Postcard

Dear Minions,

(Um, the human ones…that aren’t here in Portland)

We are here:

Sock Summit Day 1

Doing stuff like this:
Sock Summit Day 1

Having many brushes with greatness.

Natalie and Rachel and Tina and Stephen and Stephanie and Debbi are taking great care of us.

Miss you! (but ok with not sharing ALL the yarn fumes)

Love
Us

PS: Otis is living the life of bacon and air conditioning. We should all be so lucky. Do not worry about the mutt.

Off To The Sock Summit!

Okay, so we’re sneaking towards the door…to the car…vroom!!!!!

So obviously, we won’t be home to ship anything, but will be checking emails occasionally and will be back on Aug. 2 in th’ flesh to handle all yer yarn need-y stuff!

In the meantime, if you’re out near Portland Oregon, stop in to the Sock Summit (Booth 1001 – now there’s an easy number to remember!) & play a game of Pet The Skein!

Okay, gotta go…

 

Yarn Economics 101

I bring you Yarn Economics 101, brought to you by hunger, exhaustion, yarn fumes and the giddiness that comes from knowing that a woman named Buffy has made it her calling in life to ensure our boxes get to Sock Summit safely and on time.

The full picture:

Pay full attention:

The boxes of yarn start in Haliburton (you can tell, because of the trees…and the rocks…cause no one else ANYWHERE has trees or rocks, right?) and goes towards Seattle, making a sharp turn toward Portland.

(I do not know why the International visual symbol of Portland is a tugboat. I’ve learned when I ask these things, a colourway loses its depth)

To Sock Summit:

(You can tell where the Convention Centre is…it will have socks on top of it)

There, the knitters will gobble up the yarn and make scarves for unappreciative relatives.

Who will throw them up into a tree. With a cat. Who will need to be rescued by the local fire department. Who will drive past a sheep spontaneously leaving fully leaving skeins of fully intact, freshly spun wool behind. (I’ve been assured that is wool, and not poop. In it’s defense, it is blue)

Which will fly itself to Canada to be mailed out to all the friendly knitters around the world.

(Some of you may have been specifically named, but smooshed under the plate of quesadilla. Sorry.)

The End.

Colour!

Over the past year, I’ve developed a thing for Stephen West and his wonderful scarves and shawls.  I’ve knit 4 since last October, and find I’m not really happy when I don’t have one on the needles.  I particularly like my Clockwork scarf (Ravelry link), but really wish it was a little bit bigger.

So I decided to pull out some Merino Sock that I’ve had stashed, and make a bigger one. And I had the perfect colours put aside too!

These:

Inara, Grr...Arg

And then I walked by my finished Clockwork:

Clockwork

Ummmmm…colour rut.  Can anyone relate?

In the meantime, I found out about Stephen’s Mystery Shawl Knitalong and thought that would be fun.  And because it runs through August, I can totally add it to my pile of Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong of Doom projects, right? When Stephen sent participants this link to some colour inspiration yarn combinations, I knew what I had to do next.  Empty the stash and put colours together to see what sings.

(I’ve indicated which of these are available for sale now…orders must be placed by Sunday July 17 at 10 pm EDT, for shipment on Monday.  All others are available for order, with deliveries to be shipped after we return from Sock Summit, before August 15.  How to order)

Some possibilities for Clockwork:

Bored Now, Elsewhere Lorne, Elsewhere

And for the Mystery Shawl:

Available immediately ($72 per set), click on photos for colour details:
Elsewhere, Bored Now, InaraIndigo, Hootenanny, MoneySicilian, Turkeys, Blue Sun/Dark Highlights

 

For order only, click on photos for colour details:

Angst, Grr...Arg, BoyfriendInara, Boyfriend, Grr..arg

Grr...Arg., Boyfriend, Inararandom, Grr...Arg, BoyfriendTardis, Buffy, Blue SunBoyfriend, Elsewhere, InaraGrrr...Arg, Elsewhere, InaraBored Now, Turkeys, IndigoBored Now, Turkeys, BoyfriendBored Now, Turkeys, GilesStormin' the Castle, Grrr...Arg., randomStormin', Buffy, Blue SunAngst, Indigo, LorneInara, Boyfriend, Grr..arg

We’re 2!

Today is Indigodragonfly’s official second anniversary!

Thank you to all of you for making it possible for us to live this dream and spend every day surrounded by rich fibres and colours.

As you all know, we’re celebrating this year with the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong of Doom.  If you’re already signed up, why not leave us a comment and let us know how it’s going or pop over to the Cast On/WIP thread in the Knitalong group on Ravelry and show us a progress shot.  If you’re just joining us, it’s not too late to join in.  All details and relevant links can be found in this thread in the Knitalong Ravelry group.  And don’t be shy, just jump into the conversation and introduce yourself.

Look what else we’ve done to celebrate:

buttons!

BUTTONS! With yarn and your favourite colour names on them! I swear, we were going to do 6…and then that turned into 12…and now there are 21 designs because we just couldn’t narrow it down. They’re pretty fun.

Some will find their way into random packages. But if you’re DYING for a full set or a few specific ones, you can order these as well. $1 per button, or the full set of 21 for $18. Email us at ordersATindigodragonfly.ca to place your orders.

For those of you not going to Sock Summit, we’ll be posting a few updates over the next few days and will make our final run to the post office next Friday on our way out of town.  Stay tuned, we have some fun things coming up!

If you are going to Sock Summit, come and visit us in Booth #1001!

She Sells Sea Cell By The Sea Shore

Please, Ladies and Gentlemen, and now, kindly, The Better Things Social Club brings you a quiet poem by the sea…

ON STAGE

And you breathe in the moment –

The sea is upon you

Roaring in your caves

Chuckling as a King Gull

In full sardine bib.

And you reveal the surf –

Open, flexing, nervous

Scuttling tumbly fretting fiddlers

And flicking sputnik’d urchins into giddy orbit.

Amongst the nets

There is a sailor and

He is naked and Greek and beautiful.

Dangling from your hook tails

He glitters of ancient porcelains

A starfish in an extraordinary dusk

Sunday prayers in a shark’s eye.

And you exhale the audience –

It is blood

And salt

And candy.

It is

Yours.

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Okay, now would everyone please put you teacups and finger sandwiches down (Hey! You – yes you – stop cramming yer filthy gob – Put. The. Sandwich. Down.), and Michel, you would be a lamb and kindly pause your beautiful violin playing, it is now time to BREAK OUT TH’ FREAKIN’ YARN! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PARTY ONNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

End Scene.

Fade. 

(insert gratuitous applause here)

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Sea Cell Silk – 60% sea cell/40% silk – 640 yds/585 m per 115 g skein – $35 per skein

Sea Cell Silk – An excellent shiny alternative to animal fibres, and totally shiny-awesome for those with wool allergies! Also, its SHINY!!

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.

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TARDIS – Sold Out

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Captain Tight Pants – Sold Out

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Angst For The Memories – 1 Skein Available

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You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair! – Sold Out

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Squeals When Boiled – Sold Out

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And Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End. – Sold Out!

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What The Hay?! – 1 Skein Available

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My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy) – Sold Out

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

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Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer – 1 Skein Available

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Myopic Chickadee – 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.

Get Lucky at the Highlands Fibre Fling!

Last year we had an open house at our studio and called it the Highlands Fibre Fling.  It was fun.  People came.  We showed people how we dye.  (I never think it’s that interesting to watch, but I am apparently WRONG)  We had work from other artisans.  And a steady flow of people came and went but didn’t really stick around.  (Leaving more food for Darby, Ron and I)

It wasn’t quite what we expected.  We thought people would come and hang out for part of the day, sit on the lawn and knit or spin with us.

So this year we were on a mission to keep some of you here a little longer.  But first you need some background.

Sometimes I dye sparkly yarn.  For other people.  For, really, ANY other people.  Because (and I know this is going to be a shock to some of you) I am decidedly not a sparkly yarn kind of person.  I put glitter on a homemade Christmas card last year.  That was weird.

The unicorn jokes started when my friend Anastasia pointed out she could TOTALLY see me frolicking in a meadow with the fairies and the unicorns… oh, wait…

So our mission? To find a unicorn piñata. We travelled all over the land…to the far off metropoli of Lindsay and Peterborough and Bracebridge, to no avail. Until one night, in a late night fit of ice cream craving (read: OMG the grocery stores are open until 10 pm!  We must go to one at 9:55 to get ice cream!), we happened upon Lucky at our own local grocery store.

Meet Lucky:

(I know. I’m kinda worried)

Now, we had to make sure that Lucky was the RIGHT kind of unicorn:

But then we turned our backs for one minute, and…

This is not the way to make your way quietly through a busy grocery store…just saying:

I wish I had had the camera handy when Ron told the lovely woman in front of us in line, “Yeah, he’s going to be beaten to death by a bunch of knitters.”

So join us in beating the crap out of Lucky on August 13!

Highland Fibre Fling (Ravelry Event listing link – RSVP there!)
Saturday August 13
10 am – 4 pm
1932 Kennisis Lake Rd., near West Guilford in Haliburton County
Map

For directions:
ordersATindigodragonfly.ca (replace “AT” with “@”)
705-854-1275

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!

Otherwise known as “oh crap, the tourists are here and there’s actually a line up at the grocery store and no parking in town” day here in Haliburton.  😉

Our exhibit Skeins, Brains and Reds That Squeal is opening at the Art Hive today, and runs until July 14.  If you’re in the area, drop by and see the gigantic pile of yarn!  There’s also an opening tonight from 7-9 pm.  Feel free to drop by.  Come over to the dark side…we have cookies.  No, really.