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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A KnittingSarah Giveaway

The lovely Sarah from the Knitting Sarah blog posted a great review of the Dyeabolical Id yarn on her blog today and she's also hosting a giveaway for a skein of Id. Check it out! http://knittingsarah.com/2015/04/16/meet-dyeabolicals-id-squishy-sport-single-giveaway/

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Newsletter

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Hello!

It has been a busy month! I have been preparing for the Southern Illinois Sheep & Craft Festival tomorrow (see below), released 4 new colors, and listed a new made-to-order decorative soap.
Sheep & Craft Festival April 11, 2015

Southern Illinois
Sheep & Craft Festival

Tomorrow
Saturday April 11

Monroe County Fairgrounds Waterloo, Il

This festival is held on the Monroe County Fairgrounds in the barn. See some sheep, eat some lunch, check out the sheep dog demonstrations, talk to spinners & knitters, browse vendors, and more.

Scott & I will be there with our yarns, fibers, soaps, perfume, mini skeins, and row counters. Say hello!
2 new colors and 2 new-ish yarn colors have been added to the shop as dyed-to-order listings.
  • Fate, PhD (version 2) is out of retirement and back on the shelves. The bright aqua blue & dark gold overlap to make murky sea-green.
  • Bigger On The Inside has been a color available by special request for a long time and, due to popular demand, I have added it to the shop.
  • Hocus Pocus, I'm A Crocus is a fun lilac purple and green, with a little bit of brown-gray for contrast.
  • 80's Jam is a bright green, a peacock blue, and the same brown-gray that is in Hocus Pocus.  It's so much fun!
Fate, PhD, Hocus Pocus, I'm A Crocus, and 80's Jam are also available on combed top spinning fiber.
This rosette medallion soap mold makes me so happy. I have been holding on to it waiting for just the right inspiration to strike. I am thrilled to finally offer it as a made-to-order soap. Each soap is made in your choice of color and scent out of detergent-free aloe vera & olive oil soap. It is then painted with a shimmery mica to bring out the intricate details. These soaps will look great on your sink, and the skin-loving additives perform well in the bath.

Not seeing your favorite color or scent? Just ask! I will do my best to fill your request.


To take advantage of free shipping on orders over $50, you must use the coupon code above at the time of checkout.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Goodbye February, Hello March!



The free shipping over $50 promotion went so well in February that I am extending it through March (and beyond?). To be eligible for free domestic shipping, add over $50 worth of product to your cart and use coupon code SHIP50 for domestic orders. International customers, use code SHIPITL50 to save $7.75 off your shipping costs.

February Goals Progress
I had a lot to accomplish in February. It went well, despite a few technological hiccups.

GOAL 1: Make the Yakety Yak base available as a dyed-to-order option for my regular colorways.
NOPE. Time continued to be a factor in getting this done. Etsy changed their listings manager interface & their category system. That ate up a lot of time re-familiarizing myself and updating my listings to be compliant with the new categories.Yakety Yak is available as dyed-to-order option, but you will have to email me directly so I can create a listing for you until I can get the website updated.
Kara, Katatomic, Soldier Field, and Garden of Live Flowers on the Yakety Yak base
(60% superwash merino/20% yak/20% silk)

GOAL 2: Add 3 new colors to the shop
2/3rds DONE. I added 2 new colors, but dyed up about 5 new possibilities on a potential new base yarn that are not yet up.
Fuchsia So Bright and Gasoline Rainbow
GOAL 3: Reactivate the made-to-order soap listings.
DONE - Re-activate the loofah, cube & octopus soap listings now that the busy soap season is over.
 

GOAL 4: List new spinning fiber bases. 
DONE! See this blog post for more information. 
 
GOAL 5: Create 2 new celtic-inspired soaps
EH. I can't decide which recipe that I want to use for the celtic molds, creamy coconut milk or gentle buttermilk. I sent off samples to a few people to get their opinion on which they like best.

GOAL 6: Make 10 loaves of the dye-free/lots of lather/basic soaps in various scents.
BAM, on the curing rack now and ready for restocking later this month. These super simple soaps are made from scratch out of olive oil, RSPO-certified palm oil, coconut oil, castor oil and essential oils/fragrance.
Freshly cut & ready to put on the drying racks - Honey, Coconut Lime Verbena, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Sweater Vest & Pipe, a new unnamed lemongrass/vanilla scent, Cedarwood Sage, and Wasabi (a bright, spicy citrus)
GOAL 7: Make 16 bars of Euphoria for restocking before Valentine's Day.
YES, sort of. I had 8 bars of Euphoria and 8 bars of a new scent called Moxie ready to go up before Valentine's, but I forgot to make the listing active. Wahmp wahmp wahmp wahmp wahhhhh! But I did manage to get sheep soaps sets up before Chinese New Year. Go me! 
Goat's Milk Sheep Soaps

Euphoria & Moxie are both floral scents
GOAL 8: Investigate more free shipping options.
 DONE! The buy $50 promotion went really well last month, so I extended the promotion. See the italicized sentence above.

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February was kind of nuts, but nice. I cut out a major source of time-suck & drama in my personal life and reclaimed many hours of productive downtime. I also worked my last scheduled day at the yarn shop. I miss it a lot, but I needed the time to work on Dyeabolical, plus I will get to fill in as needed.

So what have I been doing with all that free time? Napping, cleaning out my closets, watching RuPaul's Drag Race, hemming & hawing over what to knit next, cooking (who am I?), and spending a ridiculous amount of time trying out software for various shopping cart platforms. I also finally found the perfect lightweight folding tables. They are so basic, and so traditional. Why would I buy a ridiculously heavy molded plastic table for $100 when it was just a matter of time before plain lightweight pressboard & vinyl card tables started being sold again for $40?


March Goals
  • These test colors on this test base (so SQUISHY) need to be retested, test knit, named & listed:
  • I became obsessed with Josh Ryk's Tailspin when it was released in January. I need to block and blog it during March.
 
  • Shop update
  • Spin a braid of yarn
  •  List the dye-free soaps (also name the line)
  • Figure out those celtic soaps
  • Get the Yakety Yak listings online
  • Break out the sewing machine and make shirt extenders 
  • Give away/destash 5 trashbags of stuff  
  • Learn more about the Etsy IPO
  • Continue to fret that I am talking too much about soap to the yarn people and too much about yarn to the soap people 
Do you have any goals for this month? What are they? Share with me in the comments to this blog post or on my Facebook page before March 10 and be entered to win a bar of soap.    

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.
Crafting
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.

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