Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Macaw

Sometimes a colorway is born completely out of experimentation. "Macaw" is one such colorway.

I wanted to play with some dyes in the primary colorways and a technique that didn't allow much bleed/blend to see if I could control how much they would overlap and blend into secondary and tertiary colors. With this dye combination, I knew the "worst" outcome would be a rainbow skein... the best outcome would be isolated colors with little overlap and more of a tonal transition. And that is exactly what happened.

Much like the feathers of a Macaw, the colors are individual and do not mix to become other colors, but rather glaze over each other for a much more tonal effect, and you get this rich, tropical tribute to a very colorful friend.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 72 - Sometimes, it takes a stranger



This episode is dedicated to W.J.
All my love. Keep going. We will do this together.

This episode includes some seriously emotional (on my part) discussion about worthiness, vulnerability and shame as well as how knitting and the knitting community are involved in the healing process. There is also a full demonstration of how to block the farmhouse shawl - or any unique shaped shawl, for that matter.

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
Pattern in development - stay tuned

Samba Monkey - high twist single fingering weight
100% merino 100g / 400 yards Shown in "Wet Sand" and "Dark Roast"

Also featuring the wisdom of Brene Brown, Ph.D. LMSW
You can find her at www.brenebrown.com

Thank you all for your love and support. See you next week.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Partying with Pagans & Swirl Girl

Last fall I was working up colorways specifically with an autumn slant for Unwound Artisan Yarns in La Crosse, WI, who very kindly retails my yarns (Thank you! I love you guys!!!) and I thought a Halloween inspired colorway would be a lot of fun. Hence was born "Partying with Pagans" which features purples, greens and oranges on a white base. Colors ripped right out of "Hocus Pocus" (1993, features Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker amongst others - an amusing watch.)

Little did I know what magic I'd conjured.

Not long after this came out of the cauldron and flew north to its new home, I had the pleasure of visiting the shop myself and got to meet Terri. Terri is a wonder of talent and drive, with a personality as addictive as her generosity is bountiful. Terri spoke of her love of "Partying with Pagans" and showed me a picture of a guitar she had owned that had the wildest paint job - very similar to the yarn - with all these colors swirled together... but no white. Well! If that wasn't inspiration enough to create "Partying with Pagans'" dark cousin "Swirl Girl" (named for Terri, of course) than I don't now what is!

"Swirl Girl" features all the same spellwork as "Partying with Pagans" with the minor exception that dark magic is at play... a little rock and roll, if you will, and instead of white, there is black. It can be obtained Exclusively through Unwound. Don't live in the area? Contact them. They won't mind filling your custom order by phone, I promise.

And, don't forget to tell Terri how much you love the yarn she inspired. ;)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 71 - Second Me



Were cloning an option, I'd get so much more done... progress on Farmhouse Shawl, discussion about yardage declarations in patterns and whether or not yardage statements include quantities sufficient for swatching.

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:


Southern Colonial Dyeworks by Lee-Ann Buhr
http://scdyeworks.etsy.com
Featuring:
"Last Light" fingering on Dogwood Tweed Sock
"One Shot" on Magnolia Sock

Watch this space for upcoming giveaway details to
win "One Shot"!!!


Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
Vote for a theme, design and win!

Open call for prize donations!
If you are feeling generous, I'm looking for design along prize
donations.
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

LIVE!
June 13th - Right here on YouTube!
GMT 1am / Eastern 9pm / Central 8pm /
Mountain 7pm / Pacific 6pm
Come join the fun! Live talk/Q&A!

If they can clone sheep, why can't they clone the people
knitting from them...?


Love you! See you next time.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 70 - Can you hear me now





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

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.

Open call for prize donations!
If you are feeling generous, I'm looking for design along prize donations.
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Do you have a podcast? Email me! I want to watch.

How was the sound? Send me feedback.

Love you all - see you next week!!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 69 - That Moment When...



This week I share a lot of wonderful mail I received, cover ways to correct weak ribbing, discuss choosing the right yarn for a project, update you on my progress with my DAL project Farmhouse Shawl, as well as all my other WIPS, and detail some of the upcoming and proposed activities. Come join the fun!

Dedicated to Arthur & Maggie.

Knit Up & Dye
Host: Jessica L'Heureux
Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
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

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
My patreons, who's funding has helped improve lighting and will soon be improving sound quality.

Marie - all my love and thanks. Your generosity is overwhelming!

Maggie & Arthur
Thank you watching and for submitting a GREAT question!
I promise to be as regular as possible, as well as better looking and smarter than your weatherman.

Featured Patterns & Yarns:

  • "How to Eat an Elephant Blanket" Formula available on my project page on Ravelry
  • "Lost in Space" socks by Jessica L'Heureux - pattern in development
  • "Farmhouse" shawl by Jessica L'Heureux - pattern in development


Tippy Tree Yarns by Tiffany Foppe
Featuring: "Changing Aspens" fingering on Superwash Merino Single
Etsy: www.tippytreeyarns.etsy.com

Supernatural Yarns by Shannon Shaw
Featuring: "Professor Lockhart" on Mermaid Sock
Etsy: www.supernaturalyarns.etsy.com

The Yarn and I by Capi Puszcz
Featuring: "Love, From Lisa" on Superwash Merino
Etsy: www.theyarnandi.etsy.com

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Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
Entries close September 1st.

Open call for prize donations!
If you are feeling generous, I'm looking for design along prize donations.
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

See you next time!

Privacy Alert Reminder

Okay folks, this is a repost of a blogpost from May 2017, but it is an important one and one that we should all be aware of and pay attention to. 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 20, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 68 - Stay on Target



Sort of a double episode; we start in the studio just catching up on project progress, upcoming events, the design-along, etc, then move to the kitchen where I do a little dyeing and you get to learn a little about how minor changes to temperature, amounts of water, and acid can affect the results.

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

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
Vote for a theme, design and win!

Open call for prize donations!
If you are feeling generous, I'm looking for design along prize
donations.
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Featured Patterns, Yarns and Tools:
(I'm not compensated for promoting anything -
these are just things I love!)

KnitMeter.com
Track your yardage/meterage/mileage
FREE to sign up and use.

"Venetian Dream" by Josee Paquin - available on Ravelry
Alegria by Manos Del Uruguay in Rambla Sur colorway

"Adventurous" by Ambah O'Brien - available on Raverly

Project Bags by Knitting with Attitude

Acid Dyes by Dharma Trading Co
Undyed Yarns by Wool2Dye4.com

30% off your Dye Monkey Yarns order until May 31st
with coupon code MONKEYTURNS3 includes custom orders!


Did you notice...
my title was Star Wars, but my project bag was Star Trek?
Clearly my head was in the stars ;)
See you next week!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 67 - Whipped & WIPs



Summary of my progress on my WIPs including one FO, and drawings for this month's patreon winners.

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:

Lost in Space Socks - improvised
on Dye Monkey Yarns Mambo Monkey in "Royal Blunders"

"Squircle" by General Hogbuffer- Free on Ravelry
on Paintbox Yarns Socks in "Fairisle - Storybook"

"Adventurous" (aka I Blame Carolyn) - Available on Ravelry
Multiple Yarns!

"Farmhouse" Shawl by Jessica L'Heureux
Design in development

"The Duchess of Santa Fe" Wrap by Jessica L'Heureux
Design in development
on Supernatural Yarns Nymph Sock in "Belle"

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
Vote for a theme, design and win!

Open call for prize donations!
If you are feeling generous,
I'm looking for design along prize
donations.
Please contact me at: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com


Congratulations Patreon Winners!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

3rd Anniversary Sale

I am so proud to announce my 3rd Anniversary Sale. 

Get 30% OFF your entire order May 1-31, 2018 with coupon code MONKEYTURNS3

NO items are excluded from the sale and 
ALL shipping overages will be refunded to you within 24 hours of your order.

AND... Custom orders placed during the month of May also get the discount, so if you've been dreaming of a sweater quantity in a specific colorway - now's your chance to snag it at an amazing price. Just message me either here, on Etsy, or email me at jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Let's Celebrate!