New Shiny Stuff!

Yes, it is indeedy Shiny Yarn Part 2!

Here’s a few new colours for the Shiny Universe, and as an added bonus we’ve done a few extra skeins of the original colours, so if you were looking in the past few days and the colour you were a-hankerin’ for was sold out, go back and check out the Shiny Shiny post and Guess Wot? you may be lucky!!!

Anyway, here we go – Enjoy!!!

“Shiny” is fingering/sock weight,  63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon and 2% Silver fibres. It comes in at 375 yards/343 metres, 100 g. and is $36 per skein.

Email orders AT 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).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

When I Bit Into Him, I Could Hear The Ocean (Drusilla)

5 Skeins Available

Vicious Penguin

2 Skeins Available

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

1 Skein Available

Up Until The Punching, It Was A Real Nice Party (Kaylee)

4 Skeins Available

Have Fun Storming The Castle

4 Skeins Available

Angst For The Memories

3 Skeins Available

My World Is All Askew (Willow)

3 Skeins Available

Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain (Dark Thoughts Edition) (River)

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 colours(s) you would like, where you live 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 $5.44 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.

Shiny Shiny!!

Okay, so the Sparkly Yarn is done. Ready for its day in the sunshine.

Since it is new base, we decided to simply label it as “Shiny”. It is fingering/sock weight,  63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon and 2% Silver fibres. It comes in at 375 yards/343 metres, 100 g. and is $36 per skein.

You asked for it.

Here it is.

Go forward and enjoy!!

Email orders AT 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).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Self-Elmolation

4 Skeins Available

Elvis Has Left The Painting

2 Skeins Available

Oh Glenna And Her Lemongrass Martinis

1 Skein Available

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya)

Sold Out!

OMGWTFPNK

3 Skeins Available

TARDIS

1 Skein Available

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy)

2 Skeins Available

Dawn’s In Trouble; Must Be Tuesday (Buffy)

1 Skein Available

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

6 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 colours(s) you would like, where you live 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 $5.44 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.

“So Are You On Board With the Fishnets?”

Remember these guys? Last night the Arts Council I work with had a joint Meet & Greet with the Haliburton School of The Arts (where I also teach) at a local restaurant.  Turns out that the key to good turnout for these events is not, in fact, showing up with a small mountain of cheese at the actual College (sorry Jasmine), but the promise of free food…surrounded by beer…off campus.

This is Lili.  The one who knit through my class.

And  no…wait for it…

THIS is the hat she started knitting in my class last week:

I would like to remind you all that Lili started knitting in January.  THE END of January.  And since then, has produced enough knitwear to clothe a small European country.

Modeled by Lisa (who says I can keep her sweater forever and ever and ever…) who, as well as knowing how to strike a pose is also vying to be the small European country that Lili is knitting for.

And then there’s the roller derby talk, that inevitably leads to the tights vs. fishnets debate.  (You can silk screen tights.  These are art students.  This could get good.)

Here we have Darby of project bag fame, Lisa the hat model, Carly Marie and Aisling, who apparently are coordinating a field trip to our house.  (There was also talk of resumes being stacked on our doorstep…do they not understand that it’s Otis who does the hiring, so unless the resumes are made of meat…)

Last night was an opportunity to talk to students about what’s next.  We have a lot of artists here in Haliburton (the highest concentration of artists in Ontario) and there are supports for them here.  Most of the students at the school leave after their time here.  We want to find ways to help more of them stay.  If for no other reason than they’ll work for wool.

More On the Nut-Free Club

You know, the allergy-free version of the Smart-Ass Knitters 1 Skein Club. Which the Boy calls Nut Free. So you know that stuck pretty darn quick. There’s a list and a spreadsheet and everything. With notes. And sparkly stickers if you’ve been bad, and skulls and pirates if you’ve been good…

Oh wait. You probably wanted a real post. (Not the aimless word-wanderings of someone stuck at the office, waiting for an event to begin…oh crap. Did it again.)

Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination. 1 Skein. 1 Pattern. Some really cool stuff made just for you by people I really like, so you should like them too. Just 3 more weeks to sign up, and less than 1/3 of the spots are left. You’re not all waiting till the last minute, are you?

We’ve had several inquiries about the Nut Free version of the Club, so I thought I’d answer them here for you:

Is the cost the same as the regular club? No. We were able to get close. The cost of the Nut Free version is an extra $12 per year, or $8 for the first 6 months. $1 more per month, which covers our additional cost, and doesn’t reflect the retail price of the yarn. So it’s a deal, really.

What kinds of fibre content will be in the yarn? Depends on you and what you can tolerate. Some of our Nut Free members can tolerate some animal fibres (alpaca, yak, camel) and some can’t (plant fibres and silk only). We are able to adjust.

But what EXACTLY are you sending us? Nope. No fair. The Nutters don’t get to know exactly what they’re getting…the element of surprise is a fun part of all this. Just make sure to tell us exactly what your sensitivities are, and we will work with that.

So if you can’t send peanut butter in the packages, I have a great recipe for lemon squares that I could send you. How many do you want? Clearly you haven’t seen the results of sending baked goods across international borders (“perishable” is US Customs for “3 months”)

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Still more questions? Email us at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca or leave us a comment right here and we’ll get back to you.

Stephannie’s New Pattern!

After this weekend’s beautiful weather we woke up to MORE SNOW this morning.  Guess it’s really not too late to knit this:

3x4TDHoP
photo © Stephannie Roy

Stephannie has written a new pattern for our MCN Sport!

4x3TDHoP is a top down hat pattern, perfect for using every last bit of a favourite colour.

Lots of yummy MCN Sport colours to choose from here.  But I’ll bet it would also be awesome in Merino Silk DK.

When Bad Things Happen To Characters Of Questionable Motives & Hygiene

A Cautionary Tale… (WARNING: not for children’s eyes or sensitive types – you may be offended!)

The Terrible, Terrible Darkness. (click here)

If you are a follower of the blog, you will know by now that things don’t usually turn out so well for our fine-felted friends (ie. Groverkill, Self-Elmolation etc.). And since this is the Digital Age, why not have some fun at the expense of The Despised? Also, didn’t your mother teach you to be creative and share??

Okay, more to follow – and if it is your turn, you will receive instructions on what to do…

Your Pal,

Evil Ernie

(no relation to the other Evil Ernie, member of Amalgamated Bricklayers & Well-Diggers Union, Local 123)

How Fast They Learn

Psssssst.  Only a few more weeks to sign up for the Smart-Ass Knitters Club. And you know where to find the yarn, right?  Just checking.

Also:  Glenna is donating all the profits from her pattern sales this month to The Red Cross and Médicins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Help her out.

I’ve been teaching a course at the local Art College: Haliburton School of the Arts. Portfolio and Presentation.  You know, the class that art students don’t want to take because it gets in the way of them actually making art.  But they need it and I know what they need to know, so I teach it. And love every minute of it.  Even when not nice things are being said under their breath. Even when Facebook is WAYYYYY more fascinating than I am.  (Is it wrong that it bothers me less when they’re on Ravelry...though I’d prefer it if they were at least talking about unsparkly yarn in my group to FAKE their sucking up).  Love. It.  I leave every single class completely energized and remembering why I work in the arts.

They also let me be my smart-assy self.  I know you’re all shocked that sarcasm is written into the lesson plan.

My first class was in January.  Later that same day, I also taught a “learn to knit” class at the Art Hive.  Two of my new art school students came and learned how to knit that day They chose some of my yarn… ::cough::gatewaydrug::cough:: …and some needles.  Stumbling through those first new steps.  Intently struggling through the cast on.  Learning to breathe again while trying those first knit stitches.  I’m told they went home that night and  knit all night.  Just couldn’t stop.  Heh.

Class 2 –

Me:  You can email me anytime with questions about class.
Students:  What about knitting questions?

Clearly I’ve made my smart-assy bed.

Today was the third class…not even 2 months after the first.  And Lili, one of my knitting students knit through class.  The whole thing.  While participating in class (which is why I let it happen).  Most of the time not looking at her knitting, just knowing where the needles needed to be.  During break, she got excited showing me all her knitted things and telling me she had seen my yarn at Needles in the Hay in Peterborough. But then she had gone to Walmart, and decided that their yarn wasn’t worth her time and energy.  That higher quality yarns are more expensive but they feel better and they look better and if she’s going to spend the time and energy making something, she wants it to feel good on and to last.  My students are SMART!

And my other knitting student, Lisa, literally gave me the sweater off her back so I can try to recreate it.  It’s a really cool sweater.  She totally trusts me to give it back.  ::snicker::  (There was a brief exchange about me taking it to Cuba, which she quickly informed me would be too hot for this sweater.  Snort. Like THAT’S going to stop me.)  Lisa is discovering knitwear.  Wanting to know how things are made and how long they take. Understanding the value. I love it when that happens.

 

Helping in the Face of Disaster

We hear the news.  We see the photos.  We want to help.

It’s our gut reaction to disasters.  And here in the online knitting world, we jump to it, ready and willing to donate pattern and yarn sales, donate yarn to online auctions, donate money to help THOSE people that we’re watching RIGHT NOW.

We hear the news.  We see the images.  We have to help.

I’d like to encourage anyone who wants to help any charitable cause to give smartly. Yes, it’s your money and you should be allowed to determine where it’s directed, but trust charity you’re supporting to know how they can best use your donation to do the most good.  Consider directing your donation to a general fund or an unrestricted fund of your favourite charity.  Medicins sans frontières has an Emergency Relief Fund.  The Red Cross has both domestic and international disaster funds.  Both ensure that your donations go where they’re needed most, WHEN they’re needed most.

Now, if you are of the “I want to support a disaster AND I want to support a designer” variety of person, Olgajazzy is IN Japan, living on a military base. Read about what she’s doing here.

By the way, for all of you that have purchased any skein of “Rachel H’s Tiara” in the past 6 months, I’ve just made a donation on your behalf to MSF/DWB in the amount of $159.  As promised, $1.50 from each skein.  To help where and when it’s needed most.

Who’s Hungry??

Four colours. Four yarn bases. Fourteen Twelve Eleven Er, Ten yummy skeins…

Dig In!

Email orders AT 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).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal!

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

Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $22 – 1 Skein

Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $22 -(Please Note: Darker version!) Sold Out!

Self-Elmolation

Merino Cashmere: 80% Merino/20% Cashmere – 400 Yds/100g skein – $32 – 6 Skeins

Elvis Has Left The Painting

Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $22 – 2 Skeins

Blue Sun Corporation

**new base**
DK Polworth Silk – 75% Polworth, 25% Silk – 750 yds/685 m – 250g – $55 – 1 Skein

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which colours(s) you would like, where you live 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 $5.44 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.





Smart-Ass Club Package: February

Available Yarn ♦  2011-12 Club Sign ups ♦  Midnight Collection/Buffy-inspired Yarns

Spoiler warning:  If you have not received your February Club package yet, and want to be surprise, do not read any further.

There will be photos.

I’m not kidding.

Really.  They’re coming up soon.

The Pattern: Algonquin by Ronni Smith

Dorothy Parker.  Consummate Smart-Ass, and the inspiration for this month’s pattern.

AlgonquinScarf by Ronni Smith
photo © Ronni Smith, all rights reserved

Ronni’s notes:

The poem Neither Bloody Nor Bowed sums up smart-asses everywhere I think.  Certainly it does me:

“But I, despite expert advice,
keep doing things I think are nice,
and thought to good I never come –
inseparable my nose and thumb!”

I love working with Ronni. And this? Was a year-long collaboration. Every email, so enthusiastic and excited…which made me enthusiastic and excited… Love that kind of collaboration.

The Colourway: Neither Bloodied Nor Bowed

Multi-tonal deep reds…part semi-solid, part tonal variagation.

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A very sexy red in low light…

Smart-Ass Knitters Package - February 2011

The Artisan: Erin Lynch/Bella’s Bazaar

Erin is a jewellery designer, and a fellow member of the Art Hive Collective.  In fact, she loves it so much she LIVES in the building.  😉

Erin made us pretty stitch markers!

Smart-Ass Knitters Package - February 2011

A lot of stitch markers. All kinds of different ones. It was stitch marker-o-mania.

I would like to give Erin credit for not killing me. Especially after finding out that I’d, um, forgotten to tell her the final number of stitch marker sets she had to make. By 25.

Somewhere in the middle of this insanity, Erin promised to learn to knit if I dyed her sparkly yarn. She’s now got a fleet of hats and cowls under her belt, and the beginnings of a nice little stash. Also? A back-up stash that literally lives in the same building. You know you all want to move in.

Sparkly yarn. Crap.