Sunday, June 25, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blah ... I talk too much

I just wrote a very long post which I promptly deleted. It was a rambling explanation of my comment in a previous post about how I need to learn to knit. But who wants to read my lengthy review of the weak areas of my knitting game? Suffice it say that my stitchwork is good (no problems with intricate cables, texture, colorwork, etc.) but my finishing and knowledge of various techniques stink. And so I’ve vowed to improve my weak areas by trying to incorporate at least some small new technique in projects going forward.

OK. Enough of that. How about some yarn talk?

Last week, I posted a photo of a new yarn that I’m adding to my line. It’s a Superwash Merino Sock Yarn. I’m happy to report that it seems to be a reasonable hit. I had 20 skeins ready as of last week. I listed five in eBay auctions on Monday. All five have bids already and will sell tomorrow when the auctions end. I also listed some in my Etsy store and have sold eight of those. Not too bad for the first week with only a small selection to start.

In the meantime, I’ve developed four additional colorways on this new yarn and will be listing one of each at eBay auction tomorrow (and some on Etsy as well today and tomorrow). Here’s a photo of one of those new colorways, called Marrakesh.

I just love this! The colors are so rich, they’re almost aromatic. Hmmm … that makes no sense, but that’s just the feeling that I get from this colorway.

I also dyed roving for the first time this week. I hate it. Hate it. HATE IT! I did just two colorways, ½ pound each, and it took me forever. It’s just a big pain in the ass handling these long, long strips of fiber. And the ones I dyed are superwash. I have Australian Wool roving as well (not superwash), which will be even more of a nuisance because I’ll need to be even more gentle and painstaking so that it doesn’t felt.

Bottom line – the roving that I dyed is very pretty indeed, but I just don’t think it’s worth the time and effort. I’m committed to keeping my prices as low as possible and with the time it takes to handle roving properly, I just don’t see that I can do it. And so, if you want some roving, get it while you can because I doubt I’ll continue to dye it. I may even just rid myself of some of what I have in stock by selling it undyed at a bargain price in the Supplies section of Etsy. The small quantity that I’ve already dyed is not yet available for sale, as it’s still drying, but I’ll post pix and let you know when it’s available.

That’s it for me for today. Not much of a posting, I know. My apologies. I’ve got tons to do today and I’m anxious to get moving. It’s supposed to be 100 degrees here today and I’m hating the thought of doing anything! Sigh.

I will leave you with one teaser … I’m thinking it’s about time I have a little blog contest with yarn prizes. In fact, I thought it might be fun to have a contest a week throughout July. I’ll give it some thought and post something soon about that.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Knitting!


anne said...

i definitely want to see and buy some of the roving deb! or, you could use it for prizes too!
and i love the colors of the new superwash merino yarn. i love the marrakesh and the brick house both.

ok, i admit it, i love ALL your yarn; now i need to design something for it!

knitiot savant said...

Love the contest idea!

Elisa said...

Love the contest idea. Love winning the cashmere in Claudia's prize drawing. Can't wait to see it - and get more!

Brenda the Knitter said...

Yeah! Contest, contest!

Kelly said...

I've been admiring your yarns at Etsy and eBay. Do you really only sell to US customers?