Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Peacock dye process

   Hi Peeps, just quickly thought you might like to see the process here. 
A day at the spa 
   We began to dye for the Peacock KAL, first the yarn comes in. You can't tell but these are really deep boxes.  About 3 foot deep and contain well over 100 POUNDS of yarn.

We put an extra tie on the mini skeins, this takes about 2 hours per 25 skein bag.  This way they don't get messed up in the next spot... the bath.
After bathing for the night the real work begins.  We then bring them to the table for a paint job. After being massaged, they go into the kettle for a steam bath AKA sauna.  This process takes about 50 minutes.  After that they go back outside to rest and chill out.  A few hours later they are given a final rinse/dye fast test and are then set up to dry.

All in all the day spa enjoys the company.
    Next week we will begin the packing process.  First they all get labeled, then the kits are packed so that when we go to ship they are grabbed and packed together with the yarn. 
No this isn't the actual yarn shipping.
 We have special tissue for this KAL which we will use to wrap the yarn. I hope it lasts through all of the orders as it's a peacock feather.  Gotta have some consistency here, LOL like we haven't already had it from start to finish.
    That's all for now, off to dye, hope ya'll are having a great day.  We will begin packing and shipping the first orders next Monday.  A fun time indeed.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Last Imp Sock

SOLD OUT! We have some pretty amazing yarn to share with ya'll today.  

This is the last of the Imp Sock, dyed custom and the order fell through. As you can see on the bottom left photo, this yarn reads a deep blue but has so many colors in it that I had to take many photos to really allow you to see just how special it really is.  Reminds me of the colors of a peacock, love it!
   These are only $16 per skein in the introductory offer.  There are 11 skeins and if you want them all I'll charge just for the 10 and give you the 11th for free, such a steal.  Great for a long coat, afghan, sweater and a shawl, whatever your heart desires. Shipping in the USA for all 11 is $20 as a large box will be required. First paid has ownership, will break up the set after the first 24 hours.
   While you are here be sure to check out the Twist page for 2 more new bases that just came in last week. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where oh were has our little dog gone? into the black hole of YARN

I tell ya, things sure do change from one year to the next. Last year this time we would dye about 75 skeins every other week.  Now we are dyeing about 150-250 every week! From KAL's to samples, special orders to wholesale... we are keeping VERY busy.  Here's a small peek into our world.  
What you are seeing here is just a small wholesale order of just 150 skeins. They were a lot of fun to paint though.  Some we made Mates for so that a Multi Mate could be made or a shawl. 

 Pixie #1 designed and painted Kayliee from the SyFy Series Firefly. That's the on there on the left that has pops of hot pink in it, just below Paris.

Me, I was so into rainbows and how easy it can be to make one,,, that I couldn't be stopped!  Had I known you can use just 3 color on a non-super wash and achieve such amazing results I'd have done so much sooner.  

The current Twist was included in last weeks dyeing and we just continually kept the kettles going.  We have another yarn store sale that we are working on and just finished a bunch of fiber as well.  This is most of it, except for the last few pounds. If anyone else wants some roving, do holler, nothing I like better then putting yarn/roving into a pot and seeing what will happen.  

Oh and the Yarn Fairy Official Tour De Fleece roving for 2016 is here.  

Check this out... this is the inspiration photo and this is the roving.  I LOVE the way this came out and if the Eiffel Tower doesn't scream TDF I don't know what does!  :-)  LOVE IT!  I would really like this color on some roving to use for socks.
   Other then these there's all the KALs.  We've had a few special orders for Lovers Fire, new color ways as well as Dickens.  Check this one out! 
Our Peep didn't want it to start with pink so we started with maroon and stretched the purple a bit more.  I really like the way it turned out.  
   Then there was a special order for Bunnymuff.  WOW do I ever love this one!  Final Frontier loves him some silk SW merino sock!
  After our long weekend of Scottish Festival (see DH's photos here) we then had a day of rest.  On Monday, we went to see Alice and went to a new to us, Japanese restaurant where there's a grill in every table and you grill your own food right there. That was FUN! Expensive as I paid for everyone but fun.
  Then I went CRAZY with clutter stitch markers, have you seen them yet? They have been selling fast and many are not reproducible so I hope you get a chance to get a set.  Most likely I will be making more as I have these beads, they are called "bamboo", they look like little pieces of bamboo but are made from glass and come in many different colors. And there are these multi colored faceted beads, loads of fun. OH and the precious gems!  I still have a slew of pearls, fresh water and plain as well as a bunch of gemstones.  I can't wait to dig into them all.
I will leave you with this cute Geisha girl. Here she's on the 3 hook large lobster but she's also available as a stitch marker set here.