How It Starts…

One day a sweet, perfectly innocent dyer dropped a box of yarn off at a yarn store.

Mobbage ensued.

Front and centre in the Mob was a certain person who may be prone to making up stuff to knit. Goth-ish yarn was nabbed.  And within minutes.  MINUTES, I tell you…the sweet & innocent one found herself agreeing to some kind of werewolf-themed yarn?  Huh.  Funny how that happens.

So somehow these colours, along with a skein of something called Not Another Teen Vampire movie,  (really, who makes these names up?) spawned some kind of mini-collection of patterns.  A vampire pattern (gloves).  A werewolf pattern (mitts).  A witch pattern (2 options…maybe we’ll tell you someday.)

OK, in what universe is this NOT a Buffy the Vampire Slayer collection???  (It is possible that said designer sat in my living room for an entire weekend knitting the Oz mitts, in the Oz colourway and trying to convince herself they were not Oz mitts.  If you ever want to treat yourself to an amusing weekend…)

So we’re working on a collection.   That’s not only a collection of patterns…there will be special yarn colours to go with it.  So you’ll be able to get an entire kit of Slayer goodness.

Oz:  Hootenany – Well, It’s Chock Full Of Hoot, Just A Little Bit Of Nanny

Drusilla:  When I Bit Into Him, I Could Taste the Ocean


And Willow:  My World is All Askew

Cause apparently vampire slayer socks weren’t enough.

This is how the crazy happens.







Club Package #3

One of the things I love about the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club is the relationships I’m forming with each of the designers.  Though to be honest, the relationship with THIS particular designer and how it relates to the October package started long before you people bullied me into starting this whole club thing.

When one of your oldest friends suggests you read a book, you generally trust her.  Especially when she generally has very good taste…and tastes that run parallel to your own.  Let me just say this:  the Twilight books defy this logic.  My friend Carol told me I’d love them…and really I just wanted to throw them across the room.  But there is this peer pressure thing in the universe, and it seems that there are MANY people out there around my age who LOVE these books.

And then Glenna and I went out for lunch one day, and both came out as anti-Twilighters.  We were not alone in wanting to throw them across the room.

Even better:  we both agreed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a MUCH better, much smarter, much more sarcastic and funny option for those in need of a creatures-of-the-darkness fix.

So when I was chosing designers for the Smart-Ass Knitters Club, Glenna was an obvious choice for many reasons.  Not the least of which was the fact I was able to immediately contact her and ask her if she’d have any interest in designing a pattern based on this theme:  And Then Buffy Staked Edward.  The End. Heh.

And so there you have it.

The pattern:  Staked.

With little hearts being staked.  And little lines of stakes.  And when you put your feet together…

STAKE!  (this kills me.  Every. Time.)

Glenna talks more about her design here.

The colourway:  Dark and gloomy and smokey.  With a touch of brightness underneath.  Dark, turquoisey blue with clouds of dark plum, washed over in charcoal grey.

The swag:

I had all kinds of other plans for the swag…plans that were immediately put aside when I discovered that these fit into the budget.  Several months ago, I read about this. Which prompted me to try the Darn Pretty circular needles.  And I fell in love. Part of what I wanted to do with this Club is to promote other artisans and the beautiful work that they do.  And crazy Tom agreed to get a whole whack of needles out to me within a couple of weeks.

So, you got gloomy vampire slayer socks…and a full set of “stakes”, just in case that first career you have going doesn’t work out…

Full Body Shaving

And…Action!!

Now that we have your attention (and surely have surprised some unsuspecting web surfers)…

BEFORE….

AFTER….

Dog Cold. Actually Contemplating Wearing Embarrassing Sweater. Also Thinking Of Setting Zamfir On Fire For Warmth (the pipes will burn for hours)…

Of course, a much more fun alternative is to roll around & snuggle up in a big ol’ pile of MCN: The Sock-quel skeins.

MCN: The Sock-quel.

Feel The Warmth!

(cue sound of pan flute dying painfully in the distance…)

Email indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com to place all orders.  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Angry Bridesmaid Of Frankenstein

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

Sold Out!

Clown Undies

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

1 Skein Available

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pewter!

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

1 Skein Available

Vancouver Melt

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

1 Skein Available

Rosy The Riveter

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

Sold Out!

Blue Steel

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

1 Skein Available

Hammer – Meet Thumb

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

2 Skeins Available

Self-Elmolation

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

1 Skein Available

Saskatcheweird

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

2 Skeins Available

Hey Poindexter, Your Pocket Protector Is Leaking

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

2 Skeins Available

Clown Goth

MCN: The Sock-quel : 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds, $27

2 Skeins Available

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which yarn(s) you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre/project bag/pottery 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 $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 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 (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

Settled.

Exactly a week ago we moved.  Not far, but definitely a step up.

Guess What?

This is where we live now:

The house!

We’re slowing working our way out of boxes, but so far we love it.

There’s a big living room/dining room/whatever room area in the middle of the house.

The house!

(though the floor is a little slick, which interferes with Otis’s begging action…about 2 seconds after this photo was taken, his hind legs slid backwards. Getting back up turns Otis into one of those “my legs are moving really really fast but I’m not getting anywhere” cartoons)

There’s a place to dye:

The house!

Thanks to 2 wonderful fibre friends, there is a little yarn shop set up…

The house!

…well, partially set up…

The house!

(Consider this end “Shipping Central”…)

The largest bathroom I’ve ever lived with!

The house!

(This is only about 2/3 of it.)

The Knitter’s Bedroom…

The house!

Complete with your own place to store the stash you steal from downstairs…

The house!

And don’t you think this would make a great stash closet? I think it would make an EXCELLENT stash closet…and so far the yarn is making its presence known…

The house!

Yep, I could hang out here for a while.

The house!

And guess what else? The Boy asked me to marry him as his birthday present (though he couldn’t wait till midnight to do it, so was about 10 minutes early.

Some of you have asked to see the ring. First of all it’s important to know that I’m not a sparkly jewellery kind of girl.

the ring!

I like silver coloured metals.

the ring!

I like jewellery that’s artisan made.

the ring!

And LOOKS like it was made by hand.

That shows me something different, everytime I look at it.

the ring!

And the fact that this ring was made by a friend of ours, Kathleen Atkinson-Hindle and came from the Art Hive, one of our favourite places here in Haliburton, makes it just that much more special.

the ring!