Vintage Knits Update

June 21, 2009

Digital TV Rant

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 10:05 am

OK. This is not a post about yarn or knitting. I was one of the many people who waited until the last minute and did nothing about converting to digital TV. Last Friday at 9:00 a.m., my TV screen went black. So, I thought it was about time to go buy a new TV, and a new antenna. Off to Costco I went, and purchased a TV. Then, I went to Target to buy an antenna. Well, I let the TV sit in the box for a few days before deciding to put it together. Apparently lack of television was not all that bad.

I got everything set up, and scanned for channels, only to find out that I could only get three channels, and they were public broadcast channels. No network local channels could be received, no matter how much I manipulated the antenna. So, I thought I needed a better antenna. Back to target I went, and to my surprise, the lady behind me was returning the more expensive antenna. That one did not work for her. I thought the more expensive antenna might work for me, so I bought it. I get home, and still cannot receive any network channels. Now, off to Radio Shack; the very nice gentleman working there asks me where I live. I tell him my suburb, and he says “there is no antenna that I can sell you that will get you digital channels.”

Apparently, this digital system has a lot of flaws. It is much like cell phone service, if you live in certain areas or around trees, you cannot get service.

I then call the FCC. They put my address in the computer, and confirm that there is very weak (or no) service in my area. The FCC says “call your local TV station and see if they are working on the problem.” When I called the local TV station, they tell me to call the FCC. This is really crazy! At least with analog, I got the channels; not always clearly, but I could watch TV. It looks as if they are forcing people to have to sign up for cable or satellite service. Do I see a conspiracy here?

Why did I feel the need to write this rant? Because every day, I stop working for ½ an hour, and go and watch the Bold and the Beautiful. I guess I must be going through withdrawal from that soap. It is the one thing that I miss from not having TV service!

June 2, 2009

The Forgotten Box

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 12:14 am

We just found an unopened box of yarn dyes that somehow was placed in the back of a storage closet and forgot about for over a year. These are yarn dyes that we received in 2008, and are just now getting them online. The dyes are fine. We are just a bit embarrassed that we neglected this shipment for so long.

Dyeing your own yarn is a great way to put your creative side in action. Not just knitting the sock or sweater, but creating your one of a kind color-way, and seeing how it knits up. Vintage Knits recommends the Gaywool Original Dyes. These dyes are high quality and have a vibrant color range, which can be strengthened or diluted to suit your taste. Everything is included with these dyes. There are no extra solvents or stabilizers that need to be purchased. Best of all, your fiber will be color fast in 30 minutes.

Here is the Gaywool Original Yarn Dyes color-card (click the photo for a larger view):

Gaywool Original Yarn Dyes
We stock 19 colors of the Gaywool Original Dyes. The dyes are priced at $16.00 each. These dyes are manufactured in Australia, and are sold in 100 gram (3.5 ounce) containers, which can dye up to 2.2 pounds of natural fibers.

If you want to start dyeing with a complete kit, check out our Louet Yarn Dyeing Kits. These kits come complete with the dyes, and enough yarn to make a pair of socks. You might also be interested in books on yarn dyeing. We carry several titles on dyeing yarn. Check out our book department for the current yarn dyeing books available.

Here are some quick links to our online store if you are ready shop for yarn dyeing products:

Gaywool Yarn Dyes
Louet Dyeing Kits
Yarn Dyeing Books
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