Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yegads! (an anniversary video and a giveaway)

It's been another year! This is the second anniversary of my little shop and I've decided to mark this one by giving up some "secrets". OK, they weren't all that secret, but it sounds more interesting if I say they were.

The colorway that won the poll was Nebula, but since I had several pots going, I also included the runners up Red Desert and Purple Peacock. This is how the finished colorways look:

From left to right: Nebula, Purple Peacock, Red Desert, and a new colorway as yet unnamed that shows up at the end of the video. These are actual skeins dyed up in the video

I taped several hours of dyeing on Saturday and then clipped it down to a scant 30min. I hope it's interesting; I tried to be succinct but that's never been my strong point! *nibbles fingernails nervously*



And, since this is the first of the month I have a giveaway! I am giving away a skein of the Nebula that I dyed up in the video. I have two skeins that are on the cusp of underweight, hovering right at 100g. So I'm offering one up here and one up in my Ravelry group. Yes, one of these could be yours!

It's the Arctic Hare base, which is a sock/fingering weight yarn with superwash merino/nylon/silk/and real silver for that added glitz. It's very soft and perfect for much more than socks.

To enter this giveaway, just comment here. If you link to this giveaway in any other social networking venues (blog, twitter, FB, etc) mention it in your comment and each will count as another entry. I'll leave this one open through June 7th and select a random winner on June 8th. And yes, as always you can double dip with the Ravelry group to increase your chances as well. Just be sure to check back on June 8th or leave me some way to reach you if you win, Ravelry or twitter username is sufficient.

I'd love to hear what you think about the video and the colorways. These aren't in the shop yet because it's disgustingly, unseasonably hot out, but I hope to take pictures and get them listed before the week is out. I have a bunch of new colorways to go up as well and there's still a bit of a backlog from the winter, so there's plenty to keep my busy.

Keep cool and thanks for a great second year! I have high hopes for Year Three!

41 comments:

Lindsey said...

I'm just now discovering your yarns and am a fledgling dyer - this inspires me. Thank you so much! And congratulations on your shop anniversary!

Chrystee said...

NO GLOVES for the syringes! You are a brave woman :D Your colorways are all gorgeous. Congrats on your success!

OneOfTheHive (Heidi) said...

This was such an informative video (as are all of your other videos)... I really had no idea how much was involved in making a skein of verigated yarn. The way you knotted the skeins and twisted them kind of turned on the lightbuld and I had one of those "OF COURSE!!!" facepalm moments.

I commented to you about it over on Twitter even before I noticed about the contest. Thank you so much for the video... added to my faves!!

Congratulations on the anniversary, and the finished products are BEAUTIFUL!!

Sarah said...

This yarn is gorgeous!!! Congrats on your anniversary! I retweeted @knityorkcity!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I really like your dye methods - I'm also a crockpot dyer, and am always interested to see how others do their immersion dyeing. I haven't ever dyed with the skein twisted, but now I want to try it out!
Congrats on your anniversary, and thanks for sharing!

lorraine said...

congrats!! your yarn came out sooo pretty..i tried my hand at dyeing about a month or so ago using easter egg dyes..so much fun!! raineoc@yahoo.com

kathy b said...

Congratulations and I LOVE RED DESert!!! They are all lovely and worthy though!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Congrats on your anniversary. Beautiful dyed jobs. I really like the Red Desert and the unnamed skein. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Mandii said...

They're all so pretty!!!

ikkinlala said...

Lovely yarn, and an interesting video (I'd love to try dyeing someday, but for now I'm trying really hard to convince myself that I don't need another hobby). Congratulations on your anniversary!

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

That is so cool! This is the first time I've seen the dying process, and I love the peaceful setting in your backyard. The yarn turned out beautifully!!

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty! I want to get into dying some day! What beautiful colors!

My Ravelry name is anywayzhereiam

Sarah Palmero said...

It's always fascinating to watch another fiber artist at work. Completely different from the way I do my colors, but amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Tera Rowe said...

Hope this isn't a double post...my laptop froze up.

I really enjoyed the video....so interesting! I loved all the birds chirping in the back ground. All the colors are just beautiful

Tera
Tera43

AbsolutGillian said...

Giggity-giggity awesome!!! Mama needs that yarn!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating video and beautiful colorways! And the silver adds some nice little twinkly stars, too!

Have you tried cuffing your gloves to keep the hot water from dripping down to your elbows? Just fold down the cuff a couple of inches.

I'm not sure why I'm "Anonymous." I signed in with Google and have my name entered in the settings. And I hope I'm not posting fourteen times because my comments don't seem to be saved. Argh.

bronwyndp on Ravelry

Lindr said...

Always happy to learn things - your video was great. Secrets or not!
(lindaran on Ravelry)

Suzie said...

Great video. I learned so much. I like the red desert color scheme as well as the Nebula.

sockrat on Ravelry said...

Congrats on 2 years! I love the video, I hope you make more, you're very clear & concise. Makes me appreciate the complexities of your colorways even more, & now I want to dye yarn!

pinkundine said...

Wow, what a stunning colourway!

Ivory said...

You're an inspiration to all. Thanks for sharing!

LauraBeth on Ravelry said...

I love the organic nature of the colors. You really capture the multiple colors of red rock and Hubble galaxy photographs. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

this yarn is soo nice! i think the sound volume at the video is a bit low. could you maybe fix it??? hope that helps!

carftink at ravelry

Connie said...

Gorgeous yarn! Thanks for the video - I haven't tried dying yet but it was fun to watch.

greyowl (ravelry id)

cthulhulovesme said...

Oh, neat. I kind of want to scrounge around in thrift stores looking for crock pots now. I really like the as-yet-unnamed colorway, too.

TJJ said...

As always, just lovely yarn. Thanks again for sharing this video with us and congrats on 2 years!

Sarah said...

Nebula is an awesome colorway!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I just discovered your blog and your yarns are really interesting! I'd love to work with them.

Erin said...

your yarns are so great. Such saturated colour!

ladysisyphus said...

Oh, dang! That was really cool! I mean, from just looking at the yarn, I suspected some sort of witchcraft was involved. BUT IT'S SCIENCE!

I love Nebula so much; that one wrap I made for my mother with it turned out incredible.

I'd like to see some of the other things you alluded to doing with the dyes -- out of curiosity, mostly, since I'm hardly set up to dye things. But I can't think of anything that would have made that explanation clearer or more awesome! SCIENCE!

jcoz1701 said...

Love the yarn! Great colors!

Irisha said...

I liked Nebula just from the Etsy shop. Now, when I know how much work you put in it, I feel it is a really precious yarn. Thank you for the video!
I was a little nervous to see you dipping pretty colors in ... black. But it works! Works beautifully!

Andrea said...

That yarn looks so yummy! The colour is beautiful (and I really like the name). Considered me entered!

Rebecca said...

Hooray! Happy birthday, shop!

I enjoy learning about How Things I Like Came To Be, so this video is fascinating to me.

rinebird said...

Happy shop anniversary.I love the dye process thanks for sharing.Love Nebula & Red Desert
rinebird@gmail dot come

Anonymous said...

Go djinnj go!

rogue1 (my google account is locking up)

Amalia said...

Ooohh! Giveaway! I saw the notice while watching your dying video on youtube. I love my Sand & Sky, I would love love LOVE to own more dyed by you.

amaliashh [at] gmail.com

Stefanie said...

This is so inspiring! I just found your video on youtube and I have to say that it's amazing. You have such beautiful color combinations too.

Danielle H. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! The yarn is gorgeous. I just bought three skeins from you tonight!

strawberry_kid said...

What a neat colorway! I can't wait to see it knitted up.

Andrea said...

Hi Dale, I sent you an e-mail through your blogger profile. If you don't get it then you can contact me andrea.brightside [@] gmail.com. Thanks so much!