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 ;)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 79 - Definitions



I share a little about my design process, talking about gauge, how I found the right stitch definition and drape for my latest design and the edits I'll be making as I move forward with its development. Reminders for the Design Along, Ornament Exchange and Knit Together 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

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/videos

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

Two Prizes – Voted Favorite and Random Drawing

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 @ The Yarn 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!

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 and click on "Knit Pals Community Mixer"
Registration CLOSES August 24th.

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

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

See you next time!


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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YouTube LIVE! Wednesday, July 11th 7pm MST
GMT 1am / London 2am
Eastern 9pm / Central 8pm / Pacific 6pm
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YouTube LIVE! Saturday, July 28th 10am MST
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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YouTube LIVE! Saturday, June 30th
GMT 4pm / BST 5pm / CEST 6pm / Eastern 12pm / Central 11am / Pacific 9am
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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.

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!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 66 - Let's Have a Parade



This is a double length episode (more or less) to make up for the missed week and really short episode last time. I feature a full parade of all my WIPs, talk about the Design-Along, and call for feedback on a Knit-together community building Knit-Pals idea I have, and announce my upcoming Anniversary Sale (Get 30% off everything in my shop May 1-31, 2018 using coupon code: MONKEYTURNS3 or use link to auto apply discount.)

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Knit Up & Dye

Host: Jessica L'Heureux

Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Blog: www.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"

"Venetian Dream" by Josee Paquin - Available on Ravelry
on Manos Del Uruguay Alegria "Rambla Sur"

Unnamed Toe Up Socks - improvised
on Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock "Meadows"

"Daelyn Pullover" by Isabell Kraemer - Available on Ravelry
Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand Yarns "Purple"

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

How to Eat an Elephant Blanket
Formula in my project page on Ravelry
Multiple Yarns!

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

"Fox Paws" by Xandy Peters - Avalable on Ravelry
on Knit Picks Palette in "Tarragon" "Eggplant" "Tomato"
"Semolina" and "Clover"
(like a pasta dish with edible floral garnish!)

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

"Dark Hero Socks" - improvised
on Supernatural Yarns Sprite Sock in
"They're Screwing with the Wrong People"

"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


And just like any other parade...
this went on ENTIRELY TOO LONG!
Love you! See you next time.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 65 - Touching Base



Really just a quick episode to announce the winner of the Tippy Tree Yarns giveaway, announce the chosen theme for the design along, show off my finished sock and say HI!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 64 - Integrity



General discussion includes my return to knitting AND physical therapy, progress on my Daelyn sweater and my Squircle socks, love for the Sweet Tea, No Shade Podcast CowlKAL and my new pattern "Azbury Cowl". I discuss blocking acrylic yarns.  I show off a wonderfully generous gift from Tiffany at Tippy Tree Yarns and remind you of the giveaway. Vote for the Design Along theme on Ravelry.  I also introduce a new product. Come join the fun!

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:

"Azbury Cowl" by Jessica L'Heureux - Available on Ravelry
"Squircle" by General Hogbuffer- Free on Ravelry
"Daelyn Pullover" by Isabell Kraemer - Available on Ravelry

Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand Yarns

Tippy Tree Yarns by Tiffany Foppe
Featuring:
"Riot" fingering on Superwash Merino Twist

Find Tippy Tree Yarns on...
Etsy: www.tippytreeyarns.etsy.com
Instagram: TippyTreeYarns

And watch Instragram: DyeMonkeyYarns for
the Tippy Tree Yarns giveaway
and win a skein of "Riot"
with a bunch of other goodies.

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: My Summer Romance

I have a great love for water. Whether lake, ocean, river, shower, or bath, if I have the opportunity to be in or around water, I will take it. Especially during the summer months. Ironically, I live in the desert. To that end, water is ever more precious to me and my appreciation, ever stronger.  I have many romantic fantasies of escaping to a quiet beach house in view of rolling waves and lovely blue-grey time rounded stone covered beaches. This colorway is the embodiment of that fantasy.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 63 - Connection



In which I demonstrate the Kitchener Stitch with a "no donkey ears" modification. General discussion includes my return to knitting, a new sweater project, love for the Sweet Tea, No Shade Podcast CowlKAL. I show off a wonderfully generous gift from Tiffany at Tippy Tree Yarns and announce a giveaway. I also launch the Design Along. Come join the fun!

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:

"Coexist" by Claire Ellen - Free on Ravelry
"Daelyn Pullover" by Isabell Kraemer - Available on Ravelry

Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand Yarns

Tippy Tree Yarns by Tiffany Foppe
Featuring:
"Changing Aspens" fingering on Superwash Merino Single
"Riot" fingering on Superwash Merino Twist

Find Tippy Tree Yarns on...
Etsy: www.tippytreeyarns.etsy.com
Instagram: TippyTreeYarns

And watch Instragram: DyeMonkeyYarns for
the Tippy Tree Yarns giveaway
and win a skein of "Riot"
with a bunch of other goodies.

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

Colorway Chronicles: Monster Under My Bed

When you're little, monsters can be horribly scary. But, once you apply an understanding and welcoming of the more Henson-style monsters into your life, those friendly, happy, helpful creatures become lifelong friends.

This colorway is for the wonderful monsters that make us giggle and laugh, help us stay up late at night (when we're supposed to be sleeping), and are our friends in the quiet, imaginative, creative times. This particular monster is prone to hiding under my bed, making my room messier when I'm supposed to be cleaning it, and sticks out his tongue when I'm trying to keep a straight face. Where do your monster friends live and how do they make you laugh?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 62 - Enough


I'm knitting again (finally!) and I've not only made progress on my Coexist Socks, but I participated in the Sweet Tea, No Shade #CowlKAL and completed a cowl. Quick dyeing demonstration just showing how I utilize airbrushing to add a little extra kick to sock blanks. General discussion on acrylic yarn and its appropriateness and worth. 

Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Blog: www.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

Suggested Patterns and Podcasts:
(I'm not compensated for promoting anything -
these are just things I love!)

"Coexist" by Claire Ellen - Free on Ravelry

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Wrench Turner

Beauty can be found in unlikely places. "Wrench Turner" is an homage to one such place: the garage.

My husband is mechanically inclined and his love of motorcycles keeps him well entertained in our garage. I often will take my knitting (during the warmer months) and sit in the driveway while he changes tires, adjusts chains, performs oil changes and even rebuilds engines. It provides us companionable time, gives him a convenient third hand as necessary, and me the opportunity to watch my husband do what he loves in his favorite environment, which to me is a thing of beauty. I love to watch him, how he manipulates these parts and machines, selects the right greases and lubricants, and keeps his equipment in running order. It is a dirty ballet with a knowledge and a grace that fascinates me. And when his hands are dirty, I know he's happy.

"Wrench Turner" is my attempt to capture the smears and drops of grease and oil that so decorates a happy mechanic. This is an "organic" warm grey-brown tonal colorway. (Organic referencing the colors... green/brown undertones.)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 61 - Investments

I'm slowing returning to knitting, but continuing my physical therapy. I've acquired "Knitting Comfortably - The Ergonomics of Handknitting" by Carson Demers and briefly discuss its content. Quick update on my beading and general chatter. My knitting discussion this episode primary focuses on Classic vs. Trendy and choosing wisely what projects you invest time, effort and money into.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: North Copper River

Sock blanks are great fun to dye. They afford interesting opportunities that skein dyeing does not. Because you are working with a fabric, rather than a bundle of strands, there are many more ways to apply the dyes with different results.

For "North Copper River" I combined techniques, utilizing wall pours, voids, resists and even a little speckling to get a glorious tonal quality of multiple colors that looks very much like a satellite photo of a river cutting through a barren land with multiple altitudes and depths. I find this colorway infinitely interesting to look at and great fun to create.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 60 - Perspective

I'm still not knitting, but I am dyeing. Dye demonstration included in this episode, as well as indie dyer business discussion, this month's Patreon drawings, update on 1000 things, peek at my beading and call for ideas for a gift I'd like to knit. Join me!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 59 - Breathe In, Breathe Out

Sorry, no demonstration this week, but I do discuss how I document my colorway formulas, give you some great resources for your business supplies and talk about my healing progress and prognosis. Quick sneak peek (spoiler alert) of the subscriber level custom colorway for my patrons and I show off my most recently completed beaded doll.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Episode 58 - Unconditional Self Love

Very minor progress on two sock patterns. I'm in "time-out" to address my shoulder pain. Answers to some business questions posed by a viewer, and some digital love out to everyone who is hurting. Quick look at some beading and a 1000 things update.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Shipping Overages

I've long since known there are some less than functional features of Etsy that could affect customer confidence, but what I didn't realize was that I hadn't communicated how I handle them.

Etsy calculates shipping fees per each item, not over the order total. This affects the overall rate you are charged for shipping, often making it much higher than the actual cost.

To resolve this issue I offer two solutions.

You are welcome to contact me with a list of the items you wish to purchase and I will set up a custom order with a single weight by which Etsy will calculate your shipping. I'm always willing to build custom orders whether for off the shelf items or dyed to order special purchases and welcome the opportunity to interact with you.

Or, if you place your order through the regular shopping cart, I will refund you the difference of the shipping rate you were charged and what I actually paid through the system when I generated your shipping label.

Hopefully, this clarifies how I handle this issue. I don't want a miscalculating shopping cart to be the reason you held back from buying that perfect extra skein. I've also updated the information in my shop to make this more obvious.

If you are a shop owner as well and have other solutions to this dilemma, I welcome your suggestions.

And as always, I'm open to all comments and feedback. Please let me know what you need and want.

Thank you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 57 - Inside Out




Includes a quick demonstration of English vs Portuguese knitting styles, an update on my progress with "1000 things", project progress as well as a new project specifically utilizing the Portuguese knitting style.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 56 - Changes and 1000 Things

I'm making some changes and adopting a new knitting technique due to shoulder injury. Episode features discussion regarding current projects, upcoming test knits, new colorways, Portuguese knitting and ridding my life of 1000 things. Also includes announcements for Patreon drawing winners for February.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Brick

Another color I find challenging to work with is red. I love the color red. It has such a rich and varied spectrum, however I find blue-reds are more common, easier to achieve and more prevalent than yellow-reds.  What do I mean by this and why does it matter?

Red is a composite dye, which means it is made up of other colors. Magenta is the primary base, however varying amounts of blue, yellow and black are added to this to get red. Yellow is a weaker pigment, and it takes a lot of yellow to make an impact. Too much yellow in the mix and, of course, you get orange. Because of this, and of course, economic factors, most reds tend to land more in the blue-based tones than the yellow. Which is all well and fine, they are very pretty, however, if you are an individual with yellow undertones in your skin (such as myself) the blue under toned reds are simply not as flattering when worn around your face.  This is a fashion challenge many people face - we love red, but most reds don't love us.

Brick is my answer. I worked with a yellow based red that had slightly orange tendencies and warmed the tone while adding depth to the overall color by adding a yellow-green. (Weird right?) What I got in the end is a rich tonal yellow-red that varies from a rust, through red and on to a maroon. It immediately made me think of factory fresh red bricks. I love this colorway, and am seriously considering a fingering weight sweater in this colorway.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 55 - Blame it on someone

Show off my progress on current projects, discuss allowing failure in your dye process, show off Let's Get Bubbly kits. Currently seeking test knitters for Madly Addicted Two Ewe.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Finch

Whilst "grellow" is all the rage, it is a real challenge for me. I've tried to get this out of my dye pots on several occasions with mixed results.

My first attempt at a grellow, which is grey and yellow smooshed together into a color name all its own, came out a decidedly ill green. Why? Well, the answer is simple really. Grey isn't grey.

Many dyes are composites - colors made up of other colors. Blacks are famous for this and if you look closely you can rather easily tell if you are looking at a red-black or a blue-black. Manufacturers do offer "true black" and most recently "true silver" but they aren't always easy to find or get. My particular silver/grey dye is a blue-grey. And, if I'm not careful in how I apply it to the yarn in conjunction with yellow, it mixes and I get a green. A sickly, unattractive green. A color so bad, I turned away from reattempting this for over a year.

More recent attempts didn't give me the blend I was looking for. I didn't want to have to leave white between the grey and yellow. I wanted them to wash into each other without turning green. I used a variety of methods and did a significant amount of over dyeing in navy.

But now, there is Finch. I finally found the right process and tones to get a grellow I was comfortable with that didn't have any of that ghastly green undertone.

If you work at anything long enough, you'll have success.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 54 - My 45th!

Brief tutorial of my "cross-pot" pour technique, discussion about multiple projects and multiple project bags, works in progress, designs in progress and future projects. Call for test knitters. Contains coupon code.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Under the Sea

Sometimes improvising a design based on how you're feeling is fun and has wonderful results.

I was preparing to film an episode of my podcast and had a couple specific techniques in mind that I wanted to demonstrate as a double process, but was feeling rather uninspired. Weather had been cold and nasty, not just here, but pretty well across the entire country, and I knew that a winter inspired or themed sock blank was not what people wanted to see. Still, I wanted to use blue because it shows up really well on camera. I thumbed through my collection of stencils, and discovered I have a lot of summer themed stencils and absolutely no winter ones. I found myself fretting a little thinking summer felt inappropriate, but then I realized, a tropical vacation was exactly what I was craving, and likely, so was everyone else. You can find the full demonstration of the creation of this blank in Episode 52: So Much Gratitude.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 53 - Monster Taming

Another Double Demonstration Episode! This time I'm showing you how to use a pom-pom to make embellishments (poms) and I'm showing you another multi-process dyeing technique. General life discussion regarding setting boundaries, knitting discussion in which I show off a project bag, discuss having multiple projects going at once and why, current sweater project, and an exclusive pattern available to patrons and coming up in my shop as a kit!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: She's Waiting For You

This is one of those sock blanks that I'm tempted just to edge and use as a completed piece. I think it would make a lovely wrap just as it is.

"She's Waiting For You" is another double process sock blank, in which I dyed the blank, then airbrushed stenciled designs over the pre-dyed piece. This particular colorway was actually inspired by a favorite movie of mine Steel Magnolias (the original, I haven't seen the remake). I so love the scene in Truvy's where M'Lynn is countering Shelby's description of her wedding colors (Blush & Bashful) with her own colorful description "That sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto Bismol!" I'm of the belief my sock blank is more appealing then digestive stomach aid in its blushing and bashful tones. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 52 - So Much Gratitude!

Double Demos! In this episode, I demonstrate how to make bobbles and I show a sock blank being dyed using a double process - a ruched resist technique, then air brushed and stenciled. I also show off my completed Coexist sock, some available sock blanks, talk about my patronage program and an upcoming exclusive pattern, as well as a kit that will be offered at a discount for my YouTube subscribers. Winner of the January patron drawing announced.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Colorway Chronicles: Bleeding Aliens!


Here is a perfect example of a happy accident.

This colorway was born of poor multi-tasking. The day I dyed this I was really pushing to accomplish a lot of work and had multiple techniques going on all at the same time in my kitchen. There were two pots on my stove-top working kettle dye yarns, two roasting pans on my counter ready for some regional dyeing and I had my airbrush set up on a table for sock blanks. There were timers ticking, microwaves beeping, steam rising... in short, dyer chaos, and a lot of fun!

I had just mixed up four dyes - three were meant for my roasting pans, and the dark teal you see in the skein photo above to go into a kettle dye for a tonal yarn. I got my dyes confused, grabbed the dark teal and poured it in into the end of the roasting pan directly onto yarn, instead of into the kettle it was meant for. I realized my error at once.

Yes, I gasped. Suddenly there was dark teal all over one end of yarn meant for other colors, and no plans to make anything like this. What to do? Improvise of course! I set the teal in my stove, then picked two other colors and scribbled them onto the remaining white end. I chose a chartreuse and a periwinkle. Again, things didn't go quite as I imagined, and the chartreuse struck brighter and harsher than the more subtle tones I had anticipated. All the colors applied were still within the same color family, just with more contrast than I'd intended.

Washed and dried, I found I LOVED this "mistake" but found myself at a loss for a clever name. I twisted up a skein and ran out to my husband working on his motorcycle in the garage.

"What does this remind you of?" I yelled over the Ramones din from his beat up shop radio.

He's grown used to these bizarre interruptions from me. "Looks like alien blood."

Perfect!  He got a kiss, I got a new colorway in my catalog, and you got "Bleeding Aliens!"