Friday, March 30, 2012

MANXOME FOE! Fiber and Yarn Club

A few days ago I posted details of how the new yarn and fiber club format would work. I asked for input from customers and this is what we came up with. Here's a recap on how it will work:

I will dye a color and show it to you. If you like the color, then you can purchase it on a variety of bases. Once the pre-order term is over I will order the fibers and yarn, start dyeing and start putting together your swag bags. You get what you want, there is not huge outlay of money up front, and you don't end up destashing colors you don't like. I don't end up trying with  a lot of excess inventory and I don't have to limit how many people join the clubs.

I promised you a picture of the color, but I can do more than that. The club is ready to go!

Here's what you need to know:
  • The color is called Manxome Foe and is inspired by The Jabberwocky from Through The Looking Glass. 
  •  The color will not be repeated for at least one year and may not be repeated at all. 
  • Each club package will include your yarn or fiber, dyers notes and inspiration and small gifts related to either the theme or color. These gifts will be worth $6-10. 
  • The pre-order period will be open until April 12. I will then get started on ordering and dyeing. Your package will ship out between May 14-16 or sooner. 
  • The options available are oatmeal bfl/silk fiber, bfl/seacell fiber, HardTwist bfl sock yarn or bfl aran weight yarn

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sulky Cat

Awhile ago I mentioned wanting to start a side line for non-Dyeabolical stuff. Things like accessories knitted out of non-Dyeabolical yarns, commercial craft supplies, hand dyed hankies*, etc. I finally launched the etsy shop.

It is a joint project with my mom, who makes the bias tape, and we will be adding more in the future.

Here's what we have now:
  • Hand Dyed Silk Embroidery Ribbon (some hand dyed ribbon is also available in the Dyeabolical shop; all of it dyed by others right now, but I will be restocking my own dyed ribbon soon in both shops)
  • Handmade bias tape because you know you don't want to make your own. I cut these out, but mom does the sewing and pressing.
  • Grosgrain and Twill ribbons -- perfect for reinforcing button bands, adding decoration to your knitwear, sewing projects or craft projects
Here's what we have planned over the next few months:
  • Wider silk ribbons
  • A greater variety of commercial ribbons
  • Hand dyed hankies and such
  • Hand sewn and hand knitted home goods and accessories


 *The kind you blow your nose in. I know what you were thinking, spinners, and no they won't be the kind you pull apart to spin.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mondays are for Dyeing and More Club Details

UPDATE: The first Not Really a Club colorway will be listed on Friday 3/30 around noon. 

 
I know several of you are waiting for the February FO post. Allison has been extremely busy doing exciting things in non-blogging realms and will return here soon with both February and March's posts.
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If Sundays are for blogging (at least sometimes), then Mondays are for dyeing. Today I'm dyeing up I Love Rock 'N Roll and Dark Knight for my own inventory and for a new shop order. I'm also playing around with colors for the new club colorway.

I mentioned recently that I was looking for input on how I did clubs. The near-unanimous vote was that the next club should be Not Really A Club, but an advance ordering system so you know exactly what you are getting. Or as close to exact as you can get when you're talking hand dyed. Here's the plan:
  • I will dye up a sample of the color on a few different fibers or yarns and list those in the shop. I will then take orders for a set period of time (probably 2 weeks). Once the order period closes I will order the undyed yarn and fiber and start to dye. 6 weeks later I will ship your fiber or yarn. Shortly afterwards the whole cycle will repeat itself. 
There are a few benefits to doing it this way. It lets you order as much or as little as you want on the base you want. Every base takes color a little differently, but you will have a rough idea of what you are getting. The colorway would be exclusive to the club for at least a year and probably longer. Themes would be much easier to do, too. And about that theme, what say you about some more Alice in Wonderland themed colors? Perhaps the Jabberwocky? Look for more information very soon! Just as soon as I dye up the color.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Knittyspin!

THANK YOU to KnittySpin reviewers for the great review! I will have more Flower Shop Inferno and superwash cheviot fiber in stock on Monday. I didn't think the review would be posted until later, so I'm a little low on stock right now. Oops! In the meantime, I will try to list what I have in stock over the next few days.


Flower Shop Inferno dyed in a gradient on wool/silk. The braid reviewed by Knity was not a gradient. Most of my fibers can be done in to a gradient style by special request.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Green With Indie

Oh goodness. Today was a very long day. Like 15 hours long. Maybe longer, but it's ok. I'm all ready for Green With Indie this Saturday and my feet are up for the first time in days (weeks?).

Can you even see that tiny shoebox all the way at the bottom of the pile on the right in this terrible picture? That little box took EIGHT hours to process. Blame the silk ribbon. Did I even ever mention that started dyeing my own silk ribbon and am carrying Cam Creations ribbon? I've been selling it online by the yard, but never did I consider how the heck I would display that. So I cut out eighty bajillion little cards and wound 3 yards of ribbon on to each one.

It took about 7 hours to deal with the 3 other small boxes, make signs, to pack the red bag of show survival and gather and pack the booth displays up. The 3 big purple bins and the 2 small blue bins? They only took 1 hour total to process and price. Yeah, yarn? It's bulky and I kind of love the sense of accomplishment it gave me today.

I hope if you are local to St. Louis that you can make it to Green With Indie in Webster Groves on Saturday. If you like Strange Folk, you will like this show. Most of the vendors at GWI are also SF vendors. Plus for you knitters and spinners, there are three dyers there. Me and two others. There will be a lot of fiber options!


I'm bringing:
  • dyed locks 
  • embellishments for felting and spinning
  • Almost Felt (pre-felt)
  • needle felting kits
  • felting fiber
  • hand dyed fabric
  • Marilin's reversible project bags
  • handmade bias tape (under the brand Sulky Cat Creations, a new joint venture between Dyeabolical and Marilin's Bags)
  • hand painted silk bias ribbon and hand dyed silk embroidery ribbon
  • and as always, yarn and spinning fiber

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rethinking clubs

Hello blog world! It feels like forever since we've had a proper conversation. I'm working on preparing for my first show of the season, Green With Indie in Webster Groves, MO and I've been diligently working on a few wholesale orders and club shipments. I will be so happy when next week I have a chance to sit down with my blog reader and catch up with all of you.

The other thing on my mind this week is the yarn and fiber club. It is about time to start signups for the sock club, but I am thinking of changing the way I do clubs altogether. I am hoping I can get your input. I've started a thread on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/dyeabolical/topics/2056691  I would love to hear what you have to say.

In return for your thoughts, I give you this frightening image of my husband wearing his co-workers viking hat. I'm told that I will be making a similar viking hat for Scott, although perhaps with blonde braids. As my dear friend Ann says, "yeesh".