Thursday, June 23, 2016

Episode 4: Knitting Party Tricks

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World's Smallest Craft Fair date was moved from October 8 to October 15

Katatomic Giveaway can be found in the Ravelry group. Contest is open until June 30.

The two colors inspired by Degas' ballet dancer paintings are Sacre Bleu and Oh My Degas.
New Toys:
Bud vases from Hannibal, MO vintage resale shop

Yarn bowl from Ayres Pottery

Crocheted eyeballs and eyeball kits came from Jess at Knot by Gran'ma.

Knitting Party Tricks:
Unraveling Podcast with Greg and Joey

What's Off My Needles:
Rings of Saturn by verybusymonkey. Knit from Dyeabolical's Inscrutable Mystery Watercolor Stripes on Targhee Sock (90% superwash targhee wool/10% nylon). Better pictures forthcoming.
What's On My Needles:
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel

Fingerless mitts using the stitch pattern from the Nutkin Socks by Beth LaPensee and the thumb gusseet from my Sockhands Fingerless Mitts pattern using the Hidden Tiger color in the merion/lurex test base (coming soon).

Tapan Zee cardigan by Amy King
50 Row Shawl by Susan Anderson

Shop News:
I made a huge shop update last week of ready to ship yarns.

All listings are tagged in the title and the description as to if they are in-stock or dyed-to-order. Additionally, all in-stock items are pictured on a wood background and all dyed-to-order items are pictured on a white background for at a glance identification.

On My Nightstand:
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom - The audio version was good!  
Knitlandia by Clara Parkes - A rough start, but an entertaining read. Clara touches on several important knitting events in the last 10 years. It's a must read/listen for knitters.

Books on the Nightstand podcast is saying goodbye.

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lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vacation from staycation and deep thoughts

My half-week staycation didn't work out too well. One day was spent working. One day was spent getting a dying car to the garage, the rest of the day buying a new car. One day staring at the wall and trying not to think too hard about the math on buying a new car. Finally, very late Friday night we said forget it and decided to go to Hannibal, MO first thing in the morning.

Hello, Gorgeous.
[I think for the amount of money we spent to have the car fully checked out that someone ought to have told us that the first repair (replacing motor mounts) would break every single thing that had been under stress prior to the repair. Yoinks.]
Hanging with Mark Twain
Do you believe in signs? The first resale shop we walked in (so many good resale shops) had these two vases right inside the front door. They're shaped like orange cones of yarn. Not thread. Yarn. They're the same size of the cones I use for yarn. One is a two-ply yarn and the other is a single.
The yarn on the left cone looks almost identical to the yarn I used to knit the Calorimetry headband below.
The next shop we went to had a life size horse. Scott thinks it was made out of plaster. I think it was made out of evil spirits and horse.

Later, we found this amazing yarn bowl made by Ayres Pottery. We tucked it away on the ride home, but I managed half a row on my balcony last night before rain started. It's such a pretty purple.

I'm going to get serious now.

When we woke up on Sunday, we read the news of the Orlando shooting.

I can't get my head around it. We've been reading the stories of the victims and listening to what our politicians say. I understand the importance of the second amendment, but in the name of sanity, don't you think that James Madison and the Congressional Convention would have made a provision that kept assault rifles out of the hands of terror suspects if they could have foreseen this world?

I keep thinking of all of the LGBT friends we've had, especially our younger friends, and how often many of them went to the clubs just like Pulse. Or the time we were sitting on the patio of an LGBT coffee house and someone yelled "faggot" and fired a gun at the patio. The time I almost got fired from a department store for helping a trans woman pick out clothes. The half dozen or so kids--many of whom I barely knew--who came out to me when, in my early 20s, I seemed like the only grown up in their lives who would accept them. I think about all the people who I know now who are still afraid to come out. People who have internalized homophobia so deeply that they are destroying themselves from the inside out. I think about all of the LGBT knitters who have walked through my life and my jobs. And I think about my friends. Damn, kids. It could have been you.

This has to stop. All of it just has to stop. All of this. At all levels. You have to vote. I'm urging you to go vote this fall. Vote on the Pro-Sanity ticket. Vote to destroy the tyranny of the gun control lobby. Whether pro-gun or anti-gun, we can all agree that terrorists don't get the right to have guns. Not anymore.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Episode 3: Staycation Paradise

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Episode 3: Staycation Paradise

Still working out any kinks in the layout and format.
Watercolor stripes vs variegated when ordering. Watercolor Stripe colors will be clearly marked.
World’s Smallest Craft Fair was great. We’re doing it again on October 8. Correction: The date is being moved. I'll update when I have the final date.

What I’m knitting:
Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli out of Louet Euroflax in Eggplant and Mustard (frogged)
Kvothe by Carmen Smolne 80/20 sw merino/nylon test base in the Taupiary color (frogged)
Rings of Saturn by verybusymonkey out of Inscrutable MysteryWatercolor Stripes on the Targhee base 90/10.  This thread helped me sort out the elongated twist stitches. 

Customer Spotlight:

Megan, justrunknit on Ravelry and host of the StockinetteZombies podcast. She knit 2 pairs of socks from Katatomic self-striping
ETA: One more awesome Katatomic project. This one was knit by Katherine1107 on the Id Squishy base. katherine1107’s bouquet of asters
Shop News and What I’m Dyeing:

Digital row counters have been restocked (I forgot to mention this!)
The new yarn colors will be dyed up as roving soon, but not in time for Tour de Fleece. If you would like any of the new colors dyed up as roving before then, then contact me.
New merino and lurex test base

Giveaway info here. 

On the nightstand:
Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth
Heads Will Roll by Lish McBride (In the podcast I called the protagonist an MMA fighter. I think cage fighter might be a better description.)
The Vampire’s Fake FiancĂ© by Kristen Painter 

Find me at:
lehcarstl on Ravelry
Knit Dye Read/Dyeabolical/Rachel Knits blog
Dyeabolicalyarn Instagram
Dyeabolical Yarns website
Dyeabolical Yarns Etsy

Music By:
Summer Fun (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0