Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cotton Worsted

Months and months ago, I bought a case of worsted weight yarn from the Pisgah mill when it went out of business. It has been sitting on a shelf in my dining room taunting me ever since. Taunt no more! This week I turned that case of cotton in to some pretty yarn. It goes up for sale at noon today (Friday). Don't forget to use coupon code "DYEABOLICAL" for free shipping.

Oh, and I have a new Halloween-inspired wool color, too. This is called "Witchiepoo". I have 3 hanks on Super  Ego base ready for the update and I will be taking special orders. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Knitted Petticoats

I spent the afternoon browsing the "Underneath it All" exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. I ran in to some unexpected knitwear!

Apparently, when steel cages became popular, it also became in vogue to wear knitted petticoats for both warmth and to provide some modesty in case your hoop misbehaved and showed a little more limb than intended. The display said this red petticoat was from the late 1800s (1860 maybe?) but it looks like it could have been knitted yesterday. It was very well preserved! It didn't look worn at all. It certainly didn't seem to suffer from the dreaded saggy skirt bottom we know so well in modern knit skirts.

There is ribbing at the waist, which transitions in to pleats. The stitch pattern is a square pattern with purl "triangles" at the top of each square. At the bottom, some sort of chevron or feather and fan patterns. I think I would have just let my ankles show.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Where in the World is Dyeabolical Yarns?

Friend Mindy holding a sock being knitted from Dyeabolical yarn in front of King David's temple. The colorway is the prototype fort the Roma colorway.  
The pictured sock is a world travelin' sock. That sock started life on the back of a sheep in South America, went to England for spinning, came to me for dyeing in the US, and just spent some time in Israel.

Where in the world has your Dyeabolical yarn been? Send me a picture!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FO: Special KateohKatie Edition

Kara, who writes the FO posts for me, did such a great job summarizing the saga of the Blankets of Many Colors that I asked her to repost here. She said everything I would have said, plus she was the only one among our group who remembered to take any pictures even though, as we like to say in our knit group, that's blogworthy. The only thing I will add is that Kara is the only person in a long while that captured an accurate looking photograph of me. Too bad I'm accidentally throwing the middle finger in it. --Rachel


Our Kate (kateohkatie),  who you may know from such escapades as the 12-hour shawl5-day knee highs, is leaving us to move off to that crazy town of Los Angeles for a year, after which she will be living on the other coast. As she was also gestating a lovely little baby boy while preparing to move, the Knit Night crew got together and made her a special Dyeabolical family blanket, as well as 2 small baby blankets.

I should start at the beginning...

Last fall, Kate requested a special Dyeabolical yarn with which she would be doing something fabulous. As it turns out, Kate requested the perfect St. Louis yarn because it accidentally matched this book about St. Louis (found at Knitorious) PERFECTLY. PB230365

Okay, fast forward to February, when we knew that Kate & Jeff would be leaving St. Louis this summer and we had just found out that there would be a tiny one arriving soon after they moved. The group decided to knit the family a blanket, at which time we started throwing out yarn ideas. One of the first things we said was that it should be Dyeabolical because I'm pretty sure Kate is Rachel's biggest fan. Then we came up with the idea that it would be cool if we could do semi-solids that would match Kate's special St. Louis yarn. Rachel wasn't sure she could recreate the colors, but lo - one day she showed up at knitting and held up the yarn. And it was the perfectly perfect right colors.

At the same time, we had decided to do some blankets for the Hoopling, one that can be machine washed and dried on hot, and went with some washable and bright acrylic yarn (Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn). As the baby was gender unknown, we just picked out some bright rainbow colors. Time went by, we all knit on our squares, somehow managing to keep the secret that we were all working on this big project. Finished squares were passed off to Kim & Rachel in secret and collected. Plans were made for seaming and gifting. Plans which would soon be interrupted by Hoopling. But I'll get to that.

On July 3 (My birthday, as well as Margaret's), several of us who had the day off work gathered at Ann's house to do all the seaming. All the excitement of food and yarn just tuckered Monty & Bacon right out.
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But the rest of us soldiered on, laying out squares, deciding on the layout, taking pictures so we could remember our decision when seaming went crazy (which, let me just say, taking the pictures was probably my BEST idea all day. We referred to them often. OFTEN.)


Once we had everything laid out in the dog free zone and had eaten enough to keep us from gnawing our arms off, we got down to work seaming.

And, yes, weaving in all those ends. So many ends.


And then, after a few hours, we had seamed blankets. Bam!

After everything was seamed up, Ann got to work on a knitted border for the family blanket, while Margaret and Kim worked on crochet borders for the baby blankets. I...went home and got ready for my birthday dinner.

The plan was to deliver the blankets at Kate's last visit to knit night, scheduled for July 25. Except that Simon decided to show up early, which put a kink in our plans. As Kate was unable to attend knit night, we hoped that a way would present itself for us to get her the blankets before she left. But it wasn't until early last week that it became imperative that we arrange the hand off soon, as the family would be headed out of town within a week. The whole plan came together (quite quickly) on Sunday with a few emails, texts, and phone calls. Rachel, Margaret, & I were able to coordinate so I could collect the blankets. I drove over to the Hoops residence on Sunday afternoon to deliver the goods.

Kate was completely surprised that we had planned something for her, much less more than one something. And the infamous Roxie had to make me her new BFF as soon as I walked in the door. New BFF  
Infamous Roxie

(You can see Simon's cute little head - he was snoozing in his wrap while I was there.)

I believe this is where Kate kept saying "I can't believe you guys did this for me!"


While I did a mini photo shoot on Kate's chair (thanks, Kate!), I asked... "So, Kate, do these colors remind you of anything?"
Kate: "They look really nice with my living room..."
 Kara: "Yes, but..."
Kate: "Oh! They're the colors of my [St. Louis] yarn!"
Kara: "YES!"

So, y'know, that was all good.

Car Seat Blanket

Simon's blankie

I love it when a plan comes together. And, believe it or not, there are more pictures of the process and end result here. We will miss you and your super fast knitting, Kate! Travel safely & visit often. :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

FOs: June/July

The summer has been flying by and it's already August. I think the heat has been keeping us all inside and hiding behind our knitting needles or spinning wheels these days, so there are several FOs to share from June and July. Pull up a chair and grab your iced tea (or other frosty beverage) to check them out with me.

What are 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).

Now, let's see what everyone has made this summer:

Corrina Ferguson designed another beautiful shawl, this time using Dyeabolical 2-Ply Merino Laceweight. Natessa uses one skein of the laceweight and it just gorgeous! You can buy the pattern here and buy some laceweight from Dyeabolical here (it would be fantastic in any color, but I think this yellow gold would make an amazing sunny shawl). (project page)

Susan Anderson finished up a couple projects out of Dyeabolical this summer. First up, she knit the Thin Ice shawl out of some handspun from Dyeabolical roving. I just love the stripes - this looks like a perfect shawl for those chilly air conditioned buildings in the summer. (blog post)

She also knit the Little Shells shawlette out of the Sporty base in Themyscira. I just love this - it would look great in any of the colors in the Super Ego yarn. (blog page)

From Eleanor (alwysknit), we have a pair of toe-up socks using Strong Arm Skinny in Themyscira. Simple stockinette is a fantastic way to show off your variegated yarns & these socks are a great example of that. (project page)

Continuing with socks, Lindey (LuckyLindey) used a sock club yarn - Miss Adelaide & Her Debutantes - to make the Lacy Ribs Socks. Another great pattern for variegated yarns. (project page)

Kim (wheelinsticks) used the discontinued Cotton Slub for an Amiga - this is a great summer sweater (well, it's great for those summers when it hasn't been over 100 degrees most days). (project page)

Jenn (Jenn86) finished a great Vittorio out of Strong Arm Skinny in Jo Rides a Motorbike. I just love seeing all the finished Vittorio's using Dyeabolical. If you haven't made yours yet, Alter Ego is a great shawl yarn. (project page)

Katie (kittykat86) used Strong Arm Skinny in Flowershop Inferno to knit up Hermione's Everyday Socks - this is yet another fabulous pattern for variegated yarn (I have a pair going in Blood Orange myself). They look great, Katie! (project page)

Sally (seedesigns) also used Strong Arm Skinny to knit some great ribbed socks out of the Roma colorway. I do love the way these pooled. (project page)

Phew! Now lets look at the handspun.

Scott (aka Mr. Dyeabolical) spun up this great yarn from Dyeabolical batts.

Lisa from Fybernymph also used Dyeabolical batts to make this pretty corespun yarn.

Susan Anderson also spun up this fabulous bulky yarn from 4oz of Falkland in Themyscira. So pretty. (blog post)

Jen (palomaeatsyarn) used a Mixed BFL fiber in Carnivale to spin up this great yarn. (yarn page)

Finally, Kim (wheelinsticks) finished up her Manxome Foe club fiber (Oatmeal BFL/silk). (yarn page)

Lots of great projects and handspun this summer, everyone! As always, thanks to Rachel's customers & friends for letting me share your finished projects and handspun. 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. I'll "see" you again next month for the August post!