Smart Ass Club Package #4: Use Your Words

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Some may find some of the content of this post offensive.  If profanity offends you in anyway, please skip this post and wait for the next one in a few days.

PS: Mum, this means you.

PPS: Really Mum, I mean it. Remember that incident with the bar of soap at Auntie Betsy’s house when I was 5? This will be worse.

PPP

Ever have one of those days…weeks…months… Really, you’ve tried every other expression of anger and frustration.  Every other method of stress relief hasn’t worked.  You’re finally at that breaking point.

It’s time to run outside and yell at the top of your lungs:  FUCK YOU!

Heh.  That felt better.

You see, I believe that all words have their time and place.  Yes.  Even those ones.  Think about it.   Fuck?  Not an exception.

2010 was a rough year for many people I know.  Even though it was a very good year for us in a lot of ways, it has also been challenging and, at times, frustrating.  And for our designer?  Kind of a living hell.  It’s not my story to tell, but trust me, if you heard even parts of it, even the most puritanical person would say:  “Fuck you is the ONLY response.”

The Pattern:   Fuck You (or #^@&  You on Ravelry) by Sarah Jenkins

I’ve always loved Sarah’s designs.  I knew I wanted her to design fingerless mitts for the Club from the very beginning.   And on the day I saw a Ravelry message looking for one good reason NOT to run outside and scream FUCK YOU at the top of her lungs, I knew we had our theme.

For the December (holiday) package.  Cause, you know…family.

In cashmere.  100% cashmere.  100% long staple luxurious cashmere.  Because, well, we’re nothing if not ironic (in the Alanis Morrisette sense of the word, of course, because we are also not without snark).

So here are the mitts:

Notice anything? They don’t match. They’re 2 different mitts. Because: Fuck you. And also? No second sock syndrome.

There are also very subtle, subliminal design features that accent the, um, theme of the pattern. Kind of dastardly brilliant.

The Yarn: 100% DK Cashmere in Fuck You.

First of all, it seems we didn’t manage to take any photos of the yarn before it left us, so I will be linking to some stash photos on Ravelry.  Fuck.

Our intention for this colourway: obnoxious, 80’s-style neon colours imbedded in black. Green. Orange. Turquoise. Hot pink.

What happened:  Very soft, beautiful, deep versions of those same colours.

Cashmere refuses to be anything but stunningly beautiful.  And if you attempt anything less than that, its response will be:  Fuck you.

The Artisan:  Refuses to be named.

She would like you to think she’s Otis, but um pottery requires opposable thumbs.

Wonderful little notions bowls were created for us. For holding loose stitch markers, needles and other little things.

Some with very appropriate words stamped in the bottom:

Some with milder words:

And the Unnamed Artisan also thought she could get away with having Otis sign a few:

(I would like to state for the record that the Unnamed Artisan came to US with this brilliant idea. And that it was very well received.)

This was a truly fun package to put together. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.

Sign-ups for the next version of the Smart Ass Knitters/World Domination Club will begin on February 14. We plan to have lots of fun again, and hope you’ll join us!

Ever Lived In A Yarn Store, Billy?

Okay, everyone has a yarn stash.

Over the past few weeks, the dining area has become Stash Central.

Boxes of yarn. Look, there’s one! Oh, and another. Hey, there’s another one! Oh yes, and…

So I guess it’s time to find homes for some of these box-dwellers!

And now, the assortment, in no particular order…

Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca 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.

Edward Discovers That Wood Chippers Make Excellent Juicers

MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards per skein – $27

8 Skeins Available

Vicious Penguin


MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 250 yards per skein – $27

2 Skeins Available

House Drop


MCN Lace: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein – $27

3 Skeins Available (colours do vary from skein to skein)

Good & Plenty

Superwash Worsted: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards per skein – $27

2 Skeins Available

Captain Tightpants


MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

4 Skeins Available

You Got Peanut Butter On My Trout!


MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

1 Skein Available

Vicious Penguin


MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

Sold Out!

Edward Discovers That Wood Chippers Make Excellent Juicers (light)

MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

2 Skeins Available

Edward Discovers That Wood Chippers Make Excellent Juicers (dark)

MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

1 Skein Available

Don’t Wear This On Star Trek


MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

1 Skein Available

House Drop


MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $27

3 Skeins Available

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (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 item secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Please note that skeins wound into cakes cannot be returned. 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.


Not Your Average Needle Sharing Program

Yes, many of you think of us as your dealers.  And in that spirit, we’d like to let you know that we’ve become ACTUAL dealers for Dyak Craft needles.  I’ve been using Tom and Linda’s circular needles for about 6 months and LOVE them.  I am now completely spoiled and can’t knit with anything else without feeling like it’s an inferior experience.

Our much anticipated first order arrived on Monday, so go see what we have in stock!

Along with the circulars was a set of the Dyaks’ new interchangeable needles, wrapped up in this handmade roll-up case.

Dyak Craft Needles

Open it up, and there are little pockets for all the needle tips, cords and the stops.

Dyak Craft Needles

All the pockets are labelled. There are only 2 things I’d change about this case: I’d add a little snap or flap to hold the stops in their pocket, and I’d add metric sizes to the needle tip pockets. (I actually did this myself with a thin Sharpie). The fabrics used are great: durable canvas twill for the lining and pockets, subtley patterned cotton for the outside and gross grain ribbon to tie it all together.

But what you really want to know about is the needles, right? Because you’ve been looking for the PERFECT interchangeble set, and you’re wondering if this one is it? Well, here are my thoughts after a week with these needles…

The Needle Tips

The needle tips are longer than most interchangeables. This means more needle in your hand. I have very small hands and didn’t think this would make a big difference. It does. I actually feel like I have more control over my knitting. My hands feel more relaxed, because the needles feel really great in my hands. They’re lighter in weight than other interchangeables I’ve tried. All of this means less hand fatigue.

The tips of the needles themselves are pointy, but not SUPER pointy. They do, however, have an amazingly smooth taper, which makes them ACT super pointy. I’ve compared the tips to the tips of my other wood interchangeables and tried the two side by side. The Dyak needles slide into my stitches more easily and readily.

Dyak Craft Needles

The Screws

These are the screws…

Dyak Craft Needles
Seen here on both the needle tips and the stops

…that screw into the end caps

Dyak Craft Needles

The screws are a little difficult to screw in at first, especially towards the end. No little tool is necessary with this set, but Tom suggests keeping a little piece of rubber sheet (like the kind you use to open jars) on hand to help you screw the tips to the caps. The screws are tight and snug. I’ve knit for about 9 hours with one set and there is no sign of the cap becoming unscrewed. It also helps that the cords are not glued in place to the caps. They swivel, which creates less tension between the needle tip and the cord. Less tension on your hands, and less tension on the screws.

The Join

The caps rest fairly snuggly against the needle tips. There is a tiny gap, but not enough to interfere with your yarn.

Dyak Craft Needles

The yarn travels easily from the cord, across the cap, to the needle and off.

The Cords

I don’t like really stiff cords. I don’t like cords that curl up and never seem to relax. In fact, I like my cords on the soft side. I was afraid I wouldn’t like these cords because they are a little stiff and they were really curled up when they arrived. While they’re still not my absolute favourite, running them under hot water relaxed them nicely. They support the knitting nicely, and I absolutely love that they’re allowed to swivel and pivot in the cap.

Overall, I really like them and think they’re a worthwhile investment. Good tools allow you to stop thinking about the tool itself and to focus on the making. I especially love the fact that these are artisan made and will be very proud to carry them in our shop.

Happy 30th Buffy!

Today is Buffy’s birthday.  She’s 30.  Huh.  Doesn’t look that way every night at 11 pm…

Anyway, in celebration, we’ve started dyeing some new colours for the Buffy Collection:

I see Drusilla and Willow and Giles and Lorne the Host and Anya and White Willow and Cordelia and…

Pre-orders are still happening! Details here.

If you’ve already pre-ordered, and haven’t received your yarn yet, we’ll be contacting you as soon as this batch is dry to give you some more colour choices! Patterns are almost ready for release…just a few weeks away. But you can see them here:

Gothic Gloves
Midnight Mittens
Nightblooming Mittens

The Otis Houndation

As most of you may know, this is Otis:

Well, at least when he’s not been shorn…

A while back, there was a blog post that had a certain someone in an apron/faux unclothed state. Said nudista was winding skeins into cakes (no, not Otis, although that would be a cute mental image…).

Now, normally we ship the skeins re-wound and twisted into the standard braid-y shape.

This is what we mean by wind-y twisty:

Well, we decided that something of importance to indigodragonfly business-wise is social responsibility; that is, to give back to the community, be it our local community (Haliburton Winter Folk Camp, Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands), knitting/arts-related sponsorships (Ravelry Party at Rheinbeck), and other such worthy causes, to the tune of $1 per skein sold.

And so, to further the work of the Houndation (we wanted to call it The Otis Foundation, but that was already taken by another very worthy cause), we’re offering to cake any skeins you buy for $1 each (any skein length!) to add to the kitty (Otis thinks this means something other than what it really means…). When you order, just drop us a quick note & we’ll wind ’em up & tack on the Hound Bucks to yer bill.

Cake = Charity. Not a bad deal.

And besides, would you want to disappoint this face??

Mmmmmm…….Kitty, er, Cake………………

Because someone asked today…

…we do have kits available for both the *Asterisk* shawlette and the Reunion Cowl.  Both include enough MCN Lace yarn to complete the project.  In the case of the Reunion Cowl, you have the option of adding a second skein of MCN Lace to the kit if you want to knit the large size.

Which I am doing right now.

In Merino Cashmere.  Yes, it’s THAT soft.

Come to think of it, I’m also knitting *Asterisk.  Sticking with the original yarn this time for once in my life!

(I swear I did not plan this…)

Contest Result!!

Otis.

One Dog.

Two Final Names.

Two Milk Bones.

One Winner.

And The Winner Is…..

Good + Plenty During Its Special Womanly Time

Thanks to all who put their minds to work with all the fabulous suggestions, and hey, if it winds up with Otis receiving snacks then two thumbs (paws?) up!

All Lacey, No Cagney

(with apologies to Sharon Gless…)

Since we put up the patterns for *Asterisk* and the Reunion Cowl, we decided to dye some more MCN Lace colourways for use with them.

MCN Lace – It’s Sexy!!

Enjoy!!

Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca 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.

House Drop

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

SOLD OUT

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair


MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

2 Skeins Available

Have Fun Storming The Castle (light)

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

Sold Out!

TARDIS

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

Sold Out!

When I Bit Into Him, I Could Hear The Ocean

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

Sold Out!

Captain Tightpants

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

SOLD OUT

Hootenany- Well, It’s Chock Full Of Hoot, Just A Little Bit Of Nanny

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

2 Skeins Available

Don’t You Have An Elsewhere To Be?

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

SOLD OUT!

Good + Plenty During Its Special Womanly Time

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein, $27 per skein

2 Skeins Available

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (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 item secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Please note that skeins wound into cakes cannot be returned. 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.

New Contest: Hello, My Name Is ________________ !!

Okay, so here’s a new colourway:

Assorted variables, being sorta White-ish, Grey-ish, Black-ish and Pink-ish/Reddish.

The Question of The Day: Whatzis Name??

Now normally, colourway naming on Wednesdays is Otis’s responsibility, but he seems to be suffering from lockjaw (although I think it may be a mouthful of steak) and so we’ve made an executive decision.

Starting NOW and concluding at 9 p.m. on Saturday January 8/11, we are asking YOU, dear reader, to come up with a fun, catchy name!!

To the winner, we will give you a skein of the colour in one of the following three bases:

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

MCN Worsted – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards per skein

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 575 yards per skein

As well, you’ll have the glory and bragging rights to having your very own colourway hanging out with all the other cool kids & there for all to see!!

 
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. – Emily Dickinson

Name That Yarn. Be Immortal. Be Loved.

Be The Yarn.

 

 

Big Honkin’ Pelts!

Okay, don’t feel too bad, there aren’t a whole bunch of critters running around in the cold wearing nothing but long underwear and an embarrassed toothy smile…

We like to refer to these Merino Silk DK skeins as pelts because they’re big and honkin’, an’ look large enough to keep any size or number of critter (human, quadruped or otherwise) nice n warm, whatever the weather!

Happy Critters!!!

Also, the Merino Silk DK skeins are perfect for Glenna C’s Stage Door Cardigan, as posted on our September 27/10 update, and now, check out our new colourways!

Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca 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.

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein  – half-skeins available for adult sweater amounts only (for example, if you need 1200 yds for a sweater, we can provide you with 2.5 skeins so you don’ t have too much left over).

Angst For The Memories

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein

3 Skeins Available

Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School (Lorne:  The Host)

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein

5 Skeins Available

Oooo….Shiny….


Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein

6 Skeins Available

Ever Been To Sea, Billy?

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein (Please Note: If using more than 1 skein of this colour for a project, use alternate skeins for best results).

3 Skeins Available

Edward Discovers That Wood Chippers Make Excellent Juicers

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein (Please Note: Colours vary from skein to skein).

2 Skeins Available

Eccentrifugal Force

Merino Silk DK, 50% merino/50% silk, 550 yds per 250 g. $55 per skein; $30 per half-skein (Please Note: 3 distinctly different skeins).

3 Skeins Available

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (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 item 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.