Saturday, October 22, 2016

Retiring Colors and a Preview


I am busy working on an exciting new line of colors for the shop that will debut later this year. I currently offer over 100 different colors in the shop on 13 different bases, all dyed by me out of my kitchen. I love being able to offer so many options, but I need to make some room if I am going to launch a new line. As of November 5 the following colors will be going in to retirement:
If you miss the November 5th cut off, don't worry! I am keeping the dye recipes and dyes for awhile longer. I am happy to do a special order if a full dye lot is purchased (2-4 skeins depending on color).

And what about this exciting new line of colors?  Here is a preview.

Right? I am still developing the colorways, deciding if they will be offered dyed-to-order or a more traditional shop update, which base yarns they will be offered on, etc. If you have a few minutes I would appreciate it so much if you could help me by filling out this survey here.

Thank you so much!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Newsletter: Shop Update

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There is a chilly nip in the air and warm wool is just about the only thing on my mind. Over the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of experimenting with new dye techniques, researching new yarn bases, and researching new needles and notions. Expect a few new things over the next few months as we head further in to fall. *cough*sock blanks*cough*
In Stock Update
The other thing that I have been working on is restocking the shop. Two weeks ago I discovered that I had not 1, not 2, but 3 full bins that needed listing! Click here to see it all. You will find some of the most popular colors on popular base yarns, but you will also find some test colors that I am considering for next season (yes, already!). You will also find several listings of the popular retired yarn, Strong Arm Sock Yarn. Everything at the above link is in stock and ready to ship.

[P.S. There are currently no plans to offer Strong Arm as a regular base yarn outside of in-stock updates, but it will be available by special order. Just ask.] 
 [P.P.S. Browsing on a mobile device and confused about whether or not a yarn is in stock? Look for the wood background. Wood = ready to ship; White = dyed to order.] 

The Witch's Brew variegated
A few weeks ago a customer requested a special Halloween-themed yarn for her son. I loved the results so much that I have decided to add it as a regular Dyed-to-Order variegated colorway and as a Dyed-to-Order Watercolor Stripes colorway. I hope you love it, too!

Amy shared some of her gorgeous handspun with us in the Dyeabolical FO(es) and WIPs thread on Ravelry. She spun this falkland wool in the Ricky colorway. Thank you for sharing, Amy!

Congratulations to Terry-Jo on her honorable mention at her local fair. She knit these gorgeous socks from a skein of Very Starry on the Sturdy base.

Every day I am looking for knitspiration from all over the internet. Follow me on Pinterest to see new finds every week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Episode 10: Des Moines and Yarn Gluttony

Hi everyone! This episode is a little bit longer than usual. I did a lot of editing and cutting. It was originally over an hour but I've managed to cut it down to about 35 minutes. There are some sound issues when my a/c kicks on in the middle of recording, but it should pass in a few minutes.

Gateway Knitters Retreat Open Market, 2-4 pm, Saturday October 1, Drury Inn on Hampton in St. Louis, MO

Rose Tree Fiber Shop (WHOOPS! I called it Rosie's Yarn Cellar, another LYS but not in Ames, Ia)
Yarn Junction

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Reiman Gardens

Magie der Zwililnge Socks
Fish Lips KAL 
Santa Cutie Hat

Book Riot 
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
Merriweather Council (Did I say $100,000? I meant $10,000. Verbal typos all day long...)

Podcasting Smarter

lehcarstl on Ravelry
Rachel on Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy
Rachel on Goodreads 

And about the "Dyepots" section ... I have so much more to say about setting dyes, what causes bleeding, when it's expected or even acceptable, how to avoid it, etc. I cut out a lot for the sake of time. If you have any questions at all about washing yarns, re-setting dyes, bleeding yarns, dye chemistry, or any other topic please do not hesistate to ask here or in the Ravelry group.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Episode 9 Show Notes: KAL On My Mind

(Click the player above to listen to the latest episode or use your favorite podcatcher. If you are reading this through email or a feed reader then you may need to click through to the actual post to play the podcast.)

Emily Ringleman Flood KAL

What’s On The Needles
Boot Strap Socks by Lara Neel
Puff Stitch Cowl
Partying it Up and Getting Down by Megan Williams
A River Runs Through Mitt
Magie der Zwililnge by Micha Klein from Dyeabolical Bounce in Very Starry
Fish Lips KAL

Customer Spotlight

Amy's G'day Mate

Lois's Antler Hat & Mitts
Carrie's Vanilla Socks
Debbie's Hat

What’s on the Nightstand
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, narrated by Scott Brick
The Rouge Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing by Gavin Edwards

Shop Update
In Stock Update
Safe Date for Holiday Shipping is November 26 for Dyed-To-Order Yarns and December 18 (approx) for In-Stock items.
No shipping between 09/13-09/18

Find Me At
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Monday, August 22, 2016

48-Hour Back to School Sale

Time for a sale! For the next 48 hours all in-stock yarns are 30% off, all row counters are 30% off, and all needles and notions are 10% off. Shop at or 

Tip: Yarns and fibers photographed on a white background are dyed to order and not on sale. Yarns and fibers dyed on a wood background are in stock and are on sale. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Episode 8: I Love That Colorway! (Now What?)

Behind the Dyepots

What’s On The Needles
Swatching with 9” circulars

Giveaway Winners
Check the podcast to see if you've won!

New in the Stash and Customer Spotlight

What’s on the Nightstand
(I said “The Art of Ravelry”. Nope, it’s The Art of Rivalry. You know what I have on the brain!) The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships,Betrayals. And Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee   

Shop Update

lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy