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Are you on Etsy?
I am on Etsy at dyeabolicalyarns.etsy.com. All of my dyed-to-order colorways are available on both websites, along with a selection of notions, but all of my in-stock/ready-to-ship yarns and fibers stay on Etsy, where my business has lived for over 10 years.
When are your shop updates?
The majority of my yarns and fibers on this site are dyed-to-order. I always add extra skeins to any dye lot that is less than full. These extra skeins are put aside for Etsy updates 2-3 times per month. These updates are generally made on Etsy and are usually not announced in advance, so check back frequently. Larger updates are usually announced in the Facebook group.
Can I special order a retired or custom colorway?
Usually, yes. Some colors that have been retired can still be dyed if you are willing to buy the whole dye lot, usually 2-3 skeins depending on the base yarn. I am also happy to consider custom colors if the full dye lot is being purchased. Use the "Contact Us" links at the bottom of the page to contact me about your special order.
Why do different yarns have the same name?
I will often use the same set of dyes in a variety of different ways--hand painting, kettle dyeing, self striping, or as "deconstructed" sets. I use the same colorway name when I dye using the same colors, even if the technique is different. Pictured below, Katatomic as a variegated yarn, Watercolor Stripes, min skein set, and as spinning fiber.
Variegated? Watercolor Stripes? Kettle Dyed? What do all these terms mean?
Semisolid: A mostly solid color with some very light tonal variations.
Tonal: Not quite solid, but not wildly variegated. There are stronger color shifts than in a semisolid colors, but all of the hues tend to be in the same family.
Variegated, aka Short-Repeat Variegated: The color changes every few inches. The full color repeat is short, usually between 1.5 - 3 yards. Variegated yarns are sometimes called kettle dyed, space dyed, or pooling colorways. Variegated colorways may produce fraternal socks and mitts, rather than identical. Many of my Variegated colorways can also be dyed as Watercolor Stripes.
Self-Striping, aka Long-Repeat Variegated: The color changes every few feet to few yards. The full color repeat is longer, usually every 10 - 30 yards. This will knit in to stripes in small circumference projects, such as socks and mittens.
Watercolor Stripes: My version of self-striping yarns. The stripes are more semisolid in nature with gentler color transitions. Many of my Variegated colorways serve as inspiration for my self-striping colorways. All of my Watercolor Stripes skeins come split in to 2 matching skeins to make it easier to make identical socks, mitts, sleeves, etc.
Where is your color card?
All of my currently available Dyed-to-Order colors can be found on my website. The listings may occasionally sell out or be deactivated so that I may catch up on custom orders, take time off, or so that I can make room for new colorways.How should I wash my project?
Hand wash in cool water using an unscented wool wash for best results.
A note about multicolor projects, bleeding yarns, crocking, and pre-washing yarns.
All of the dyes that I use are washfast to a minimum of 104°F. They are given two post-dye baths to ensure that the dye is set, including one bath in unscented wool wash. Your yarn should not fade or back dye when washed according to the directions.
To best preserve your colors, hand wash in cool water with an unscented wool wash. You do not need to add vinegar or citric acid, but wool loves an acid environment. If you have especially hard water or very alkaline water then you may want to add a glug of vinegar to your wash and rinse baths. Some scented wool washes use fragrances prepared with solvents or alcohols and that can cause the dye bonds to break which results in slight bleeding. Be aware when washing multi-color projects.
I heard on a podcast that you should re-set the dyes on hand dyed yarns.
As a knitter, I do not prewash yarn (mine or any other brand) before knitting unless I have some indication that it may badly bleed in a multi-color project. I strongly encourage you to make a swatch for any multi-color project (again, my brand or any other brand) and wash that swatch the same way you would wash the finished project.
It is normal with some colors to occasionally have a very light tint to your first few washes. This is normal especially for saturated greens, reds, and any blue/green/gray color that may contain turquoise dye as a component. However, if you receive a yarn that is truly bleeding (rivers of dye in the water, obvious color loss to the yarn itself) then please contact me ASAP. I check all of my skeins but if something slipped through the cracks then I'd like to know about it and make it right.
Can I cancel/exchange my order?
If you are unhappy with the item you receive then please contact me within 3 days so that I can give you instructions on exchanging it. Knitting needles are not accepted back for exchange. Unfortunately, I can no longer accept cancellations on dyed-to-order items or provide cash refunds. I am happy to issue store credit.
I live in the area. Can I visit the studio/pick up my order?
My studio is located in my home and closed to the public. I vend at a few shows a year in the St. Louis, MO and surrounding areas so local customers can shop in person. Those shows will be announced once they are scheduled.
What are your wholesale terms?
It makes me sad, but there is a limit to how much work I can do by myself in my home studio. I no longer offer regular wholesale discounts to shops. However, I am happy to take on the occasional yarn club, special shop colorway, trunk show, or special event project.
What is your podcast called?
I host an audio podcast called Knit. Dye. Read. Although I do talk about Dyeabolical and related topics, Knit. Dye. Read. is primarily a personal podcast about what I'm knitting, what I'm reading, and what I am thinking about. There is no set recording schedule.