Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cactus Babies

The Missouri Botanical Garden is hosting a cactus show and sale through today. We went yesterday and brought home some new cactus babies from the cheap tables to fill in our succulents collection. We still need to organize the shelves, but they're finally looking full. We even scored an Alluadia Comosa, whatever that may be, for half off. It's the last picture. It's pretty wicked looking!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ewe Knit Yarn

I am so excited to announce that you can now find Dyeabolical yarns and select Marilin's Bags reversible project bags at the new local yarn shop, Ewe Knit Yarn in Webster Groves, MO. Ewe Knit is adorable. Julie, the owner, has the yarn set up like a farmers market and she's stocking it up with delicious treats, ahem, yarn. Here are a few things I dropped off with her this week:

Saturday, July 23, 2011

[video update] Strange Folk, Tour de Fleece and Shop Update

Strange Folk Festival, September 24-25

River Poet Fibers and Yarn

Amiga cardigan--Takes 3-4 hanks of Cotton Slub DK

The yarns shown will be in the shop on Monday around noon. The fibers will be in the shop Tuesday around noon.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Surprise Sale

Hello! I'm having a surprise sale through tomorrow, Friday July 15. Take 25% off your order by using coupon code SURPRISE. Happy shopping!

When you're done shopping, check out Kate's blog post on identifying yarn addiction and her follow up posts in which she reveals her deep dark Dyeabolical-dealing secret.

And here's a video!

June 2011 Customer FOs

FOs are Finished Objects. A finished object is any item knitted, crocheted, woven, felted, spun or otherwise transformed from Dyeabolical yarns or spinning 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 (or if I have forgotten anyone!) email me or message me through Ravelry. Thank you to my customers and friends for letting me share your FOs with my blog readers!
 I can tell we're in the heat of the summer now. It is too hot for many of us to keep a heavy sweater on our laps, so we turn to spinning yarn or working on lighter weight projects. I'm the same. I rarely venture out in to the heat if I can help it, but I still don't want a heavy wool sweater sitting on my lap. The projects for June were mostly smaller and lighter. We also have quite a few newer spinners who have yarns to show off!

Annie cranked out this gorgeous lightweight cardigan in no time. She used 3 hanks of Bling sock yarn in, unsurprisingly, the Annie colorway. She alternated 3 balls of yarn to minimize any pooling that the yarn wanted to do. I think she was pretty successful, don't you think? Don't you kind of want to cast on your own sock yarn sweater right this very moment, or is it just me that feels that way? Very inspiring, Annie. Thanks for sharing!

Karamichele used some hand dyed silk to cross stitch the fleur de lis above and the embroidery below. Aren't those great? Very creative! I have more of this silk thread (technically a very fine laceweight), but haven't made any more thread, but I can! Just let me know and I would be happy to do some for you.
This is technically a July project, but it is so cool I thought I would include it this month. Kate learned to spin on a wheel 1.5 weeks ago. Yeah....I think she's a natural, don't you?  From left to right: generic wool, merino (not Dyeabolical, but I gave it to her so it counts!), falkland in Pot O'Gold and a superwash blue faced leciester in a blue variegated.
 Before Kate was bitten by the spinning bug she finished these great socks in a one off Strong Arm Sock color.
Beck requested a superwash bfl top be dyed in the Dark (k)Night colorway. She spun it up in no time and knitted it in to the great scarf below. Go Scarfed Crusader!
Susan spun this beautiful handspun from the Steampunk Themysicra colorway and knit up the socks below. She, too, seemed to both spin and knit this project in about 5 minutes.
I think Lisa, who spun the yarn above, and Mandy, who spun the yarn below, ought to send me their yarns so I can knit a beautiful striped shawl out of them!
SpinnerFella is another prolific spinner. He manged to spin the yarn above, the yarns below and I know he spun several other braids from other dyers, too. Go, Speed Racer!
UnchainedFae used a hank of Cotton Slub to whip up this soft summer scarf. Is there anything more elegant or satisfying than a simple yo,k2tog lace? 

Clevercatsknit made this wonderful Caternary shawl from a hank of Bling. I love the way shaping is done for this shawl.
I can do the Bling base in any regular colorway, but I prefer using up my leftover dyes on the Bling base like I did here. One of a kind sparkles? I am so there.
Baconfairy (great name!) knitted these Jaywalkers from the Golden Afternoon colorway. I know, I know, they aren't very golden, right? I took my inspiration for this colorway from a still from Alice in Wonderland's All in a Golden Afternoon song. Mostly green, a little bit of color? See it now? No? Ok, let's sing a song!

Last, but not least, is Pinksonia's Les Bons Temp socks. She used 3 different colors of superwash merino worsted weight in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, gold) to knit these cozy socks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

[video post] July 11, 2011 except not

This would have been to you sooner, but my video host has had technical issues and wouldn't accept the upload until this morning. Grrface! Anyway, this video is a bit disheveled, as am I. It was 115 degrees heat index, I had been rearranging and reorganizing my office, I had to balance my camera on a cardboard box and wedge myself in to the only non-cluttered corner to record. I suppose I could have waited to record, but it was on my to-do list. Because I always do my to-do list. Tru fax. To-do, to-did!

I also learned how to edit! Yayayayay! My cuts are a little rough on this first one, but I did it!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tour de Francey Pants: Week 1

I owe you a June FO wrap up, a video blog and I'm sure that my etsy shop would appreciate some new sock yarns. None of that got done this week, though. It's July, so I've been watching this:
and spinning these:
That yarn on the right? Not really gray.
instead of working. Tomorrow is a rest day for the Tour de France and Tour de Fleece so lots and lots of dyeing will get done, especially now that my new equipment has arrived.

This months club fiber*, while beautiful to spin, is fiddly to dye. It really really really would prefer not to be disturbed in the dye pot, which means every potfull had to be heated from cold, and the cool back to room temp. And when you only have one cooker? Hours. HOURS, I tell you! I managed about 3 braids a day with my current set up, which is ridiculous considering my normal tempo. The new equipment arrived Friday and I'm looking forward to knocking out the rest of the club tomorrow and Tuesday, letting it dry for 2-3 days, prep shipments on Friday and mail them on Monday--a full 2 weeks before the first club is due. That is, if I can tear myself away from the TdFs for a few hours...

*HINT HINT HINT SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER! Don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled on what type of fiber is in the July club.

This month is a beautiful british bfl wool!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tour de Francey Pants

It is that time of year again! It is the 4th of July weekend and instead of sleeping off a BBQ hangover like the rest of America, I am up at 7am to watch the live video coverage of the Tour de France and spin yarn like mad for the Tour de Fleece. That means it is also time for my annual Versus TV "All Access Pass" rant, but this year I think I'll skip it.

Versus teamed up with NBC this year and all for the better. The video works when it says it is going to work. There is a schedule posted, the picture is clear and the video player doesn't require downloading a piece of software that bogs everything down. FINALLY.  It is so much better than the last few years where it took a lot of struggling on customers parts to get the video to play correctly. My only complaint is that I wish that the broadcast included coverage from the beginning of the race and not pick up halfway through. That's annoying to pay extra for all-access and only get the same video broadcast that plays on TV.

Tour de Fleece is well underway, as well. I finished plying the yarn below and spun a bobbin of lace singles. Yesterday I spun a second bobbin of lace singles. I can't give pictures because I am spinning the July fiber club selection and I don't want to give spoilers yet. Today and tomorrow I am all about spinning sock yarn. Wednesday and Thursday are for worsted singles. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be for plying, plying, plying. I may even switch to the bulky flyer for the worsted singles.
Unlike the last several Tours, I can't take most of July off. The mornings are devoted to spinning and watching le Tour, but the afternoons are all for dyeing up the July club fiber and a few custom orders. I suspect a few late nights, too.

I am writing the June Customer FO round-up soon, so please let me know ASAP if you have any finished yarns or finished projects made from Dyeabolical products that you would like to share.