So when you visit the Custom Dyes page and complete an order for two or more skeins (in any combination) be sure to specific in the Special Instructions box which pattern you would like to have. It will be emailed to you right away (or as soon as I get notice of your order).
These are the 8 Primo Lace now drying on the rack. With good weather they should be dry and ready for skeining and presentation this evening over on the Specials page. 🙂
Do y’all remember this? And do y’member what it means?
Say “fiddle-bits”. Sounds like a fun word, and it sort of tickles the tongue to say it.
It is a made up word that means
And that’s true. Without you folks, this wouldn’t be possible. Every yarn or pattern sold helps me move just a little bit further along.
I just wanted to give a quick shout-out of appreciation for those who have helped me along the way. It is hard being an indie dyer these days. I like to think (based on feedback) that what I do to yarn is not only unique, but desirable for what knitters are doing today — especially with lace knitting, where the focus is on the stitching. I want to create yarns that are more than just flat solids, but serve to support the fancy stitching to make an “organic” shawl or scarf or other project that is filled with life and ever-changing hues.
So, thank you for your encouragement and support, for sharing links forward with your friends and telling them what you’ve done with Knitivity yarns. I especially appreciate shared links on Facebook or Google+ because there are thousands of knitters and crocheters whom I will never know about, and they’ll never know about me unless someone they know introduces them to my work.
Now that the new Web site is functional (lots more tweaking to come, but it will suffice for now), and the ordering process is a little smoother (still waiting for someone to actually test it to find out if others can make it work), and there are many other ideas I want to implement.
Someone suggested having a special membership only section where there would be private previews of new colorways, First Looks at special yarns coming up, as well as access to private online Knitterati knitting circles via video group conferencing — likely a week or monthly tutorial or knit-along where experienced knitters can help newbies with techniques. And, of course, the members-only section would automatically have discounts on all yarns purchased. 🙂
If that is something you’d like to see implemented, please let me know.
Since I have to deal with 6-7 years of legacy pictures, I thought it would be fun to occasionally post and reminisce.
This is one of my favorite washcloth patterns, a very simple stitch repeat, reversible design, made with two colors of yarn. It requires a circular needle because you are working the two yarns from opposite ends of the needle.
The yarn I used for this is one of my favorite washcloth yarns: Classic Elite “Provence” — a nice 100% mercerized cotton yarn, but you can use whatever yarn you like.
With Color A, cast on 60.
Foundation Row: *K1, P1, repeat from * across, and slip work to the opposite end of the needle, so our Color A yarn is hanging away from a working needle tip.
Row 1: Color B to knit the knits and purl the purls.
Row 2: Still using Color B, purl the knits and knit the purls. Slip the work back to the opposite end, so that Color A is again ready to work.
Row 3: Color A to knit the knits and purl the purls.
Row 4: Color A, purl the knits and knit the purls. Slip the work back to the opposite end, so that Color B is again ready to work.
Repeat these 4 rows until your washcloth is approximately square, then bind off on the second row a Color B band.
You may use to do the opposite of knits and purls on every row, making a seed stitch cloths. Or you can reverse the knit-the-knits/purl-the-purls directions, so that when you change colors you do the opposite stitch and on the next row you knit the knits, etc.
I left my edges alone, but you can put a cute crocheted edge if you wish. It is several years now, and the washcloth is nearly white from use, but the texture remains an excellent exfoliant for scrubbing in the shower!
Okay, I could be mistaken, but I think I made it work. Go check out the Custom Dyes page and order as much as you want. 🙂
After much grief and futzing around, I ended up just using the pictures from the old yarns page, and not nearly as many as I wanted. But it is functional and much more condensed than the previous ordering method I was using before. If you have a problem, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP.
You will notice that the pricing on multiples of the same color automatically get a discount! That’s because multiples of the same color get dyed together, so it is a little less work at the dye station. Did you know it takes longer to mix the various dyes for each job than it does to actually apply the dye?
The Custom Dyes page needs to be seen as far and wide as possible, so pleeeeeeze feel free to share the direct link to the Custom Dyes page, tell your friends on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, Google+, wherever about Knitivity. With the regular summer slump compounded by many days working on this upgraded Web site, I’m way behind on buying yarn as well as shipping and everything else. I know I’ve said it before, but I need to sell 40-50 skeins a week, consistently, in order to stay afloat, and I’m averaging 4-5 a week for the last few months (a few “pretty good” weekends with a lot of weeks with no sales), so I am constantly juggling between keeping the lights and water on, or buying yarns, or getting groceries.
Don’t forget the Referral Bonus: if you have already bought from me, and you tell a friend who also buys, you get a 10% discount on your next order. The only catch: your friend must let me know with their FIRST order they were referred by you, so that I can let you know you have a discount coming.
So, now that that page is up, I’m going to chill out for the evening, if that’s okay with y’all. 🙂