Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Weekend: Pre-Orders for Watercolor Stripes

The Watercolor Stripes versions of Blood Orange and Viola Overboard are up for pre-order today through Monday or until spaces run out.
 These 2 yarns have non-striping siblings so be sure you are ordering the striped listings and not the regular variegated listing. Unless you want the variegated listings, of course!

All self-striping yarns are currently dyed on the Targhee Sock base. Targhee Sock is 90% superwash targhee wool/10% nylon. Targhee is a uniquely American wool -- developed, grown, and processed in the United States. It is a lofty wool with a round, supple hand that makes for a warm fabric that is next-to-skin soft. A small amount of nylon is added to provide extra durability.

Pre-Orders will ship out in approximately 2 weeks from Monday.

Reminder, the $5 soap sale ends April 30.

Monday, April 25, 2016

FOs on Parade

Is it just me or is the hay fever situation nuts this year? Even my beloved tea of last resort wasn't making a dent last week. I'm glad I work for myself because many bosses wouldn't accept that sneezing dozens of times as a good reason for missing half a day's work.

The upside of staying indoors a lot recently is knitting progress. Wooooo!!!! A month ago I posted this picture of WIPs:

The socks in the upper right and lower left are both finished, as is the chevron scarf (below). The green and brown cowl went to the frog pond. The purple sweater body is almost ready for joining with the arms. The toe of the purple/orange/cream socks look exactly the same as they did a month ago. They're even sitting in the same spot where I put them after I took that picture. Whoops.

Finished Objects
Picture by Don Quon
Pattern: Blue Bell Hill Scarf 
Designer: Jocelyn Tunney
Yarn: Dyeabolical® Id Squishy in Donkey Shane, Okie Dokie Artichokey, and Sebastian
Needle: US 6/4mm
Notes: It's finally done! I lost steam on this project last year while I was on the second to last section. I finished the last section a few weeks ago, plus added several more color blocks to make the scarf long enough for me. The pattern wants you to end on a stockinette section; I choose to end on a garter section to avoid curling. The pattern calls for a worsted weight knit on size 8s. I knit this with a heavy sport/dk weight on a size 6. I really love the resulting fabric, especially the garter stitch sections. Garter always has a higher squoosh factor than other stitches.

Pattern: Hogwarts Express
Designer: Susan Ashcroft
Yarn: Dyeabolical® Super Ego in Iris You Were Here and A Leaf on the Wind
Needle: US 5/3.75mm
Notes: Considering how long it usually takes me to finish a shawl, this one practically flew off the needles. I followed the pattern as written until the cable section. At the beginning of the cable section I switched to using a "k2, yo" increase at the beginning of each row instead of ceasing increasing as the pattern suggests. The increased stitches are worked in k2, p2 rib. The owl cable is worked as written. Iridescent oil slick beads were used for the eyes. I finished it off with 2 ridges of garter stitch and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (surprisingly almost a little too stretchy for this chronically loose knitter). This shawl is plenty big and I used less than half a skein of each color. Many thanks to my Slytherin sister for modeling and to my dad for offering to take such great pictures.

 Works in Progress
This bit of lovely lace has captured my attention. Finishing the cabled socks a few weeks ago really renewed my interest in knitting projects with a little bit more going on. I flew through 8 repeats of the Echo Flower Shawl easy peasy, but I'm at the nupp'd edging now. So. Many. Nupps. Will I fly through these last 2 charts or will this go in time out until I can bribe someone to make dozens of nupps for me? I honestly don't know. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Shop News

I have knitting to share in my next blog post, but first some shop updates from the shop newsletter.
April showers bring May flowers and a rainbow of yarn!
  23 new colors are now available on 10 different yarn bases-- Bounce, Sturdy Sock, Tenacious Sock, Yakety Yak, Super Ego, Polwarth Silk DK, Superwash Worsted, Super Bulky, plus the new Alpaca Silk Lace and Merino Singles.
Alpaca Silk Lace and Merino Singles are both perfect for lace, or just for squishing. They are so soft! 
The Alpaca Silk Lace is a 2-ply of 70% baby alpaca/30% cultivated silk. At 650 yards/100 grams it is considered a heavy lace. The Merino Singles are made from a single ply of superwash merino. At 390 yards/100 grams it is a true fingering weight. Both yarns have a slight halo that make for soft, lightweight shawls and scarves. 
Click here to see all of the Dyed-to-Order colors.

COMING SOON - Pre-orders for the Watercolor Stripes Versions of Blood Orange and Viola Overboard will open April 28 and remain open through May 1, or until all the spaces are filled.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Behind the Dyepots

One of my goals for this year was to read more books and listen to more podcasts about small businesses and craft marketing. One frequent question that comes up for makers is "how is your business structured?".

I think about Dyeabolical as having 3 core parts:
New colors coming soon. See how I just sneaked that in here?
  • Dyed-to-Order/Special Order Yarn and Fiber:  This part of Dyeabolical is the dye on demand portion. Choose the colorway, choose the base yarn, choose your quantity, and I will dye it up for you. Barring any kind of stock shortage (rare), all orders ship within 3-4 weeks. 
  •  In-Stock: The products in this section are already dyed and ready to ship. What you see is what you get. This section is often stocked with fibers & yarns used to round out at dyed-to-order dye lot. For example, if a customer requests 1 skein of Flower Shop Inferno on the Tenacious base, and my typical dye lot for Tenacious is 3 skeins, and there are no other orders for Flower Shop Inferno that week, then I will dye one skein of FSI for the customer and two skeins for the stock bin. When the stock bin is full then I do a traditional shop update. This section also contains the stock that I take to shows with me. 
  • Self-Striping: This is my newest part of Dyeabolical. It's only about 3 months old. Whoa. You guys love self-striping yarn! It's kind of exciting and scary (in a good way!). The first 2 updates were traditional shop updates. The 3rd update was a pre-order for just one color. I liked that better and it fits my routine better.

    Winding a single skein of striped yarn for dyeing, and then putting it back in a usable form after dyeing takes about 20-30 minutes of manual winding per skein, compared to buying skeins from a mill (0 minutes) or using an electric winder to wind from a cone (about 5 minutes) for standard size. It's a bottleneck in the process for most self-striping dyers. I would love to have all my Stripes colors available at all times, but it's not realistic right now. It's much easier for me to say "Hey, I've got 30 blanks wound and I'm making these 2-3 colors. Who's in?"

And that's how I think about Dyeabolical. If I'm doing my job correctly then Dyeabolical should be a seamless to you, the customer. But to me it is 3 different "departments" or projects that each require their own attention each week.

[Do you have any questions about Dyeabolical, knitting, spinning, or dyeing? Just ask!]

Thursday, April 7, 2016

PRE-ORDER Katatomic Watercolor Stripes


Since the last self-striping update I have received so many requests for the Katatomic Watercolor Stripes colorway that I find myself at a loss about how many to dye in order to fulfill the demand. I dyed 3 last time and that was not enough. After some brainstorming, I have decided to handle the Katatomic Watercolor Stripes as a pre-order. If this goes well then I will offer other Watercolor Stripes this way in the future.

There are 30 available spaces for Katatomic this month. Pre-Orders will close Monday morning or when all 30 are sold, whichever comes first. Orders will ship in about 2 weeks. (If you order other dyed-to-order products at the same time then your order may be delayed).

The self-striping line is still in its infancy (this is only the third update), but I want to thank you for all of your emails and comments about the new Watercolor Stripes. I was so hesitant to make the investment of time and money in to developing this line, so it makes me so happy that you are enjoying them.

Happy knitting!


(P.S. Don't forget to use the free shipping coupon code SHIP50 when you order $50 or more. It cannot be retroactively applied.)