Potpourri For 100, Alex!

Okay, so now that the Canada Posties are back to work, we thought we’d put up some new stuff for y’all to pick at! We’re in the midst of some hardcore dyeing these days for some upcoming shows, so here’s some stuff in several different yarn bases – sort of a yarn pinata!

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 ourOtis 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.

Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $24

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Unemployed?  In GREENLAND?? – 1 Skein Available

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Grrr….Argh…. (Mutant Enemy) – 1 Skein Available

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As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly. (Extra Stuffing Edition) – Sold Out!

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Shiny: sock/fingering- 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% Silver fibres – 375 yards/100 g skein – $36 per skein

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TARDIS – 2 Skeins Available

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MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 240 yards per skein – $27 per skein

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Keep On Swimming – 1 Skein Available

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The Earth Is Doomed. (Giles) – 2 Skeins Available

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Merino Silk Lace: 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $35

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Unemployed?  In GREENLAND?? – 1 Skein Available

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TARDIS – 2 Skeins Available

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

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What The Hay?! – 1 Skein Available

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House Drop – 1 Skein Available

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Self-Elmolation – 2 Skeins Available

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Elvis Has Left The Painting – 1 Skein Available

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Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal! (Wash) – 2 Skeins Available

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Lambada 3: It’s Tepid! – 2 Skeins Available

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TARDIS – 3 Skeins Available

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MCN Worsted: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 185 yards per skein – $27

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That Was Nifty! (White Willow) – 1 Skein Available

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Self-Elmolation – 1 Skein Available

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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.

In Which We Meander to Shall We Knit and Much Fun Ensues

Well!  We’ve been busy!

First a quick trip down to Lettuce Knit on Wednesday night for knit night.  Lettuce is still my LYS, even though it’s a local yarn store 242 km away.

Kim from Ottawa (not to be confused with Kim who is me) happened to be in town and joined us.  Now, Kim is my kind of person.  She planned her Easter weekend trip route from Ottawa to Niagara Falls, via Haliburton so that she could visit our studio.  And totally got that information past her husband.  Brilliant.  My favourite part, was the part where they DROVE PAST OUR HOUSE the night before the visit, to stay in Minden.  Which means they had to backtrack almost 40 minutes.  For yarn.  Kim is my superhero.

However, here are photos of her Oz mitt (rav links) on that vacation.  I would like you to notice that there are no photos of me, the Boy, Otis or our house in those photos.  I mean, HELLO!  You planned your trip around a visit to a yarn studio and there are photos of, you know, wineries and that piddly little falls thing…but not OTIS?  Kim told me she was too shy.

Well we took care of that at Lettuce Knit.

Here’s Kim in the store:

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That’s some kind of shawly thing in And Then Buffy Staked Edward.  The End. 

And the peeps of the night:

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And a very stoned photo of the two Kims:

Kim comes to visit

I got my hair cut the next day.  It looks MUCH better now.  Well, ok not RIGHT now cause I’m dyeing and it’s hot and steamy in here, but you get the point.

The next day we set off to Waterloo ON, to Shall We Knit for a two day long trunk show and yarntasting event.  Basically we moved in, set up an Indigodragonfly area with lots of yarn and sample garments and testing skeins and planted ourselves there for 2 days.  And people came to see us.

Trunk Show & Yarn Tasting/WWKIP Day 2011

Shall We Knit is a WHOLE HOUSE of yarn store.  There’s a sock room and a luxury room and a book room and and…there are a lot of rooms!

We stayed in a little private apartment about a five minute walk from the store, and even less to downtown Waterloo.  It really couldn’t have been more comfortable.  And they made sure we were very well taken care of:

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Friday started with a rush of knitters who had told various people they were going to Zehr’s.  Now I thought Zehr’s was a grocery store…I was wrong.  It is apparently the sock room at Shall We Knit.  Just so you know, for future reference.

The amazing Shall We Knit team:

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Lise, Jenn, Karen, Cari and Lynne.  (For months I’ve been picturing Lynne as a gigantic set of teeth with goggley eyes and feet.  I now have photographic proof she is not.) There was also Sue, who I managed to not get a photo of. (Sorry Sue!)

(By the way, Karen, the owner of Shall We Knit, has just been nominated for a RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award!  Congratulations Karen!  Very well deserved.)

And these were our yarn tasting yarns.

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You were welcome to sit and knit and try any or all of them out.  So if you’ve ever been curious about how the Merino Silk DK feels to knit, or what Merino Cashmere REALLY feels like, just pick up a squirrel or giraffe and have at it!

Saturday was Worldwide Knit in Public Day.  Jacqueline from Soak joined us and we spilled out front of the shop and onto the front porch…lawn…the driveway…the parking lot…

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And over there, under the tree on the left, is Heather Sebastian of Joey’s House. She designs the most amazing monster patterns and um, MINIONS! (rav links) There may be some plotting happening…

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Oh right. And Lucy Neatby came by. You know. Cause it’s impossible to have too much fibre fabulousness in one place.  We were very cool.  Kinda.

And then, sadly, there was the packing up and the driving home.

I’m afraid we don’t get much more mature after we leave a place. I’m not sure what our waiter’s name actually was, but when he wrote it on our table, upside down, it kind of looked like “HAM” backwards. Which lead to this exhibit of maturity: 

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Thanks Waterloo and Shall We Knit! We’ll definitely be back!

Gone to Waterloo!

We won’t be taking any orders or sales from the website until Sunday June 19.  We’re moving all the yarn to Shall We Knit in Waterloo ON for a few days to play with the one, lonely remaining skein at their store.  (Ironically, in the Alanis Morrisette meaning of the word, it’s Bitterness)

Want to see what different bases are like when knit up? We’ll have lots of samples, and may even have some Club package samples for you to see as well.

AND! For the first time ever, we’ll have cakes of our yarn bases for you to try/knit in the store. A perfect opportunity to try them.

Soak will also be there with a display on Saturday to celebrate WWKIP Day.  Good thing too…I’m down to the last capful.  Really.

And of course the lovely and talented and not at all smart-assy staff of Shall We Knit: Karen, Lynne, Katherine and Cari.  (and me, Kim?  That’s a lot of K-sounds in one location)

Shall We Knit?
11 Willow Street, Waterloo ON
(519) 725-9739

 

 

 

 

 

Cliffs of Insanity

When I started knitting the first one of these scarves, I had no intention of making it into a pattern.  I was improvising and playing and had no idea how to translate the pictures in my brain to paper.  The more I knit it, and the more people came to admire it, the more I realized that there WAS a way to translate what I was doing.  That there were rules I was setting for myself and that everytime I make this scarf, I change the rules, I add new elements and I change the shape of the scarf.  All of that can be written into a pattern.

So here you go:  Cliffs of Insanity

The pattern includes instructions for three different shapes:  Rectangle, Bias Rectangle and Elongated Triangle.  (Links to Ravelry projects)

The Rectangle was the original and is the simplest.

The Bias Rectangle angles cables up and around your neck and drapes beautifully, molding itself to your body.

I’m especially fond of the Elongated Triangle style for the many ways it can be wrapped and looped around your neck.  I added enlarged eyelets throughout the scarf, so there are many places to weave the pointy ends through and secure the loops.


Kits are available to purchase directly from us only.  Kits include enough Merino Silk Lace and Habu Silk Stainless Steel to make your scarf.  Please indicate the size kit you wish, and the colourway of Merino Silk Lace you want.  Allow us to choose Silk Stainless Steel for you, so that we can choose a colour that goes best with your lace yarn.

Available colours                    How to order kits and yarn

Small (small rectangle, elongated triangle), includes 1 skein Merino Silk Lace & 2 cones of Habu Silk Stainless Steel:  $55 (if you <a href="buy now” target=”_blank”>purchase pattern from Ravelry*) or $63 if you’d prefer a printed pattern to be mailed with your kit.  (link is for buying the pattern only.  Email us directly to order the kit:  ordersATindigodragonfly.ca, replace “AT” with “@”)

Large (large rectangle, bias rectangle), includes 2 skein Merino Silk Lace & 4 cones of Habu Silk Stainless Steel:  $108 (if you <a href="buy now” target=”_blank”>purchase pattern from Ravelry*) or $116 if you’d prefer a printed pattern to be mailed with your kit.  (link is for buying the pattern only.  Email us directly to order the kit:  ordersATindigodragonfly.ca, replace “AT” with “@”)

Buy the pattern on Ravelry – $7.00 CDN:

To order kits:

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).

*We’ve offered this option for those who wish to have their pattern in their Ravelry library. If you would prefer to have us email the pattern to you, please let us know. An additional $7 charge will be added to your order.

Squam Art Workshops

Available Yarn  ◊  Knitalong Information   

This time last week I was getting ready to wake up early the next morning to travel to Squam Lake in New Hampshire for the Squam Art Workshops. Andrea and Cheryl and I were the flying half of the Canadian contingent. We woke up at OMG-WTF-WERE-WE-THINKING o’clock in the morning to catch the Porter Airlines flight that NO ONE flies. Which got us into Boston and in our rental car shortly after rush hour.

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Quick drive up I-93 and we were registered and lying on the dock with our feet in the water in no time.

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Cheryl, a little excited.
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Andrea's natural state of being

It was an incredible few days. We lived here:

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Jonatha sang.

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(I was way too shy to be all fan-girly and tell her how long I’ve loved her music and how I first heard Bruce Cockburn talk about her on the radio when I lived in New Hampshire, ran out and bought Plumb and have spent the past 16 years stalking the folk section of every record store I go into — while shoving yarn into her hand.  Sigh.)

I learned that I hate to sew.  I love fabric and thread and all things fibre.  I love the finished product.  But the actually sitting down at the machine and sewing?  Not my thing.

Gudrun ensured that I will NEVER have to sew in a sleeve again, and that there is no excuse for me not to have well-fitting sleeve caps or sleeves that are ridiculously long.

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Cat blew my mind open.

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Doesn’t look like much, I know, but there is so much learning and discovery in those little stitches. (Yes Cat, I recorded everything I did!)

There were blurry knitters…

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And not so blurry ones.

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Megan sold yarn at the Marketplace.

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Natalie sold her patterns and some of our yarn…and tried very hard not to notice me taking photos of her booth.

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There was colour inspiration.

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And then it was time to leave. On our way back, we decided to take a whirlwind side trip to Portsmouth NH, where I lived for 2 years.

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My little town has grown up.

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Nineteen minutes in Portsmouth, and then it was time to hit the airport.

So, you know how you need to be at the airport 2 hours ahead of time for international flights? Well, we fully intended to be. We left Portsmouth a little late, I fully admit. But not that late. And nothing could have prepared us for the perfect storm of a disaster that was graduation weekend in Boston. Combined with lane closures on the highway. Mixed in with regular weekend traffic. But I really think it was the ambulance wailing up behind us and the subsequent harried shuffling of cars that declared we were in big trouble.

We were going to miss our flight.

Seriously. It was a conspiracy. Someone is going to write a sitcom about the rental car shuttle bus. That stopped at EVERY. SINGLE. STOP. whether it needed to or not. And really? We got the TRAINING shuttle? With the trainee driver, who was also learning english.

Head. Desk.

Cue the German mother and son with 10. Yes, you heard that right TEN pieces of luggage. Including hockey sticks. And a saxophone. That explosion you heard round the world? That was Andrea having an aneurysm.

Which explains what happened next. Andrea, running up to the counter frantically waving her arms insisting that she needed to get to BOSTON NOW. Yes. Boston. The city we were currently in. Not Toronto, where our families and lives were waiting for us.

Whatever she said next, worked. The lovely Dionne from Porter Airlines got us on our flight, and seemed slightly confused that we were so happy about it. The Homeland Security guy even laughed as we quickly told him our story on our way through the body scan machines at security. Heck, we even had time to do some last minute souvenir shopping before getting on the plane.

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Also: almost missing your flight means you get your beer first.

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By the way, Cheryl, Andrea and I swore a blood oath not to ever EVER tell you we missed our plane. Taking that secret to the grave.

Not missing our flight, after arriving at the airport 35 minutes before takeoff? No chance in hell we’re keeping THAT a secret!

Knitalong!

The second anniversary of Indigodragonfly is coming up soon, and to celebrate we’ve decided to hold a summer-long knitalong.  In the spirit of Malabrigo March, we originally thought that we’d hold it for a month, but since there are no months that start with the letter I, we’ve decided to make it a summer-long event (Indi-une, Indi-uly, Indi-gust).

This will be a low-stress, high-fun knitalong.  Consider it an opportunity to challenge yourself with a large project, to finish languishing works in progress, or to jump in and start those club patterns you’ve been keeping in the corner.  We’ll also be releasing the pattern/workshop for the Cliffs of Insanity scarf, and offering a sub-group to work on that.

preview of Cliffs of Insanity

Rules:

1) You must knit with Indigodragonfly yarn to qualify.

Really, that’s it.

Key dates:

Cast on:  June 23 (Kim’s birthday)

Photos of cast on projects due by: July 14 (official anniversary of Indigodragonfly)

End of Knitalong:  September 6

Photos and reports of finished objects or best attempts:  September 10

All registered Knitalong participants will be eligible for prizes (categories to be determined and made up at our whim…what…you thought we’d be predictable?)

Sign up for the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong of Doom (Cute and Cuddly, of course) here.  And join the Ravelry Group.

An Announcement, & More Merino Sock Goodness!!

** PLEASE NOTE: As you may or may not be aware of, as of Midnight, Thursday June 2, the employees of Canada Post have voted to go on strike, disrupting mail service across Canada in specific cities one at a time via rotating strikes (so far, Winnipeg, and tomorrow, Hamilton). As a result, and we at indigodragonfly do apologize in advance, there may be delays in shipping, as Canada Post is our main shipper. Contract negotiations between the Canada Post Employees Union and the Federal Government are ongoing, and hopefully the situation will be resolved quickly and painlessly (the last time there was a postal strike in Canada, it was 11 years ago and lasted only two weeks before the Federal Government legislated everyone back to work). As of noon Friday June 3, Canada Post management says operations are pretty much business as usual, and the word from our local post office is that they’re open for business and processing mail, with only the towns affected by the rotating strikes having their mail being delayed a day or two. Should the strike expand country-wide and/or parcel shipping becomes time-sensitive, we will obviously explore the route of courier services, passenger pigeons, highly-motivated racing bunnies, hamsters on amphetamines (equipped with GPS devices and the tiniest, cutest saddle bags!), well-bribed yarn mules – whatever works – in order to get the sqooshy goodness out to you, the public!

So once again, we do apologize in advance for any delays, but please sit tight, go about your regular perusal/daydreaming about/ordering of the pretty pretty yarn, and we will get it out to you! And as with all regular orders, we’ll work out the shipping situation by email on a per order basis so that everyone is clear on the status of their orders.

Thank You for your Courage, Patience & Grit,

Kim & Ron (apparently Otis is off building a yarn fort…)

**Postscript: at 2 pm today, we received our regular mail delivery, so things are so far looking good!

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There, now that that business has been addressed, it’s time to address the second piece of business on today’s agenda: a new slew o’ Merino Sock!

Some brand spankin’ new colourways, some old favourites, and the odd colourway that hasn’t been available in the Merino Sock base, until now!

And for one special person out there, we are premiering a special colourway in your honour! Once you see it, you’ll know where the name came from… 🙂

So here we go – Enjoy! And remember, if a colourway is Sold Out, you can email us at: orders@indigodragonfly.ca , and we can let you know if its a repeatable colourway and if we can make more!

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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.

Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $24

(Click here to see other Merino Sock colourways in stock!)

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

Sold Out!

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

1 Skein Available

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

2 Skeins Available

Happy Goth

2 Skeins Available

I’ve Been Slimed!

6 Skeins Available

Angst For The Memories

4 Skeins Available

Who’s A Guy Gotta Kill To Get A Drink Around Here? (Angelus)

2 Skeins Available

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

7 Skeins Available

What The Hay?!

1 Skein Available

Self-Elmolation

(Please note: colour is deep red like the picture of the two skeins, and with darker areas – close-up picture hard to photograph & should be as dark as the two skein photo)

3 Skeins Available

Cute, Cuddly Mutant Zombie Squirrels Of Doom (Margaret’s Lament)

Sold Out!

Cute, Cuddly Mutant Zombie Squirrels Of Doom (Margaret’s Lament) (Grim Outcome Edition)

Sold Out!

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet

3 Skeins Available

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy)

10 Skeins Available

The Earth Is Doomed. (Giles)

4 Skeins Available

Bored Now. (Evil Willow)

2 Skeins Available

Eyeballs To Entrails, My Sweet. (Spike)

2 Skeins Available

Goth To A Flame

2 Skeins Available

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BUT WAIT! BONUS SKEIN TIME!!!

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TARDIS

MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 240 yards per skein – $27 per skein

Sold Out!

Bored Now. (Evil Willow)

MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 240 yards per skein – $27 per skein

3 Skeins Available

No Plum Intended

MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 240 yards per skein – $27 per skein

1 Skein Available

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Angst For The Memories

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

1 Skein Available

Cute, Cuddly Mutant Zombie Squirrels Of Doom (Margaret’s Lament)

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

1 Skein Available

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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 (pending postal strike). Canada Post shipping charges to the US start at $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 for air mail. Shipping charges for courier shipments to be determined at point of shipping. 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.