Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Diamond Cut Fingerless Mitts Collection

The knit designer Kelene Kinnersly contacted me to request yarn support a few months ago for her new ebook collection. I waffled a little because I had already provided a lot of yarn support this year, but I am so glad I said yes. Kelene just released her Diamond Cut Fingerless Mitts Collection (available as e-book or individual patterns) and I couldn't be more pleased with what she did with my yarns. They are amazing mitts!
The samples are the medium size and knit with 1 hank of Superwash Worsted. The smaller size takes a DK weight, the medium takes a worsted weight, and the larger takes a heavy worsted or aran weight.

Since the Highlighter colors are only available in fingering weight, sport weight, and worsted weight, I recommend doubling up on the Alter Ego fingering weight base for the smaller size and use Superwash Worsted for the medium or large size. Alternatively, select another color that comes in a dk, worsted, and aran weight. I think these patterns would also look great in any of these colors:
Kissing Booth, Poisoned Cherry, Big Cheddar, Don't Feed The BearsHighlighter Yellow, King Of the Pond, Riverwalk, Moonlight KissesCelestial, Everyone Likes Pie, Je Ne Sais, Quoi, Nehi to a GrasshopperQuarter Sawn, Polar Vortex, Grayson, Raja
If you do choose to purchase Highlighter colors, be sure to use the coupon code "HIGHLIGHTER" for 10% off your order. Bonus savings: Kelene's new collection is currently half off through December 15!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Scrappy Christmas Baubles

 I just released a new pattern! I love Christmas baubles, and I love options. This pattern is infinitely customizable and takes very little time and yarn to knit. 

Start with a belly button/i-cord cast on to begin knitting in the round (instructions included). Drop your own design in the middle, use one of the sample charts provided, or use a variegated yarn for the whole ornament. Add a Styrofoam ball to fill it out, and voilĂ ! Ornaments for everyone.

This pattern provides instructions for knitting 3 different sizes of ornaments – 2”, 2.5”, and 3” diameter. I prefer using Smoothfoam styrofoam balls to fill my ornaments. They tend to be a little sturdier and easier to work with. The pattern calls for fingering weight or a light sport weight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Giving Tree & My Apples Are Gone

Like these patterns? Want them for free? Keep reading...

Hey cabled sock lovers! The very talented Heidi Nick has designed 2 new socks using Dyeabolical® Super Ego sock yarn. Mmm, thick wooly cabled goodness!  These socks are top-down, written for 2 circular needls (but easy enough to switch to convert to magic loop or DPNs). She doesn't use a traditional heel flap or gusset, but instead uses a method of increasing for the gusset first and then turning the heel. I haven't knit these myself yet, but they are definitely on the agenda once I work through a bit of obligation knitting.
The Giving Tree in Moonlight Kisses

My Apples Are Gone in Kissing Booth

Do you want a free copy of The Giving Tree and My Apples Are Gone?  
Heidi has generously offered to provide a free Ravelry download of both patterns with the purchase of Dyeabolical® yarn. Please let me know when you order that you would like a coupon code and I would be happy to pass it along. The offer is good through the end of this year. This pattern requires 1 hank of Super Ego yarn or 2 hanks of any of my other fingering weight yarns (Sturdy Sock, Tenacious Sock, Alter Ego, or Bounce). 

One hank will make a pair of these socks. To order, go to the made-to-order yarn section, click the color you would like, then choose the yarn base you would like. Here are some of the colors that I think would work great for this pattern. Happy knitting!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Strange Folk Booth

Hi all! I hope you can make it out to the Strange Folk Festival this weekend in O'Fallon, Il. Compared to previous years, we have really stepped up our game. We will have a selection of yarn in all of our bases, a lot of fiber, mini skeins (including several sets of Highlighter Minis), perfumes, and a ton of bar soaps (but no glycerin soaps this year - I ran out of time!). We also have samples knit/spun up to inspire you, and we will be able to take special orders for sweater quantities of yarn and fiber. It is going to be awesome.

Below is a map of the area we are in. We are just on the other side of the pavilion where the red arrow is pointing. We have changed our logo since the last time we were at Strange Folk, so look for the orange and pink pom-pom garland and our new banner. See you there!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows

The season is turning, and that can only mean one thing -- fall festivals and knitting all the things! Apple cider, funnel cakes, pumpkin spice everything, and piles of hand knitted goodies. The best of all things, right?

I hope you can make it to one of the shows that I am vending this fall. If not, please consider visiting one of the yarn shops that sell Dyeabolical® yarn or ordering online. There are new shops in Florida, Oregon, California, and a traveling yarn truck in New York.

Thank you for supporting Dyeabolical!

Strange Folk Festival

O'Fallon, IL - Strange Folk is the largest outdoor indie art & craft festival in the Heartland and totally worth a road trip. There are 150 indie crafts vendors (including several of knitterly interest), live bands, food trucks, DIY activities for adults and kids, and demonstrations. Click here for a full list of vendors, exhibits, bands, and food trucks.  I will have a ton yarns, fiber, grab bags, handmade soaps, and perfumes with me, including the new super bulky singles yarn and the new merino/silk/yak yarn.

World's Smallest Craft Show

St. Louis, MO - I will again be vending at the World's Smallest Craft Show house party on October 11 in South St. Louis (near Hampton & Fyler). This show will feature gluten-free baked goodies,handmade bags & crocheted accessories by AEC Designs, t-shirt yarn, upcycled accessories by textile artist Suzanne Hirth, various items from print-artist Kat Kissick, and Dyeabolical soaps, yarns & fibers, as well as other crafted goodness. I will be there from 10am - 2pm. Click here and scroll down to "Upcoming Shows" for directions.

Hawken House Christmas Market @ Rolling Ridge Nursery

Webster Groves, MO - On November 9th, I will be at the Hawken House Christmas Market at Rolling Ridge Nursery in Webster Groves, MO selling soaps and perfumes. This Sunday market runs from 10-4:30. It is an excellent opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Contrary Cabled Cowl

The lovely and talented Cindy Dahle Remke from The Gauge Wars Blog published a new pattern this morning, using Dyeabolical® Aran Singles yarn, called Contrary Cable Cowl. It's pretty great, right? Here is the pattern description from Cindy:
This snug fitting cowl has an interesting texture where stockinette and garter stitch cables meet. With aran weight yarn, held double, this is a quick knit. It is September after all so we need to start thinking about Christmas knitting! :) The top circumference is able to accomodate children and adults, with the bottom widening to fit comfortably on the shoulders under a coat. It is the perfect accessory for winter play, ensuring no one’s neck or face get cold in the wind and snow.
Dyeabolical® Aran Singles yarn is a single-ply, aran weight, fine wool yarn. It has 200 yards per 100 gram hank and is available in a wide-variety of dyed-to-order semisolid and variegated colors. To order, go to the made-to-order yarn section, click the color you would like, then choose the yarn base you would like. Aran Singles is available to be dyed in all of the semisolid and most of the variegated colors. This cowl would look great in the colors below. The color used in the pattern is called King Of The Pond.

Left to right: Kissing Booth, Poisoned Cherry, Big Cheddar, Don't Feed The Bears
Tempest Tease, King Of the Pond, Wicked City Woman, Glaucous
Fish Bowl, Je Ne Sais Quoi, Everyone Likes Pie, Nehi to a Grasshopper
Quarter Sawn, Polar Vortex, Grayson, Raja

See more information on The Gauge Wars blog. Click here to purchase the pattern. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

FO: August Ornament Swap - Glub Glub

Who doesn't love a good swap? For the last few years I have been enjoying mini swaps, especially the ornament swaps in Susan Anderson's Itty Bitty Knitters group. One ornament, one greeting card. No fuss. I have gotten the best ornaments for my Christmas tree.

This month the talented Paula sent me this Santa ornament. I love how his beard and hat are hooked. Little details like that always amuse me.
I sent Greg, a fisherman, this fishy ornament:
Pattern: Tiny Fish from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi
Yarn: random scraps
Modifications: I added a fishing bobber to the top. I was going to string this on ribbon, but then someone pointed out that the bubbles were like beads. I had some left over supplies from a previous project, so I used jump rings and headpins with loops on them (not sure what these are called?) to turn this fish in to an ornament.
Card: The card was from a set of dinosaur cards that my friend Mindy made for me.