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    10th Anniversary Giveaway and Special Colors

    10th Anniversary Giveaway and Special Colors

    Dyeabolical turns 10 years old on March 7, and I could not have done it without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to everyone who has supported Dyeabolical for the last 10 years. Your support means everything to me.

    YOU ARE THE BEST.

    You really are. You are pretty great and I'm so glad we are friends. Big hearts for you.

     Now let’s get this party started, shall we?

    LET ME GIVE YOU SOME STUFF, OK?

    10 winners will be chosen to win one of the following prizes.

    • A set of 6 digital row counters in a rainbow of colors
    • A Dyeabolical® gauge ruler and needle sizer
    • A set of Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers
    • A pair of sock needles in your size and 1 hank of Dyeabolical® sock yarn
    • A hank of the 10th Anniversary colorway “Tenth”
    • A cake of Dyeabolical® Gradients on the Lovely base
    • A hank of Watercolor Stripes self-striping sock yarn
    • A set of 8 Heels & Toes mini skeins in assorted Dyeabolical® base yarns and colors
    • A shawl kit including 2 skeins of Tenacious Sock in coordinating colors, plus a digital copy of the Shawl Seduction pattern by Kelene Kinnersly
    • A sweaters worth of yarn! 4 skeins of yarn on the Targhee Sock base (90% superwash targhee wool/10% nylon; 100 grams/380 yards) dyed in your choice of color

    HOW TO ENTER:

    • Post a photo to this Ravelry thread of a project that you have made with Dyeabolical® yarn or fiber. Only one project per post, please. The project must be completed – ends woven in, blocked if it is a project that you would normally block, etc.
    • For a bonus entry, post the same photo to your Instagram account. Tag the project with #dyeabolicalgiveaway. You must follow @dyeabolicalyarn to be eligible for an entry. If you have a private Instagram account, please send me a direct message on Instagram with a screenshot of your entry. Here is more information about sending a photo via direct messaging.

     RULES:

    • Contest ends March 30. The projects can have been started at any time, but must be completed and posted to the thread and/or Instagram before March 30. I have several skeins and braids ready to ship in the In-Stock areas of my website and Etsy shop for anyone who wants to make something new before the deadline.
    • Are some of your finished project photos pre-Ravelry? That's ok! The pictures don't have to be big or fancy.
    • Spinning counts! If you made a finished skein of yarn from a Dyeabolical® fiber then that counts as a finished project. Did you then knit/crochet/weave that hand spun in to a finished project? That counts twice! Just enter a picture of the finished yarn in a separate post from the finished item.
    • I will post a list of winners one week after the contest ends and earburn all of the winners. Winners have until the end of April to claim their prize. If a winner does not claim their prize then a runner up will be chosen.
    • Each project can count for 2 entries – 1 entry on Instagram and 1 entry on Ravelry. Multiple projects may be entered in separate posts.
    • A project is a something that stands on its own in its finished form—a scarf, a sweater, a pair of socks if you would normally wear two socks, a full skein of hand spun, etc. Partial projects such as blanket squares, single socks suffering from single sock syndrome, and hand spun mini skeins do not count.
    • Each project must be finished. Ends woven in, blocked if it needs blocking, buttons sewn on, etc.
    • Projects must be made entirely from Dyeabolical® yarns or fibers.
    • I am manually keeping track of all entries and will use a random name generator to pull the prizes. I will update this list of eligible entries weekly. If your entries are missing from the list then please PM me on Ravelry.
    • This giveaway is sponsored solely by Dyeabolical®. It is in no way sponsored by Instagram or Ravelry. Shawl Seduction pattern provided by Kelene Kinnersly.

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    Special anniversary colors

    I have a few special yarns in stock for the 10th anniversary. The first is the 10th Anniversary color that will be available all year. It is a speckled/variegated mashup of gray, orange, pink, and black and it is called "Tenth". It’s wild and I love it. It is available as a dyed-to-order option or there are still a few skeins left ready to ship. Tenth will be available for the rest of 2017.

    For the next several weeks I will be offering a limited number of skeins of my retired Themyscira colorway dyed as a gradient. It will be available as matching sock sets or as a full size gradient. Like my other gradient colors, Themyscira Gradient will not be available as a dyed-to-order option, so check the shop or Etsy frequently for updates.

     

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    Shop Update on Website and Etsy

    Hello!

    I will be doing a shop update both here and in my Etsy shop at 10am this Friday, February 24. There will be gradient yarns, semi solid yarns, and variegated yarns in the update. Among the colors listed will be a few skeins each of the new Golden Girls-inspired colors and my 10th Anniversary Color, Tenth.

    But, Rachel, did you not just say that shop updates would be almost exclusively on the website? And that the Etsy shop would mostly be only sale yarns and one of a kind colors? Did you not recently tell the podcast that gradient yarns were website exclusive?

    I did. I did. I did. Here's the thing. My website uses the Shopify platform. Recently Shopify has come under scrutiny for continuing to host the Brietbart shop. There is a campaign called #deleteshopify which encourages shop owners to delete their shops off of Shopify. You can read more about the boycott here and here.

    I respect and support the decision to speak with your dollars. All of my dyed-to-order yarns, some in-stock yarns, and most of the notions can also be found in my Etsy shop if you would like to shop there instead. Starting with this Friday's update, I will start splitting shop updates between the two sites, as well. This includes gradient colors which previously were website only. It's an awkward solution, but it is the only thing I can think of doing for now.

    I am not sure yet what I am going to do long term, if anything. There is a lot to consider. It isn't as easy as changing a URL. Dyeabolical lives on this platform. We just moved in to this neighborhood, so to speak. I like this platform a lot. It took months of work and hundreds of dollars to get this new website going. My hope is that Shopify changes its position on hosting websites that support hate. If that doesn't happen then I will likely be investigating alternative options. Until that time, I will be reading, thinking, talking to other shop owners, and trying to solidify my position and feelings on this topic.

    New Colors!

    New Colors

    I have added 5 new colors to the shop. They are available as dyed-to-order on any of our bases. The Caterpillar is a denim blue with garden green highlights. Ever After is a semisolid royal purple. Zombie Shuffle is a gray-green semisolid with blue gray speckles. Lobster Quadrille is a semisolid reddish-orange. Back in the Saddle Again is a golden brown semisolid. For my Alice in Wonderland fans, The Caterpillar and Lobster Quadrille are both Wonderland inspired! 

    Changes to Super Ego, Id Squishy, Super Bulky, and Sturdy

    Hello! Happy new year!

    We are kicking off 2017 with some updates to the base yarns we offer. Occasionally, more often than I'd like, mills and distributors change their yarn bases and we have to drop some of our favorite yarns. Over the last few months we've had a few such changes.

    The two major announcements pertain to Sturdy and Super Ego.

    The original Sturdy Sock is being sourced from a new vendor now. It is a 3-ply instead of a 4-ply and the yardage is slightly less per skein at 380 yards. The fiber content is the same 75% non-merino washable wool (superwash corriedale) and 25% nylon. It has a very slight halo when compared to the original Sturdy Sock yarn. It is a little bit softer, however, and still has a great reputation for being long wearing.

    Super Ego (100% superwash merino light sport weight) is being discontinued by our distributor. As of right now I still have stock in Super Ego and can get more, but I don't know when that will change. When there is no more Super Ego Merino left in stock, the line will be replaced with Super Ego BFL. This yarn is identical in every way to the original Super Ego except it is a superwash Blue Faced Leicester fiber and not a superwash merino. I have Super Ego BFL in stock right now if you have a preference for one over the other. Once the Super Ego Merino sells out all orders for Super Ego will be filled with Super Ego BFL.

    So what is Blue Faced Leicester? BFL is a long wool fiber that is hard wearing while remaining next to the skin soft. It has a high luster and good drape. It is good for garments, socks, outer garments, and accessories. Dyes strike slower on BFL when compared to merino so the color will be a little bit more even in the skein when compared to a merino semi-solid. The two skeins pictured came out of the same dye pot. The Super Ego Merino is on the right; The Super Ego BFL is on the left.

    Id Squishy (the sport weight non-merino, non-superwash singles yarn) will no longer be carried. There are several skeins left in the sale yarns listed in the Etsy shop.

    Super Bulky will no longer be a regularly stocked base, but I can special order it. 

    That's all for now! Over the next few months I will be debuting a few new colors, attending the Knitting Pipline Retreat (will I see you there?), and releasing the 10th Anniversary colorway.

    You can find me most often on Instagram and small shop updates on Facebook. Sign up for the newsletter below for notifications on big shop updates and shop news.

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    Hello!

    Welcome to the new Dyeabolical website. Please feel free to click around and see what's new. In addition to a more streamlined look and an updated shopping cart, there is also the ability to shop by color from the Products side bar and a more robust search engine. And the best feature, in my opinion, is that you will no longer need a coupon code for free U.S. shipping over $50 when you check out through this website. (Note: You will still need the coupon code if you buy through my Etsy site.)

    There are a few minor changes that you should know about.

    • I will be phasing out the wood background that designates the in-stock items. It worked well on Etsy for at-a-glance shopping, but this website will let you more easily filter in stock from dyed to order. As always, every listing will be clearly notated.
    • My Etsy shop will remain open, but distinct. Previously, the two sites were tied together and had identical inventory. Now the Dyed-to-Order colorways are available in both places, but the In-Stock items will be different. If you would like to combine orders from the same day just let me know and I can take care of that for you.
    • This is the new Dyeabolical blog. You can read the updates here on the website or add this url to a feed reader such as Feedly.
    • The Knit. Dye. Read. podcast now has its own separate blog.This will also be where I post about personal projects, books, etc. 
    • There is a new FAQ.

    I hope you enjoy the new offerings.

     -Rachel

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