Why My Yarn Looks Like My Yarn

Notice the ties.

You may have noticed that my yarn in my photos does not look as neat as others yarns available online.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is about me.  The rest is about the yarn.

First, I have fibromyalgia.  I have some days that I feel pretty good.  I have other days that are . . . well, not so good.  The undyed, commercially spun yarn I use comes in skeins, ready to dye.  It doesn’t come on cones and requiring me to wind it into skeins to be dyed.  I could purchase an electric skein winder to wind the yarn from cones.  This would save my a few cents per skein on the yarn.  But the cost of the electric skein winder would add to the cost of the skeins.  So, in order to save me – and you – a little on the cost overall, and to save me potentially a lot of pain, I’m still purchasing the yarn in pre-wound skeins.  These skeins are tied with the same yarn as the skein in three places.  I usually add a nylon tie or two of my own to make it a little less likely to tangle.  My primary source is relatively close to home rather than across the country (less shipping, a little ‘greener’ and lot more economical).  This company also uses domestic fibers for many yarns.  This is a big plus for me.  I’m also picky about the softness/scratchiness of my fibers and will only offer yarns that pass my ‘next to the skin softness’ test.

Next, when my yarns go to your homes, you should receive yarns that are easy to wind into center-pull balls or yarn cakes. The less my yarns have been handled, the more likely you will receive skeins that do not tangle.  I could remove all the ties and manipulate the yarn so that it looks neat and pretty.  But I would rather handle it as little as possible between the time I hang it to dry till it arrives at your home.  I even try to twist the yarn into loose skeins rather than tight skeins so that your yarn will not be stretched or under any tension or stress while stored.  Sometimes I do twist them tighter than I really like, but it’s still not to the point that it will make your knitted or crocheted work twist or skew as you work.

If you have any concerns at all about your yarns tangling when winding into a center-pull ball, I will be happy to do that for you, free of charge.  Just let me know.

I hope you will enjoy working with  TLS Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers as much as I do.  It is  joy for me to create the supplies you want.

Club, KAL, and Forecasting the Weather

I’m getting pretty good at forecasting the weather – well, bad weather anyway.  So if I’m not forecasting bad weather, I can then deduce that fair weather is on its way, right?

If I’m hurting all over, from my head to my toes, it’s either going to rain or snow.  Last night, I was laying in bed, trying to go to sleep, and then realized that rain was on its way.  I should have paid more attention to our dog, though.  It didn’t rain this morning.  It snowed.

You see, when temperatures are mild outside, Jack, our miniature poodle, sleeps down at our feet.  As the temperature outdoors drop (even though the temperature in the house remains pretty much the same at night during the winter), Jack moves up higher in the bed.  Last night he was in the vicinity of our knees so I knew the temperature was dropping.  Anyway.  I felt pretty good today, so hopefully the weather will clear up for a few days.

I’ve opened sign-up for my first “Legends” Yarn Club.  This one is “If Robin Hood Knit Socks.” This three-month long Sock/Fingering wt. Yarn Club features hand-dyed and hand-painted colorways inspired by the Legend of Robin Hood.  My first thought was of the beautiful greens that would be possible.  But not wanting an all green yarn club (maybe one day, but not this time), I suddenly realized all the other color possibilities.  I hope you will be just as pleased with the “If Robin Hood Knit Socks” colorways as I am.  I also wanted to include a gift with the first shipment.  But I couldn’t decide which gift to send, so there will be a gift included with each of the three shipments.  Enjoy!

spazzyyarn on Twitter is organizing a Twitter Knit-A-Long.  Details are in her blog. Voting for the project is taking place now.  Though we are all encouraged to knit the same project, I’m sure no one will object if you really want to knit something else.  And I’m sure that many will adapt the chosen pattern to their own needs and desires.  I look forward to seeing each of these inspired creations.  If you decide to join the Twitter KAL, please leave a comment here!  I love hear about what my readers are doing.

Talk to you later!

Onions & Lace Weight

I started our garden today – officially.  The first sacrifice was some onions I’ve been keeping just for this event.  Some had already gone bad and were fed to the compost.  The rest of them were planted and blessed.  And hopefully the bunnies and squirrels don’t have taste for onions.  Does anyone know?  The cans indicate the ends of the rows (two very short rows next to back steps of the house.)

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Here are two lace weight yarns that I added to my Etsy Shop yesterday.  There are Domestic Suri Alpaca/Domestic Merino blend and super soft.  There are 4 greens and 2 oranges available, 100g skeins.  The orange ones are really orange and reminded me of Illini orange.  If these stay around very long, they are bound for the over-dye pot.  They will show cables and lace work beautifully.  But you have to have  a love for orange to take these home with you.

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Shetland/Tussah Love!

I ordered my first raw Shetland wool a few weeks back.  As usual, I got busy with other things and it got put on the back burner (well, actually the front porch) for a while.  I got it out the other day.  Washed some of it.  Dyed it.  Green.  And let it dry.  This morning I started carding it.  I spun a little of it and decided that though I loved the ease of spinning, it wasn’t quite next to the skin soft.  I was thinking that Shetland would be a good choice of sock yarn and my tootsies are sensitive!  Then I decided to blend in a little Tussah Silk that I had previously dyed yellow and blue – with much green as a result.  Now I think I’m in love.  I spun up a little of it and navajo plied it.  It wasn’t Merino soft.  But definitely a winner.  I think it will make wonderful socks – that will ‘wear like iron’ if spun properly.  These aren’t listed in my shop yet.  I’m going to blend some more before I do.  But if anyone is interested, let me know.  I’m not sure how much I’ll have when it’s all said and done, but it should be about 8 oz.

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From My Studio To Yours!

Name That Yarn!

Last week I dyed some yarn that  . . . well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  But when it came out of the dye pot and dried, I was a little disappointed.  I decided to go ahead and re-skein it and knit up a test sample as is (before redyeing).  Here are photos of the yarn (worsted weight Merino from my Georgetown line – soooooo soft!).

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And I likey!  Mint green, grey, and chocolate brown!
But I need a name.  Come up with a name for this colorway (and post it in a comment) and I’ll send you a coupon code for 20% your next Teresa Levite Studio website store order.  Not a contest – just submit an original name – not one I’ve used before. Also, if anyone who orders directly before I list these in the shop gets free shipping.  I have 4 skeins available for $16 each.  Just shoot me an email and I’ll send you an invoice.

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