Monday, February 9, 2015

New Colors & New Fiber Bases

Fuchsia So Bright - A saturated fuchsia red; available on all of the yarn bases. Pictured on Tenacious Sock (left) and Polwarth Silk DK (right).

Gasoline Rainbow fiber - pops of blue, green, and natural peep out from underneath navy, burgundy, and orange-gold accents. Pictured on Falkland wool.

Gasoline Rainbow yarn - navy, burgundy, and orange-gold layered on top of blues and greens gives this variegated space-dyed yarn incredible depth. Every hank is slightly different. Pictured on Super Ego (left), Polwarth Silk DK (middle) and Superwash Worsted (right).
See all the fiber colors here. Sometimes I switch up the breeds of fiber I offer in the shop. There are some great options this spring and I am excited for you to try them. The Corriedale, Falkland, & Mixed BFL are carry overs from last year. They have proven to be favorites for me to dye and for customers to spin. The Blue Faced Leicester & Tussah Silk has an amazing crimp and is so, so soft. It is a luxury to spin. I am bring cheviot back after a long hiatus. The cheviot is from a new supplier and is a non-superwash. It has a feel similar to corriedale - not soft soft, but on the softer side of cheviot. It is an open & easy spin, good for socks and winter accessories. The shetland has a natural fawn/light brown color. It is a beautiful spin. The fawn-colored shetland is a special buy from the mill. I have stocked up, but once the mill sells out I may not be able to get it back for awhile. If you like the softness & loft of merino, but not the friction of spinning it, then you will love Targhee. Targhee is an American breed. It is also available by special buy from the mill and may occasionally go out of stock. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Goals

Goodbye January, Hello February! I spend most of January either sick, crafting, or plotting. I'm hoping that this latest round of sickness is moving on, because I would like to show off some of my crafting and plotting. First, the plotting...

There are a few things I want to accomplish this year.

Soap & Perfume
Keep up with this soap thing. The soap & perfumes were intended to be a sideline, but I'm selling pretty well with them. I am even leaving my part time job at Knitorious so I can have an extra day a week to focus on soap making.These are my goals for soap making over the next month:
  • DONE - Re-activate the loofah, cube & octopus soap listings now that the busy soap season is over.
  • Create 2 new soaps using some celtic molds I just purchased.
  • Make 10 loaves of the hot process soaps, to cure in time for March restocking.
  • Make 16 bars of Euphoria for restocking before Valentine's Day.
Yarn & Fiber
So much plotting in the yarn & fiber portion of Dyeabolical during January. Here are my goals for February.
  • DONE (see blog post from yesterday) - Investigate free shipping options. 
  •  List new spinning fiber bases. It's time to change my spinning fiber offerings up. Look for shetland, targhee, bfl & cheviot to make their return this month.
  • Make Yakety Yak available as a dyed-to-order option for my regular colorways. This is exciting. I have been playing around a lot with dyeing variegated colorways on the Yakety Yak base (superwash merino/yak/silk) and I love the results. The only barrier to achieving this in February is finding the time to update all of my listings with the new descriptions.
  • Add 3 new colors (pictured below) - I need to do a bit more testing on the fuchsia & the variegated colors, but these are the 3 colors I would like to list in February.
Scott and I have fallen down a Pinterest rabbit hole. The first few weekends in January had us sanding, cleaning, and painting. We turned a candlestick in to a lamp. By "we" I mean I found a candlestick and cleaned it. Scott wired it. I cleaned & replaced all the christmas lights in a wonderful craft project from a friend. We each repainted two old trays. I painted 7 happy little yarn balls. Scott started a big art project that somehow involves big wooden stars. I'm not sure I see where he is going with that yet. Scott bought 2 wisemen. No word as to where the 3rd one is or what we will do with these 2 wisemen. I purchased a rickety old shelf to hopefully turn in to a spindle rack. Scott built a PVC backdrop for me to use making videos. We both developed favorable opinions about Martha Stewart's line of craft paint.

A photo posted by Rachel Kluesner (@dyeabolicalyarn) on

A photo posted by Rachel Kluesner (@dyeabolicalyarn) on

A photo posted by Rachel Kluesner (@dyeabolicalyarn) on

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Promotion - Free Shipping Over $50

Starting in February, and running through the month, all US orders over $50 ship free with coupon code "SHIP50". International orders over $50 receive a $7.75 discount with coupon code "SHIPITL50".  Coupon must be used at checkout and cannot be retroactively applied. May not be combined with other coupons.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Riverwalk Socks
Designer Daniela Nii released a pattern yesterday called "Riverwalk". This sock pattern features sweet faux baby cables (made using a slip stitch) and is knit out of Dyeabolical® Tenacious Sock blend in the Riverwalk colorway. It would also work in the Sturdy, Bounce, or Super Ego bases.

If you are new to toe-up socks, Daniela has helpfully included tutorials on a toe-up stockinette cast on and how to work a short-row heel. Plus, she includes a handy guide for customizing sock length.
This pattern works great with semi-solid & tonal yarns. I think this is simple enough that it would also look good in many variegated yarns. There are several in-stock yarns that would be perfect for this pattern and that are ready to ship. Or, I would be happy to dye any of my available colorways for you. 

Daniela is offering 10% off her pattern through next week if you want your own pair of Riverwalk socks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ICYMI - Shop Update

In case you missed it yesterday, I updated the shop with new ready-to-ship yarns, fibers & row counters. Want to save 10% off your order? Sign up for the newsletter using the form in the sidebar. Current newsletter subscribers, check your email for your coupon!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Trying something new

I'm finding myself in front of my phone a lot more often then I'm finding myself in front of the computer. Given how good camera phones are now, and the fact that most phones have a microphone for easy transcription, I thought I would try make a blog post exclusively using my phone.

Here is what I've been working on -

Pattern: Tailspin by Josh Ryks (First drawback to posting from the phone - how do I make a hotlink to the Ravelry page?) Here is the full url:
This is what the finished project should look like, different colors of course. 

Yarn: I am using my Yakety Yak base in almost all of the colors I dye on that base, plus undyed (the light gray) and brown. There was much agonizing and consulting of knitting friends, but here is the color order I decided on. Value-wise, the undyed gray and red are the lightest and darkest, so I am using those as my main colors. I figured that out by taking a black and white photo and arranging the colors from light to dark. The purple, teal, and green are so close that it was a bit of a judgement call. 
What are you working on? 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 FO Round Up

It was a year for small projects and big yarn this year. The only fingering weight projects I finished were the ornaments, gloves, and the crocheted scarf. Everything else I finished was sport weight or above, most worsted or bigger. Hurray for chunky yarns!
14 Ornaments
2 stockings
2 pairs of fingerless mitts
2 hats
2 cowls
2 blankets
1 pair of gloves
1 scarf
1 wrap
1 pair of socks
1 bib
1 washcloth
1 pair of boot toppers
1 sweater