August 8 Yarn Update: So Many Bases!

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Hi,

Look – new stuff!! Enjoy!!!

An’ if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link to our Indiegogo Studio Build Fund:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-build-indigodragonfly-studio/x/2094775

We’ve added a few new goodies to sweeten the pot & stir up some fine-feather’d interest, along with the original sweetness! Were close to our original goal, but the actual cost is about 5x the goal, so more means less from the bank & lenders!! And if you have already contributed, Mucho Thanx & link this to all yer knitterly friends!!

And one more thing: for today’s sale goodness, if they’re ordered and paid for by noon Saturday (Aug. 10), they can be included in the August Smart-Ass Club packages!!

Okay, GO!!!

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Ordering is simple:
1) send us an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca. Tell us what you’d like to order (which yarn base, what colourway, how many skeins) and where you live (so we can calculate shipping)

2) We will email you a Paypal invoice, which can be paid with a Paypal account or a credit card.

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One Lost Sock: 100% Superwash single Merino, 393m/430yds, 115g, $25 per skein

Blink, Edith, Blink! (Doctor Who vs. Downton Abbey series)

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8 Skeins Available

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MCN Sock: 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 400 yds, 115 g – $32

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

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Sold Out!

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair! (Scott Pilgrim series)

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4 Skeins Available

20,000 Lawyers Under The Sea

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Sold Out!

And Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End.

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3 Skeins Available

Claws Don’t Kill People, People…Oh Wait, Claws Do Kill People. (Fake Wolverine Quote series)

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Sold Out!

Unemployed? In Greenland? (The Princess Bride series)

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Sold Out!

Polite Loner

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Sold Out!

Sargasm

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Sold Out!

Safety Pin Or Safety Pint: Discuss.

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3 Skeins Available

Blast Femur (Special Edition)

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Sold Out!

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Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $25

Sonic F@#$ing Death Monkey! (High Fidelity series)

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1 Skein Available

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair! (Scott Pilgrim series)

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1 Skein Available

Don’t Worry; That Capasan-38 Engine Is Like Gold! (Fake Firefly Quote series)

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Sold Out!

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya – Buffy series)

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Sold Out!

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Merino Nylon Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon, 2 ply sock yarn – 375 yds/100g skein – $25

Safety Pin Or Safety Pint: Discuss.

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1 Skein Available

The Impenetrable Apricot Forcefield

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Sold Out!

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MCN Sport: 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 250 yds, 115g – $32 

Claws Don’t Kill People, People…Oh Wait, Claws Do Kill People. (Fake Wolverine Quote series)

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3 Skeins Available

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OctoBaa: 100% 8-Ply Superwash Merino, 270 yds, 100g, $29

Don’t Worry; That Capasan-38 Engine Is Like Gold! (Fake Firefly Quote series)

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2 Skeins Available

Why Does Every Day Involve A Fight With A Gallifreyan? (Doctor Who vs. Downton Abbey series)

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1 Skein Available

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya – Buffy series)

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2 Skeins Available

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Merino Single Lace: 100% Superwash Merino, single ply – 800 yds per 115 g skein – $26

Only, The Exact Phrase I Used Was, “Don’t.” (Inara – Firefly series)

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2 Skeins Available

The Pursuit Of Meh.

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Sold Out!

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Polwarth Silk:  85% Polwarth Wool/15% Silk, 675 yds per 250 g. – $60 per skein

Why Does Every Day Involve A Fight With A Gallifreyan? (Doctor Who vs. Downton Abbey series)

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3 Skeins Available (from l.-r: 1 light, 2 medium)

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy – Buffy series)

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1 Skein Available

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Sad Lester DK: 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 225m/246 yds, 100g, $29 each

TARDIS (Doctor Who series)

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1 Skein Available

Don’t Worry; This Capasan-38 Engine Is Like Gold! (Fake Firefly Quote series) 

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1 Skein Available

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya – Buffy series)

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1 Skein Available

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MCS Sock: 75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk – 400 yds per 115 g – $32

Streets Of Fire 2: Why?? (Special Edition)

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Sold Out!

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MCN Lace: 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 630 yds, 115 g skein – $32

Blue Rinse Group (Special Edition)

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6 Skeins Available

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Sad Lester Sock: 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 393m/430yds, 100g, $29 per skein

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya – Buffy series)

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1 Skein Available

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Merino Silk DK: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk, 220 yds, 100g, $32

Blue Rinse Group (Special Edition)

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3 Skeins Available

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DK Cashmere: 100% Long Staple Cashmere – 120 yds/50g – $28 per skein

Bright Lights Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

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Sold Out!

Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School. (Lorne – Angel series)

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Sold Out!

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Email orders to: orders@indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders. Let us know: 1) what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation). A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario). Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). Please Note: Once an order has been placed, payment is due within 48 hours of the invoice being sent. If payment is not received within this time frame, the order will be canceled and the stock will be returned to the General Inventory.

More Studio Build stuff!

From the Desk of Finer Things & Literary Goodness:

Just a quick post: we’ve gone through our List O’ Goodies up fer grabs on our Indiegogo Studio Build page and have decided to up the ante. There’s now three new levels of yarn discounts, an upgrade of the Minion For A Day package, and an all-new, exclusive Fibre Club for the spinner in you!

And as an even more added bonus, for any of you fine folks who plunk down yon donations received between today (Aug. 7) and Friday (Aug. 9), you will receive along with your bounty a staggeringly-beautiful autographed copy of Atlas Sneezed, my latest collection of poetry!

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Also, there will be a Yarn Update tomorrow (Aug. 8) at 2 p.m. E.S.T. – be there or be blanket square!

Okay, that’s it for now. Go be awesome!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-build-indigodragonfly-studio/x/2094775

Smart-Ass Knitters: June 2013

The Yarn:

Filament o’ Squid, a new Merino/Seacell blend in Squalor Amongst the Ankles

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I was thinking about my childhood summer memories.  Playing hide and seek in sun-bleached fields of long grass.

Ron, on the other hand:

Some body parts are pretty. Some body parts are functional.
And then, there’s the Ankle.
The Ankle: The Zircon of the Gem World.
The Ankle: The French Fry of International Cuisine.
The Ankle: The Frisbee Golf of Sports.
Isn’t it about time the Ankle was given its due?
Squalor Amongst The Ankles. Feel the love!

The Designers:

This year the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club is offering 2 patterns with every Club package.

Incipient by Melissa Lemmons
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I love all the details in these socks.  The leaves and vines climbing up the leg. The way the design flows down onto the foot. And this sole detail:

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And these are charted for 4 sizes!

Melissa’s Designer page on Ravelry

 

Lonicera by Sarah Wilson/The Sexy Knitter

Sarah took on the challenge of making this cowl adaptable to all seasons and climates and really stretched the possibilities of this yarn. There are 4 sizes in total, some using the yarn single stranded and some double stranded, so depending on your wardrobe needs, you can make this everything from a quick winter knit to a light summer shoulder wrap.

Sarah’s Facebook page
Sarah’s Designer page on Ravelry

Both these patterns will be available for sale directly from the designers in December 2013.

Stained Fingers…and Possibly Toes

This week was the first session of our Stained Fingers Dye Camp. Four days of playing with colour and fibre. Exploring a wide range of dyeing techniques.

Day by day and hour by hour gaining more skill and confidence. Changing and challenging perception of “mistakes” and “wrong”. Turning “meh” to LOVE. This may be code. Or not. Occasional maniacal laughter… IMG_1502 Stained fingers and toes: And new fashion accessories… DSC_0015 So how much yarn and fibre can these women dye in 4 days? About this much: DSC_0038 Kind of makes you want to do this, doesn’t it?

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Yarn Update July 24 – Ever Et From The Chum Bucket, Billy??

Hiya!

Yarn!!

Nine Bases!!!

71 Skeins (well, to start…)!!!!

Dig In!!!!!

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Ordering is simple:
1) send us an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca. Tell us what you’d like to order (which yarn base, what colourway, how many skeins) and where you live (so we can calculate shipping)

2) We will email you a Paypal invoice, which can be paid with a Paypal account or a credit card.

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One Lost Sock: 100% Superwash single Merino, 393m/430yds, 115g, $25 per skein

Jacques Cousteau, Nautilus Rassler

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Sold Out!

Vampyre Bib D’Lobstre (Buttery Buttery Special Edition)

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Sold Out!

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Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $25

People Are Particularly Stupid; I Cannot Speak To Any More Of Them. (Gilmore Girls series)

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2 Skeins Available

Daleks Don’t Give Out Pink Slips. (Doctor Who series)

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2 Skeins Available

Sargasm

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Sold Out!

Slutty Thursday Afternoon Things (Gilmore Girls series)

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Sold Out!

Tweety Of Versailles

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2 Skeins Available

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy – Buffy series)

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2 Skeins Available

Don’t Wear This On Star Trek

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2 Skeins Available

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Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk – 430 yards per skein – 100 g – $32

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair! (Scott Pilgrim series)

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1 Skein Available

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy – Buffy series)

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2 Skeins Available

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Merino Nylon Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon, 2 ply sock yarn – 375 yds/100g skein – $25

As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.

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2 Skeins Available

Don’t Wear This On Star Trek

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3 Skeins Available

People Are Particularly Stupid; I Cannot Speak To Any More Of Them. (Gilmore Girls series)

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2 Skeins Available

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Sad Lester DK: 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 225m/246 yds, 100g, $29 each

As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.

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1 Skein Available

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Merino Single Lace: 100% superwash merino, single ply – 800 yds per 115 g skein – $26

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy – Buffy series)

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3 Skeins Available

Don’t Blink. (Doctor Who series)

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2 Skeins Available

Paging Dr. Smart-Ass

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2 Skeins Available

TARDIS (Doctor Who series)

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1 Skein Available

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MCN Sock: 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon 400 yds, 115 g – $32

Verdant Ernie (Special Edition)

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4 Skeins Available

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Ultra MCN Sock: 70% merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon blend – 400 yards per skein – 115 g – $32

Where’s The Regenerate Switch In This Convertible? (Matthew – Doctor Who vs. Downton Abbey series)

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1 Skein Available

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Email orders to: orders@indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders. Let us know: 1) what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation). A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario). Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). Please Note: Once an order has been placed, payment is due within 48 hours of the invoice being sent. If payment is not received within this time frame, the order will be canceled and the stock will be returned to the General Inventory.

4th Annual Highlands Fibre Fling!!!

Hi…

…and yea the wild green of the forests will open up, trees bending to our will, tulted aside by the sheer weight of fibre-y hubris and multitudinous hordes, rending atwixt the failing sods and voiding the very sky, the deepest Godz weeping in arcane tongues their megatudinal sorrow at being excluded from the surface orgy of ecstasticness, and the hills mummer’d in veiled attempts to roll a-down and join in the festive grandeur, so exquisite in their sublimity, and gravity herself being fragmented in a futile attempt to…but I digress. Um, where was I?

Oh yes,

On Saturday August 17, indigodragonfly Studios is holding its 4th annual Highlands Fibre Fling! An Open House & Yarn Sale, doors will be flung akimbo and you – yes you – are invited to partake in the days activities!

There will be yarn a-skeined, knitters a-knittin’, more yarn, dyeing demos, still more yarn, some hot baseball bat on piñata action, even more yarn, bbq, and if the rumours are true, there will be yarn!

Doors will open from 11 a.m. (we like our sleep, and it is a weekend day) until 4 p.m. We are at 1932 Kennisis Lake Road, just outside of West Guilford, approx. 10 minutes from Haliburton ON. For more detailed directions & event details, you can email Ron at: orders@indigodragonfly.ca

Here’s a shot of knitterly mayhem from the 2nd Annual Fling:

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Please Note: the smoke is from a barbecue, not from some ritual sacrifice of Acrylic yarn…

Show up! Bring a chair, yer knitting, spinning wheels, an’ Enjoy!

See ya there….

The Yarn of Your People: Part 2

Last month our friends at Shall We Knit hosted a wedding shower/fundraiser for the indigodragonfly Studio  as part of their Worldwide Knit in Public festivities. As part of that event, we auctioned off naming and colour design rights and dyed their yarn at the event.  

Rocky Mountain High

Ronni’s yarn came next. Now, it’s important to note that not only were we dyeing yarn for a good friend, but um, she and her family came all the way from California to watch.

No pressure.

For Ronni Ron went for deep and dark greys with dusky purple and blue-violet casts to commemorate childhood memories of the Rocky Mountains.

When I was a child of single digit years we lived in Colorado and Wyoming. My parents liked the mountains and my mom had a mania for not staying home on the weekend and for going out and doing things but there’s not a lot to do there so we used to go up to them from the high plains part of the state where we lived nearly every weekend when the weather was good. I however, had terrible trouble with my eustachian tubes and my ears not popping easily so every weekend I would be sitting in the back seat in tears from the pain of the differential pressure until they popped. I had to keep my tears silent though because it wasn’t nice to ruin mom’s outing by fussing. So I chewed a lot of gum (which my mum otherwise refused to let me have because chewing gum was a “nasty” habit) and suffered. And it is certainly true that when they finally did pop once we were at whatever altitude we were stopping at for the day I enjoyed the mountains as much as the next person. Yet, now that I am a mommy I can’t imagine making my kid go through that. I’d have found a baby sitter and left her at home or something. But I am glad I did get to go in some ways because it was beautiful there.

Layers and layers….

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Don’t worry mom, I know what I am doing, hydrogen is safe.

And finally, Russ and his…well, I’ll let him tell it…

I don’t know what colors one would associate with blowing up a basement. I was a freshman in high school and a geek before it was cool. for a science project, I made hydrogen, by soaking steel wool in vinegar. I tested it’s popping power by running a current through some other steel wool in a small cylinder of hydrogen. Getting bored with this, one day I made a small torch by burning hydrogen directly on the tube. The flame jumped through the tube into the gallon jug right by my head. After the explosion, My mom said her ears were ringing upstairs. Dust flew up from the floor and caught the sunlight in pretty little display. She didn’t say anything to me at the time, though. She just sat in her chair crocheting and chuckling.

…If you can make it work, throw in some yellow orange for the stars I saw as I flew through the air.

This one came with cackling…

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(I hear rumours that someone in the crowd may have said, “I didn’t have a basement.” Seriously, I love you people!)

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Since we had pots and dye, Ron added an extra colour…as one does…

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All skeins have wandered off to new homes and raised a total of $3,110 for our Studio Fund.

Thanks again to M for her photography!

Want to make your own contribution to our Studio Fund? Support our indiegogo campaign right here and share this link widely.

July 18 Yarn Update: Sad Lester, Humpspun & Sea Cell Silk!

Hiya,

We know that no-one out there is interested in Special Edition colourways – right??

That’s what we thought…

As with last week’s Yarn Update, since these are all Special Edition colourways (one-of-a-kind or test pots for future permanent colours), we are asking for a small donation per skein to go towards our Indigodragonfly Studio Build Fund. It can be as little as an extra $1 per skein, though we do suggest a minimum $5 per skein donation. All donations will be acknowledged on our website and in the Studio building itself.

Enjoy!!!

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Ordering is simple:
1) send us an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca. Tell us what you’d like to order (which yarn base, what colourway, how many skeins) and where you live (so we can calculate shipping)

2) We will email you a Paypal invoice, which can be paid with a Paypal account or a credit card.

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First Off: Sad Lester DK!!!!

Sad Lester DK: 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 225m/246 yds, 100g, $29 each

Pattern suggestions:
Rolling Rock by Thea Colman/Baby Cocktails (LOVE the shoulder and back details on this one!)
Rekaviõur by Bristol Ivy (inspired by driftwood? Sold!)

The CBC: It’s Chock Full Of Wayne, Just A Little Bit Of Shuster (Special Edition)

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4 skeins available

Gabe Kotter, The Horshack Whisperer (Special Edition)

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10 Skeins Available

Opossums: What Pine Trees Use As Air Fresheners (Special Edition)

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Sold Out!

Alkoalaholics Eucanonymous (Special Edition)

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2 Skeins Available (Please Note: skeins do not match)

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Next Up: Sea Cell Silk, Sad Lester Sock & Humpspun!!!

Sea Cell Silk: 60% Sea Cell/40% Silk, 585m/640yds, 115g, $35 per Skein

How about Semele by Åsa Ticosa in this base?

Sad Lester Sock: 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 393m/430yds, 100g, $29 per skein

This yarn was made for colour play, like Carina Spencer’s Poison Oak. Or Melanie Berg’s Iszara.

Humpspun: 55% Bombyx Silk/45% Camel, 1490m/1630yds, 100g, $45 (sold out)

Swan’s Wake, from Anne Hanson/Knitspot. Enough said.

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Fonzie Scheme (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk – Sold Out!

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Cupcake (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk - Sold Out!

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Polkaroolette (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk – 1 Skein Available

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Sad Lester Sock – 2 Skeins Available

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CaseyFinëgan: The Fear Of Being Chloroformed And Waking Several Days Later In A “Tickle Trunk” (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk – 2 Skeins Available

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Sad Lester Sock – 2 Skeins Available

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SOLD OUT SKEINS

What Happens In A Solitudinous Impermeable Vacuum Stays In A Solitudinous Impermeable Vacuum (Special Edition)

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SOLD

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Sad Lester Sock – SOLD

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Owl Week: It’s A Bad Week To Be A Field Mouse (Special Edition)

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Sad Lester Sock -SOLD

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Sad Lester Sock: SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Sea Cell Silk – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Sharkupine: Eric Roberts Is Totally On Board! (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk – SOLD

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Sad Lester Sock – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

Baby Back Ribs: The Jenga Of Meat (Special Edition)

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SOLD

The CBC: It’s Chock Full Of Wayne, Just A Little Bit Of Shuster (Special Edition)

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SOLD

Donkey Kong: Because They Couldn’t Get Away With Ass Monkey (Special Edition)

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Sea Cell Silk – SOLD

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Sad Lester Sock – SOLD

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Humpspun – SOLD

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Email orders to: orders@indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders. Let us know: 1) what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation). A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario). Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). Please Note: Once an order has been placed, payment is due within 48 hours of the invoice being sent. If payment is not received within this time frame, the order will be canceled and the stock will be returned to the General Inventory.

The Yarn of Your People: Part 1

Last month our friends at Shall We Knit hosted a wedding shower/fundraiser for the indigodragonfly Studio  as part of their Worldwide Knit in Public festivities. As part of that event, we auctioned off naming and colour design rights and dyed their yarn at the event.  Here’s what happened:

A Calm Quiet Life Together

The first colour idea came from Susan:

I would like to name a colour as a tribute to my husband and call it: “A Calm, Quiet Life Together.” Early in our relationship, he asked me if I thought that we could have such a life together. I foolishly said that I thought it was possible.

Since that time, we had 1 son, 2 late miscarriages, a difficult twin pregnancy (which allowed us to have 2 more wonderful sons), a life-threatening illness for one son and a life threatening illness for my husband, which is currently being managed successfully, but means we live with uncertainty. I am grateful for the life that we have, but it is anything but calm and quiet.

My husband is a painter and this is one of his paintings that I love:

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©S. Newman

And so we set to work:

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And the result:

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This became more than the inspiration for it…with colours fading in and out with each other. Such a warm combination.

Flying Squid: A Specialty

Then it was my turn to dye Chris’s yarn:

The story – My cousin Deb and her husband Bob have been incredibly generous over the years to me, my husband and I as well as numerous other people. I would like to be able in some small way not to repay them but to thank them. Bob did ask for a hat knit with merino and declared it the warmest thing he owned so definitely knit worthy and yarn naming worthy.
A few years ago they were on a cruise and Deb spotted flying squid. Bob got the photo. A friend of his in the scientific community blogged about it and that was picked up by Scientific American. However SA did not credit Bob for the photo which at that time was the first photographic evidence of flying squid. Boo hiss but don’t get mad get creative.
Bob’s business card reads in part “Photographer, Flying Squid a Specialty”

One thing I love about these kinds of colour ways, the ones that don’t have to be consistent or repeatable, is that it’s painting in the dye pot.

And that’s exactly what I did.

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To get this:

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My favourite yarn colours are the ones that shift and change under your fingers as you knit. A touch of green…a little grey…a million subtle shades of blue.

Thank you to M for taking the camera out of my hands and documenting the process.

And yes…there were more.  Come back on Friday for the next round.

Want to make your own contribution to our Studio Fund? Tomorrow’s yarn update (July 18 at 3 pm Eastern) is all about that.

And of course there’s also our indiegogo campaign right here.