Friday, July 15, 2016

Episode 6: Soooo Busy

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What's Off My Needles:
Susan B. Anderson's Octopus using Dyeabolical Yarns Targhee Sock in the Watercolor Stripes version of Mint to Be

What's On My Needles:

Tappan Zee by Amy King out of handspun


Knitting Party Tricks
Sarah from Yarn Geek Fibers
Greg/KnittingDaddy from the Unraveling podcast

Book and Knitting Podcasts:
Cultivate and Create
Hungry Cat
Stitch Addiction
Cherry Purls
Fat Squirrel Speaks
Knit the Books

On the Nightstand:
The Shifter Romances the Writer by Kristen Painter, narrated by B.J. Harrison
Classic Tales Podcast
Zakka Embroidery

Giveaways:Watercolor Stripes giveaway
Fiber giveaway
What are you working on?
Dyeabolical Fo(es) and Wips

Facebook Page:
Dyeabolical Yarns & Fibers

Shop Updates:
In Stock Update
COUPON CODE is SHIP50 for free shipping over $50 in the US or SHIP50ITL for a discount on international shipping.
Dyed to Order
Blog about all the shop updates

Find me at:
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0

Thursday, July 14, 2016

So many things: Shop Update Edition

I'm feeling pretty good about my productivity this week. We're in the summer slump, so I've had some time to fiddle around in the Etsy shop and get some things accomplished in preparation for the fall season--despite the power going out for 10 hours right in the middle of writing this post! Here is what's new in the shop. Fair warning, it's a lot!

Shop Update
  • Have you always wanted to order a dyed-to-order yarn or fiber but hesitated at the 3-4 week wait time? Now is a great time to order. We're in the summer slump and most orders can get out faster than that. I'm also expecting a big order of base yarns next week that will help keep shipping times closer to 2-3 weeks as we head in to fall. 
  • 2 weeks is too long to wait, you say? I can help with that! I made a big shop update this week and there are tons of 1 & 2 skein listings available to ship immediately.
  • Are you ready for some sparkles? I hope so, because I've bought so much Shimmer yarn that I'm going to need you to take some of it off my hands. Shimmer is a fingering weight 92% superwash merino/8% lurex blend. The metallic lurex thread is actually one ply of a smooth 4-ply yarn. The lurex adds a little weight to the blend, clocking in at 355 yards per 100 grams. This extra bit of weight, and the smooth ply, means this blend is great for shawls. You can also use this blend for socks if you choose. I would recommend a tight gauge of 8+ stitches per inch for socks since there is no nylon content. 
  • Do you knit taller socks and need coordinating heels & toes? Maybe you want to knit a worsted weight hat with a stripe in your favorite team color? Are you planning a big project and need a bigger sample to swatch with? I've got you covered. 25 gram heels & toes minis are now available, ranging from 45 yards for worsted weight to 108 yards for sock weight.

    These are bigger than the mini skein sets that I sometimes offer (10 grams) and bigger than the samples I sent out (5 grams). 4 Heels & Toes minis = a full size skein of yarn!

    I've selected my most popular semisolid colors, but if you need a different color or one of my variegated colors then just ask. I can do most of the colorways as minis. 
  • Have you visited the Ravelry group lately? There are 4 new threads. 2 are giveaway threads for Knit. Dye. Read. listeners. You are welcome to listen even if you aren't currently a podcast listener, but the winner will be announced on the podcast only.

    The other 2 threads are to talk about your knitting, crocheting, dyeing, weaving, spinning, etc. The one called Dyeabolical FO(es) and WIPS is for sharing your Dyeabolical projects only. Chat is allowed in the Dyeabolical FO(es) and WIPs thread, but please limit your project posts to one WIP post (you can update your progress) and one FO post per project. This will make it easier to pull random prizes in the future.

    The second project thread, called "What are you working on?" is for chat and pictures about any project that you are working on as long as it is fiber or craft related in some way. You can be using any yarn, any pattern, any fiber, any fabric, etc. It's just a place for us to chat about what we are knitting. 
  • I've made a few more tweaks to the blog, including a title change to Knit. Dye. Read. and activated which redirects here. [The official URL of the blog is still because I cannot seem to figure out whether or not changing that URL will ruin everything. I think it might.] Even though I do talk about Dyeabolical business here (obviously), I also talk about books, projects made with other peoples yarns, personal updates, etc. It makes sense to me that the blog is related but separate. Long time readers know that the Dyeabolical blog wasn't always called Dyeabolical. It was a knitting blog first that had the business stuff rolled in later. 
  • Edit to add: One last thing! This week I found out that someone (not sure who or why, but I'm just going to assume they meant well) had created a second Dyeabolical page on Facebook without my permission and was posting with my business info and images as if they were me. It looks like almost 1000 of my fans had inadvertently liked that page instead of my real page. The fake page has since been shut down. Here is my correct Facebook page. I'm sorry for that inconvenience.
WHEW. And now it's time to finish up the last few dye pots for this week. I'm hoping to record a new podcast tomorrow or Monday that basically goes over this same information for the podcast listeners, so if you see the same info twice then that's why. Happy knitting! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Show Notes - Episode 5: Like I Need a New Hobby

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What's Off My Needles:
Susan B. Anderson's 50 Row Shawlette made from 3 colors of Noro Silk Garden, alternating every row.

What's On My Needles:

Back is Black by Valentina Cosciani out of Louet Euroflax in the Eggplant colorway

Lemongrass by Joji Locatelli out of Peace Fleece in bright orange

Tappan Zee by Amy King out of handspun

Customer Spotlight
 Katherine1107's Boquet of Asters in a Patinaed Copper Urn

What's in the Shop/Giveaway:
I pulled a winner for the Katatomic giveaway and announced 2 new giveaways. More details can be found in the Ravelry thread. I will pull a winner on July 30.

On the Nightstand:
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by

We Should All Be Feminists by

I Do It with the Lights On: And 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life by

The Library at Mount Char by

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by

The Practical Spinner's Guide - Silk by

Find me at:
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0

Friday, July 1, 2016

New Fiber Colors

From L to R: 66 Sunset dyed on Falkland and Fawn Shetland, Inscrutable Mystery dyed on Falkland ans Fawn Shetland
Rainbow Vista dyed on Falkland and Fawn Shetland, Iris You Were Here dyed on Falkland and Fawn Shetland
Mint to Be dyed on Falkland and Fawn Shetland, Solitaire dyed on Falkland and Fawn Shetland
New Fiber Colors!

6 of the newest colors are now available on all 6 fiber blends. Click here to order your braid of fiber custom dyed for you. 

Dyed-to-order is currently running at about 3 weeks from order to shipping. If you need a braid faster, ask me! I have the braids used for the above pictures in stock. They haven't made it on to the website yet, so if you would like to order one just email me and I can ship it out first thing next week.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Episode 4: Knitting Party Tricks

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World's Smallest Craft Fair date was moved from October 8 to October 15

Katatomic Giveaway can be found in the Ravelry group. Contest is open until June 30.

The two colors inspired by Degas' ballet dancer paintings are Sacre Bleu and Oh My Degas.
New Toys:
Bud vases from Hannibal, MO vintage resale shop

Yarn bowl from Ayres Pottery

Crocheted eyeballs and eyeball kits came from Jess at Knot by Gran'ma.

Knitting Party Tricks:
Unraveling Podcast with Greg and Joey

What's Off My Needles:
Rings of Saturn by verybusymonkey. Knit from Dyeabolical's Inscrutable Mystery Watercolor Stripes on Targhee Sock (90% superwash targhee wool/10% nylon). Better pictures forthcoming.
What's On My Needles:
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel

Fingerless mitts using the stitch pattern from the Nutkin Socks by Beth LaPensee and the thumb gusseet from my Sockhands Fingerless Mitts pattern using the Hidden Tiger color in the merion/lurex test base (coming soon).

Tapan Zee cardigan by Amy King
50 Row Shawl by Susan Anderson

Shop News:
I made a huge shop update last week of ready to ship yarns.

All listings are tagged in the title and the description as to if they are in-stock or dyed-to-order. Additionally, all in-stock items are pictured on a wood background and all dyed-to-order items are pictured on a white background for at a glance identification.

On My Nightstand:
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom - The audio version was good!  
Knitlandia by Clara Parkes - A rough start, but an entertaining read. Clara touches on several important knitting events in the last 10 years. It's a must read/listen for knitters.

Books on the Nightstand podcast is saying goodbye.

Find me at:
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vacation from staycation and deep thoughts

My half-week staycation didn't work out too well. One day was spent working. One day was spent getting a dying car to the garage, the rest of the day buying a new car. One day staring at the wall and trying not to think too hard about the math on buying a new car. Finally, very late Friday night we said forget it and decided to go to Hannibal, MO first thing in the morning.

Hello, Gorgeous.
[I think for the amount of money we spent to have the car fully checked out that someone ought to have told us that the first repair (replacing motor mounts) would break every single thing that had been under stress prior to the repair. Yoinks.]
Hanging with Mark Twain
Do you believe in signs? The first resale shop we walked in (so many good resale shops) had these two vases right inside the front door. They're shaped like orange cones of yarn. Not thread. Yarn. They're the same size of the cones I use for yarn. One is a two-ply yarn and the other is a single.
The yarn on the left cone looks almost identical to the yarn I used to knit the Calorimetry headband below.
The next shop we went to had a life size horse. Scott thinks it was made out of plaster. I think it was made out of evil spirits and horse.

Later, we found this amazing yarn bowl made by Ayres Pottery. We tucked it away on the ride home, but I managed half a row on my balcony last night before rain started. It's such a pretty purple.

I'm going to get serious now.

When we woke up on Sunday, we read the news of the Orlando shooting.

I can't get my head around it. We've been reading the stories of the victims and listening to what our politicians say. I understand the importance of the second amendment, but in the name of sanity, don't you think that James Madison and the Congressional Convention would have made a provision that kept assault rifles out of the hands of terror suspects if they could have foreseen this world?

I keep thinking of all of the LGBT friends we've had, especially our younger friends, and how often many of them went to the clubs just like Pulse. Or the time we were sitting on the patio of an LGBT coffee house and someone yelled "faggot" and fired a gun at the patio. The time I almost got fired from a department store for helping a trans woman pick out clothes. The half dozen or so kids--many of whom I barely knew--who came out to me when, in my early 20s, I seemed like the only grown up in their lives who would accept them. I think about all the people who I know now who are still afraid to come out. People who have internalized homophobia so deeply that they are destroying themselves from the inside out. I think about all of the LGBT knitters who have walked through my life and my jobs. And I think about my friends. Damn, kids. It could have been you.

This has to stop. All of it just has to stop. All of this. At all levels. You have to vote. I'm urging you to go vote this fall. Vote on the Pro-Sanity ticket. Vote to destroy the tyranny of the gun control lobby. Whether pro-gun or anti-gun, we can all agree that terrorists don't get the right to have guns. Not anymore.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Episode 3: Staycation Paradise

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Episode 3: Staycation Paradise

Still working out any kinks in the layout and format.
Watercolor stripes vs variegated when ordering. Watercolor Stripe colors will be clearly marked.
World’s Smallest Craft Fair was great. We’re doing it again on October 8. Correction: The date is being moved. I'll update when I have the final date.

What I’m knitting:
Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli out of Louet Euroflax in Eggplant and Mustard (frogged)
Kvothe by Carmen Smolne 80/20 sw merino/nylon test base in the Taupiary color (frogged)
Rings of Saturn by verybusymonkey out of Inscrutable MysteryWatercolor Stripes on the Targhee base 90/10.  This thread helped me sort out the elongated twist stitches. 

Customer Spotlight:

Megan, justrunknit on Ravelry and host of the StockinetteZombies podcast. She knit 2 pairs of socks from Katatomic self-striping
ETA: One more awesome Katatomic project. This one was knit by Katherine1107 on the Id Squishy base. katherine1107’s bouquet of asters
Shop News and What I’m Dyeing:

Digital row counters have been restocked (I forgot to mention this!)
The new yarn colors will be dyed up as roving soon, but not in time for Tour de Fleece. If you would like any of the new colors dyed up as roving before then, then contact me.
New merino and lurex test base

Giveaway info here. 

On the nightstand:
Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth
Heads Will Roll by Lish McBride (In the podcast I called the protagonist an MMA fighter. I think cage fighter might be a better description.)
The Vampire’s Fake FiancΓ© by Kristen Painter 

Find me at:
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0