Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I really love the way BFL looks before I package it up.
This bfl is mixed with firestar sparkle.

The crimp is so wavy and charming.

I think I need to test spin 2 or 3 braids in the name of quality control...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Almost Felt

I love days like today. I woke up 2 hours earlier than my alarm because I was so excited to start my day. I got up, walked in to the kitchen, fed the howlers and started warming up my big pot of water. Today I'm dyeing felt! Or, almost felt.

Some of you may have noticed that I'm branching out a little bit beyond spinning fibers and dyed yarns. I've started dyeing fabric, my mom and I are working on launching our own line of bias tape (so you don't have to make it yourself), I'm carrying angelina sparkle/flash for carding, I sell Soak wash, I've toyed with dyeing silk ribbon, I brought in a line of hand dyed ribbons not dyed by me, and today? Today I am working on a new product that I'm calling Almost Felt.

Almost Felt is basically my version of pre-felt. Pre-felt is a huge sheet of loose wool (merino for me) fibers that have been needle felted just enough to hold together. It is not unlike wool batting. It isn't quite sturdy enough (yet) to call it fabric, but it doesn't fall apart when you manipulate it, either. I am taking these huge sheets of wool, cutting them down and dyeing them. Some of them will be left as pre-felt, some I am lightly felting. Some will be kept in larger sheets, some will be cut down in to smaller pieces.

3 sheets dyed yesterday. I don't think this picture even begins to do show how fun these pieces are
So what do you do with pre-felt? What can't you do with pre-felt? Pre-felt saves you a step and some time. Since it is already mostly felt, it just takes a little bit more manipulation to turn it in to felt. It is thin enough to still manipulate and strong enough to handle it.

Use it to felt soap. You can use it as a canvas for needle felting. You can nuno felt a scarf. You can cut petal shapes and make a flower. You can stretch it thin and needle sculpture a bird. You can make your own pieces of felt. You can felt it, cut it in to strips and rug hook with it. You can shape it and layer it around a hat form. You can sew it in to bags and then felt the bags. You can collage with it, cover journals and books with it, make dolls with it, felt it (or buy the lightly felted) and quilt with it. 

I'm going to try really hard to persuade my crafty friends* to make me an octopus from the purple or green and a pin cushion from smaller pieces I'm dyeing today.

Smaller pieces of Almost Felt will be in the Etsy shop in the next few weeks. The larger pieces of Almost Felt and art felt will be in my booth at the Green With Indie show in Webster Groves, MO on March 10. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Today I was feeling extra draggy so I decided to perk myself up with some dyeing just for me--red cotton handkerchiefs dyed using various shibori techniques.

The pictures aren't the best, but I'm so pleased with this first batch of handkerchiefs. I'm not sure how many handkerchiefs a single person needs, but I think I may end up with dozens.

My creation

I have so much fiber to dye this week, so I hope I'm not extra draggy tomorrow, too. If I am then I'm staying in bed with my brand new copy of the new edition of The Principles of Knitting. That would be the updated version of the Principles of Knitting that used to sell on eBay for $400. Now I know why. This thing has both physical and mental heft! It is about the same size as a Chemistry 101 book, except a much more comprehensible and entertaining read.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Proof she still spins

From L-to-R: Spun from one of my slighty textured batts, spun with a Hobbledehoy batt and plied with singles from one of my textured batts, 410 yards (!!!) of finn wool in the Whirlygig club color, cotton-core yarn corespun with Hobbledehoy mini batts, 3 hanks with singles made from handfulls of fluff and plied with singles from my textured batts. I dropped these off at Ewe Knits in Webster Groves, MO this week.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Smart bunny meets dumb sheep

Sheep have lots of redeeming qualities, but being bold in the face of a bunny isn't one of them.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

January FOs!

Hello again! Is it just me or did January fly by? Since the calendar reads February, that means it is time for the January finished object post and let me say, everyone was busy this month! Before we jump in, my name is Allison and I help Rachel put together these FO posts. You can find me as legalgirl on Ravelry and you can track me down on twitter, plurk and facebook by following the links on my Ravelry profile.

Now its time for what you have been waiting for ... the awesome finished objects from the last month! Thank you to everyone who shared pictures of their finished projects and handspun yarns made with Dyeabolical yarns and fibers in January. If you would like me to include your FO in an upcoming post (or if I have forgotten anyone!) email me at allison.levin [at] gmail [dot] com 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.

Since I'm writing the post, I am going to start with my own finished object! I used the December 2011 club colorway Miss Adelaide and Her Debutantes to make

a Cookie A sock pattern for my mom and I have enough leftovers to make a small monster for my cousins baby!

Jennifer, iWunder, bought 192 yards of Mashum handspun from the etsy store

and made this gorgeous scarf

which is for sale in Jennifer's etsy shop.

Next up is Nichol from Blue Goose Farms, who crocheted cowls out of some fiber club shipments

The top cowl is the January 2011 Yo-de-le-hee-hoo colorway, the middle cowl is from the February 2011 Chocolate, Wine and Cherries colorway and the bottom cowl is the March 2011 Carnivale colorway. These cowls are such a great use of handspun. I might have to make a few!

Lauren's friend Piddleloop Jen messaged Rachel and asked for her to dye them up a custom colorway based on Slayer's song "Raining Blood". It was inspired by a house they saw at Christmas time that was decked out in Christmas lights and blasting Slayer. Too funny! Less than two weeks after it was sitting wet in Rachel's kitchen, Lauren had crocheted

this amazing scarf. Lauren has a second skein of this Raining Blood colorway and I can't wait to see what she makes with it. There is even a Bling version of this colorway available in the store!

This custom colorway has also got me thinking that I might have to have Rachel dye me up a custom St. Louis Cardinals colorway for some Cardinals socks this season. Don't forget you just have to message Rachel here and she can help you with custom orders!

Tasha used Strong Arm Skinny in the Jo Rides a Motorbike colorway to make

a pair of cabled mitts using an Anne Hanson pattern.

Kathy also used Strong Arm Skinny to made a pair of fingerless mitts

out of the Always Rainbows colorways. If it ever gets cold here in St. Louis I might have to use one of my fingering weight skeins to make some mitts. All Rachel's fingering weight yarns for sale can be found here.

Erin spun some Merino Roving in the Davy Jones colorway into this DK weight yarn

and then knit up

this great pair of socks. I know I said it before, but one of my 2012 goals is to spin for socks,seeing such successful projects is great motivation!

Laura used Strong Arm 3ply that she purchased at Knitorious here in St. Louis to make

a pair of stockinette socks.

Casey also went to Knitorious and bought a skein of Strong Arm Skinny in the Lemon Drop colorway to make

this super bright and happy shawl using an Ysolda Teague pattern.

Melody bought some 100% Falkland Fiber in the We're All Mad colorway

and spun up this amazing yarn

Melody got an extraordinary 480 yards of a fingering weight yarn. I can't wait to see what she makes with this!

Heather spun some Corriedale fiber she bought on the etsy store into

this great yarn. The colorway is Winter is Coming and it is one of my favorite recent colorways and not just because I am obsessed with the Game of Thrones :) All of the spinning fibers Rachel has in stock can be found here.

Don't forget Rachel is now carrying Fabric and Ribbons in her store. I'd love to see any finished objects you complete with them! Email them to me at allison.levin[at]gmail[com] or PM me on Ravelry.

Great knitting, crocheting and spinning everyone! As always you can find everything at the Dyeabolical Store.

Until next time,