phydeaux’s caresse worsted in midnight
When I took my two big boxes of yarn samples to the TNNA summer show last year, I met Mike from Yarnbox.
I’d heard a little bit about Yarnbox, but was always a little suspicious of these subscription sort of business models. I was intrigued, then challenged (by the sheer volume of yarn that would be needed), and knew I wanted to be a part of this.
And so. Phydeaux’s Caresse Worsted Weight is part of February’s Yarnbox shipment (one of two independent hand dyers). We (my dad, myself, and several brave souls – including Amanda, Rijel and Stephanie – who were both invaluable and wonderful in their skeining assistance) dyed, dried, skeined and labelled … 1,700 skeins of yarn this Autumn and Winter.
That’s kind of a lot. But it changed Phydeaux – in a good way – irrevocably.
New process and systems increased dyeing capacity up to 200 a day. We can now dry nearly 200 skeins at a time. These are significant increases for us, successfully put to the test in less than a week of preparation Stitches West.
Yarnbox subscribers have, or are about to, receive their packages. If your package included Phydeaux, I really hope you love your yarn. We loved dyeing, drying, skeining and labelling it for you.
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Just a few weeks ago, I decided out of the blue that Phydeaux needs to be at Stitches West this year.
So I grabbed up the very last booth (sharing with Adrienne from Wool Candy!).
Finished up the HUGE order I’d been immersed in for weeks (which took two more weeks of solid work).
Dyed some yarn, along with drying, skeining, labelling. Packed it all up to ship to Santa Clara (we were up until the wee hours of this morning doing so).
Loaded up the car, hoped I wasn’t missing anything crucial from my checklists, and drove on down (4.5 hours in the car!).
Boy, am I tired.
But SO worth it.
LOTS of yarn, particularly given the insanely short timeline I had.
So looking forward to seeing my Bay Area fellow knitters again.
And about to crawl into my super comfie bed in Saratoga, near where I used to live (which feels weird: like returning home, even though home – with my kitties – is 45 hours away).
Booth 1041 – please stop by and introduce yourself! Can’t wait to meet you Or see you again!
This Christmas, I’m celebrating twelve days of knitting related surprises with you!
In addition to free shipping + 10% off on Phydeaux’s ready to ship buttons and brooches (prices already reduced)
20% off knitting and crochet patterns via Phydeaux’s website or Etsy shop (prices already reduced) …
I put together a free “hand knit with love” care tag for your hand knit gifts.
You can download the free PDF by clicking right here – print the one-page sheet on heavy weight white paper and carefully cut out/trim each tag with scissors or a paper trimmer (of course, little ones doing any work with sharp instruments will need adult supervision). Use a hole punch on the top right corner and thread a length of ribbon or yarn through the hole to attach your tag to your special hand knit gift.
We have 10 more days of Christmas surprises – if you don’t want to miss out, please join us on Facebook and/or join the free mailing list!
And happy holidays to you and yours.
I love non-traditional holiday colors. Don’t get me wrong, I really really love reds and greens. And silvers and golds. But I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time during the last two months thinking about a few colors for limited edition holiday semisolids. More important, colourways that I think you will love to knit.
The three new colourways are (shown above, from left to right): frankincense, sugared plums and candied violets.
Frankincense: rich, resinous golden yellow. Would be gorgeous on its own in a sweater, but also beautiful paired with grey or other neutrals.
Sugared Plums: soft, vintage-inspired tea roses and dusty mauves. A lovely lace cardi! Or knit up a shawl.
Candied Violets: oh my, how I love these purples and violets! So many shades creating incredible depth. I’m knitting up an Asterisque Shawlette in this colourway and loving every minute of it.
I have a secret to share about these three colourways: I designed them to work together – all three – in a colorwork shawl like Color Affection. I loved the idea of that unexpected pop of buttery yellow with the more delicate sugared plum and richly regal candied violets. And if I ever have time to knit a Color Affection for myself … let’s just say I’m keeping three skeins for just that purpose.
These are limited edition colourways! You can order them already dyed in caresse fingering weight or dyed on order on any Phydeaux base yarn, but only through New Year’s Day.