Well, we escaped the wrath of another hurricane this week, although our neighbors in Louisiana have been taking quite a beating this season. I wish them all well as they begin the process of clean-up. Been there, done that, wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
Last week I failed to mention — October 1 was my 14th anniversary as Knitivity! Yup, I’ve been at this since 2006! Gosh, I’ve learned so much along the way. I remember when I started out, left a regular paycheck from the State of Louisiana and announced I would be dyeing yarns for a living. And I remember the unspoken snickers and snide comments. But I’d put myself in a position where I really couldn’t back out and just had to keep pushing forward. And I’m still here. 😀
This weekend, I decided to do a combination collection of Blog Reader Specials — some superwash Merino laceweight, and some regular Merino sport weight. The laceweights came out nicely (well, I think so, anyway), but the sport weights not so nice. I tried to be careful, but they seem to have lightly felted or stuck to themselves. A friend of Knitivity was giving me some tips on how to possibly rescue these, so I’ve got that process started. If that doesn’t pan out, I may be either rolling dryer balls for sale, or simply sell these skeins at a discount for those who like using wool for craft projects.
A couple months ago I shared on FB that I was making a pocketed shawl for my daughter, at her request. She had shown me a pattern she liked, but I made one of my own design after she picked the yarn. I used Plymouth Encore worsted wt., in a Gray Ombre (her choice) with some coordinating solids (my choice) for the pockets. This is the end result, and she likes it!
I will be making another one, in some superwash Merino, so that I can write a proper pattern and possibly make some kits in my own dyed yarns.
While I was power-crocheting this project I developed a trigger joint in my thumb (hurts like heck if I’m not careful), so I have to lay off power-crocheting for a while, but I hope to have a proper pattern done before the weather gets too cold. I have a splint I can wear at night to encourage healing. I can’t just leisurely crochet — I have always powered through crochet projects anyway, and this was a special request for my daughter, so I really got into it.
So… here are the laceweights shown below. These are all 100% Superwash Merino, 930+ yards each. They came with a label that they should be 930 yards, but on my skein winder they are closer to 960+ yards. 🙂
These were all dyed with two different dyes mixed together — a regular amount of one dye plus a quarter-amount of a different dye, creating unique solids. Some of them broke a little but variance is a hallmark of hand-dyed yarns so there are some lighter areas or deeper areas. Several of these Twinsets were double- or triple-dipped to ensure a better coverage.
Since my regular supplier doesn’t currently have a laceweight comparable to what they used to carry, I had to get these on special order to fill a custom request for someone who only needed just a few, and these are the extras. I’m not sure if I will continue to stock this particular yarn in the future; it will largely depend on whether people want a superwash Merino laceweight. These will go to the Blog Reader Specials page for $32.00 each, but for today and tomorrow (Sunday and Monday) you can claim the ones you want for $30.00 each.
Send me an email request, indicating the numbered selections you would like. I aim to have these ready to ship on or before Thursday. I will mark these off as people claim them, so you can see which ones are still available at the time of your visit.
Available Yarns: All have now been claimed.