Pink Bubblewrap

I hate pink.  I’m told it was my favourite colour when I was 5, but I grew out of that by the time I was 5 1/2.  Hate. It.  It’s really one of the few colours I want nothing to do with.  As much as I hate pink, Rebecca (a fellow dyer) and Leslie LOVE it.  I mean REALLY love it. The more I hate a particular shade of it, the more they are jumping up and down and screaming “MINE!!!”  

Rebecca falls down stairs.  A lot.  Which kind of makes us all want to wrap her up in bubblewrap in an effort to keep her safe.  It would have to be pink bubblewrap, of course.  The thought of that inspired me to create a colourway based on that idea. Something light and lightly variagated.  And very VERY pink.  Because maybe if we knit Rebecca an entire Pink Bubblewrap wardrobe, it will keep her safe!  Just in case, Rebecca is getting the first skeins out of the dyepot.

Then Leslie’s husband became very ill and was hospitalized.  Leslie’s daily life has become long hours at the hospital and heart wrenching decisions that no one should ever have to make.  I know that she is exhausted and emotionally drained.  

So when it came time to actually dye “Pink Bubblewrap”, I thought of Rebecca, of course, but I also thought of Leslie and her husband.  Willing the pot to stir up some healing for them.  And thinking about how much she loves pink!  And how pink is also a healing colour.  Clearly I knew one of the skeins would be going to her.

The knitters had other plans.  As soon as I “showed” them Pink Bubblewrap, there was a battle over who was going to buy some to send to Leslie.  It was immediate and very touching.  So to keep the peace, here’s what we decided:  anyone who wanted to, contributed a little to a care package.  In the end, the response was completely overwhelming.  Most of those involved have never met Leslie in person, yet they came together to try and show you how much they care. 

So a package of love and the best kind of wishes is making its way to California.  There is enough yarn to make anything Leslie desires…and gift certificates so that she can choose the right pattern(s) (including a gift from Anne Hanson, a truly generous soul!  Go buy something from her today.  You won’t regret it!)…and a small container that holds a piece of fruit, to remind Leslie that the first rule of being a caretaker, is to take care of yourself.  It touches me to no end that everytime Leslie touches this yarn, every stitch she knits and every time she wears the garment she makes from it… a small and very special group of knitters is giving her all the hugs and comfort and support we can from all over the continent.

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So where does she come up with this stuff???

I’ve never been very adept at naming my work.  In my career as a sculptural basketmaker, I tended towards very hippie-granola-new-agey names…but with some logic.  I once made a basket that was constructed by linking 3 woven mermaid sculptures together in a circle.  I called it “Taking Back Her Voice.”  Why?  Because I had laryngitis during the entire time I worked on the thing.  I literally got my voice back as soon as it was finished.  I also knew that “Hey! I Got My Voice Back!” probably wouldn’t sell the thing…but that “Taking” implied impowerment and self-determination.  I knew that someone would connect to that.  And many did.

So here I am in the middle of a new venture.  And things need to be named.  There are stories behind the names, so I thought that occasionally I would tell them.

I have a lot of help.  

Do, or Do Not…There is No Try

Carol is one of my oldest friends.  We met taking figure skating lessons when we were 8.  She is one of my movie friends…the friends who have always been there, no matter what.  Carol is one of the toughest people I know, with one of the softest hearts.  She cries when animals are hurt in movies.  And she was devestated by Jim Henson’s death.  (There was an outburst of “That’s not Kermit…Kermit is DEAD!! in the middle of a child-filled movie theatre during Muppet Treasure Island, which we will not speak of).  And despite what she will tell you, Carol is also one of the most creative people I know.  She is working on a list…

Within about 2 minutes of my announcing that I’d be starting a yarn dyeing business, Carol yelled out:  “Can we name some of the colours????  I want a do or do not…there is no try!” [insert a Yoda voice here, because Carol is completely incapable of doing this quote in her own voice].  Of course.  Muppet yarn.  And yes, we do know the quote is not exactly right…but that’s part of the charm.

In the meantime, an online/knitter friend, Jaya, requested “sagey green” yarn for baby knits.  Jaya and I have a similar rapport online to the one that Carol and I have in person.  It’s based on humour, knowing just a bit too much about each other and a healthy dose of smartass.  Also, the one time that Jaya and I did meet in person, she gave me the kind of incredulous look that Carol gives me on a weekly basis.  If Carol and Jaya were to ever meet…I’d be in BIG trouble!  

I had no idea that both yarns would end up being the same thing.  Sometimes there is magic in the dyepot.  I kind of feel like this was an odd real life/online collaboration inspired by 2 friends who both know how to keep me in line.  

Now, who wants to be the one to let Carol know that naming a yarn after a Yoda quote does NOT mean she gets to meet Frank Oz?

Greens, purples and more!

Welcome!  Lots of lovely yarn today!  A little bit about the bases you’ll see offered (so I don’t have to repeat myself):

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – $24 US/ $26 CDN

MCN Sport – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards per skein – $24 US/ $26 CDN

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein – $24 US/ $26 CDN

Superwash Merino Sock – superwash merino – 400 yards per skein – $20 US/ $22 CDN

Superwash Merino Lace – superwash merino – 980 yards per skein – $30 US/$33 CDN

To join my mailing list and hear about updates:  indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com.

Now the rules:

If you’re interested in purchasing any of my yarn and/or roving, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating what you would like.  First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it.  I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off as soon as possible!  Shipping charges to the US will start at  $5 (1 skein of sock yarn) or $7 (1-2 batches of most rovings/1 -2 skeins of larger skeins of yarn).   Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval.  Sound good?

Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked).  I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps.  Custom orders are always welcomed!  Just email me with what you have in mind.  

Now…on to the update!

GROVERKILL

 

 

 

 

A range of dark purples and blue-violets

A range of dark purples and blue-violets

 

 

 

 

From L to R:

MCN Lace – sold out
MCN Sock – sold out
MCN Sport – sold out
Superwash Sock – sold out

IRIST MY CASE

 

 

 

 

A range of medium, dusty purples

A range of medium, dusty purples

 

 

 

 

From L to R:

Superwash Sock – sold out
Superwash Lace – 1 available

 

A range of medium dusty purples

A range of medium dusty purples

 

From L to R:

MCN Sock – sold out
MCN Sport – 1 available
MCN Lace – sold out

SQUEALS WHEN BOILED 

 

 

 

 

The colour of cooked LOBSTAH!

The colour of cooked LOBSTAH!

 

 

 

 

Top:  MCN Sock – sold out

L to R Bottom:  

MCN Sport – 1 available
MCN Lace – 1 available
Superwash Sock – sold out
Superwash Lace – 1 available 

GILLYWEED

 

Random greens and purples

Random greens and purples

Top:  MCN Sock – sold out

L to R Bottom:  

MCN Sport – 1 available
MCN Lace – 1 available
Superwash Sock – sold out
Superwash Lace – sold out

A SENSE OF PLACE (BOSHKUNG)

 

watery blues and blue-greens

watery blues and blue-greens

 

Top:  MCN Sock – sold out

L to R Bottom:  

MCN Sport – 1 available
Superwash Sock – sold out
Superwash Lace – sold out

ONE TURTLE SHORT OF A POND

 

Greens!

Greens!

Top:  MCN Sock – sold out

L to R Bottom:  

MCN Sport – sold out
MCN Lace – sold out
Superwash Sock – sold out
Superwash Lace – 1 available

PINK BUBBLEWRAP

 

 

 

 

Soft but vibrant light pinks

Soft but vibrant light pinks

 

 

 

 

Superwash Sock – sold out

DO, OR DO NOT…THERE IS NO TRY

 

 

 

 

soft sagey greens

soft sagey greens

 

 

 

 

MCN Sport – sold out

There are also things still available from the last update.  Go here to view them.

Indigodragonfly Handdyed Yarn and Roving

So, did I mention I started a yarn dyeing company last week?  Me, a stove, some pots and way too much imagination!!

This is the first update…a small one to use up undyed yarn and fibre in my collection.  I’m expecting my first order of undyed yarn later this week, so there is much more coming soon.  To join my mailing list and hear about updates:  indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com.

For the moment, I’m going to run the “store” from my blog.  Here’s how it will work:  

If you’re interested in purchasing any of my yarn and/or roving, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating what you would like.  First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it.  I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off as soon as possible!  Shipping charges to the US will start at  $4.70 (1 skein of sock yarn) or $6.90 (1-2 batches of most rovings/1 -2 skeins of larger skeins of yarn).   Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval.  Sound good?

Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked).  I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps.  Custom orders are always welcomed!  Just email me with what you have in mind.

Now…on to the update!

TUSSAH SILK (rav link)

colourway:  CORPUSCULE!: the musical – SOLD OUT

 

 

100% tussah silk, DK weight - 330 yards per skein - $41 CDN/$38 US per skein

Deep cherry reds with hints of pink and dark orange 100% tussah silk, DK weight - 330 yards per skein - $41 CDN/$38 US per skein

 

 

 

TWIST (rav link) – colourway: Glow – 3 skeins available

2 plys merino/1 ply superwash merino - 540 yards per skein - $41 CDN/$38 US per skein

Vibrant acid green with hints of olive 2 plys merino/1 ply superwash merino - 540 yards per skein - $41 CDN/$38 US per skein

 

MERINO/SEACELL PENCIL ROVING (rav link)

Colourway:  Pond with the Wind – 4 batches available

 

 

Bright greens, with highlights of white, blue and purple

Bright greens, with highlights of white, blue and purple 60% Merino/40% Seacell - 112 g/4oz per batch - $20 CDN/$18 US

 

 

 

Colourway:  Brains Belong Inside Your Head – 3 batches available

Soft pinks and purples

Soft pinks and purples 60% Merino/40% Seacell - 112 g/4oz per batch - $20 CDN/$18 US

 

FALKLAND WOOL TOP 

Colourway:  Whirlpool – SOLD OUT

Deep blues, turquoise and purples

Deep blues, turquoise and purples 100% Falkland Wool - 112 g/4oz per braid - $13 CDN/$12 US

 

 SOUTH AFRICAN WOOL

Colourway:  Swamp and Circumstance – SOLD OUT

Soft, faded yellows, browns, purples and greens with shots of dark

Soft, faded yellows, browns, purples and greens with shots of dark 100% South African Wool Top - 80 g braid - $8 CDN/$9 US

 

Thank you for playing “Could we get Kim employed already?” 🙂