DyeMonkeyYarns

Hand & Kettle Dyed Sock, Shawl and Sweater Wool Yarns

New Mexico, United States · 179 Sales

DyeMonkeyYarns

Hand & Kettle Dyed Sock, Shawl and Sweater Wool Yarns

New Mexico, United States 179 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement   CUSTOM ORDERS AVAILABLE - Visit my blog at DyeMonkeyYarns.blogspot.com where I will be announcing all things yarny including new products, Etsy shop updates, yarn sales and clubs, as well as pattern releases that feature my yarns.

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Last updated on May 31, 2016

CUSTOM ORDERS AVAILABLE - Visit my blog at DyeMonkeyYarns.blogspot.com where I will be announcing all things yarny including new products, Etsy shop updates, yarn sales and clubs, as well as pattern releases that feature my yarns.

Jessica L'Heureux

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The search is finally over... At last: THE Red. And, it's on a silk blend. That's right. Shiney red.
All the colors of an adventure in a fairytale... Gorgeous gemstone tones all speckled and wonderful.
This is my absolutely favorite colorway. It's not a surprise this one sails off the shelf. So many wonderful watery tones.
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About

Curiosity and Dyer Consequences

In which I tell you a little bit about how this began...

I've always been fascinated by hand dyed and hand painted yarns. I remember feeling like a kid in a candy store the first time I walked into an actual yarn store (not a craft store, but an actual fiber retailer) and discovered all the gorgeous yarns. I didn't know much about knitting back then, but I knew I was in love, and I knew I wanted to work with these jewels. Consequently, I bought a lot of cheap, mass production yarn and "got my needle on". I focused on skill development and worked my courage up to attempting projects with these masterpieces.

Once I understood more about both knitting and yarns, and had done a few projects with "the fancy stuff," I was introduced to the existence of the independent dyers. Somehow it didn't occur to me that yarn could come from anywhere other than some mass factory. I quickly became aware of the distinct differences between mass produced "hand painted" yarns and indie produced hand painted yarns. The really beautiful yarns varied from skein to skein - each a work of art into themselves. These were made with love, and I wanted to draw attention to these artists. I began a series of blog interviews I called Dyer Moments.

Ever since I did my very first blog interview with indie dyer Shannon Shaw back in December 2011, I've wanted to become an indie-dyer myself and offer my own line of colors. Shannon (with whom I've become fast friends, and from whom I've bought an amazing amount of yardage) and the subsequent population of dyers I interviewed were such inspiring individuals, so full of amazing creativity and passion, that I immediately felt at home with them and the idea of doing this myself.

I spent a lot of time experimenting and studying various techniques and materials. I discovered that one of my favorite techniques was dye-breaking, in which you actively do everything wrong so that the elements of the dyes that were blended to make a dye the color you were sold separate back into their parts and leave a fireworks display of color on your yarn, rather than the blended, packaged tone. I played with this technique extensively and even taught a "Breaking Bad / Breaking Good" yarn dyeing class here in Albuquerque. I loved teaching these classes; they were always fun and students left with their own beautiful creations and a sense of pride that they made it themselves.

And still, I didn't start my own company. Partly because I doubt myself, and partly out of respect and fear that I'd encroach on the businesses of my friends. Oddly enough, they had no fear of this.

Shannon who owns Supernatural Yarns has been one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. She helped me realize that this is ART and that every indie dyer has their own style, taste, ideas, and techniques. We an all work with the exact same materials and tools and end up with completely different products.

And consequently, I'm trying my hand at being an indie dyer. I hope you'll join me in this journey. Ask me questions, make comments, or simply sit back and enjoy.

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  • Jessica L'Heureux

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    I enjoy creating knitwear patterns and dyeing yarn. I live in sunny New Mexico with my husband John, our two dogs and three chickens. More information can be found on my website at www.dyemonkeyyarns.com.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 9, 2016
Dye Monkey Yarns is dedicated to providing high quality hand painted and kettle dyed yarns in unique colorways. I believe yarn should be a pleasure to both the hand and eye. Please message me if you have color concerns. I will match it to the closest CMYK/RGB/HEX color match for you to compare to at home on your personal color wheel/color tool at your request.

I'm more than happy to work with you to create a custom order. If you have a color in mind you'd like developed, or you see a colorway you'd like dyed to a different base, or you're simply looking for a larger quantity for a specific project, please don't hesitate to contact me. It will be my pleasure to work with you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Dye Monkey Yarns accepts Etsy direct checkout.
Shipping
I pride myself on delivering your order as quickly as possible and generally ship within 24-48 hours of your completed purchase. I offer International shipping, with a variety of USPS shipping options to choose from.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you find anything unsatisfactory about my product, I'll happily offer an exchange. Buyer pays return shipping. Please contact me within 15 days of receipt of your product.
Additional policies and FAQs
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I'll be dyeing your yarn on the following bases:

Lace:

Waltz Monkey - 80% Superfine Merino/ 20% Silk 100g/875 yards
Soft, light, and blocks beautifully. Has a slight halo.

Fingering:

HipHop Monkey - 100% Superwash Merino 100g/400yards
Soft, elastic and durable; a gorgeous sock yarn. Equally beautiful for shawls.

Tap Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 100g/463 yards
Soft, elastic and slightly more durable; another gorgeous sock yarn.

Jig Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 20g/93 yards
Mini Skein - same as Tap Monkey, but smaller ;)

Jazz Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon/ 5% Gold Stellina 100g/438 yards
Soft, elastic, slightly more durable and sparkly! Perfect for fancy socks or special shawls.

Disco Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon/ 5% Silver Stellina 100g/438 yards
Soft, elastic, slightly more durable and sparkly! Perfect for fancy socks or special shawls.

Swing Monkey - 80% Blue Faced Leicester/20% Bamboo 100g/437yards
All drape and shine with perhaps a little less elasticity than Merino, but the added benefit of being naturally anti-bacterial. Perfect for socks and family heirlooms alike.

Twist Monkey - 70% Superwash Merino/30% Silk 100g/438 yards
This is a high-twist single with a gorgeous sheen and light halo.
Very fancy - the perfect choice for formal wear, heirlooms, weddings, etc.

Flamenco Monkey - 70% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/10% Cashmere 100g/437 yards
Warm with a luxurious hand.

Worsted:

Tango Monkey - 100% NZ Wool 250g/430yards
Luxurious soft to touch, yet durable, Perfect for "knit-then-felt" projects, hats, bags, sweaters & more.

Salsa Monkey - 100% Merino 100g/220 yards
Soft, durable and felt-able. Perfect for just about anything - this one is a straight up work horse with pleasurable hand.