take both hanks of a Twinset. In fact, because I used a limited palette this week, you might take one hank from multiple Twinsets to create your own Fade design for a shawl or other larger-than-socks project.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email, with your numbered selections. These should be ready to ship on or before Friday, Aug 7.
All Phydlbitz are normally $27.00 each, but for Monday and Tuesday (Aug 3 – 4), you can have each one for $25.00 each.
133, 134, 137, 138, 139, 140, 143, 144
151, 152, 153, 154,
Already Claimed: 135, 136, 141, 142,
145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 155, 156
Hi there, Everyone!
I hope everyone remains safe and healthy in these weird times. My own recovery continues to progress and I am feeling more like the old me (pre-2020) with each passing day. The short version, for the newcomers here: I had a diabetic health crisis in the fall, and then had to have my aorta fully replaced in January, so it’s been an “interesting” time the last 6-8 months. Just glad I didn’t have to deal with that during the current pandemic. Since I am in several high-risk categories (over 65, diabetic, COPD/asthmatic, etc.), along with still recovering from surgery and health issues, I continue to strictly isolate as much as possible.
But that doesn’t prevent me from dyeing yarn, and I’m able to do a little more each week!
Last week I dealt with some custom dye jobs, and this week I was able to do a collection of Blog Reader Specials for all y’all here at Knitivity. As promised, there are no Phydlbitz Sock yarns this week — it is all Superwash Merino sport weight, 280 yards each.
When I started yesterday’s dye session, I forgot I wasn’t dyeing Phydlbitz Sock yarn, and I accidentally dyed the first two Twinsets (#111-112 and 127-128) in a technique more suited for creating self-striping spiral-stripe socks! But looking at them after the wash-and-rinse, I think they could easily be used for either knitting or crocheting some awesome scarves, hats, or other winter wear. Most of the rest were dyed as Splatter-and-Schmear or one or another type of Fade.
I selected a limited palette and used the colors in various combinations, so it is quite possible that you can select yarns from different Twinsets for interesting effects, like with alternating stripes or blocks of some sort. There are 10 Twinsets, and 4 Single hanks; as always, there is no obligation to take both yarns of a Twinset.
This collection will be reskeined and ready to ship on or before Thursday (probably Wednesday, but I’ll say Thursday in case I have a bad day in the mix).
Each skein of Superwash Merino, sport weight is regularly $27.00, but if you claim yours on Sunday or Monday (July 19-20) off the rack before reskeining for presentation photos, you can have your selections for $25.00 each.
To claim the ones you want just send me an email with your numbered selections. I’ll mark your selection off in the tally below, send you a PayPal invoice, and soon as the invoice is paid I will prepare your shipping label so that as soon as the yarns are ready to go I can ship them without delay. Be sure to check this tally record on the Blog page — I post notices in several places and can’t monitor them all, and ask that people check the Blog and then email me rather than messaging me in other venues. Once the unclaimed yarns are reskeined and photographed for presentation they will be listed individually on the Blog Reader Specials page, and this tally chart will disappear.
All of the unclaimed yarns have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page.
Another month ends and we’re already half-way through 2020! Wow. This has been a crazy ride, eh? And rumor has it we’ve got a lot more coming.
I continue to make progress with my health, with the typical frustrations that come with reaching a plateau and it feels like I’m going backwards. But I keep pressing on and it does get better, slowly but surely. 🙂
Right now it is hotter than Hades – here in Houston as I type this it is currently 96ºF, feels like 108°F. YIKES!!! As I understand it, many parts of the country are experiencing the same thing, so I’ll try not to complain toooo loudly. 🙂
This week I have another collection of Blog Reader Specials for you, all are Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each, $27.00 each). I had planned to mix in some superwash Merino sport and superwash Merino worsted, but that didn’t happen. I think next time I’ll do all sport/worsted.
The top rack has 4 Twinsets of speckled/sprinkled dyes, plus a schmear (#93-94), and a Dump Dye (#85-86), which used up most of the leftover dyes from all the other yarns. The second rack is done in a two-tone technique different from how I’ve done it in the past, thanks to a technique I had to develop while doing the custom dye job last week. There are random red marks on #99-100 and #107-108; this is because that particular dye is a composite dye and I failed to dissolve the dye thoroughly before working with it. Composite dyes are designed to create a single solid color when properly dissolved in hot water; failure to dissolve it fully means sometimes the individual colors that go into the composite end up separating and striking the yarn on their own. As I said, this is a technique I developed for doing a custom job just last week, so I’m still learning the tricks involved. I will know better in the future.
BUT…. having said that, developing this new technique means I may be able to start offering custom combinations, like for school colors or sports team colors. I never guarantee exact match school or team colors, as usually they are copyrighted to those teams, and I can’t afford the licensing fees to copy their colors perfectly. BUT, I can usually come close enough so that when these are knitted up into spiral-striping socks, a fan will recognize them. 🙂
It will take a couple of days to process these, but they will be ready to ship on Monday — tomorrow is too soon and Saturday is a mail holiday.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with the item numbers you want. They were all dyed as Twinsets, but there is no obligation to take both skeins if you only want one skein. As always, first come first served, and none of these can be exactly duplicated.
Normally Phydlbitz Sock is $27.00 per skein. If you claim yours off the rack Thursday or Friday, you can have yours for $25.00 per skein.
All the yarns unclaimed from the weekend have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; please click through to view all the yarns currently available.
Things are getting better in leaps and bounds!
Well, okay, more like trips and shuffles, but no matter — we’re making progress.
Last week I dyed up a big custom order, and discovered that my washing machine was again leaving rust marks on my finished yarns. Not Cool. I’ll have to re-dye that whole order, but first I went and spent way much more money than I should have and bought a brand new washer AND dryer (haven’t had a working dryer since just after I moved in here over 13.5 years ago.
Holy Jamoley, these new-fangled machines are way beyond my expectation or desire, but apparently it is nearly impossible to get just a plain old washer and dryer like I am accustomed to. I’m sure if I had had the luxury of time, I could have shopped around and found more basic and less-expensive appliances, but one key factor was what was in the warehouse and ready to deliver. So, I got rid of this:
and got these monsters:
You can tell just by looking that these machines take up more real estate than my previous washer did — taller and stick out further into my walking space into the bedroom. I won’t tell you what a learning curve these are giving me, but today’s collection of new Blog Reader Specials were washed and rinsed in this big boy. 🙂 Because new technology brings new ways of doing things I’ve had to re-imagine how these will help (or hinder?) my working process in the future. In the old machine, I could just fill the tub with my pre-dye soaking solution, spin it out, and do a wet-on-dry dye technique. And it would take a few minutes to fill, I’d let it soak, and then just a few minutes to spin out. On this new machine, just the “Spin Only” cycle takes 17 minutes! Oy vey! But it gets the job done, so I’m not technically ‘complaining’, per se, just grumbling at the learning curve and having to change the processes I’ve developed over the last 13.5 years. 🙂
Anyway, onto the reason you’re reading — New Blog Reader Specials! As most of you know, I try to get 24 skeins per BRS session. Apparently in my creeping old age I either forgot how to count, or I just wasn’t paying attention, but I ended up with 28 skeins this time. And without actively trying, I ended up with seven Twinsets of spatter-speckles and seven Twinsets of two-tone or multi-tone fades, which made it real easy to divide into two racks for sorting and drying.
All of these are Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and all were dyed as Twinsets only for convenience for larger-than-sock projects like scarves and shawls. There is no obligation to take both skeins of a Twinset, so if you only want or need one skein of a pair, that’s totally fine.
Phydlbitz Sock are $27.00 each.
To claim the one(s) you want just send me an email with your numbered requests. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice, and when that is paid I’ll prepare your label for shipping,and then ship as soon as the yarns are ready. Before I got sick I could turn a BRS collection around and ready to ship fairly quickly. I’m still building up my stamina, but I will try to get these ready to ship by Saturday, but definitely by this coming Monday (June 22). My local mail carrier is pretty good about scanning packages, so you can start tracking your packages Monday evening or Tuesday morning. 🙂
(oops! I just realized I mis-numbered and left out #66.)
All the remaining unclaimed yarns from this collection are now posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; click through to check availability at the time of your visit.
Surprisingly, I am feeling almost sorta-kinda normal and my energy is increasing. I have yarns ready to custom-dye for the next couple of days, and then next weekend I’ll have a new batch of Blog Reader Specials. My stamina is still not where it used to be, so just prepping yarns takes 2-3 days sometimes.
In the meantime, I’ve been slowly working on the Old Shale scarf that I started 4 weeks after surgery. I think I only have a half-dozen repeats left before I can bind off, if my guesstimate is correct.
Here, I have folded it onto itself just to fit in the frame.
And here’s a close-up:
I think it will look better when it is blocked. I seriously need a tripod or something to steady the phone when I take a picture. The tremors in my hands just make pictures really difficult if I have nothing to lean on. 🙁
Anyway, that’s my world for now.