And I haven't even been gardening!
Occupational hazard I guess. One of my gloves must have blown a hole 'cuz when I peeled it off...green thumb. That'll be my friend for the next day or so.
Thanks for all your comments over the last few days. The dye jokes continue ad nauseum I see. Nice to see a few new people post. Hello to Jane! There aren't many of us; we have to stick together. Do you get as many wretched Tarzan jokes as I do?
I also see that some of you are suggesting ebay/etsy. Y'all won't be satisfied until I'm a factory, will you? LOL. Yes, I'm aware of those venues, and I might get there one of these days, but in the meantime, I've got quite enough to do right here. Besides the activity you see happening on the blog and in the shop, I have custom orders as well, some of them quite significant. I am happy with the level of production, mail services, and income that is happening already, but I will check out other sites if it slows down here.
AND NOW A WORD ABOUT THE YARNS I'M USING:
I list new yarns in my shop from most recent to least. This means you always see what is new first, but the yarns are not grouped together by type.
Here are the basic categories of yarn that I use:
Basic wool yarns in worsted/aran weight that are handwash/feltable:
1. Sold in 100g/220yd lots
2. The base yarns are good quality solid wools like (Peruvian) Wool of the Andes, elann's (Peruvian) Highland wool, Patons Classic Merino, Galway worsted, etc.
3. Colorways in the store are one skein unless otherwise listed. I can make a larger lot of the colorway on request.
There will be basic DK weight yarns with similar characteristics (Peer gynt, etc.)
I have another type of basic yarn that I would call basic rustic wool. I have two of these: New Zealand (z-twisted, sturdy, 18st on 4.5mm needles); AND Quebec Light Worsted (s-twisted, sturdy, 19-20st on 4-4.5mm needles). Both of these basic wools felt beautifully, done single or double stranded. They are on the scratchier side (similar to Noro Kureyon), but they soak up colour and glow from the inside out.
ALL of the above listed basic wool yarns will be 14.00 for 100grams
Nearly all of my other yarns are also sold in 100g lots. In many cases I have spliced or tied two 50g balls together to make a larger skein. This means the dye lot is consistent for socks, hats, whatever your one-skein project needs. For multi-skein projects, you'll need to alternate skeins for even distribution of color. Mohair skeins are two 25g balls joined into one 50g skein.
Superwash Yarns in Worsted/Aran will be a step up in pricing
Superwash yarns in DK, sport, and fingering will be a step up in pricing
Individual yarns will be priced according to the value/cost/composition of the yarn, and in some cases according to the amount of handling they require (ie. mohair).
I have a variety of yarns appropriate for socks, from machine washable worsted wool/nylon blends to DK, sport and fingering. Some of these are washable by machine, some by hand. And they come in a variety of qualities, from basic to luxurious.
Some of my sport/fingerings will be more appropriate for shawls and less appropriate for socks (I will indicate this when I post them).
Finally, I have a number of special yarns, luxury yarns, and mohair. Some really nice things from my stash and that I have bought through sales. I will make these available as I work on them.
I have a beautiful stock of yarns to dye, and I am adding to it all the time.
People have asked if my yarns are colorfast. YES! They really are. I have swatched and tested several of them. The Canadian Maple pictured below did not shed a bit of colour when I washed my swatch (and I really squeezed). The other day I dyed a ball of superwash very dark and threw it into the washing machine whole and unrinsed. It came out just as dark as when it went in there. Every now and then, a residual amount of colour may come out with a first washing, but this is residual rinse-out and not fading. And everyone knows it's just wise not to wash bright colours with light ones. Most of us have found out the hard way.
I have set up contest bags for the entries to my April 9 contest. If you want to know the details of the contest, click HERE.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend with happy knitting. Doug has been away in San Francisco the lucky dog, but he is coming home within the hour. I just know that one of the first things he will say will be a comment about the smell of vinegar and wet sheep.