Sunday, October 21, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 85 - Finding a Rhythm



I talk about changes to how I'm allocating my time to help heal my shoulder and add more focus to blogging, dyeing and designing, touch on intentional knitting and psychometry,  show off my most recent knitting project, and I discuss and demonstrate dye formula documentation.

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 Pattern:
Squircle by General Hogbuffer - Available FREE on Ravelry.

I want your opinion & feedback. Please participate in my survey.
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/2018/10/opinions-wanted.html

Interested in the Ornament Exchange?
Ship Date is November 3rd. Details and Registration:
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/p/ornament-exchange.html

That's it. Be sure to check out exclusive content over on my
patreon page at: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Thank you for allocating time for me! See you next time.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 84 - Shifting Plans



I'm back on the injured list, so not much knitting, but I review four knitting related books I recently acquired and talk a little about plans and design work I'm doing. Grab your knitting and a mug of something wonderful and join me for a chat.

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 Books:
Knitting Around the World: A multistranded history of a time-honord tradition by Lela Nargi

Knitting Ganseys: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters (Revised & Updated) by Beth Brown-Reinsel

Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook: A breakthrough guide to knitting with cables and designing your own

Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel

I want your opinion & feedback. Please participate in my survey.
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/2018/10/opinions-wanted.html

Interested in the Ornament Exchange?
Ship Date is November 3rd. Details and Registration:
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/p/ornament-exchange.html

That's it. Be sure to check out exclusive content over on my patreon page at: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Love you & see you again soon!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 83 - Catching Up





Chatter about my trunk show, meeting Scott from Sweet Tea, No Shade, current design work, new bases coming in and the Patreon program (I want your opinions & feedback!). I also show off current knitting. Still time to join the Ornament Exchange.

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 Pattern:
Seacoast Mitts by Lara Smoot Available on Ravelry

Featured Yarn:
Supernatural Yarns
"Crucio" on Mermaid Worsted
"Severus Snape - You Have Your Mother's Eyes" on Pixie Sock
www.supernaturalyarns.etsy.com

I want your opinion & feedback. Please participate in my survey.
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/2018/10/opinions-wanted.html

Interested in the Ornament Exchange?
Ship Date is November 3rd. Details and Registration:
http://www.dyemonkeyyarns.com/p/ornament-exchange.html

Had more fun than you can shake a DPN at, but glad to be home creating for you again.
See you next time!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Opinions Wanted

I'm looking for feedback regarding my Patreon program. I've created this 100% anonymous survey to collect information about Benefit Tiers, Rewards and Exclusive content you would like to see included.  You can complete the survey HERE. Your time, feedback and support will help me make this program more of what YOU want to see. 

Thank you.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 82 - Hot & Fast



Design along winners announced and I share a finished project!

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 Pattern:
Venetian Dream by Josee Paquin
See project page "Memoir" on Ravelry for details

Congratulations to ALL the designers that participated in the Knit Up & Dye Design Along!
Your work, your designs are wonderful. We will definitely be doing that again!

Much love,
Jesse

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 81 - Gone Wrong



I talk about how emotion / mental state can affect your view of your artwork, show progress on my Memoir sweater, Wool Free socks, and give a sneak peek of October's Patreon yarns.

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 Pattern:
Venetian Dream by Josee Paquin
See project page "Memoir" on Ravelry for details

Featured Project Bag by Knitting with Attitude www.knittingwithattitude.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 the "Design Along VOTING" thread and VOTE. Voting closes September 14th
THREE Prizes – Voted Favorite, Most Knit-able and Random Drawing Surprise Prize

Ornament Exchange!
It's crafting time. Please be sure to have your ornaments shipped to me by November 3rd.
Live in the U.S., wanted to participate but missed the deadline?
Contact me jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
You should have received an email - it's time to select your yarn.
Next round in January/February 2019.
Please join this fantastic, loving, supportive community.
We'd love to have you.

Trunk Show
Contact Unwound to reserve your spot at the brunch and/or your class space!!

See you next time!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 80 - Grateful for Little Things



I find myself most grateful for things that aren't as big and horrible as they had potential to be. Updates on my Barn Dance shawl, my "Wool Free" socks, the Knit Together Community Mixer, Ornament Exchange and Design Along, PLUS this month's Patreon drawings.

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


Give some podcaster love to:

Scott & John @ Sweet Tea No Shade
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLVrcYgv-67UsT7tcVv-0sg

Lee-Ann @ Southern Colonial Dyeworks
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GJuPQ78_XMEhdvwMdfKoA

Daniel & Patrick @ Daniel & Patrick Craziness!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc3HgYHDerurptDN3s2aQMw


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 the "Design Along VOTING" thread and VOTE.
Voting closes September 14th

THREE Prizes – Voted Favorite, Most Knit-able and Random Drawing Surprise Prize


Pack One:

Pink Drawstring Bag by Faye Jones
Yarn: “Robins Egg” courtesy of Rosalee Millet of Yarn Matrix www.yarnmatrix.etsy.com
Stitch Markers from Neetsey’s Porch www.neetseysporch.etsy.com
Coca Cola Progress Keeper courtesy of Capi @ The Yarn and I www.theyarnandi.etsy.com
Collection of Silk Road Socks Hunter Hammersen Coloring Postcards gifted from Jenna

Pack Two:

Blue Floral Zip Bag by Faye Jones
Yarn: ”Party in the Pot” courtesy of Rosalee Millet of Yarn Matrix www.yarnmatrix.etsy.com
Stitch Markers from Neetsey’s Porch www.neetseysporch.etsy.com
Namaste Hand & Elephant courtesy of Capi’s Mom Marsha @ TheYarn and I www.theyarnandi.etsy.com
Pattern of Choice courtesy of Carmen Nuland of A Simple Homestead Designs
https://www.ravelry.com/stores/asimplehomestead-designs 32 designs to choose from!

Ornament Exchange!
It's crafting time. Please be sure to have your ornaments shipped to me by November 3rd.
Live in the U.S., wanted to participate but missed the deadline?
Contact me jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
I'm dyeing your yarn and I will be in touch soon with how to purchase.

Contact Unwound to reserve your spot at the brunch and/or your class space!!

See you next time!


Just Released: Let's Get Bubbly!

Just like bubbles in your champagne, bobbles add fun and texture to this slouchy hat.

Now available to the public via Ravelry!

Finished Measurement: 
The directions are given for an adult hat, worked brim up. Circumference 22-25” (55.8-63.5 cm), Length 14” (35.6 cm) exclusive of pom-pom. Length is adjustable to wearer’s preference – see notes within instruction.

Yarn Requirements:
Approximately 330 yards (302m) of Worsted Weight were required for hat 14” (35.6 cm) inclusive of 3 3/8” (85mm) pom-pom. Necessary yardage will vary with any adjustments to length or size of pom-pom. Shown in Dye Monkey Yarns Salsa Monkey (218 yards/100grams, 100% wool, color: Northern Lights).

Recommended Needles: 
Size US 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle
Size US 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs) in the same size for crown.

Supplies: 
Stitch marker and tapestry needle. Optional: Clover Pom-Pom Maker (large)

Gauge: 
Approximately 22 sts = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette in the round on US 5 (3.75mm).

Purchase for $3.50 USD via Ravelry by clicking here:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tutorials!

I've been very busy dyeing this month's Patreon yarns, yarns for the exclusive Patreon shop, and yarns for my trunk show at Unwound in September, and, unfortunately, the weekend got away from me and I didn't get to podcast. I did however finish the tutorials I've been promising.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Leaving a Void

I'm a busy person. I don't mean necessarily that I have a lot to do, but rather that I do a lot. I fill voids.

I work full time. This takes me away from my true calling - yarn - about 50 hours a week. My household is simple, just my husband and I, two dogs and four chickens. Not a large home, not a lot of laundry, little need for complex gourmet meals... simple, and yet, I stuff my life full. You rarely catch me simply sitting quietly, breathing. Nope. If I have time to sit, I have time to work on a pattern, knit, film, practice yoga, dye yarn, write, cook, read, check email/form responses/forum posts/weather... whatever. And sometimes, two or more of these activities as once. This past weekend I edited my podcast while dyeing yarn and knitting a shawl, simultaneously.

While I find comfort in "busy" because I'm "achieving" or "completing" or "fulfilling," it's not healthy. I recognize this. The billboards are all there. Headaches, body aches, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, belief I finished things I only thought about doing...etc.

But filling voids does just apply to my daily and work routines. It applies to my art as well. I struggle to leave negative space or simplicity whether in my knitting patterns or yarns. If there's a field of stockinette, surely there is room for a cable, stripe or bit of lace.  And yarn? Well, if white is showing, I must not be done.

Are you nodding? Does this sound like you? You aren't alone.

I know voids are healthy and necessary. Yup. I have even put mechanisms in place to build in voids. I started to practice yoga again, but often there's an excuse not to do it. And I'm plotting yarns with more "voids" but I'm struggling and feel like embracing voids should be easier than this. It should be natural. Like breathing. A habit even.

So I'm going to make a "mini-habit" of it. My BREATHING habit.

Making a new habit, even a mini one, isn't easy either. It take commitment and practice. Implementation is incidental if not for repetition. I need a trigger; something that forces me to stop and take time for myself. But what?

I recently stumbled on "Modern Mindfulness - How to Be More Relaxed, Focused, and Kind While Living in a Fast, Digital, Always-On World" by Rohan Gunatillake. To be honest, I haven't read it all. I haven't given it the time it deserves, but the premise hits home and one of the meditations the book suggests to help make you be present and in the moment is Stop Signs.

Brilliant! I commute. I run into MANY stop signs each day. This I can do. I'm going to actively take that marathon red light at the corner and turn that into "me time." I'm going to turn inside, breathe, and simply observe while under that mandatory 70 second stop (yes, really I counted, feels like an hour!) I'm going to pay attention to the feeling of my breathe, the weather, the color of the vehicles around me, while releasing judgement and negative thoughts.

And then, I'm going to go home and dye every inch of that yarn in every color I can think of, because self improvement is a continual work in progress ;)