Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Shipping Schedule

Holiday shipping schedule (USA):
Gift certificates & patterns for Christmas delivery:
December 25 (instant download)

In-stock yarns, fibers, row counters:
December 18

Bath & body, except as noted below:
December 18

Octopus, Medallion, Loofah soaps and Sheep Sets:
December 11 (subject to availability)

Dyed-to-order/special order yarns & fibers:
Nov 27

Don't forget to use the coupon code SHIP50 for free shipping on domestic orders over $50
International customers:
Gift certificates & patterns for Christmas delivery:
December 25 (instant download)
In-stock yarns, fibers, row counters:
November 30
Bath & body, excluding octopus, medallion, sheep sets & loofah:
November 30


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Themyscira - For a Limited Time!

By popular demand...

Themyscira is back for a limited time! I am happy to announce that I will be doing a special run of this popular discontinued color. The terms on this special order are different than my other dyed-to-order yarns. Here's what you need to know:

*Themyscira is inspired by my favorite superhero. A "WW" is painted in to each hank of yarn with a special color. The WW is missing from the fiber in order to preserve the loftiness. Click here for projects on Ravelry made from this color.

*Orders close on 10/20 at 10am.

*Orders will begin shipping within 4 weeks of the closing date, but may take longer if there are more orders than I anticipate. You will be notified if shipping will take longer than 4 weeks.

*This color will be available on the following yarns: Sturdy Sock, Super Ego Sport, and Superwash Worsted. Sturdy sock is a non-merino washable wool. The color is very saturated, but not as luminous as superwash merino wool. Descriptions of each base are below.

*The following fiber bases are available: Mixed BFL and Cheviot. Mixed BFL is a naturally light brown and will take the color a few shades darker than ecru wool does. All of my spinning fibers have areas where the natural colors show through. Descriptions of each fiber are below.

Click here for more information and to order!

A sincere thank you to everyone who emailed (and called, and twittered, and PM'd) about this color since it was discontinued. It is a labor-intensive color, but I am happy to offered it on a limited basis. I appreciate all of your feedback about Themyscira!

Thank you!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Easy Soap Sweaters

Soap Sweaters 
Just when you thought we had run out of things to cover in yarn...

Soap sweaters have taken over my knitting life this week. These adorable things are a pretty great twist on felted soaps. Instead of felting the wool around the soap, these are seamless knitted sacks that felt around the soap as you use it.

But why make or use felted soaps / soap sweaters? This question comes up a lot with felted soaps. And because it's me, I have a handy dandy bullet pointed list:

The tl;dr version:
  • Felted soaps & soap sweaters exfoliate. 
  • They prolong the life of your soap. 
  • It's fun and showers are boring. 
The long version:
  • You are a Knitter with a capital K. If it can have a sweater, then it will have a sweater. Plus you have all that wool just laying around not earning it's rent. 
  • You can't beat the lather it makes. Creamy bubbles for everyone.  
  • Scrubba, scrubba, scrubba! It exfoliates your skin gently.
  • The wool becomes infused with the soap as you use it and will continue to lather long after the soap has melted away. 
  • Heat + agitation + pH changes (wool is slightly acidic, soap is slightly basic) = felt. On your body. While you're getting clean. SCIENCE!
  • Sometimes there are colored bubbles and that's kind of neat. (Let's be honest, you're washing wool in water hotter than the normal "cool" recommendation and scrubbing it with soap. Embrace the colored bubbles your first few showers. It won't stain your skin or your tub, and shouldn't change the color of your soap sweater.)  
  • Wool wicks water away and is slightly acidic, making it naturally bacteria resistant. Have you noticed that your cotton sweaters need to be washed all the time, but your wool sweaters don't? Same principle. Wool doesn't hold on to bacteria like cotton does. 
  • Prop it up in a well-draining soap dish to dry & air out between uses. That sweater is going to be fine for a long, long time. 
But how do I make one?  Like this...
Dyeabolical Id Squishy Sport Singles (1 hank makes about 5-7 sweaters) [Use the "search in this shop" section to search for all Id colors currently in stock, or navigate to the "Yarn-Dyed to Order" section to special order a color.]
US 9 double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Stitch Marker

Notes: Yarn is held double. You can also use a heavy worsted, aran weight, or light bulky held single. If you are making a yarn substitution, make sure you are using a yarn that will felt! This pattern is for double pointed needles, but can easily be converted to magic loop. The soaps used measure 3.5" long x 2.5" high x 1" wide. If you have a wider soap then you may want to do more increase and decrease rows.

Gauge is somewhat flexible. I used about 4 sts/inch. A tighter soap sweater is better than a baggy soap sweater.

 Instructions (hold yarn double):
Holding yarn double, cast on 8 stitches over 2 needles using Judy's Magic Cast On or Figure-8 Cast On

Knit all the stitches on the first needle. Knit all the stitches on the second needle. Mark the beginning of the round. Redistribute the stitches evenly over 4 needles.

Row 1 (increase row): Knit 1, kfb, knit to the end of needle 1. Knit to 2 stitches before end of needle 2, kfb, knit 1. On needle 3, knit 1, kfb, knit to end of needle 3. Knit to 2 stitches before the end of needle 4, kfb, knit 1

Row 2: Knit

Row 3 & 4: Repeat rows 1 & 2

Continue to knit in the round until your piece is as long as your soap.

Row 5: (decrease row): Knit 1, ssk, knit to the end of needle 1. Knit to 3 stitches before the end of needle 3, k2tog, knit 1. On needle 3, knit 1, ssk, knit to the end of needle 3. Knit to 3 sttiches before the end of needle 4, k2tog, knit 1

Row 6: Knit

Row 7 & 8: Repeat rows 5& 6

Insert soap in to your soap sweater. Kitchener stitch the opening closed.

Weave in ends. This is going to be felted as you use it, so I just leave the cast on tail inside the soap and pull the bind off tail up to the inside of the sweater. Leave unblocked.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Eazy Beezee

All done! The brioche wasn't difficult once I got started.

Pattern: Beezee by Katrin Schubert
Main color: Natural (available by request)
Base Yarn: Id Squishy Sport Single

Contrasting color: Closer Than You Think
Base Yarn: Id Squishy Sport Single
The double thick brioche fabric is made in 2 stages. On the first round you knit every other stitch. The opposite stitches are slipped purlwise while making a yarn over.  On the second round you purl those slipped stitches together with the yarn overs made in the previous round and slip the knit stitches while making a yarn over. Luckily, there are many YouTube videos. Surprisingly, brioche knitting was very easy. Just don't ask how to fix a mistake. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September already?

I bet you thought I didn't blog anymore, didn't you? :) Instagram has been sucking up most of my social media time. I really love seeing what everyone is working on and pictures from their day. The hashtag feature is great. My favorite IG hashtags are below. What are your favorite tags?
 Summer 2015 was marked by a wicked case of crafters block, especially knitters block. I managed a few projects by forcing myself to sit down and work, but the innate desire to make things hasn't been there. That has thankfully eased up a little, probably because of the cooling temperatures. This week I am working on a 2-color brioche hat called "Beezee" by Katrin Schubert. There were a few false starts, but I'm chugging along now and loving it. I can't put it down!
Yarn: Id Squishy Sport
Color 1: undyed
Color 2: Closer Than You Think.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


20% off all in-stock items
July 2 - July 8

Thank you for making the first half of 2015 a great year for Dyeabolical! As a thank you, please enjoy 20% off all in-stock items! All in-stock yarns, fibers, patterns, soaps & perfumes are discounted 20% from July 2 - July 8. (Dyed-to-order/Made-to-Order items are excluded from the sale)

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Friday, May 1, 2015

World's Smallest Craft Fair - Now Not So Small!