Sunday, November 28, 2010

Define "invention"

Have you read Time's "50 Best Inventions of the Year" article? I'm going to need Time Magazine to define "invention".
No. 26 
Not many solutions to moth holes have inspired fan pages on Facebook. But Woolfiller provides a surprisingly eash solution to the age-old problem of holey sweaters. Take the special wool and felting needle and poke the needle--which has small hooks along the point--through the wool and your moth-eaten garment. The repeated action binds the fibers together, making a felt patch on your cardigan, sock or rug. Haleen Klopper of the Netherlands created Woolfiller as part of an interactive museum exhibition on sustainability, and so many visitors wanted to buy it that she stated making kits...
Clever idea? Yes. Clever marketing? Yes. Useful product? Absolutely. Top 50 product of the year? Maybe. If you aren't a fiber person you might not have known that you can fix sweaters that way. Bringing the skill in to the public eye is absolutely worthwhile, but Top 50 invention of the year? No. Sorry, but it isn't by virtue of the fact it is not an invention at all. It's a needle felting kit rebranded as a moth-hole repair kit. Clever it is, but an invention it is not.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday

I have marked 14 items down to super low prices! These 14 items are scattered through my etsy shop. You can browse through page by page or use the “search this shop” to search for “black friday” to find all the items. Once these 14 items sell, they’re gone!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Steampunk Gryffindor

I finally finished the fingerless gloves that I started months ago when I was still working on the Knitting the Queue project before I quit it so I could attempt to knit every single thing in the summer issue of Knitty. Run on sentence. Sorry. Oops! Sentence fragment. Grammar police ahead. Ahem.

I did not knit every single thing in the summer issue of Knitty, but I did knit half a sweater, a cowl, half a shawl, and the toe of some socks before I got distracted by the 6 pairs of socks in 6 months challenge that Deborah and I decided to do. I've never met a knitting/spin X amount in X days challenge I didn't like. In fact, I just joined International Fleece's Spin Every Day challenge because I obviously don't have enough on my crafty plate. 

The base yarn for today's finished project is a yarn I have been considering bringing in for months and months now. It is a gorgeous merino worsted weight with fantastic springiness and takes color amazing. I'm promising myself (and you) that I will bring this yarn in if I sell 10 more sock or fiber club memberships through either etsy or artfire. No pressure. *grin*

Someone on Ravelry called these mitts "Steampunk Gryffindor". Sweet!  Pattern is Slither from,  unsurprisingly, Knitty.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yarn Club Right Now

Did I say a yarn of the month club next year? I meant yarn club right now.

I was planning on waiting to offer a sock yarn club next year, but after I introduced my fiber club a few days ago I received several messages asking where the yarn club is. Actually, I received many more messages about where the yarn club was than I did for orders for the fiber club. Oops! I'm still super duper super excited about the fiber club, but I worked out the details and started placing orders for sock yarn today. We’re making the sock club happen today.  

Thanks to all who poked me with their needles. 

Want to join the fiber club, but don’t spin? Here’s your chance! I’ve decided to offer a sock yarn of the month club!

Sign up for the Dyeabolical Sock Yarn of the Month Club and get 3 or 6 months of custom dyed sock yarn in surprise colors and surprise base each month starting in January.

Each 3 month membership is $60. Sign up for the 6 month cluband the price is only $108! [As with the fiber club, I'm selling most of the memberships through Artfire. It keeps my costs down and yours. My full inventory is still available through Etsy.]

Each month will include 100 gram hank of sock yarn dyed in a custom coloway. Club colorways will remain exclusive for 6 months. I will endeavor to match the sock club colorway to the fiber club colorway whenever practical and possible with the dyeing technique I have chosen that month.

The coloways may be semi-solid, tonally variegated, strongly variegated and may be painted using a variety of different dyeing techniques (hand painted, kettle dyed, mosaic, overdyed). You know I lean towards strong saturated variegated yarns, so please let me know if you have a strong preference for semi-solids and tonally variegated colors and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

The base yarns for the sock club may be superwash merino/nylon, superwash merino, superwash bfl or some other sock-appropriate blend. For those with a strong base preference, I am happy to dye your club selection every month on my regular sock base, Strong Arm Sock Yarn. Just drop me a note and I’ll be happy to do that for you.  

Extras will be available for purchase to club members only for 6 months while supplies of my pre-dyed stock lasts. I am happy to do custom orders of club colorways after my supply of pre-dyed sock runs out, but the minimum order will be 2 hanks if it is not a fiber I carry regularly.

Club shipments will be shipped first class in tyvek envelopes with tracking on domestic packages.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dyeabolical Batt, Bump and Braid Fiber of the Month Club

It's here! Many of you have suggested I do a monthly club and I'm finally doing it!

Introducing the Dyeabolical Batt, Bump and Braid Fiber of the Month Club!
[I'm going through Artfire for the fiber club, at least the first few days and my Artfire shop has very little stock in it besides the club. My full stock is still available through Etsy. ]

This is the first time I am doing a fiber club and I I am keeping this first installment small to work out any hiccups. I am limiting this first club to only 30 members.

The special introductory price is US $54.00 for US $60.50 worth of merchandise spread out over 3 months--January, February and March 2011. Shipping and handling is not included in the price. Missouri residents are subject to sales tax.

This first club will include:

*4oz batt of drum carded in an exclusive club colorway

*4oz braid of a wool in an exclusive club colorway

*2 to 4oz bump of a luxury fiber, rare wool, cellulose fiber or wool/luxury blend in an exclusive club colorway

All weights are approximate.

My club fiber selection is based on a 12-month cycle. Except for the batts, which will be primarily merino, the fiber base will not repeat more often than once every 12 months.

Club batts may contain commercially dyed components. Club batts feature merino heavily, but may also contain other hand dyed wools, angelina, firestar, nylon, alpaca, silk, sari silk, neps or other fibers. Some club batts may contain sparkle or may be an chunky art batt. Please let me know if you would prefer a non-glittery batt or a smooth batt. Please let me know if you have any allergies.

Club braids may be merino, bfl, wool blend, corriedale, falkland, polwarth, finn, coopworth, or another mid-priced 100% wool.

Club bumps will be 2 to 4 oz of fiber that may be a wool blend (e.g., bfl/silk, merino/bamboo), a luxury fiber (e.g., silk, camel), a relatively rare wool to spin (e.g., wensleydale, jacob, cheviot or masham), a cellulose or cellulose blend fiber (e.g, wool/flax blend, bamboo, milk fiber) or other "special" fiber. The size of the bump depends on how "special" it is, but the goal is closer to 4oz. Please let me know if you have any allergies.

Each month will feature a colorway exclusive to club members for 6 months.

Extras will be available for purchase to club members only for 6 months while supplies of my pre-dyed stock lasts. I am happy to do custom orders of club colorways and fibers after my supply of pre-dyed sock runs out, but the minimum order will be 1 pound of fiber if it is not a fiber I carry regularly.

For double helpings of fiber, order 2 club memberships.

Club shipments will be shipped first class in tyvek envelopes with tracking on domestic packages.

Fibers are dyed, carded and stored in a non-smoking home

Friday, November 12, 2010


Join us on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 3215 Cherokee from 11am – 6pm for a cozy St. Louis Craft Mafia indie craft show!

What (from the website): Handmade goods you won’t be embarrassed to give or receive! Winter bar with hot holiday cocktails! Locavore noshies by the owners of the Cherokee Peach! Firepit outdoor lounge perfect for a crisp afternoon! Steampunk Santa Photo Booth! Too fantastic to miss.
When: Saturday, December 4th from 11am – 6pm
Where: 3125 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO (next to The Archive book store)
What this means for Dyeabolical customers: My booth is a cozy 5' wide, so I won't be bringing everything, but I will be bringing all the Strong Arm sock yarn, all the project bags, a selection of felting and spinning fibers, all the Cotton Warp, and a few sweaters that were shop samples. I'll try to get pictures of those shop samples in a few weeks.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Extra Hour

Tonight we fall back. How are you using your extra hour? I'm using mine to work out some details on offering a....
Dyeabolical Fiber Club

Oh yes. Yes, I am. More details to come....

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

20% off spinning and felting batts

I'm having a batt sale! 20% off of the sticker price of all of the batts I currently have in stock. The majority of these batts are hand dyed polwarth wool. Most are carded smooth, though some have add-ins such as sari silk, nepps, glitz, tencel, etc.

Each batt is perfectly spinnable, feltable or knit and crochetable, but the one thing it isn't is perfectly pretty. See, we have been storing the batts in soft-side containers and that was a mistake. Sometime between the last show and yesterday they were smashed between 2 boxes. They developed creases and had the air smooshed out of them. Additionally, the glitzy batts got mixed in with the non-glitzy batts. I also have 2-3 batts from the first time I drum carded. They are perfectly fine to spin, but they might not be as pretty as newer batts are.

Everything is perfectly spinnable, but the batt you order may not be perfectly shaped or perfectly smooth, the label might be bent (or missing), there might be stray glitz. For that reason I am discounting my whole batt stock 20%. Proceeds will be spend on a dedicated hard-side batt container. *g*

I will be shipping these sale batts in envelopes and further creasing may occur. Non-sale batts will be sent in priority boxes. Please let me know if you would prefer I sent this batt in a priority box and I will invoice you for the shipping difference.

You can reach my shop by going to Etsy, clicking on the preview box on the sidebar or going to and clicking on the etsy link.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Customer FOs for October

FOs are Finished Objects. A finished object is any item knitted, crocheted, woven, felted, spun or otherwise transformed from Dyeabolical yarns and fibers into another form (e.g. yarn knitted in to mittens, warp crocheted in to dishcloths, fiber in to a felted object, dyed top spun in to yarn). If you would like me to include your FO in an upcoming post, along with a link to your website/blog/shop/Rav ID, then please email me or message me through Ravelry. Thank you to my customers and friends for letting me share your FOs!

Stlmamaknits (on Rav) knitted this great shawl for her goddaughter out of Strong Arm Sock Yarn in the Hookah You colorway.
CherrySprinkle (on Rav) spun this gorgeous yarn from superwash merino/tencel top dyed in the Blood Orange colorway.
Ann spun these from various handpainted tops she's gotten from me over the years. Clockwise: merino/tencel in "Can't Hit the Side Of A..", superwash merino in "Dance Misress", kettle dyed mystery color in ??? and masham wool in Annie.
You saw these in the last blog post, but they earn a spot here, too. Thank you to Deborah for these shelf decorations! She needle felted these from Dyeabolical felting fibers. I do not have any needle felting fibres listed online right now. I have something like 30 colors. I'm just not sure HOW to list them without overwhelming my current shop. Perhaps I'll list them in my unused Artfire shop? In the meantime you can contact Paste Crafts and they will be happy to help you pick out Dyeabolical felting fiber.
These awesome eyeballs were made partially from Dyeabolical felting wool, as well. Thanks, Crafty and Crap!

Kim spun these two falkland wool braids above and plied them together. She also spun some of my blue superwash merino from years ago and knitted it in to a hat for a very lucky recipient. Awesome job, Kim!
VenutianBeauty (on Rav) spun this chunky 2-ply in "American Maid". I think this is merino. I haven't done this color in a while. Perhaps I'll dye this up on BFL/Silk this week? 
JennP started and finished these socks using Strong Arm Sock Yarn in the color "Scratch Art". I think I may need to dye this color again soon and snag another hank for my own stash. Scott stole my stash Scratch Art for a secret weaving project.

Susan from Shenanigans Yarn spun this remarkable 3-ply from kettle dyed merino. WOW! I'll tell you, this color was not my favorite when I dyed it, but I love the way it spun up.
Another gorgeous 3-ply, this time from putasockonit (on rav). This is a superwash merino/nylon blend that I carried for a short period of time before my supplier discontinued it. Boo! I have one braid of this blend left. I am searching for a new supplier for this blend if anyone has any leads.
Carin from the Round the Twist podcast reviewed this bfl wool/silk blend on her podcast and donated what she spun from it to a charity raffle. Thank you for the review! You can see the finished yarn in her most recent podcast. I'll be dyeing up more bfl wool/silk hopefully this week and have it up online in about 2 weeks.
Boutrosbutros (on Rav) knit these very cool knee socks from Dark Night (dyeable upon request) in Alter Ego Sock Yarn (now discontinued), That's a lotta knitting! 
As far as what I accomplished this month, I didn't finish knitting a single object unless you count a pile of swatches in the new Cotton Sport DK. I managed these few handspuns from top I dyed--masham wool on top and bfl on the bottom. I spun a  few other handspuns from other dyers tops which I will put up on Rav or in another post.