Finally! A Gradient Rainbow

P1110430You guys asked for it and I’ve been working on it. Because of my multi-layered dye process, it’s taken a while, but it’s here: a true gradient rainbow yarn.

P1110445I have decided to discontinue the striping Maki, but Loud and Proud will always be available in a mini skein set and on fiber. I will be replacing the striping Rainbow in the Dark with this:

P1110447The new yarns and dyed-to-order spots will go live on Monday, April 4 at Noon. To celebrate, in stock rainbow yarns will be on sale for a limited time! I will also be introducing my newest base, Terran Sport Sock a squishy and strong SW Targhee/nylon blend perfect for fast knitting socks.

 

Those Three Dreaded Words…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Maybe…

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I’m blaming these socks for the morning hand/arm numbness I’ve been waking up with lately. I guess knitting tightly on size 0s for several sessions each day is too much to ask. I took a break last night and I could already tell the difference. I’m putting these bad boys in time out for a while, and keeping an eye on it. I’m going to lay off knitting for a day (BOO) and I promise to have it checked out if it doesn’t improve with a rest. Pinkie swear!

Last Week Chez Play – Socks!

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I finally finished a pair of socks! Sprightly Socks has a very easy-to-memorize slipped stitch pattern which made KIPing easy. And I successfully turned my second Fish Lips Kiss Heel with only one holey gap while dragging this project to the bus stop everyday. They’re a little snug to get on and I wish I hadn’t gone down a needle size for the ribbing, but they fit! And they’re warm. The yarn is Darkwing Duck, dyed by Shameless Twist for the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toons club. I love how variegated yarn works with this pattern.

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We enjoyed our last night at the drive-in for this season. I was able to finish the cuff of my next sock project before it got dark. Shazbat is the free Mystery Sock pattern for this round of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sock Down. I highly recommend participating in SKA if you love knitting socks OR want to learn to knit socks. Each month’s Sock Down focuses on a different feature or skill such as colorwork, cables, lace, self-striping yarn, using leftovers. And there are prizes from lots of great dyers (like me!) This yarn is Gemini dyed by Tyrannosaurus Knits for the Tripping Yarn Balls Zodiac Club. Minty green like Doublemint gum (get it?)

Merry and Bright

IMG_7400Christmas was very merry and bright Chez Play!

We followed all of our usual traditions with only a little bit of last minute shopping. Things were a bit hairy for a week when we were down to one car. Thanks to the USPS pick-up service, I was able to get orders out in their usual timely fashion. And we were able to get my husband’s car sorted out in time for me to be able reclaim the van and get his stocking stuffers. It’s difficult to fill one of those things for a person who doesn’t like candy and has expensive hobbies. I was quite pleased to find mini cans of WD-40. He almost ended up with fast-food-themed boxer shorts.

Our Christmas highlights:

Cookie baking and decorating is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. The 8yo thought the blank angel cookies looked more like a squid. He has the best ideas.

I started a pair of two-at-a-time socks with my Nerd Girl Yarns Bounce and Stomp from the Tripping Yarn Balls Come as You Are Club. This one was inspired by Epic by Faith No More. It’s pretty darned epic!

And I gave myself this awesome tshirt from Busted Tees. I hope you all had a chance to hang out with people you love and enjoy the day! It’s back to the grind today. The After Christmas Sale is in full swing and it looks like I’m going to have quite a few big orders to pack and ship. All Maki and fingering weight yarns are 15% off so this is a great time to stock up! Time to get the dye pots going and update the site with my 2014 vending schedule. I’m looking forward to another busy year of yarning. Happy New Year, PALers!

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Giveaway – Log Cabin Socks Kit

In celebration of the recently released pattern, Log Cabin Socks (designed by Mara Marzocchi with Boundless Sock) I’m giving away this great sock kit! The kit includes a full color print out of the pattern and one skein of Boundless Sock in the new colorway, Surplus.

To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favorite snuggle object. A log cabin quilt? Perhaps an e-reader and bottle of port for you fancy types? Sweet dreams of a Cumberbatch/Freeman sandwich?

Share the giveaway on your favorite social networking sites for extra entries. Please make a new comment for each site (one entry per site, please!) A random drawing will take place Thursday, February 23rd at 12pm EST. I will contact the winner directly, but will also do an announcement here on Friday.

Comments are now closed for entry! Thanks for playing.