Powerless

Hi there. Much of Houston is still without power. I’m  typing this on my phone but can’t process pictures. Can’t even dye yarn. No clue when power will be restored. Eight of the ten massive towers that were blown down are in Harris County and they are saying it could be weeks before we are up and running. Weeks of  no new yarns for you and no income at all for me. Obviously this is a right foul mess.

 

It is barely 3:00 a.m. so I won’t solve the issue now. I only just now figured how to make a post from my phone. I think I’ll have a cup of coffee and wait for daylight to inspire me.

Blind Bundles were a hit!

Last week I offered Blind Bundles made up of three skeins of Phydlbitz Sock yarns.   What made them “blind” was that I would be combining the yarns and offering each discounted trio as sight-unseen.

In the last couple of days, I have gotten emails from each of the individuals who bought one or more such Blind Bundles.  I don’t always get comments but each of these customers sent a note to let me know they were very much pleased with the selections I made in trying to make eye-pleasing combinations.

This pleases me enormously, and suggests I can move forward making future three-skein bundles to show for sale in the future.

There are several unclaimed solid-dyed Phydlbitz Sock from the most recent collection, so I might be combining at least some of them with previously posted multi-color Phydlbitz Sock yarns.  I will, of course, show them as visible bundles, but still at a bundled reduced price.

Today I am recovering from a colonoscopy after some horrendous preparations.  Basically, you have to spend a day on a clear liquid diet, then drink some nasty concoction to clear out the bowels.  Turned out my system didn’t like the concoction and half of the second batch came back up.  Yuck.  I’m fine now, but exhausted, and under strict orders to not drive, make no big decisions, and do no important work.

So I’ll tackle the most recent yarns tomorrow, but I did want to share my glee with you that all the customers buying Blind Bundles were really pleased with the color combinations I had selected. 🙂

Solids Made for Combining

Good morning and Happy Saturday!

I wanted to start with a reminder that there is a still a deal on the Blog Reader Specials page — 10% off all posted items, as well as the Blind Bundle deal with 3 skeins of Phydlbitz Sock for just $70 (save $12.50 for each bundle).  This offer ends tonight.

Now for this week’s new Blog Reader Special collection – two dozen Phydlbitz Sock dyed as mostly solid Twinsets.

I went into the session planning on solids because nearly all the  previously shown Phydlbitz Sock yarns are multi-color and will look amazing combined with coordinating/contrasting solids.  If there are unclaimed yarns this week, I will combine them with some other Phydlbitz Sock as 3-skein bundles, but I will photograph and post them so you can see the yarns and imagine the possibilities.  This will be coming in the next week or so.

As I prepared the dyes, I started by blending dyes into the jars — a little of this and a little of that into each jar– to create blended solids;  I specifically didn’t want just straight dyes from the jars of dye powder.  Then as I dyed each Twinset, I further blended the pre-blending dyes into the dipping bowl, further blending and combining the dyes.  Thus, none of this week’s collection is a straight dye.  On some of them there appears to be layering and separating, but they were all dyed the same way using a dip-dye technique.  It would be nearly impossible to identify each of the individual colors I used on any particular Twinset, but the pictures I show here are as true as I can make them.

If you need a close-up of any particular Twinset, please let me know and I can grab a picture for you.

Phydlbitz Sock is normally $27.50 each, but for Saturday and Sunday, you can take any two or more for just $25.50 each, matching or not matching.

I expect to have this week’s collection all processed and ready to ship on Thursday or Friday.

To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your requests.  I’ll marked them off the Available Yarns tally chart and then send a PayPal invoice.  It’s okay if you don’t have a PayPal account; they will process your credit/debit cards just fine so I never see your financial information.   PayPal also takes care of shipping details, so be sure they have your current shipping address.  However, do let me know if you are outside the U.S. so I can calculate your shipping charges correctly.

Also, it is perfectly fine to combine requests to take some of  this new collection and any previous Blog Reader Specials and Blind Bundles.  I can manually create your invoice to ensure you are bill correctly.

Available Yarns:
Rack 1 – 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384
Rack 2 – 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396

Picture of dyed yarns drying on the rack.Picture of dyed yarns drying on the rack.

 

Introducing Blind Bundles!

Happy Sunday!

Houston (and much of Texas) is experiencing heavy rains and some flooding in various areas lately.  My yard was slightly flooded Friday when I needed to get to clinic and the waters hadn’t gone done while I was away several hours.  Fortunately it didn’t come even as high as my ramp this time, so that was a relief.

I’ve had some ongoing health issues that I can’t figure out, and have several more doctor appointments this month so my dyeing is rather out of sync from what I normally prefer.  I’d not dyeing at all this weekend, but I was able to post the unclaimed yarns from last weekend.  Here is the group shot of the unclaimed yarns:

The Shropshire 160 yarns are posted to the Blog Reader Specials page.  The Phydlbitz Sock have been held aside to join the Blind Bundle special deal.  In order to rebuilding the Web site, I have to organize the available yarns, find and upload their pictures, and re-create the BRS page.   I’ve done that for all the non-Phydlbitz yarns, but I figured we’d have some fun with the Phydlbitz.

Empty the Bins!

All week (May 5 – 11)  Everything on the Blog Reader Specials page will be invoiced at 10% off.  Just email me your requests and I will take care of it for you.

BLIND BUNDLES!

There are still many dozen Phydlbitz Sock Blog Reader Specials not shown on this page, most from before the Web site crash.  Rather than reloading them here as I rebuild the Website I am offering THREE PHYDLBITZ SOCK for $70.00 (you save $12.50) as a Blind Bundle.   I will select three skeins for you, and I will do my best to make pleasant combinations.  Just tell me how many Blind Bundles you want and I’ll take care of it for you.  I can fit up to 12 skeins of Phydlbitz into a single flat-rate Priority ship box ($15.00 inside the U.S.).  No additional discounts on Blind Bundles. 

Once most of the Blind Bundles are claimed, I will begin re-loading pictures of any remaining yarns next week.

I will be shipping orders on Wednesday and Saturday, and hope to have new yarns dyed to show next Sunday.

 

Another Mixed Bag of Goodies

Happy Sunday!

I hope your Sunday is going well.  I’ve been up since before 3:00 thanks to poor sleeps and some (hopefully) minor health issues.  Thankfully, I have several visits with labs, doctors, and scans coming in the next few weeks, and things should be explained and dealt with soon enough.  The first half of May will be …. ummm…. “interesting” and should be informative.  Unfortunately, dealing with health issues may mean some weird scheduling for dyeing and showing yarns, but I’ll do my best to stick to a semi-regular schedule.

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to figure out how to use the new WordPress templates to make the Web site look better.  That’s at the top of my agenda for the coming week.  I’ll be uploading all the non-Phydlbitz Sock BRS yarns first

This week I set out to (finally!) do some more of the Shropshire yarns like a shared a few weeks ago.  There are a dozen or more cones in the box labeled as Shropshire, but as I was pulling hanks it was evident that some were the chunky/bulky yarns like before, some were spun quite small, almost like fingering.   I finally quit trying to figure it out, and supplemented this week’s Blog Reader Specials collection with some Phydlbitz Sock.  At least I know how Phydlbitz behaves.   🙂

The Phydlbitz Sock yarns were dyed as Twinsets using a dry-on-wet technique (dry dye powder on acid-wet yarns), which I’ve not done in a while.  Twinset #353-354 was actually dip-dyed in a pale gray-pink, and then overdyed with a mix of teal and yellow; you can’t really see the undercoat.   Twinset #349-350 is a turquoise fade with navy tip.

The Shropshire 160 yarns were all dyed as single skeins, and were mostly dip-dyed as solids.  I tried leaving them dipped longer to see if I could get better saturation than last time; in some cases it worked, but in other cases they came up with variations, almost like kettle-dyed.  They are still rich and fabulous colors, of course.

Phydlbitz Sock is normally $27.50 each.  The Shropshire 160 is $24.00.

To claim the ones you want, just send me an email.  I’ll mark your requests off the Available Yarns tally chart below, and send you a PayPal invoice.  On payment, I’ll print your shipping label so your package is ready to ship when the yarns are all dried.

I expect to have this week’s collection ready to ship on Thursday or Saturday (I’m at clinic this Friday).

Available Yarns
Rack1 – 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360
Rack 2 – 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moving Right Along

Every time I turn around I discover some new thing about the new Website — elements I don’t like, broken links, weird (to me) formatting, things I need to tweak, adjust, and modify.   And I’ve been sick much of the week so I’ve not been particularly gung-ho about doing All The Things.   We’ll get there.

I have begun rebuilding the Blog Reader Specials page, but not the Patterns page — I have to dig back and located all the relevant pictures for each pattern, with instructions how to purchase.  I only sell 2 or 3 patterns a year, on average, but I’d still like to have them available for people to see and consider.   And then some background images would be nice.  And a better font and layout, too.  Sooooo many things.

I especially do not like the layout of this WordPress template package — difficult to modify, hard to navigate, and definitely annoying to me.

Anyway, so I’ve been muddling along trying to get the new Web site in order.   Today, I uploaded the most recent Blog Reader Specials that weren’t claimed last weekend.  There are on the NEW Blog Reader Specials page, but here is the group shot of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dyes Made Me Do It

G’morning, and Happy Sunday!

I had planned to dye more of the Shropshire yarns for this weekend, but with the issues with the Website crashing (the hosting service servers crashed) I decided to do Phydlbitz Sock this week so I could focus on getting the rest of the Website back up as best I can.  For now it is just the Blog posts, and an empty Blog Reader Specials page.  I will be rebuilding that this coming week. I have all the  pictures on my external hard drive, but I have to go through the bins one by one and manually reproduce the new BRS page which will take some time.

By the way, I am really not loving this particular WordPress theme, but it is what came with the new Website package.  I’ll be looking for a better theme in the next week or so.

So, I pulled out two dozen hanks and got them into the pre-dye soaker bin, and then pulled out enough different dyes for 10 dye jars.  Normally I try to get some warm colors, some cool colors, and some neutrals; some darks and some lights, too.  I think I got a pretty good mix of colors this week, and made some interesting combinations, too.

Twinset #331-332 came out a little surprising; I wasn’t really aiming for or expecting the confetti look, but I like it.  I think these will make some amazing socks on their own, but would also make for an interesting contrast panel.   Twinset #327-328 has a turquoise fade at one end with a magenta-on-blue splattering at the other end.

Many of this week’s Twinsets will look amazing as cowls, scarves, or even shawls.  Another idea would be to gather all your leftover bits of sock yarns into mitered squares, and then outline them all with a unifying solid or semi-solid contrast color.

These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards), and normally $27.50 each.  For Sunday and Monday this week, you can take a matching Twinset for $25.50 each.

To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered requests.   I’ll mark your requests off the Available Yarns tally chart below, and then send you a PayPal invoice.  It’s okay if you don’t have a PayPal account, as they will process your debit or credit cards just fine.   When your invoice is paid, I’ll purchase and print your shipping label and you should receive a shipping notice with your USPS tracking number.   I expect this week’s collection to be processed and ready to ship on or about Thursday.

Available Yarns:
Rack 1 – 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336
Rack 2  – 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348

Picture of dyed yarns drying on rack.

Picture of dyed yarns drying on rack.

On to Day Three

Awwrighty, then!

I started the day by somehow getting myself locked out of here.  It took a while to get back in.  I think I have that straightened out (else I couldn’t be posting this here), and trying to get my head wrapped around what else needs to be done.

I had originally planned to dye up another batch of the Shropshire yarns, but I think I’m going to do a batch of Phydlbitz Sock tomorrow instead.  I still need to go through the previous Blog Reader Specials yarns and the Phydlbitz Sock are easier/faster to get ready for dyeing.

It will likely take a couple of weeks to get the ‘look-and-feel’ into a better presentation, but more important I am able to sell yarns.  I have several medical appointments coming soon that will take time away from work, so I have to make money ahead so I don’t get into trouble in May.

And with that, I am off to do work-stuff.  🙂

Day Two of the Rebuild

Okay, I’m getting my bearings, and muddling my way through the WordPress package.  The basics are quite familiar but setting up the “look-and-feel” is taking me a bit of time.

I was hoping to have time to dye and show yarns this weekend, but at the moment I am unsure that will happen.