Colour Stories: Wounded in the Act of World Domination

Back in October, my friend Stephannie had a nasty fall at work.  After determining that she was ok…nothing broken, just really sore…my inner smartass couldn’t help starting to work.  Bruised ass…good for really nothing else…should at the very least inspire a colourway.

For a while now, I’ve noticed that a certain group of knitters (I suspect all of us, really) have both tendancies for smartass-osity and a not-so-secret desire to take over the world.  You, you, you…and yes possibly you.  And so the Smartass Knitters for World Domination was born.  Clearly Stephannie is one of us, and on the day that she saw her pink daisy rainboots fly up in the air in front of her, she took one for the team.

Interestingly enough, this colourway is also a study in how different fibres take colour.  All of the below used the same combination of colours in the same concentrations and identical amounts.

Organic Merino Sock yarn, 100% organic merino

MCN Lace: 2 ply, 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon

MCN Sock: 4 ply, 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon

Merino Sock: 2 ply, 100% merino

Because of the vast differences in these, Ron has given them sub-names.  They are, from right to left:

Impact, Bedridden, Donut, Repentance.

Today’s lovely yarn bling brought to you by SNOW.

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First Update of the New Year!

Updated:  Sunday January 24, 2010

To purchase any of the below yarn, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which yarn(s) you would like and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail.  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 within 3-5 days.   Shipping charges to the US will start at  $5 for surface mail and $6.70 for air mail.  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.

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.

All yarns in this update:  $25 per skein

Goth to a Flame

Black. Grey. Red. Various amounts of each in each skein. What, you thought the Goth would be predictable?

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards/115 g skein – sold out

MCN Sport – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards/115 g skein – 6 skeins

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein – 1 skein

Oh Glenna and her Lemongrass Martinis…

medium and light shades of olive and lemongrass

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards/115 g skein – 4 skeins

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein – 4 skeins

Have Fun Stormin’ the Castle

Shades of grey, with highlights of pale teal, purple, pink and orange.

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards/115 g skein – 1 skeins

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein – 3 skeins

Self-Elmolation

Shades of primary red

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein – 3 skeins

Rachel H’s Tiara

deep teal, with undertones of blue, green and purple; glows from within

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards/115 g skein – sold out

MCN Sport – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards/115 g skein – sold out

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein –sold out

**$1 from each skein sold goes to Doctors without Borders**

Held My Breath Too Long

deep, dark purples and plums

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards/115 g skein – 6 skeins

Rusty the Rooster

Brick red. Rust. Undertones of purple.

MCN Sport – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards/115 g skein – 10 skeins

MCN Sock – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards/115 g skein – sold out

Colour Stories: Rachel H’s Tiara

Not all of my colour names are blatantly obvious.  Rachel H’s Tiara is one of those colours.

Way back in the Sock Summit planning days, in the midst of tornados of post it notes and mountains of spreadsheets, my friend Rachel H declared herself Queen of the Spreadsheets.  And mentioned something about deserving a tiara.  Now I’ve seen Rachel in action.  She is a master wielder of the clipboard.  Organizer extraordinaire.  And this weekend, she was busy tallying thousands of donation emails for Knitters Without Borders.  Ask, and she’s there with bells on.  So the request for a tiara?  I thought it should happen.

And she’s a knitter…so the yarn version of a tiara?  What would that be?  There is sparkly yarn…like Dream in Color’s Starry.  That would definitely work and would be the obvious choice.  But I am nothing if not obscure, and I really wanted to make it happen with colour. Something with life and sparkle.  Something that stands out from the others, but not in an expected way.  Something that changes subtley in different lights, making you pay attention.

This is that colour.  Even in the most subtle light, it glows from within, and yet is unassuming.  Like Rachel.

Because of all the hard work that she’s been doing for Knitters Without Borders, $1 from every skein in this colour will always go to Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, every time it’s dyed.  And I plan on dyeing it a lot.

Lots Happening Around Here!

Although the blog has been pretty quiet, lots has been happening chez Indigodragonfly.

The yarn I ordered back in October arrived shortly before Christmas.

The Haliburton County Economic Development Corporation gave me a small loan to help me build my inventory.  This means I’ll be able to set a regular dyeing schedule and will be able to post updates more often (every 2-3 weeks, at a minimum).  As a result, I came home to several huge boxes last Friday!

And Ron has started to help me with the dyeing process and preparing the yarn for sale.  Meaning more gets dyed in a shorter amount of time.  Not a bad deal for anyone!

The next update will be:  Wednesday January 20 at 2:45 pm

Hope to see you there!