Friday, March 28, 2014

"I can't wear that color"

Last year someone told me that I have a shockingly bad sense of what colors go together when choosing colors for a knitting project. Ok then! Thanks for sharing your opinion. I laughed then, and I laugh now.

Slightly related to the above, I have a soapbox that I need to stand on this morning. I sometimes overhear a customer say, "I can't wear that color". What they means is that they don't like that color, or that the color in question doesn't look as good next to their skin as another color might look, or that someone in their life has imposed their flawed idea of color on them.

"Can't wear that color" is not in my vocabulary. It is the right of every adult who buys their own clothes to pick whichever colors make them happy. And certainly NO ONE has the right to tell you that you CAN'T wear a color. They don't have that authority.

The trick to wearing color is that there is no trick. Do you like what you are wearing? Then it is the right color for you. I look better in pinky purples, but if I want to wear highlighter pink with yellow stripes then I will and I will look good in it. /soapbox

These are the color combinations I can't get out of my mind lately. I'm thinking a shawl, cowl, or scarf is in my immediate future. Any ideas for a color work or striped pattern that takes less than 900 yards?

A. Big Cheddar
Sid Fishious
Fish Bowl

B. Don't Feed The Bears
Eye of Newt
King Of The Pond

C. Polar Vortex
The Pirate's Wife

D. Wicked City Woman
Luthor's Revenge

E. Nehi To A Grasshopper
Moonlight Kisses
Kilt Me Dead

F. King Of The Pond
Polar Vortex

G. Je Ne Sais Quoi
Garden of Live Flowers
King Of The Pond

Saturday, March 22, 2014

7th Anniversary Sale

7 years ago today, Dyeabolical® was born at my kitchen table. I still dye from my kitchen, but so much has grown and changed since that first dye lot. We live surrounded by yarn! It's really the best way to live. :)

Thank you for being such awesome and loyal customers for the past 7 years.

To help celebrate, I am running a Free Shipping sale now through Sunday, March 23. Use coupon code "FREESHIPPING" at checkout. Click here to shop!

*coupon must be used at checkout for free shipping and cannot be retroactively applied

Monday, March 17, 2014

Welcome Let's Knit Readers!

Let's Knit, a UK knitting magazine, featured this blog in their monthly Bookshelf feature. Hello new readers! I update here several times a month, plus my friend Kara does a Finished Object round-up every few months.

My origin story began 7 years ago and starts like this, "Once upon a time Rachel was a mild mannered freelance writer from St. Louis, MO. She spent the majority of her free time knitting socks, spinning fiber, drinking far too much coffee, and dyeing bright, seen-from-space colors inspired by my favorite superheroes....." Many years after writing the beginning sentences above, I am still spending the majority of my time knitting, a little less time spinning, and dyeing has taken over my home.

My dye style has evolved over the years. I still have many of the original bright superhero-inspired colorways, but I have added other, more sophisticated, variegated colorways and a line of semi-solids that pop.

My focus has expanded beyond yarn. Since beginning Dyeabolical, I have added spinning fiber, batts, handspun yarns, and soap to my line up. I sometimes experiment with other craft supplies, such as dyed fabric & scarves.

I carry some in-stock items, but the majority of my products are custom made just for you. Check out my shop and browse dyed-to-order yarns, fibers, and handmade soaps. You can find my patterns on Ravelry.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Customer FOs: Fall 2013, Part III

Hello! It's Kara again with the final installment of the Fall project highlights. Yay! Yes, it's taken me a bit longer to get to Part 3 than anticipated, but there were many demands on my time (okay, school and work put many demands on my time).

If you've just joined us, I'm Kara and you can find my bio in the side bar. I help Rachel write the FO posts. FOs are Finished Objects: 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).

So let's talk projects:

Lynne knit this amazing sweater - the Clear Creek Pullover - out of I Love Rock 'n Roll in Super Ego. She has more pictures on her project page, but I like how you can see the collar detail in this one. Great work, Lynne!

From Jamie, we have a pair of Sockhands fingerless mitts (Rachel's pattern) out of Alter Ego in a OOAK colorway. Yay Sockhands! (project page)

From Kara (me!), a pair of Skew Socks in Strong Arm (discontinued) in Wicked Garden. I avoided knitting these for so long, but they are wonderful. I would bet that one of the new Dyeabolical sock yarns being released would make a great pair of Skews. (project page)

From a different Kara, we have another gorgeous Vittorio using the Eye of Newt colorway. Wonderful! (project page)

Last, but certainly not least, from Amy we have a gorgeous Spectra using handspun Unbirthday and a non-Dyeabolical solid. You guys have to check out her project page for more photos - the Unbirthday is just so amazing in this pattern. 

As always, another set of amazing FOs made out of Dyeabolical yarn and fiber. Such great work, everyone. We'll check in next time with FOs from January and February. As always, if you'd like to see your FO featured here, send me an email at starmonkeybrass(at)gmail(dot)com or send me a message on ravelry, where you can find me as karamichele. Keep crafting with your Dyeabolical yarn and fiber and we will see you next time! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lucy Boot Toppers

Fold them up, fold them down. Slide these toppers inside the cuff of your boots and fold them over for an attractive knitted cuff. Or slide these toppers over your knees for extra warmth and to give your boots that legwarmer look. 

These very simple boot toppers have a ton of stretch in them, which makes them perfect for wide calf boots and most knees. They take 100 grams of worsted weight yarn and showcase hand dyed yarns well. This is a great pattern for newer or beginning knitters.

Yarn:  Dyeabolical Superwash Worsted in "Lucy" (100 grams/180 yard)
Needles: 16" circular US7 (4.5 mm) or US7 double pointed needles
Gauge: 34sts/4" in relaxed, unstretched k2,p2 rib
Fit: Stretches to fit 12" - 24"; approximately 6" tall.
Sample shown on 20" wide-calf boots.

Notes: This pattern uses the entire hank of yarn. I recommend weighing your ball before casting on for the first topper and binding off when you have a little more than half the ball remaining. Variations: If you have more than 100 grams of yarn, keep knitting

Cast on 88 stitches using a stretchy cast on. I prefer using the German Twisted Cast On. 
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the cast on. 
Pattern Row: *Knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from *
Repeat pattern row for 40 rows (about 6") or until desired length is reached. 
Bind off loosely. 
 And that's it! I told you it was easy.

Variation Suggestions: Add or subtract multiples of 4 stitches to adjust the width. Add extra length for a slouchy cuff above the knee. Knit a 2x2 rib scarf to match!