Monday, July 10, 2017

Let's Not Call it Podfaded Yet...

I've been so good about putting out a new podcast once a month, but whoops! June is gone, and whoops! July is about to evaporate, too, what with the long holiday, an upcoming trunk show to prepare for and a vacation. Let's call this a summer break and I will see you in August or September?



When I'm not podcasting you can keep up with Dyeabolical news via Instagram, Goodreads, or (my preference) the new Dyeabolical group on Facebook.

If you are in the Columbia, MO area, I will be at True Blewe Yarns on July 22. I'd love to see you!









Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thank you, Knitted Knockers participants!

Thank you to everyone who knitted and crocheted for the Knitted Knockers KAL/CAL. Locally I collected over 88 knitted knockers from my local knit groups and friends, plus I know many many more were sent to the Knitted Knockers organization or given directly to people in need.

76 knockers were entered for prizes, and the winners were notified last week. Thank you to Jenn from Story Yarns and Carrie (zinniz on Ravelry) for their generous donations.

jenweavnit 1 set of Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Cubics Platina needles
thumperina 2 skeins of Dyeabolical Yarns Super Ego BFL 
astropc 1 skein of handspun from the very talented spinner, zinniz
candyg 1 set of gemstone stitch markers from Story Yarns
7letterdeborah 1 set of gemstone stitch markers from Story Yarns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyyarns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyyarns




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Knitted Knocker KAL/CAL - Starts February 1

Hello! I wanted to give listeners and readers a heads up that I will be kicking off a Knitted Knocker KAL/CAL on February 1. The next podcast might not be until after the kick off date, so I wanted to post information here ahead of time.



On February 1st we will be kicking off at KAL/CAL for Knitted Knockers. Knitted Knockers are comfortable prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation, and/ or are undergoing reconstruction. They are more comfortable for women who are newly post-surgery than the silicon alternatives.

If you would like to get your supplies together now, here is a link to the approved yarns and the patterns. Many of these yarns are available at LYSs. Please note, only knockers made from the approved yarns will be used by the organization.

Here are the rules for a KAL/CAL to be eligible for prizes. If you are not interested in prizes still feel free to post your knocker wips and fos in the chatter thread on Ravelry or you can even post them in the Wool Ewe Please group that I admin on Facebook.

KAL/CAL Rules for Prizes

On February 1st we will be kicking off at KAL/CAL for Knitted Knockers.
Knitted Knockers are comfortable prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation, and/ or are undergoing reconstruction. They are more comfortable for women who are newly post-surgery than the silicon alternatives.
  1. Cast on must happen on or after February 1, 2017 and knitting/crocheting must be finished before April 30, 2017.
  2. Knockers must be in their “finished” state as determined by the organization. The knitting and crocheting need to be finished, but they do not need to be stuffed. The organization will stuff them or you can stuff them yourself. Do not close the hole in the back! That’s how the stuffing is adjusted by the recipient.
  3. You are responsible for delivering your knocker to the Knitted Knockers organization or local collection point. Or you can send them to me and I will send them on.
  4. Knockers should be knit or crocheted from one of the approved yarns and approved patterns. The organization will only use knockers made from the approved yarns. Many of these yarns are available at your local yarn stores or online.
  5. For prize purposes, post a separate picture of each of knocker that you finish.
  6. No chatter in this thread. Please share your wips, fos, questions, comments, and support in the chatter thread.
  7. The KAL/CAL will run until April 30.

Prizes

1 set of Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Cubics Platina needles (donated by me/Dyeabolical)
2 skeins of Dyeabolical Yarns Super Ego BFL (donated by me/Dyeabolical)
1 skein of handspun from the very talented spinner, zinniz
If you would like to donate a prize please let me know.

Relevant links:
Knitted Knockers website
Links to approved yarns and patterns
Prize thread
Chatter thread 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Episode 14: A New Year - Podcast Show Notes


Links And Patterns Discussed:
Knit Meter
Stopover Sweater
Zipperstop.com
Lemongrass Sweater
Find Your Fade Shawl
Pussyhat Project 
Alrisha Hat
Wool Ewe Please?


Books

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katatrina Bivald
Nocturne Falls series by Kristen Painter
Colors The Story of Dyes by Victoria Finlay & Pigments

Shop Update
I have added 5 new colors to the shop. They are available as dyed-to-order on any of our bases. The Caterpillar is a denim blue with garden green highlights. Ever After is a semisolid royal purple. Zombie Shuffle is a gray-green semisolid with blue gray speckles. Lobster Quadrille is a semisolid reddish-orange. Back in the Saddle Again is a golden brown semisolid. For my Alice in Wonderland fans, The Caterpillar and Lobster Quadrille are both Wonderland inspired!

Addi Turbo Rockets / Addi Sock Rockets
 
New Dyeabolical Website: https://dyeabolicalyarns.com/ - dyed-to-order yarns, in-stock yarns, gradient yarns, watercolor stripes, needles, and notions
New Dyeabolical Blog: https://dyeabolicalyarns.com/blogs/blog (Update your RSS feeders!)

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DyeabolicalYarns - dyed-to-order yarns, sales & seconds, watercolor stripes, needles, and notions

New Knit. Dye. Read. website: http://www.knitdyeread.com
New Knit. Dye. Read. blog: http://knitdyeread.blogspot.com/ (Either URL should work with your RSS feeder)


Social Media Links
Wool Ewe Please Facebook Group (new)
Instagram
Ravelry Profile
Ravelry Group
Twitter
Goodreads

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Kniting & Reading Round Up, plus 2017 Resolutions

Happy New Year! It's the first day of the year, it's still quiet and peaceful, and I can't think of a better way to spend it than looking at my knits and books for the last year.

In 2016, I finished:
9 shawls or scarves
3 knit cowls and 1 crocheted cowl
6 paris of socks
1 pair of fingerless mitts
5 hats
2 baby blankets
2 ornaments/small toys
1 pair of slippers (not pictured)
4.27 miles of finished projects!

In terms of 2017 knitting, I have high hopes for...:

finishing 1 yarn-eating baby blanket that is so big that it can hardly be considered baby-sized (hibernating)
finishing 1 steeked sweater only in need of steeking and a zipper (zipper ordered)
finishing 1 Cheetos Dust/Lemongrass Sweater (ribbing and 2 sleeves away from wearing)
finishing 4 sock wips (squirrel!)
finishing 3 fingerless mitts wips, 2 of which started as socks (two squirrels!)
finishing 1 hat that I started on Friday (nearly there!)
make 2 sweaters on the knitting machine (Boxy in sock yarn, plus an "over the top" type summer sweater in linen, plus maybe learning to make something other than squares on the knitting machine)
make 1 baby blanket from the Classic Elite Sprout in my stash
charity knits for the Mother Bear Project and Knitted Knockers
working down 1 full bin of stash yarn through knitting, crochet or weaving 
knit 5+ miles of finished projects (I use knitmeter.com to keep track)






https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/329601



Resolutions 
It's super unpopular lately to make resolutions, but bah humbug, I'm doing it anyway. These are my non-knitting goals for 2017.
  1. Figure out how I want to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dyeabolical this spring. I'm open to suggestions. (Pretty please with yarn on top)
  2. Spend half a work day, or the equivalent of, in continuing education - read about the history of color, color's influence on history, history's influence on color, color meanings, keep up on industry news, read relevant business books, and take classes. 
  3. Make friends with my new camera.
  4. Make one new recipe per week. We received a new Instant Pot for Christmas and it's a game changer. It does a great job keeping cooking smells contained and I can make dinner in my dining room, which is a helpful thing when the kitchen counters are employed as a dye studio 3x/week. It also does a great job with cheap cuts of meat. 
  5. Work reasonable hours. If I need to work overtime then it had better be at the dye pots and not in front of a computer working on boring things, but that's not how 2016 went. Less computer time, more creative time. 
  6. Come back to this post at tax time so I can remind myself that paperwork is temporary and that I actually like my job. Just do the work, Rachel, and I promise you that you can buy a new camera lens when you're done filing. 
  7. Edited to add one - Declutter by trashing/recycling/giving away one item per day