Sunday, June 25, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 37 - Back and On Track



General chatter this week about my life and knitting, progress updates on my projects, what movies/television I’ve been watching and a quick demonstration of inserting lifelines and discussing their uses.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 36 - Multiple Project Pitfalls




This week we review progress on all the projects: How to Eat an Elephant blanket, Addicted Two Ewe scarf, Dark Hero socks, Improvisational Triangular Shawl, and of course my stalled sweater.  My Dumbledore's Army hat and Order of the Phoenix hat patterns have gone out to test knitters and will be available approximately July 1st. I discuss a technique video I found on YouTube that was a huge help this week. I'm dyeing minis that will be in the shop very soon. I talk about how inspired I am by a commissioned piece I'm working on. And, if you hang on past the end you will see a time lapse of the view from my back patio.

Host: Jessica L'Heureux
Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Etsy: http://dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com

Theme Music

Bob Log III - "Throw the Hammer Hard"

Used with permission - Thank You BOB!!!
Find Bob online at www.boblog111.com
Buy his stuff, go to his shows, ROCK ON!

Featured projects:

Addicted Two Ewe - coming soon!
Thanks to Martha Lyons for her YouTube video
"Picking Up a Dropped Edge in Garter"
Found HERE:
https://youtu.be/ulY-wiTsFQQlist=PL0jKBE4ciphcFwrVZHp6AIhQdS3Lw8HLi

How to Eat an Elephant Blanket
Formula/Notes on my Ravelry project page
Feel free to email me for notes if you don't do Ravelry.

Improvised Triangle Shawl with Garter Tab Cast On
Join me on Instagram @dyemonkeyyarns and tag your project with #kuad_improvshawl

Feel free to email me your questions! jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Love you all! And, I'll see you next week.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 35 - Never too hot to cast on!



General discussion about what I've accomplished with my knitting this week, show off an upcoming pattern, discuss acid dyes and a full demonstration of garter tab cast on for triangular shawl. Come improvise a shawl with me! (Directions below.)

Theme Music
Bob Log III - "Throw the Hammer Hard"
Used with permission - Thank You BOB!!!
Find Bob online at www.boblog111.com
Buy his stuff, go to his shows, ROCK ON!

Featured projects:

How to Eat an Elephant Blanket
Formula/Notes on my Ravelry project page
Feel free to email me for notes if you don't do Ravelry.

Improvised Triangle Shawl with Garter Tab Cast On:

With Needle one to two sizes bigger than your yarn usually recommendes, cast on 3 stitches.
Working in Garter Stitch (knitting every row), work 6 Rows.
Turn tab 90 degrees and pick up 1 stitch in each of the three garter ridges.
Turn tab 90 degrees and pick up 3 stitches along cast on edge.
You should have 9 stitches on your needle.
Turn work, K3, Place Marker P2, Place Marker, P1, Place Marker K3. This was a wrong side row.

From this point forward, here are the rules:
On a right side row, K3, Slip Marker, Increase (yo), work to next Marker any way you want, Increase (yo), Slip Marker,
K1 (this is your center stitch), Increase (yo), work to next Marker any way you want, Increase (yo), Slip Marker, K3

On a wrong side row, K3, slip marker, work to 1 stitch before next Marker any way you want, P1, Slip Marker,
work to next Marker any way you want, Slip Marker, K3

Change colors, change patterns (always keeping the first and Last 3 stitches as Knits) and have fun.

Join me on Instagram @dyemonkeyyarns and tag your project with #kuad_improvshawl


These are vendors you want to do business with:

http://supernaturalyarns.etsy.com
http://knittingwithattitude.com
http://lastinlineshop.etsy.com

Feel free to email me your questions!
jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Love you all! Sheep know nothing... It's never to hot to knit!
And, I'll see you next week.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 34 - So Many Things Going On





Short and sweet episode talking about what I did, what I didn't do, what I'm going to do, and who won what.



Theme Music

Bob Log III - "Throw the Hammer Hard"

Used with permission - Thank You BOB!!!

Find Bob online at www.boblog111.com

Buy his stuff, go to his shows, ROCK ON!



Special thanks to Donna @ Knitting with Attitude

for her generous giveaway prize donation.

We have a winner! @doghairandyarn



Featured projects:



Curiosity by Barbara Benson

Available on Ravelry



These are vendors you want to do business with:



http://Knitpicks.com

http://supernaturalyarns.etsy.com

http://galesart.etsy.com

http://knittingwithattitude.com



Recommended Podcasts (on YouTube):

Sweet Tea, No Shade - Listed under Scott A

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLVrcYgv-67UsT7tcVv-0sg



What podcasts should I be watching?

Tell me about yours or your favorites!



Feel free to email me your questions!

jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com



Love you all! You are all winners in my book!

And, I'll see you next week.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 33 - Making Progress Where You Can



A project got put into time out for corrective action. What's a girl to do but start not one, but two more projects in the meantime.

Come take a first look at a new design, check out a new project, listen to my quick review on my new needles, join the podcast only giveaway and make some progress off your own where you can.

Knit Up & Dye

Host: Jessica L'Heureux

Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Blog: www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
Email: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com
Etsy: http://dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com

Theme Music
Bob Log III - "Throw the Hammer Hard"
Used with permission - Thank You BOB!!!
Find Bob online at www.boblog111.com
Buy his stuff, go to his shows, ROCK ON!

Special thanks to Donna @ Knitting with Attitude
for her generous giveaway prize donation.
Go To INSTAGRAM to enter for your chance to win this
prize package worth over $110.00
Find Donna online at www.knittingwithattitude.com
Buy her stuff, show off your attitude, CRAFT ON!

Don't forget the podcast ONLY giveaway!
Make your entry below.

Featured projects:
How to Eat An Elephant blanket
See my project page on Ravelry for details and formula.

Curiosity by Barbara Benson
Available on Ravelry

Addicted Two Ewe
It's coming.... Stay tuned and watch this design develop.

These are vendors you want to do business with:

nancysnotions.com
http://supernaturalyarns.etsy.com
http://knittingwithattitude.com


Podcasts you want to watch:

Sweet Tea, No Shade
DogDare
Sockmatician
Chain344
Uncreative Crafter
My Two Tips

What podcasts should I be watching? Tell me about yours!

Feel free to email me your questions!
jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Want to be a test knitter?
Email me at jesse@jesseknits.com

Go, have a great week, and make progress somewhere!
Love You!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Messages from the Universe

"If you only knew how many miracles you've already performed, Jessica, nothing would ever again overwhelm you, frighten you, or seem impossible.

Tallyho,
    The Universe"

Do you get these? The Universe emails me five days a week, encouraging me to look differently at my situation, life and goals. I love it. The messages are inspiring. The Universe has been talking to me for years now, probably close to fifteen (if you can imagine!).

You too can correspond with The Universe.

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ® 
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Click on "SIGN UP FOR THE NOTES" on the top right. You'll be glad you did.


(I'm not sponsored, nor was I requested to post this. I post about things I love and wish to share with you, because I think you'll love them too.)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 32 - Stop and GO!



Theme Music
Bob Log III - “Throw the Hammer Hard”
Used with permission - Thank You BOB!!!
Find Bob online at www.boblog111.com
Buy his stuff, go to his shows, ROCK ON!
Special thanks to Donna @ Knitting with Attitude
for her generous giveaway prize donation.
Go To INSTAGRAM to enter for your chance to win this
prize package worth over $110.00
Find Donna online at www.knittingwithattitude.com
Buy her stuff, show off your attitude, CRAFT ON!
Featured projects:
How to Eat An Elephant
These are vendors you want to do business with:
Resources:
Podcasts you want to watch:
DogDare
Sockmatician
Chain344
Uncreative Crafter
My Two Tips
What podcasts should I be watching? Tell me about yours!
Feel free to email me your questions!
jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com
And finally…
Don’t forget the sale!
Coupon Code MADNESS35 will get you 35% off any
purchase until May 31st at
http://dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com
Love you all! GO FOR IT!
And, I’ll see you next week.

What makes you dream?


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"Will I dream?"
"Of course you will. All intelligent beings dream. No one knows why."
Arthur C. Clarke: 2010 - Odyssey Two

I began podcasting on a whim just over 6 months ago, with no idea what a journey of self discovery it would become. It was something I had wanted to do, but really didn't have a cohesive concept for. I knew that I wanted to share my love of knitting and dyeing, the projects I was working on, and techniques that would be helpful to the knitters and dyers I met along the way.  I watched a lot of podcasts and paid attention to what engaged me, and sorted out the things I didn't want to include in my own. Then I jumped in.

My podcast has evolved a lot from that first pilot episode. I've refined the "look" of my podcast over time from still photos of yarn and a variety of title presentations to a professionally recorded theme song and opening title sequence that I can consistently use in all future episodes, making my brand more recognizable, as well as, changing my location slightly to a more visually interesting setup. I've added more elements, and take more time to share my thoughts on a number of related topics, and even started offering a number of giveaways.

Throughout this process, I've been very fortunate to have viewers contact me with requests for help with techniques which I've been able to demonstrate. I've also found a supportive following that volunteers to test knit my designs and helps me keep on task with my longer-term projects. This has fulfilled a void in my life. My LYS closed a couple of years back, and I've not been able to find a "knit-click" in my area to join, nor a venue to continue to teach knitting and dyeing at. My knitting community has become entirely digital, and I'm very grateful to have the technology to make this a reality. Often, especially when I'm talking about sensitive topics or I'm feeling vulnerable, I reference that I've got nothing to be nervous about because I'm having a private conversation with a close friend (you the viewer). I truly believe that. The relationships I have developed and friends I have made over the past 6 months mean a lot to me, and when I'm making topic notes pre-filming, I'm often mindful of the interactions I've had, and how to honor the private relationship I've developed while sharing with the collective the points of interest and giving the group expansive opportunities.

This being said, a digital existence can be a lonely one, and a girl can never have to many friends. If you're taking the time to read this post, and have never reached out to me before, please, just say hi. If you knit, or dye, or play with yarn in any way, we have something in common and I like you already. I make a sincere effort to respond to EVERYONE. There is no exclusive inner circle or private group. Feel free to correct me when I make mistakes so that I don't continue to look the fool. Ask me questions - I never expose your personal information without your permission. Or simply share something you are proud of - I did some sewing yesterday that came out exceptionally well and my dogs are non-plussed, but you might have an appreciation for how many times I had to rip out stitches without giving up.

I enjoy creating my podcast and look forward to it each week. I have a lot of other ideas for things I'd like to do in the future, building on the basics I've already shown, but am always open to new ideas. I like that my podcast can be reactive to the needs and wishes of my viewers, and I've angled it in such a way that every episode is a little different. There is no set formula or routine. I have certain things that I try to be relatively consistent about, such as discussing new acquisitions as they occur and progress on projects I've shared, but outside of that, my podcast is a representation of viewer response and personal whims, like a box of chocolates and hopefully providing delightful surprises.

Beyond the experience of creating and hosting my podcast, I've enjoyed a journey of self discovery. This is an unexpected benefit.

I've learned a lot about how my brain works. There have been episodes where I thought I was speaking so fast that I might be incoherent or appeared out of breathe. I wasn't, it was just my inner excitement mixing with anxiety, and I've learned not to be fearful of it.

I've learned I still love to teach, and still have something to offer the world. I've learned you can teach an old dog new tricks and conversely, that new dogs sometimes come with fancy new tricks of their own you can learn.

I've learned to be kinder to myself. There were times where I presented things and felt like I could have offered more or been more detailed. This happens when I present things on a whim and don't prepare. I know I can do better, but instead of beating myself up, I try to see it as a topic I can expand on later and spend more time developing my filming plan before turning on the camera.

And I've learned about emotions. Emotions are scary. It is hard to have the courage to make yourself openly vulnerable. Not everyone has the bravado to brazenly turn the camera on themselves and them publish to the planet. I certainly don't. It get's easier as you go along and become more comfortable with it, but it takes time and courage. I'm interested in learning more about vulnerability and courage. There is a lot of hate in this world, and a lot of people comfortable with being blunt, mean and worse with the pretense of anonymity the internet provides. (Please see my previous post: Privacy Alert.) It is easy to let these voices in, allowing them to color your perception of self. It takes strength and energy to overcome negativity. And support.

Support; I've had the wonderful pleasure of learning about support. I have a fantastical vision of all fiber enthusiasts crafting a giant emotional support net/wrapping blanket/enveloping sweater that refuses to be exclusive. I've met wonderful loving souls on this journey, from all walks, who reached out and offered encouragement, strength, love, guidance and support - selflessly. Thank you. You are each an example: Do unto others as you would they unto you. Return in kind. Pay it forward. Each of these a pillar in my creed that I rarely found reflected in the public, yet brought into vibrant fibery color by you.

Support is a self-feeding machine, a living cycle - if you reciprocate.  There are support situations that can be sapping, especially if one gives without receiving, but when you find even the tiniest way to give back the support you've received, or pay it forward, we ALL become stronger, better and more unified. Blessings to the fiber community for teaching us all how woven together we really are.

And finally, I've learned this makes me dream. My fiber Utopian vision of unity feeds the dreamer in me. I dream of the day I announce my 100th episode. I dream of new things to share, enhancements, more enriched community interaction, meeting viewers, guest hosts, off-location filming in your shops... I dream and I dare to do more.

Have you discovered what makes you dream?


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Privacy Alert!

Okay folks, we all know that privacy is an illusion in the technical age, but are you aware that there is a free website out there that allows you to look up anyone and get current and past addresses, phone numbers, as well as a list of all relatives and associates? NOT COOL.

The website is TruePeopleSearch.com - go, check it out, but be prepared to feel violated.

Then, do this: REMOVE ME! You don't have to be exposed. You don't have to be at risk. This is a violation of your privacy, and a great tool for anyone looking to steal identities.

Believe it - I'm no longer on it. Neither is most of my family. Searches indicate that minors are not listed.

PSA complete. Soap box vacated. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 31 - Party On!




Continuing the anniversary celebration with my sale and giveaways. Be sure to follow dyemonkeyyarns on Instagram for up to the minute opportunities. Talk about the blanket, the sweater stall, a new project on the needles, new needles and gifts! Woohoo!