Monday, August 13, 2018

A History in Needles

Have you ever questioned your possession of certain needles?

Tonight, I've been busy working on a new design. Yes, I know... What about the six other unfinished projects you promised to work on Jesse? Hush! Strike while the iron is hot or the muse runs away. Beside all that, my mum wanted a pattern designed for her with certain specifications, and I aim to please. (HI Mom!)

For this particular project, I'm reworking an already familiar shape and structure with a significant shift in gauge, moving from a fingering to a worsted weight. This took swatching. Gauge swatches are important, and if you question this, check out the epic hat from my last podcast.

I started out on a US 8, but found myself disappointed in how poorly the texture was showing in the fabric I created. My natural response to poor stitch definition is to move to a smaller needle. I don't really understand this tendency. My thinking was that smaller = tighter = finer = more emphasis on texture. I guess I thought I could torture the look I wanted out of this yarn by pressuring it into submission on small needles. Sadly, a smaller needle was also going to cause a denser, less draping fabric, which was not going to work for this design, so I opted to go up a needle size before scraping the whole design.

An interesting thing happened. When I went up to a US 9, the stitch definition improved. The drape still wasn't quite what I wanted, but the result was encouraging. I soldiered on and moved even further up the chain to a US 10. We have a winner! The textured stitch was even more defined and the fabric had drape. This little experiment, of course, had me studying the stitch structure to understand why the definition improved. The answer is simple: with the larger stitches, there is more yarn with more room to move, and thusly, the purls can pop further in relief from the stockinette background.  But, I digress. This wasn't the most interesting feature of this exercise for me.

What interested me most about this little swatch exercise was my collection of needles. I was working with circular needles. I'm proud to admit to a significant and broad collection of tools. I love my needles; they make knitting a joy. However... When exactly, and for what project, did I obtain a 60 inch US 10 needle?!? I cannot think of ANY project in my past that required such a needle. I even took a minute to troop through my Ravelry project pages to try and identify what triggered that acquisition, and although I was unable to exact a history, tonight I'm thrilled to have it among my tools as it's the right tool for this job.

Clearly, it's past my bedtime when my curiosity is peaked by the history of an acquisition over the science behind an accomplishment.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 78 - Reflections



This episode is a reflective look at the podcast, how designs have developed and lessons learned, with a responsive projection of things to come.

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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Online Events!

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on any of the "Design Along" threads.
Deadline is September 1st

Ornament Exchange!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Ornament Exchange" for details and registration
OR Visit www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
and click on "Ornament Exchange" to register.
Registration is open until September 1st.
Open to U.S. only - $7.00 participation fee

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Knit Pals Community Mixer"
Registration is open until August 24th.


Please join this fantastic, loving, supportive community.
We'd love to have you.

See you next time!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 77 - Let It Be Enough



This time I explore being enough.
Stop letting yourself judge yourself against your idea of other people's standards and let you, your life, your work and your experience be enough. Be kind to yourself.
Also, announcements about the Ornament Exchange, Design Along and Knit Pals Community Mixer.


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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Online Events!

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on any of the "Design Along" threads.
Deadline is September 1st

Ornament Exchange!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Ornament Exchange" for details and registration
OR Visit www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
and click on "Ornament Exchange" to register.
Registration is open until September 1st. Open to U.S. only - $7.00 participation fee

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Knit Pals Community Mixer"
Registration is open until August 24th.

Please join this fantastic, loving, supportive community.
We'd love to have you.

See you next time!

Knit Pals Community Mixer

At long last, it is finally here and I don't think I could be more excited!

This fall, I'm hosting a virtual community mixer event. The premise is simple. I'm going to dye up two skeins each in a variety of colorways. You register online HERE so that I have a head count and know how many sets to dye. Then, after registration, I open up an exclusive mini shop to the registrants, and you each get to purchase one skein of yarn at 30% off. When I ship your yarn out to you, I'll be sending you the contact information of whomever purchased the skein that matches yours. Likewise, they will receive your contact information. From there - may a new friendship bloom! You'll each have the opportunity to reach out to your "Knit Pal" to email, chat, share and interact as you see fit, with a common colorway as a jumping off point.

Want more information? Details are HERE and questions are always welcome.
Register HERE until August 24th!
Yarns will be available to purchase no later than September 9th.

Come, enjoy some yarn and make a friend! We'd love to have you! OPEN WORLDWIDE!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 76 - Matters of Size and Ambiguity



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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Featured Patterns & Yarns:

"Squircle" sock pattern by General Hogbuffer- Free on Ravelry

Fingering weight yarns:
"Iris" and "Firepit" on Dogwood Tweed
Find Southern Colonial Dyeworks on...
Etsy: www.scdyeworks.etsy.com
Instagram: scdyeworks
And check out her podcast!!!

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
 Post your entry by September 1st.

2018 Holiday Ornament Exchange
To register: www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
Raverly Group Thread: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knit-up--dye-podcast/3807021
Give 6, Get 6 & More
$7 participation fee
Open to US only.

Are you a brave soul interested in Test Knitting
the "Barn Dance" shawl?
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com or
visit us on Ravelry at:
https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/jessica-lheureux-designs/3809577

Want to know more about yarn sizing standards?
https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/yarn-weight-system

Love you! See you in TWO WEEKS.
I'll miss you!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 75 - Exciting Developments



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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Featured Patterns:

"Squircle" by General Hogbuffer- Free on Ravelry
"Venetian Dream" by Josee Paquin - Available on Ravelry

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
 Post your entry by September 1st.

2018 Holiday Ornament Exchange
To register: www.dyemonkeyyarns.com and click on Ornament Exchange
Raverly Group Thread: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knit-up--dye-podcast/3807021
Give 6, Get 6 & More
$7 participation fee
Open to US only.

Next LIVE event is July 28th
GMT 4pm / BST 5pm / CEST 6pm
Eastern 12pm / Central 11am / Mountain 10am / Pacific 9am
Come Join the FUN!

Love you! See you next time.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Holiday Ornament Exchange

If you've been watching my podcast, you've already heard about this community mixer idea I've been teasing you with for the holidays. Well, it's more than an idea now. We are doing this!

For the inaugural year, I'm going to limit this to the U.S. I'm sure this is a disappointment to some, but please, let me get the kinks worked out so that we can get global for future years.

The concept is simple - Give 6, Get 6 Assorted Ornaments in return from 6 different crafters, and share some holiday joy.

For all the details and registration, visit the Ornament Exchange page and be sure to join us over in the Knit Up & Dye Group on Ravelry in the Holiday Ornament Exchange thread.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 74 - Chaos Control



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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Featured Projects:
Details can always be found in my project pages on Ravelry.

Squircle Socks by General Hogbuffer
Pattern available for FREE on Ravelry

Venetian Dream sweater by Josee Paquin
Pattern available through Ravelry

Farmhouse Shawl by Jessica L'Heureux
Shown in Samba Monkey 100% Superwash Merino
high twist single fingering weight
100g/400 yards
colorways are: "Wet Sand" and "Dark Roast"
In Testing - Pattern Coming Soon.


JOIN US for LIVE interactive podcasts!
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GMT 1am / London 2am
Eastern 9pm / Central 8pm / Pacific 6pm
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GMT 4pm / BST 5pm / CEST 6pm 
Eastern 12pm / Central 11am / Pacific 9am
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FEEDBACK WANTED:
Are you interested in participating in a handmade
ornament exchange this holiday season?
Email me at jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

COMING SOON:
Knit Together Community Mixer... Stay Tuned

 


Embrace the quiet and let chaos reign somewhere far, far
away from the solice of your mind.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: September Drive

I like to play with applying multiple dyes to yarns in order to get unique results. In this case, I was specifically looking to create a very autumnal look that paid homage to the canopies of colors I'd driven under back east each fall. (If you haven't experienced the changing of leaves, put it on your bucket list - it's one of natures most impressive shows of color."

For this colorway, I made use of my scribble technique. Aiming to get dashes of color with random placement I used three of my favorite leafy fall colors: a deep red, a warm gold and a burnt orange. Then, as a final step once all of the yarn had been scribble dyed and set, I went back with a dusky green, just to apply a few "leaves" that hadn't changed yet and really reign in the "flame" look to a more seasonal display of color. Sadly, I don't have a photo of this yarn caked up to show you the final effect, just the "as dyed in skein" photo which shows the colors much more grouped than the final project would reflect. But is is gorgeous and exactly what I was aiming for.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 73 - Powerful Reminder



General review of works in progress, reveal of finished Farmhouse Shawl, and call for test knitters.

Thank you.
I am grateful to everyone who reached out to me with support.
You made a hard thing infinitely more endurable.


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
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Featured Patterns & Yarns:

Farmhouse Shawl by Jessica L'Heureux
Shown in Samba Monkey 100% Superwash Merino
high twist single fingering weight 100g/400 yards
colorways are: "Wet Sand" and "Dark Roast"

Testers Wanted.
Please email me at jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com and use Subject: Farmhouse Test Knit

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Put your left hand on your right side.
Put your right hand on your left side.
Squeeze.
There, I gave you a hug.
Repeat as often as necessary.
You are loved.