Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sale, Fiber Club, Shop Updates and a Tentative Schedule

First, click here to sign up for the Dyeabolical newsletter if you would like to get your shop update information that way. I will update no more than twice a month. Probably not even that often, to be honest.

Next, quite a few items have been deeply discounted on the Etsy shop to make room for new inventory. Also take advantage of coupon code "NOVEMBER" for an extra 10% off anything on the etsy shop. This code now works on the dyeabolical.com website, too.




and now....
Fiber Club Sign-Ups!!

Spots opening Noveber 13


Click here for the 4oz option (available November 13 after 10am central)

Click here for the 8oz option (available November 13 after 10am central)
(renewing members can complete renewals now on the website)

It is almost time to sign up for the first 2012 fiber club! The fiber club offers either 4 or 8 ounces of fine to medium grade wool or wool blend spinning fiber in a surprise color each month for 3 months--January, February, and March 2012.

Each color is exclusive to club members for 3 months after the color is introduced. Club members are entitled to order extras of the club colorway on the same or different fiber base*. The types of wools I normally dye range from fine merino, bfl, corriedale, silk blends, polwarth, and falkland to shetland, cheviot, jacob and other fine to medium wools.

Your shipments will be sent before the end of each month. No combining club shipments with other orders, please.

I am not planning on doing a theme or a swag option for the fiber club, unless that is something that several of you want. Swag and themes work great for sock clubs, but I think us spinners just want to spin! Please let me know if I'm wrong and you would like me to add a swag option.

*subject to normal custom dye policies and time frames

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Shop Updates

A new storefront, combined shipping, and recently listed items

Shop updates can now be found in two places, both on etsy and now at dyeabolical.com. There is some overlap between the two shops, but also some unique items, so be sure to check out both shops. I regularly add a few items a week, but the larger updates are usually announced on Facebook, Twitter, the blog or in the Ravelry group. Here are a few recently added items:




AND FINALLY...


Yes, I know I have been extremely negligent in dyeing spinning fiber.  I'm sorry. I've been going through a bit of ennui with spinning fiber lately, but I'm happy to report that I'm now OVER IT and back to normal, or I would be if I wasn't constantly running out of time. I have 4 gradient-dyed Texel wools to be listed this week. I have 2 semisolid red superwash cheviots that I wasn't going to list, but I will if any of you would like to see them. I will be dyeing custom order the rest of this week, but I will try to sneak in at least 2-4 colors of fiber and will list them next week.


I also have a LOT of undyed gotland and kent-romney fleece. There are some shorter pieces and second cuts, but the fiber is still beautiful. If any of you art spinners or felters would like any dyed up, please contact me and I'll be happy to discuss options with you.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Customer FOs for September and October 2011

It's that time again! Thank you to everyone who shared pictures of their finished projects and handspun yarns made with Dyeabolical yarns and fibers in September and October. 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. This will be a picture heavy post. Those of you with slow internet connections may want to go have a cup of coffee while the page loads.

And now, in no particular order....

LiliMarlene87 knitted this fantastic shrug from Bling. I really love this shrug.  The pictures are really cute. Her partner did a great job on the photography, don't you think?
A few months ago I sent Deborah the Iris shawl pattern. She immediately cast on using a hank of Cotton Warp in Mardi Gras colors. She gets compliments where ever she goes and it is easy to see why. The pattern is fantastic for hand dyed yarns and Deborah is a great knitter. She had enough yardage left to add an extra repeat to the cowl for those of you wanting to try this pattern.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Allison used the Bird of Paradise club colorway alternated with Dream in Color to knit the My Wish shawl by Laura Linneman. Lovely!
This is THE shawl. A few weeks ago Kate decided the day before Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book signing that she would knit a new shawl for the signing. She put her head down, knit for 12 hours and BAM! Shawl.
The Yarn Harlot holding the 12-hour shawl.
Last year Carrie picked up a braid of Falkland fiber from my booth at the Tower Grove Fall Festival. She spun it up in to this beautifully thin and even yarn and knit a gorgeous shawlette. Click the link for more pictures. 
This chickie, Sarah from Yarn Geek Fibers, showed up at Strange Folk with this hand spun, hand knitted Lady Eleanor shawl. Holy crap! How did she make it away with this still in her possession? Because I'll be honest, if I see it again I may steal it right off her shoulders and feign ignorance. Shawl? What shawl?  I occasionally snuck back to her booth to visit this shawl, along with Sarah's very pretty fibers. The bonus time with Yarn Geek and Mr. Yarn Geek was pretty nice, too. 
Handspun singles in the color Themyscira
Speaking of Themycira, a few months ago I dyed a sock blank made from Strong Arm in the Themyscira colors. Knit Night friend Ava knit these gorgeous toe-up socks. I knew I should have kept a blank for myself before putting Srong Arm on hiatus!
Kara finished her Flowershop Inferno socks! Yay! Kermit arms! Kara finished the first sock a few years ago and started the second sock a few months ago. She discovered that her gauge had changed in the years between socks and had to rip and reknit the second one. Sigh. I do that far more than I admit to my fellow knit nighters, except I can manage to mess up my gauge in a matter of hours, so I can sympathize. Great job, Kara!
Here's another one from Kara. She borrowed some scraps of Cotton Slub (which is now on sale) and made this very cool zombie boy for a mutual friend. I sort of love the dangling button eye.
Dena Stelly designed these toe-up socks and used the color Jo Rides a Motorbike to knit them! Nice socks, Dena! I can't wait to knit my own pair.
Here's another one from Kate. This girl likes knitting on a deadline. She showed up at knitting with these on a Wednesday with the cuff of one started and was wearing the pair 4 days later at Strange Folk. Never get in to a knitting for speed competition with her is all I have to say.


Whew! That was a lot of knitted objects. Time for the hand spun. This bit of neapolitan pretty was spun by our Annie. She was testing out some batts I'm considering selling in the shop. She gave the batts the thumbs up, so I will start listing them just as soon as I, um, make some more. I, uh, may have possibly, um, spun up all of my original stock myself. I guess that's my prerogative, but I still feel a little guilty about it.
Fluid Pudding's Angela is a very new spinner, but she spun this lovely 2-ply! Very nice, Angela. (Go read her blog!)
Karen, who I see each year at the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois booth, spun the yarn above and below from club colorways earlier this year. I really love seeing Karen at Strange Folk each year. She always has a yarn to show me and they're always beautiful.
Rose-Marie, proprietor of Bea-Gin Design, spun this from some hand pulled roving I did earlier this year. Pretty, Rose-Marie!

 Joy spun this from a braid of fiber called Jeannette. I got to visit with Joy a few weeks ago and see this yarn in progress. I wish I could remember which colors I used to get that mauvey pink...
Finally, a color that was technically one of a kind, but that I'm going to try to recreate. This is Mourning Clowns, so named by the spinner, Steven of Dramatic Knits.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A sale and a request

BIG ETSY SALE! I've drastically marked down 21 items, plus take an extra 10% off ANY item by using the coupon code "NOVEMBER". Sale good through November and good only through my etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/DyeabolicalYarns

Then, when you're done checking out my etsy shop, take a look at my regular website. I've added shopping cart software and rearrange things a big. I'm still not sure that I'm ready to leave etsy altogether. I can put identical listings on both sites, separate stock on each site, new stock on one site and older stock on the other. I just haven't decided. I'd love to know what you would prefer and what you think about the new site.