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 FiancĂ© 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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Colors and a Watercolor Stripes update

New colors are hitting the shop on Wednesday!

These 4 new colors will be available as both variegated and self-striping yarn options.

66 Sunset Watercolor Stripes, Mint to Be Watercolor Stripes, Rainbow Vista Watercolor Stripes, Inscrutable Mystery Watercolor Stripes
New Variegated colors (reskeined to show color distribution): Inscrutable Mystery, Mint to Be, 66 Sunset, and Rainbow Vista. All are on Id Squishy (non-superwash merino) except 66 Sunset which is shown reskeined on Superwash Merino Singles
New variegated colors (not reskeined): Inscrutable Mystery, Mint to Be, 66 Sunset, and Rainbow Vista all on Id Squishy (non-superwash merino).
Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9am the new variegated colorways will be available. You can order them as a dye-on-demand option in the Dyed to Order section. At the same time 40 new pre-order spots will open for Watercolor Stripes. You can choose from any of the new Watercolor Stripes colorways above or any of the past Watercolor Stripes colors. There will also be one new striped color not pictured above. It is based on one of my original variegated colorways, Neapolitan.

All of the self-striping yarns are dyed on Targhee Sock, a 90% superwash targhee wool/10% nylon blend. It has 430 yards and 4oz/115 grams. I would classify this as a heavier sock yarn.
Starting with this update and moving forward, all self-striping yarns will be automatically split in to two 2oz hanks for easy winding and matching of stripes for socks and mittens.

P.S. We're due for a big restock of row counters. They won't be on the website in time for tomorrow's update, but they will be by the end of this week. If you were planning on ordering a row counter along with your Watercolor Stripes order, then please use this link so you aren't double charged shipping.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Catch Up

Hello again!

I know some of you were worried that if I started podcasting that I wouldn't blog anymore. My plan is to keep up with both. Wish me luck!

The podcast is going well, but I'm still getting my bearings. I still feel a little awkward in front of the microphone and I haven't 100% hammered out a layout that I want to use for each episode. That is especially true of the last episode. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why I was having such a hard time recording 20 minutes of material. A little bit later I figured it out in the middle of the grocery store when my blood sugar dropped. I thought I had contracted some sort of insta-flu + tunnel vision + taken an axe to the head, but half a bottle of Coke and some dinner later and I was fine again. Yikes. Remind me not to do that again.

----------- for all 11 Watercolor stripes colors open on Wednesday June 1 at 9am. There are the 6 existing colors, plus 1 new variegated color translated in to stripes, plus 4 brand new colors (both variegated and watercolor stripes). There are 40 spots open this time. I will post more info about the new colors in the next few days.

Paris at Last
Blood Orange
Flower Shop Inferno
Viola Overboard
Neapolitan (new)
66 Sunset (new)
Inscrutable Mystery (new)
Mint to Be (new)
This coming Saturday I will be back at Suzanne's House for the World's Smallest Craft Fair. Everyone is invited! Don't be shy. I will be in the front room with my hand dyed yarns, including some Watercolor Stripes yarns. Ann is bringing her circular sock knitting machine this year, plus there will be candles, project bags, notebooks, garden crafts, jewelry, and delicious gluten free cupcakes.

This show is the last chance to buy soaps and lip balms directly from me. On Friday the soaps will go offline. After Saturday the remaining stock will go to The Novel Neighbor for one last restocking there. Click the flyer for more information about WSCF or click here.
Being able to use a real studio space last month, and a my dad's photography expertise, a few weeks ago has spoiled me. The family has been busy with my youngest sisters last play (she did amazing!) and her graduation, but hopefully next week I will be able to borrow studio space and a good photographer again. I have FOs that need their beauty shots!


A big box of row counters arrived this week. I test every row counter before I list them and they won't be tested before the self-striping shop listing on Wednesday. The earliest I will be able to get them online is Thursday evening. If you are placing an order earlier in the week and want a row counter, too, just let me know so I can hold your order. Row counters are $4.50 each and ship free when purchased with another item.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Episode 2: A Question of Sizing

Episode 2: A Question of Sizing – Show Notes

Resizing Sweaters:
Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
Knitters Handy Book of Top Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
Knitters Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
Custom Fit book by Amy Herzog
Custom Fit website

Works in Progress: 

Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel 
Stopover Cardigan by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Shop Update:
Watercolor Stripes update on June 1 at 9am central on the Etsy website. There will be one listing posted in the self-striping yarn section. There will be 40 spots open. You can choose any of my existing or new Watercolor Stripes colors. Watercolor Stripe pre-orders will ship in about 4 weeks. 
The new variegated colors will be available as dyed to order listings on June 1st. Dyed to order colors are dye on demand. Choose the colorway you want and the base that you want and your yarn will ship in 3-4 weeks.

Need yarn or fiber ASAP? Check my in-stock listings. In-stock listings ship in 2-3 days.

Upcoming Events:
World's Smallest Craft Fair, June 4, 10am -2pm. Address and info here.

On the Nightstand:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter [I never said the title of the book! Sorry!]
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Social media links:
Rachel Knits/Knit Dye Read Blog
Dyeabolical/Knit Dye Read Ravelry group
Rachel on Instagram
Rachel on Ravelry
Rachel on Goodreads
Dyeabolical Website
Dyeabolical on Etsy

Music: Stormy Blues (Arne Bang Huseby) / CC BY 4.0

Friday, May 13, 2016

Knit Dye Read Podcast: Episode 1 Show Notes

 Here is the first episode of the Knit Dye Read podcast. Now that the first episode is up I can submit the podcast to iTunes, Downcast, Stitcher, etc. Thank you for listening!

In this episode I discuss works in progress, finished projects, and books. Disclaimer: Podcast under construction! Please be patient while I figure out things like transitions, cross fade, music, clipping, volume, etc.

Works in Progress links discussed:

Stopover Cardigan by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mason Dixon Blog
#bangoutasweater on Instagram
Lopi Light
Random Number Generator
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel 

Finished Projects links discussed:
Atomic Blender Socks by Wendy Weber - test knit; pattern coming soon
Dyeabolical Self-Striping Yarn - Only a few standard stripes are currently in stock. Pre-orders for Watercolor Stripes colors will open again soon. Follow me on Instagram, sign up for the DY newsletter, or add this blog to your blog reader for updates.

Books links discussed:
Good Eats 3: The Later Years by Alton Brown
The Knowledgeable Knitter: From Planning Your Projects to Fitting and Finishing, All You Need to Know to Unlock Your Knitting Potential by Margarette Radcliffe
The Fat Squirrel Speaks Podcast 
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
XKCD webcomic
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Social media links:
Rachel Knits/Knit Dye Read Blog
Dyeabolical/Knit Dye Read Ravelry group
Rachel on Instagram
Rachel on Ravelry
Rachel on Goodreads
Dyeabolical Website
Dyeabolical on Etsy

Music: Stormy Blues (Arne Bang Huseby) / CC BY 4.0