Happy Almost Frozen Saturday!
I woke this morning to 31º outside and barely 55º inside. I do have central heat, but it’s an older system and doesn’t always turn on. I accidentally left the little space heater turned on in the living room, thank goodness, and without that it would be freezing inside as well. Of course, now that I’m up and about the main heater did finally come on and it’s up to 57º now. hahaha. It was 32º when I got the yarns outside for the pictures shown below. I resisted for a while, but I really dislike showing yarns any later than I have to. Having now done it, of course, I won’t likely make this mistake again.
In the midst of my own minor grumble I know that much of the rest of the country continues to experience much colder outdoor weather and I sincerely hope all of you have adequate indoor heat and no need to venture out except for your own recreation. Many people relish the cold weather and enjoy outdoor activities. I am not one of those people, but I can contribute to the fun by providing amazing yarns for mittens, socks, scarves, hats, and sweaters to keep you warm and cozy.
After a few weeks of sharing some of the new yarns I received a few weeks ago, I am presenting the first collection of Phydlbitz Sock for 2024. It felt good dyeing the yarn I am most familiar with, and happy with the results.
I used a variety of techniques this week, including a couple “hand-slap” dyes and some tri-color blends. Many of the deeply saturated solids were not straight dyes, but randomly blended combinations, so even if I could name the dyes used yesterday, I couldn’t duplicate the same color next week. Many of the dye jars I used for blending were blended remainder dyes from the previous dye session earlier in the week.
While the wild multi-color combinations are great for socks and scarves, the deeply saturated solids are amazing for lace work. Using sock yarns means your lace work is also easy care because it is far less prone to felting — a quick hand-wash and laying out to dry, without the painstaking precision pinning and blocking. These solids are also superb for textured knitting such as cables or other textures where you want to show the textures without the distraction of many colors vying for attention.
All of the yarns this week are on Knitivity’s Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each), and were dyed as Twinsets to allow enough yarn for larger-than-socks projects. If you need more than two skeins for a project, I am more than happy to discuss a custom dye job. As with any hand-dyed yarns, there is always a little variance skein-to-skein, but with a custom job I am careful to prepare the dyes and yarns for a more uniform job.
Phydlbitz Sock yarns are normally $27.50 each, but for Saturday and Sunday you can claim any two or more skeins (matching Twinset or random Solo skeins) for just $25.50 each. They will all be reskeined and labeled before shipping, of course, but when you claim yours early, I don’t have to photograph the finished skeins for posting and presentation. You save me a little work, I save you a little money. 🙂
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the numbered items you want. I invoice through PayPal, and even if you don’t have a PayPal account, they will process your credit/debit card. Just be sure to provide your shipping address when you pay the invoice, as that is where I prepare your shipping label.
I expect to have these ready to ship on or about Thursday. I was informed this week that there are postal delays with packages going through the recently opened mail distribution or sorting center in Missouri City; my packages used to go out through the North Houston center. I’m not sure what the problem is, but our local congressperson got involved due to complaints and went to investigate the issue and tour the facility himself, so hopefully the problems will be resolved quickly/
Rack 1 –
49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60
Rack 2 – 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66,
67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72