Sunday, March 26, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 25 - Give me strength



The weather and my sweater are taxing me...

Intention Knitting KAL socks are officially done, Tequila Sunrise sweater armhole pickup is vexing me, Phoenix Tears socks are almost done, Clown Socks are being working on a 9" circular needle (new technique to me!) and the One Liners Giveaway is coming up next weekend, so enter and be sure to tell all your friends as the prize gets bigger the more people enter.

Also, Happy Easter! Coupon Code PODCAST25 will get you 25% off any Dye Monkey Yarns purchase now until April 16, 2107.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Knit Up & Dye Episode 24 - Caffeinated Squirrel



Yup. I had coffee, so this is an experience. I talk about knitting wins for the week, disappointments (there is a rant), suggest podcasts I'm loving, show off my progress, show off my dyeing, and demonstrate three methods of joining yarns. Come along for the ride. Also, there is a giveaway! Enter! Drawing April 1, 2017
Featured Etsy Sellers: 
(they made my stitchmarkers!)
Featured Podcasts: 
(All on YouTube - All have Ravelry groups)
GIVEAWAY! 
Head over to the Knit Up & Dye Group on Ravelry and enter in the ”One Liners Giveaway” thread
This is open internationally - One entry per person. 
Please read post #1 for all details.

New Pattern Available: Rachel's Socks

Don’t under estimate her. Just don’t. She is so much more than you think. And if you give her a chance, she will exceed all your expectations by far. Nothing can hold her back; don’t even try. Like the women before her, she is a force of nature.  









Finished Measurement:
The directions are given for a woman’s sock worked cuff down.  Foot length is adjustable.  Leg and foot circumferences (stretched): 8 (11) inches.

Yarn Requirements: 
Necessary yardage will vary with foot length.
Approximately 330 - 367 yards were required for 10 ½” foot lengths in testing over several different yarns.

Shown in Wisdom Yarns
Saki Bamboo Solids
(230 yards per 50 grams, 50% Superwash Merino, 25% Rayon made from Bamboo, 25% nylon, color: Violet).

Recommended Needles: 
Size 2 (2.75mm) Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or size required to get gauge.

Directions are given using 4 DPNs.  Pattern can easily be worked with two circulars or via Magic Loop Method.

Supplies:
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.  Stitch markers may be helpful.

Gauge: 
Approximately 32 sts = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette in the round

Pattern is BOTH charted and written for your convenience.

Purchase for $3.50 USD from Ravelry HERE or

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Episode 23 - Get the Fuzz Out!



I'm under the weather, but that's not stopping me (completely). I show off my progress on my Phoenix Tears socks, Good Vibrations socks and Laurie sweater and demonstrate use of the Gleener de-fuzzing a sweater.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Episode 22 - Knitting to Heal



In which I show off my Intention Knitting KAL progress, Laurie sweater progress and finished Reyna shawl. You get to take a look at my recent purchase from KnitMona as well as one of my new Sweater Quantity offerings “Sand Dollar”. I also discuss the reasons why some of us knit and how knitting can contribute to and even be therapy, in addition to all its other benefits. EMDR therapy is discussed.
Featured Yarns:
“Route 66” colorway on Twisted Mona
400 yards/100g 80% SW Merino / 20% Nylon - 2 ply
by KnitMona on Etsy at www.knitmona.etsy.com
“Sand Dollar” Colorway on Boogie-Woogie Monkey
250 yards/115g 100% SW Fine Merino
by Dye Monkey Yarns on Etsy at
www.dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com
Featured Patterns:
Laurie Sweater
Renya Shawl
Good Vibrations Socks
Featured Book:
EMDR - Eye Movement Densensitization & Reprocessing
The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety,Stress, and Trauma
Francine Shapiro, PhD., & Margot Silk Forrest

Monday, February 27, 2017

Episode 21 - I'm Back!



Featured/Recommended Publications (Links goto groups):
  • Taproot Magazine
  • Maine Knits - Beatrice Perron Dahlem
  • Extreme Double Knitting - Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters - Ann Budd
Recommended Podcasts:
AND… 
I’m open to suggestions! 
Do you podcast? 
Contact me at jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com 
so that I may become addicted to you too!
Love you all! See you next week. 
Happy knitting & dyeing!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 20 - Winners All Around





Just a short episode in which I announce "The Sweater" is completed! Wooohooo!  And winners for the Travel Knitting Giveaway are announced. And the Intention Knitting KAL kicks off today. And I got some progress done on an ancient sock project. Come celebrate with me.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 19 - Shop Talk



In this episode I talk about my yarn dyeing and how I create and document my formulas/recipes. I review a number of books with dyeing techniques. Includes reminders about the upcoming Intention Knitting KAL as well as the Travel Knitting Giveaway. Also, a general notice about discontinuing my lace line and bringing on a DK weight yarn base, as well as information about placing custom orders - always welcome! And would you check out the progress on my sweater - woo hoo!
Good to Know:
Intention Knitting KAL casts on Feb 12th 
Join us in the podcast group for an online chat. 
Some kits still available - order now!
Travel Knitting Giveaway: 
Available to international entries - enter in the 
podcast group before Feb 10th to win. 
Winners announced in NEXT EPISODE!
Special thanks to Donna of 
knittingwithattitude.com 
for questions regarding dyeing! 
Be sure to check her out!!
Featured/Recommended Publications:
Dyeing to Spin & Knit - Felicia Lo 
The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook - Lynne Vogel 
Yarns to Dye For - Kathleen Taylor 
The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn - Lorna Miser 
The New Dyer - Sally Vinroot & Jennie Crowder 
The Knitter’s Palette - Kate Haxell 
Hand-dyed Yarn Craft Projects - Debbie Tomkies
Love you all! See you next week. 
Happy knitting & dyeing!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Travel Knitting Giveaway!

I’m going on a road trip and I want to take a knitting project along. I thought it would be fun to have YOU select the project for me… and there are PRIZES!

Here are my stipulations:


  • Keep in mind, I’m traveling in a car.
  • Please no straight stockinette - I’d like the pattern to have a little interest.
  • Please no crazy multi-page charts - simple charts are great.
  • Please nothing bigger than worsted or finer than fingering.
  • Ultimately I would prefer not to work in the round; it’s difficult on me in the car (insert green sad face).
  • Pattern can be free or pay to play, but must be knitting.

To ENTER, please comment in my Ravelry group thread with your suggestion with a link to the pattern (if possible) AND tell me which item from my shop would be your ideal prize..

If I choose your suggestion - YOU WIN! 
I will ship you any one item from my Etsy shop - your choice!

If I don’t choose your suggestion… You still might WIN!
I’ll be randomly selecting from the suggestions that meet the stipulations above and I will ship you any one item from my Etsy shop - your choice!

RULES:


  • Enter as often as you like, but please only one item per post - random drawing will be post based so multiple posts get you more entries 
  • Entries MUST be made in my Ravelry group thread - (it's FREE to join Ravelry if you haven't already.)
  • Entries must be received by Friday February 10th - Winners will be announced in the podcast filmed that weekend.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Knit Up and Dye Episode 18 - Progress, Regress and Blocking



Managed to get some knitting done this week, as well as some pretty serious tinking. As promised, I’ve got a full blocking demonstration for you in this episode.
Be sure to check out my Travel Knitting Giveaway thread for your chance to win any one item from my Etsy shop - your choice!