Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Store Update

[A note to those who read this through Ravlery--I updated my Ravelry profile to direct to my Dyeabolical blog, which is strictly business. I am still updating my personal/knitting blog at I will continue to include a direct link at the bottom of most blog posts for those who wish to click through.]

I just updated my etsy shop with a 4 colors of Alter Ego (fingering weight superwash merino), including 2 new colors--Hippolyta and Sunshine Warrior. These two new colorways are both hand painted skeins and have the exact same colors in each skein. The difference is how the colors were applied. Hippolyta has very short color runs and random color application. It should knit up in more of a mosaic with most of the colors being only 1-2 cm long. Sunshine Warrior is more typical of my regular hand painting . Sunshine Warrior has 2-4" of color before the color shifts in a repeatable and predictable way. I would also like to announce--


I have lowered the prices on sock yarns from $20-21 depending on the base to $18-19. Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Unspun BFL

Unspun BFL Pencil Roving

Fiber Content: BFL
Weight: approx 8oz.
Yardage: approx 98 yards held 2-ply or 196 yards if knitted 1-ply

Is it yarn? Is it roving? It's both! This unspun roving yarn has the beautiful luster of blue faced leicester and the gorgeous crimp BFL fans have come to love. Unlike a typical roving this product can easily and quickly be knitted in to bulky garments and accessories. Unlike a typical yarn, this 2-ply roving can be split evenly in to 1-ply that can be drafted and spun like regular pencil roving.

Knitted 2-ply gets a bulky gauge of 2 stitches per inch on a size 15. With not very much work you can separate the 2 plies in to a chunky 1-ply that knits 3 stitches per inch on a 10.5US

Knitting is not all you can do with this product. It will do what roving does best--spin! To make a very bulky single, hold two plies together and introduce twist. A chunky single would be made the same way by separating the plies and introducing twist without drafting.

The delicate nature of this fiber prior to dyeing means that you may find a break or two in your 8oz. skein [after winding/dyeing the yarn/roving is much sturdier]. Don't fret! There are no knots to cut out. You will not lose anything to waste. Simply overlap the ends of the ply that broke and kept winding or knitting. For spinners, it is just like introducing a new piece of roving. For knitters, it isn't a problem, either. I have also had very good luck simply overlapping about an inch and continuing knitting. The yarn is grabby enough to stay put.

Repost: Hand Painted vs. Kettle Dyed

I dye using various methods. The two most common methods I use are hand painting and what I call kettle dyeing.

My hand painted yarns and rovings are usually very bright with distinct areas of bold "clear" color. The color is applied by actually painting the yarn. These colorways typically appeal to those who like bright colors and stripy socks. While this isn't a self-striping yarn, it will frequently "pool" in to stripes. While there are always some variations between hand painted skeins, you can recognize a hand painted color from batch to batch.
Themyscira colorway handpainted
(sock picture courtesy of KateohKatie)

My kettle-dyed yarns are not a true kettle dye. This is just the easiest way I can find to describe what I do. The colors tend to be a deeper shade than the hand painted yarns. This deeper shade often translates as a more sophisticated palette. These kettle dyed yarns create strong variations from skein to skein, even within the same lot. I do repeat some colors using this method, but for the most part I let inspiration guide me from dye session-to-dye session.
 Themyscira colorway kettle dyed


I will be adding several blog posts right in a row today. I just need a place to temporarily store basic info about my yarns. I'm sorry if I'm spamming your RSS reader. I'll be done soon.

Cotton Slub Sport--More Info

Cotton Slub Sport

This yarn is a soft spun, rustic, non-mercerized, 2-ply, thick-and-thin, affordable 100% cotton perfect for summer tanks, shawls, bags, light sweaters and garments for children. The fabric will bloom in to a soft slubby fabric once it is washed, so please wash your swatches to get an idea of how the fabric will look in your finished garment. See below for a picture.

GUIDELINES (check your pattern requirements):
1 skein for most hats
1-2 skeins for most bags, baby garments and some small adult tanks
2-3 skeins makes most simple adult tanks
3-4 for a shrug
4+ skeins for most adult long sleeve pullovers

Fiber: 100% thick and thin cotton
Thickness: Sport Weight to DK
Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch on a US 5, but also makes a nice fabric anywhere from a US3 to a US7
Weight: 100 grams minimum
Yardage: 310 yards per 100 grams

The dyes used are fade-resistant, however as with all brightly colored cottons, wash with like colors the first several washings. For BEST results, hand wash cool with like colors and lay flat to dry after the initial washing. I turn my garments inside out and give it a hot wash and tumble try for the first washing to ensure maximum shrinking and wash gently and lay flat to dry for subsequent washings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Shop update

I listed these 4 colors in my shop yesterday:

Listed today

I will be listing these 4 colors later today:

Preview of tomorrow

Annnnndddd....I'm going to be a vendor at the Strange Folk Festival! Hope to see you there!

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