This Dyer's Best Friend (Don't tell my actual best friends)

Dyeing takes not just effort, but time, and a lot of it. Be it hours or days, it can get difficult to stay on my feet and not hear that little voice in the back of my head that says to just rush through what needs doing. Rushing isn't the answer. Sure, sometimes the answer is to stop for the day/night, and pick up where I left off. That's not always ideal when physically in the middle of dyeing what's already prepped. The answer for me? Not music, which I can tune out after the first few songs and inevitable... Read more


Between work, knitting, and testing new colorways, I feel like my focus is everywhere but in one place. Lots to share, but I won't inundate with everything that's been happening around here. I'll share a couple of things that I think you'll enjoy, like new colorways! ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶ OMG Do I Try, on a new stellina base! Another new colorway, which really surprised me by how much people gravitated to it, is the beginning of a Junkyard series I've planned. The first is called Junkyard Baby, and you can see it here: It reminds me of an old baby doll, partly... Read more


This was originally published in 2010, when Brianna ran The Yarn Side. (Wow, I took awful photos compared to now. Nice to see ways in which we grow, I guess. Ha!) When last I left, we had a coiled bit of dyed roving, waiting for a good steam. You can choose to steam in several ways: steamer basket inside of a pot, inch of water, burner on medium, lid on pot, steam for 30-40 minutes, making sure to add a bit more water if it gets low, but never so much that it touches the fiber. handy steamer bags in... Read more


This was originally published in 2010, when Brianna ran The Yarn Side. (Wow, I took awful photos compared to now. Nice to see ways in which we grow, I guess. Ha!) We left off with the fiber all prepped and our supplies all gathered. We're readying ourselves for part two, where the real fun begins! And, no, I'm not being sarcastic. I really enjoy this next part. It may make me do a dance, not unlike the one that Tom Cruise does at the end of Tropic Thunder. Now that I've given away a trade secret of my own, let's... Read more


This was originally published in 2010, when Brianna ran The Yarn Side. (Wow, I took awful photos compared to now. Nice to see ways in which we grow, I guess. Ha!) I had previously discussed the idea of documenting my painting/dyeing some yarn. The mood struck, however, when I was prepping to dye some roving to send to a friend who promised to spin it up for me. There will be three parts to this series, and hopefully, in the not so distant future, we will have photos of the yarn it's become! To get us started, we'll need to... Read more


Previously, I shared works in progress, one of which was the Barley hat by Tin Can Knits. That's been completed, blocked, and now sadly packed away since it's really close to moving time(!). I knit it with my new DK line, called Livy, and it held up beautifully. Really loving how much squish there is, and how quickly the pattern knit up. Barley by @tincanknits. Not blocked, so I'm curious how much it'll grow. Need to weigh how much is left of the skein, but I really enjoyed knitting with the Livy base and the pattern itself. #barley #tincanknits #swoonish... Read more