Saturday, January 29, 2011

In which I talk about my hair

I never thought I would be the kind of blogger who blogged about her hair.

Ghe post where I mention my newly finished lace cowl shampoo and conditioner generated more comments than any other blog post I've written. You all wanted to know what the shampoo was. Here it is!

In the wee hours of the morning, when I actually looked at the bottle, my 15 year-old-boy brain shortened Blow NY's BLOW Up Daily Volumizing shampoo and conditioner to DAILY BLOW, which I then repeated to about 15 people at knit night. Embarrassing. So embarrassing. Sorry for the midlead, knit nighters, but hey! At least I provided a few chuckles. In my defense, the bottle prominently features the word BLOW and the marketing materials made a big deal about it being a DAILY shampoo.You can see how that might have gotten confused for someone who frequently flips words and numbers.

I've made the 2oz sample I got in my Birchbox box last about a week, which means the 9oz bottle should last a little over a month. I had to use about twice as much shampoo as normal and I had to use conditioner each time to prevent tangling. Normally conditioner is too heavy for my hair, but this stuff seems to be light enough.

Generally, my extremely fine and sparse hair doesn't get enough volume to balance out my round face regardless of what I do to it, so the fact that this shampoo/conditioner makes it look as good as it does even just for a few hours is a marvel. I may have to treat myself to full size bottles once our tax return comes in.

Terrible picture from the front, but look at the back of my head! It's WAVY. I had no idea.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Retailer News and Shop Update

I am so happy to announce that you can now find Dyeabolical® yarns and spinning fibers in 2 new shops:
True Blue Fiber Friends in Columbia, MO is now carrying sock yarn, spinning fibers and hand-dyed felting fibers.

Yellowbird Yarn Room in Akron, OH is also now carrying sock yarn, spinning fibers and hand-dyed felting fibers.

 As always, a list of all Dyeabolical retailers can be found on my main website,

I just listed/re-listed some Strong Arm Sock Yarn and Cotton Slub Sport. Some are colors that just never managed to get listed, several are  from 4-hank lots where I only listed 1 or 2 hanks, some are from a shop I was consigning at, and there are a few sales/seconds/seasonal items.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Victorian Neck Cozy

Things I'm least likely to ever knit:
  • anything described as "lace"
  • anything described as "Victorian"
  • anything described as "cozy"
SO the fact I knitted, and am wearing, something called a "Victorian Neck Cozy" is somewhat of a Rachel-miracle.

Yarn: Dyeabolical Bling (75% superwash merino wool/20% nylon/5% stellina)
Color: January 2011 club colorway "Yo-de-lay-hee-hoo!"
Pattern: Victorian Neck Cozy by Wendy Johnson
Needles: 16" 4US
Blocking: Wet block, no pins. The edging was steamed open with an iron. 
Feelings: It's not practical for my wardrobe but that's not going to stop me from wearing this with t-shirts and a leather jacket with the irreparable rip in the sleeve. I welcome any contribution that assists my wardrobe in becoming a wardrobe worthy of a Victorian neck cozy. *g*

It didn't fit in my light box after blocking.
Close up
Blocked on hanger
I tried a new shampoo last night that was guaranteed to change my life. I took this picture when I got out of bed. That's my bed head. I think this shampoo might change my life. The Victorian Neck Cozy looks pretty good, too.

Monday, January 17, 2011

In Which Deborah Tells Me What To Write

Deborah is in the hizouse! She's working very hard while I goof off on the computer. See how hard she's working?

Why yes, that is knitting she has shoved under her arm. As if I wouldn't notice! Put down the knitting and get back to work, Deborah!

Actually, Deborah is working. She's winding lace yarn. Winding lace yarn is kind of a tedious process and having knitting nearby helps.

I've run out of anything useful to do while Deborah winds yarn (it's hard being the boss) so Deborah suggested that you, the reader, might like some insight into dyeing prep process, especially the thought that goes into something as simple as winding a hank of yarn.

Deborah is prepping silky merino lace today. It comes in a cone weight between 3-6 pounds with approximately 4600 yards per pound (or ypp if you're in the biz).

The first thing we did was figure out how many revolutions on the skein winder she needed to make a 100 gram skein. She took the yards per pound (4600) and divided it by 456g (1 pound) to get the yards per gram. Then she multiplies the yards per gram x 100 (for a 100g) skein. Divide that number by 2 (because my skein winder is 2-yards long) to get to the revolutions per 100g hank. A little convoluted at first, but relatively straight forward, right? Wrong. Projected revolutions per hank is just a starting point.Then we...oy. You know what? The maths iz makin my heads hurt.

Anyway, the projected revolutions per skein is just a starting point. Lots of things can affect a hank. Humidity, the mill lot, whether or not the revolutions counter has been calibrated lately (answer: no), and did I mention humidity?

A 105g hank in St. Louis will weigh less in Phoenix where the humidity is lower. It's one of those wonderful (and sometimes frustrating) properties of wool. It pulls moisture right out of the atmosphere and holds on to it but never feels damp. I'm not messing with the complex complications to figure out how much actual yarn weight there is compared to weight due to humidity, so I just add extra revolutions until I get a hank of yarn with extra weight on it, then I add a few extra revolutions because I'm just that kind of dyer.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Sundays used to be for blogging, but then I was busy the last 2 Sundays. So this week Tuesdays Wednesdays are for blogging, except...I don't really have a lot to blog about today so let's do pictures and bullet lists!

If I had to characterize 2010 it would have been as the year I didn't have time to knit much. I'd be dead wrong but that's how 2010 felt. I didn't finish any large projects, which is probably why it feels I didn't knit much, but did complete 35 smaller projects which is about 30 more than I realized. Funny how the year gets away from you.

  • 9 pairs of socks
  • 2 washcloths (1 knitted,1 crocheted)
  • 1 crocheted hot pad
  • 3 baby cardigans
  • 1 baby bib
  • 3 scarves (2 knitted, 1 crocheted)
  • 3 cowls
  • 1 coffee warmer/holder thingy
  • 2 swiffer covers
  • 4 fingerless mitts
  • 3 hats
  • 1 sweater size XS
  • 2 ice scraper mitts
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