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!"