Mid-Month Arrives Again!

Happy Saturday!

With heat swelling across the country, I hope you’re staying cool.  I am, but only just barely.  Even with the a/c going, it is impossible for me to comfortably knit or crochet without fiber getting stuck in my hands, but I think that is as much a function of a poorly insulated trailer as it is a reflection of southeast Texas climate.  C’est la vie, I suppose.

This week’s yarns were dyed late into the evening and I wasn’t sure the dyes were behaving as expected.  This morning, when everything was cooled, I was able to burst the pouches and was a lot more pleased with how the dyes behaved inside the steamer pouches.

None of these Twinsets are solid dyes; all have at least two dyes, but most have more than than two colors, and several had multiple techniques applied by layers.

Twinset #459-460 is not purple, but a mix of red and peacock blue.   Twinset #455-456 is mostly yellow and gold layered with blue as well.  I am always intrigued with how many variations of green can come from the assorted yellows/golds and the several blues I have on hand.    I had three different types of blue mixed up, along with a jar of teal — they all make an appearance on Twinset #465-466, as well as various other blues combinations mixed with gray on other Twinsets.

All of these are Phydlbitz Sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each.   Normally $27.50 each, you can claim any two or more, matching or not, for just $25.50 each.

To claim the ones you want just send me an email with your numbered requests.

With events of the coming week I expect to have these yarns ready to ship on or about Thursday.

Available Yarns: 
Rack 1 – 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456
Rack 2 – 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468

(Click images to view them larger; this  WordPress template apparently doesn’t size things like the old template I had for so long.)

Contrast or Coordinating?

I am giving this week to creating 3-skein combinations of previously shown Phydlbitz Sock.   These yarns need to be sold, I need them to be sold, and yarns yet to be dyed need the previously dyed yarns to be sold.

So, I’m wondering — should I lean toward coordinating colors (like  various greens or blues), or should I lean toward pleasant contrasts?

And, should I make them as 3-skein bundles or show them merely as suggestions for people to make their own combinations?

Jewel tones, Confetti, and More

What a month it has been.   Last weekend I talked about the long power outage and the interruptions it caused.  This Tuesday I went to see my endocrinologist (no big deal, regular check-in) and came home expecting to finish reskeining last week’s dyes.  Instead, I got to wait out another power outage, but it was only about 5 hours or so.  And another storm on Wednesday knocked power out again for a couple hours.   I am SOOOO over this nonsense, but it is Texas and (apparently) Texas does power outages.  UGH.

As a result of the long outage from the 16th, my daughter’s mother-in-law was kind enough to have a spare back-up phone charger.   It was enough to recharge my phone 3 more times before I drained it out, but that was enough to last until power came back.   I liked it so much I went and got myself two more of the same model, so I will not fear running out of phone battery quite so much.  They arrived Thursday morning and they are now both charged and ready for the next outage.   

I can’t tell anyone what to buy, but I bought the INIU brand, which was marked as an Amazon Choice, and they were under $35.00 each.  If you’re in an area prone to various natural disasters and weather events, I recommend having back-up power banks for your devices.  

Onward to newly dyed yarns!

I went into yesterday’s dye session wondering how to use the colors available.  I knew I wanted mostly darks, but in order to highlight darks there needs to be some lights for contrast.  I ended up doing a few Jewel Tones, and some Confetti  dyes, as well as some that remind me of Mountain Fog and Forest Floor.  None of these descriptors identifies a specific color but rather they suggest the myriad colors that can be embraced by those descriptors, if that makes sense.

One Twinset in particular (#435-436) practically screams “Autumn Shawl” or “Harvest Socks”.    It was dyed in a Confetti technique, as were #423-424, 429-430, and 439-440.  These won’t easily pool or stripe, but should present a sprinkling of color when knit up.

The rest were dyed in either a pouring or a dipping method, each with multiple colors being layered one over another.

These are all  Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards each), and normally sell for $27.50 each.  For this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) you can claim any two or more (matching or not) for just $25.50 each.   And when you claim any two or more from this week’s collection (#421 – 444), you can also claim any number of previously posted Blog Reader Specials for the same price.

To claim the ones you want, send me an email (ray@knitivity.com) with your requests.  I’ll first mark them off from the Available Yarns chart below and then I will send you a PayPal invoice with your pricing discount calculated.

I expect to have these ready to ship Wednesday or Thursday.

Available Yarns
Rack 1 – 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432
Rack 2 – 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444

Picture of handdyed yarns drying on rack

Picture of handdyed yarns drying on rack