I'm behind in sharing this on the blog–oops! Friends of mine (the lovely hosts of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast) asked me to do a mystery fiber club for them, so that they can explore colors and fibers outside of their comfort zone. I decided to play along, since it would allow me my own opportunity to explore fibers I haven't dyed before. The first installment was in February, which you can see below. February 2016 - The Ama Pearl Divers The fiber I chose for them was a blend of superwash merino, bamboo, and nylon. This was a specific blend... Read more →

Long story short: a puppy joined the family! He's a rescue puppy, who was named Wyatt by his foster mother. I refuse to have an animal named after a Charmed character (the whole litter of puppies were named after Charmed characters; no, thank you). After playing the alphabet game on the 2.5 hour drive home with him, Caryn and I settled on Asher. Ash. Ash-face. Ash-hat. Ash-hole. Hey you. Here's the fierce creature, working on strengthening his teeth and jaws on some stick that had it coming. Look at that evil glare! Fear the tiny cute thing with an insatiable... Read more →

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 →