Well, hello there, summer!

Today was the start of a good old-fashioned heat wave.  It hit 105 degrees here in Elk Grove, California – but that’s nothing.  By Wednesday, it could build to 112.  (The joke around these parts is, “but it’s a DRY heat.”  Sorry, but anything over 100, anywhere, is simply hot.)

It happens, but what’s weird is that only a few days ago, it was in the low 60’s and raining. Now that doesn’t happen in Central California in late June.

The two extremes have put a slight crimp in our dyeing plans, but we’re just going a bit slower, quitting a bit sooner, and drinking a lot more water.  One of us (I won’t say who) went out and bought herself a wading pool, and paid her 17 year old son five bucks to pump it up and fill it with water:

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It will be waiting for her as soon as she finishes this post.  With, hopefully, a frosty margarita.

Speaking of updates, we just put a bunch more self striping in the shop.  First up is our July Chubby, in “Berries”:

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It makes us hungry for pie.

And some other new color ways:

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Field of Poppies (the California Poppy is our beloved state flower!)

ImageHosta (if you’re lucky enough to have some shade!)

ImagePajama pants (for that next sleepover!)

and

Imagesweet Viola.

Enjoy – and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Update!

After spending the past several weeks doing a lot of wholesale dyeing, we set that aside for a few days, rolled up our sleeves, and dyed up a heap of new self striping and kettled favorites for you.  Enjoy and happy Summer Solstice!

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June, and all that goes with it

There’s certainly never a dull moment around here.  We have kids finishing high school and starting college and graduating, kids leaving and coming home, little trips and medium trips and family illnesses and heat waves and guitar lessons and gardening, and on and on.  Throughout it all, we just keep dyeing yarn.  It’s nice to have a constant.

First up was a sweet little self striping order we dyed last month for our LYS, Knitique.  We called this “Salute to the Red, White and Blue,” after the annual 4th of July fireworks festival here in Elk Grove: 

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They may still have a few, they are happy to ship to you, and we have exactly one in the shop.

We’re also still dyeing lots and lots “Fishy Wishy” for Wool Girl’s August Dr. Seuss “Red Fish, Blue Fish” club.  Not sure if it’s sold out yet, but if you want one, check it out here.  We’re enjoying the bright and cheerful colors!

And for more fun, we’ve added a nice selection of semi-solid Heel and Toe Mini Skeins, in our strong 75/25 merino/nylon sock base.  They’re 1/4 the size of a normal skein – 115 yards/25 grams – and currently come in 16 colors.  We plan to add more colors and will be taking special orders for other bases as well as smaller minis for hexi puffs, etc.

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What else? A few new summery colors, most of which get snapped up once we put them in the shop.  We also introduced a three month self striping sock club option and are happy that customers are taking advantage of it.  By signing up for three months at a time, you’ll save a little on shipping as well as yarn.  We love coming up with unique colors for our club customers, and they are often the first to get to try a lovely new yarn, like this singles construction sock yarn we dyed for our most recent three month Kettle option:

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(Oh, and that pink skein is a sample of one of our new Mini’s.  Also, unless it’s really hot, we love to send chocolate.)