Wheee! I have some dye requests to be doing tomorrow, but I needed to press these ahead in the queue.
These are all Phydlbitz Sock – 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards apiece, $26.00 each.
The last one, BRS17-116 got so skewed in the pre-soak, the dyeing, and then the washing, I had to reskein it ever-so-gently just so it could hang and dry reasonably safely! Several strands were pulled so tautly, I had to rig up a set of dowels at the bottom of the swift just to hold it up on the swift while I rewound it. Otherwise it would have fallen down and made an even bigger mess. Mind you, I had to do this manually — even a slow spin with the motor sent the dowels like missiles across the living room!
Anyway, here is the rack of Blog Reader Specials. They are grouped in Twinsets, and arranged so that you can see all the colors. Each skein within a Twinset is the same front and back. #115 is the same colors as #116.
Individually they are $26.00 apiece, but if you claim a Twinset, you can have both for $44.00. To claim the ones you want just email me with the item numbers. I will prepare a PayPal invoice for you, with shipping/handling based on your state or country, so be sure I know where you are. PayPal will collect all your other shipping details. These will be ready to ship Tuesday afternoon.
Already claimed: 107 & 108, 115 & 116
One of my regular customers (Hi, Belinda!) came to me with an idea for her niece’s Tallit — her niece wanted “rainbow colors with some dark”, and also “rainbow flag colors — she wants to be noticed”. I had to go look up what a tallit is — it’s a form of Jewish prayer shawl or stole, long rectangular, rather than triangle. Three skeins of multicolored rainbow colors would knit up with a mish-mash of colors, but wouldn’t particularly suggest the rainbow flag, so I suggested half-skeins of rainbow solids, to be knit in stripes, with a bit of black to border each color for a little extra ‘pop’.
I used to offer a special “Rainbow Pride Pack” assembled of commercial yarns from my former supplier (there were also other “Pride Packs” of other colors), but when the relationship with that supplier went south, so did the Pride Packs, and I’ve not had them since 2010. In the years since, several times a year, I get requests for Rainbow Pride Packs, but didn’t have them readily available any more, and my ability to dye solids was less than stellar.
However, because she requested it, I figured I’d give it a shot. I had to develop a different way to make the recipe and a variant new technique to get the yarns fully saturated in color AND fully covered all over without too much variation. Because of these extra materials and labor involved, they are priced accordingly.
And with that introduction, I now present to you the new “Rainbow Pride Pack – II“, to be available at first on Phydlbitz Sock, in either half-skein size (215 yards ea.) or quarter-skein size (110 yards ea.) Later this week, I will be creating some on the Superwash Merino Sport weight on half-size hanks (140 yards ea.) Full size hanks will also be available as well, of course. 🙂
For now, these can only be custom ordered as a set and will be individually custom-dyed, so expect 2.5-3 weeks from date of order to date of shipping. Depending on how well these sell, there may be extras on the Blog Reader Specials page. Each will be individually dyed, so there may be some minor variation from one set to the next. If you need multiple sets, they should be ordered together to ensure the closest match.
How to order: for introduction this month (February), I am asking that you email me your request and I’ll write up an individual invoice at this introductory rate:
Rainbow Pride Pack – 7 Phydlbitz whole hanks = $182.00
Rainbow Pride Pack – 7 Phydlbitz Half-size hanks = $91.00
Rainbow Pride Pack – 7 Phydlbitz Quarter-size hanks = $45.50
After February, the price will go up, as other yarn bases and other color options are developed.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I wanted to give you a little something early. I hope you don’t mind too terribly. This way, you’ll get to enjoy it when the day actually arrives — assuming the mail system works! 🙂
I just noticed that there are way too many Blog Reader Specials (47 as of this afternoon).
So… from now through Sunday (Feb 5),
- Claim ANY TWO skeins, you’ll get 20% off the total;
- Claim THREE skeins, you’ll get 25% off the total
- Claim FOUR or more, you’ll get 30% off the total.
Please note: Twinset pricing is suspended, as 20% off is a better deal!
Your orders will ship upon payment, with the next pass of the mail carrier, in time to reach you before Valentine’s Day.
I put up a couple dozen Phydlbitz Sock hanks to dye this weekend. I should know better than to try making solids. No matter what I do, I can’t make solidly solid colors, and it frustrates the heck out of me. So this coming week I will be trying to correct what was done to at least improve it. I was aiming to create some sets of mini-skeins in assorted color combinations. None of the hanks turned out exactly as I wanted, so I need to spend more time making it right.
In the meantime, here’s a collection of a dozen normal Phydlbitz Sock, some Twinsets and some singles. These will be going to the Blog Reader Specials page on Tuesday.
To claim the ones you want just drop me an email (not blog post comment — I don’t get notified of those in a timely manner) with your numbered selections. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice and will start shipping these on Tuesday.
Please note: Twinsets are grouped in pairs, but rotated so that you can see all the colors that appear on BOTH skeins of the pair. You don’t have to claim both skeins of a Twinset if you only want one. Each Phydlbitz Sock is $26.00 apiece.
ALL the unclaimed ones are now posted on the Blog Reader Specials page — click to go there and see which ones remain available at the time of your visit.
The yarns I showed on Saturday have now been reskeined and the ones not claimed at preview pricing have been photographed for individual presentation over on the Blog Reader Specials page — go there to see the individual pictures and to confirm current availability.
Here are the group shots. First, the Lovely Sock (80/20 SW Merino/Nylon, 430 yards)…
And the Superwash Merino Fingering (420 yards)