Squid And Nancy

First there was Squid Vicious:

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Now, Squid is a nice fellow, but of late, has been a lonely boy.

Bollocks to that.

Those days are over.

Introducing: Nancy Spungenbob!

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Yes, Nancy is a wild spongy yellow, trousered with dark brown and just a touch of blue/green for those beautiful eyes. Loud and kicking, Nancy plays well with Squid, although the neighbours have been complaining of the rancorous 3 a.m. music, so they’re looking for a new squat. Any takers?

Squid And Nancy. A Love Story.

Love Them.

Nancy Spungenbob – Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn, 390 yds/100g skein, $24 – Sold Out!

Nancy Spungenbob – Merino Silk Lace: 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $35 – 3 Available

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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).

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Hello Goodbye; or, Ah Twisty Tweed Sock, We Hardly Knew Ye

PLEASE NOTE: COLOURWAY AVAILABILITY UPDATED DEC. 16/11!!

Every now and then, we like to browse through our distributors’ catalogues to see if there might be any new yarn bases we’d like to try.

A few months ago, we came across this kinda cool sock yarn that is 100% Merino, with a Superwash ply. The result? Twisty Tweed Sock!

Now, we tried dyeing some, and the results were pretty neat: the Merino took the dyes in a muted tone, but the Superwash ply tended to take the dye with much more definition. So, the end product looks like it has two colours in one, sorta tweedy, but in a sqooshy sock base.

Cool, right?

Well, after dyeing some up for all the minions to play with, the distributor decided to discontinue the base. Booooooo!!!!!!!!!

So, it appears that we have a base that plays really neat-o with colour that has already become a collectors item before its time. The distributor does have a bit left, so we thought we’d rush this into the blogosphere to see if there’s enough interest in us possibly scooping the remainder, thus keeping y’all happy & giving you access to a base no-one else can ever get. Ever.

Okay, so here we go. Take a gander, and let us know if you’re in the thumbs up or thumbs down camp. And as Brandt said to The Dude, “Her life is in your hands,” so goes the fate of Twisty Tweed Sock. Let us know!

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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.

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Twisty Tweed Sock – 100% Merino with 1 Ply Superwash, 402 m/440 yds, 115 g,
needle 2.5 – 3.75 mm/us 1.5 – 5, gauge 6 – 8 sts per 2.5 cm/1 in., $25/skein

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Grrr….Argh…. (Mutant Enemy) – 1 Dark, 1 Light AvailablDSC_0073

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair! – 1 Available

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The Earth Is Doomed. (Giles) – 1 Skein Available

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Tweety Of Versailles – 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.

Awwwww!!!!

So you may have heard that Jen is having a baby.

Wednesday was her baby shower at Lettuce Knit, one of my favourite traditions with my knit night, so I spent the early part of the week knitting these:

baby socks!!
baby socks!!
baby socks!!

Baby socks. So tiny and freaking cute I can hardly stand it. Baby feet need to be warm.

And I’ll have you know that these were knit, while dyeing with no power and no water. That’s how amazing these tiny socks are. (There may have been comments on the phone about putting orders through once we got back from 1869)

Jen’s been such an amazing supporter and wonderful friend. She’s also the funniest, snarkiest person I know, so clearly the names of the colours I used were most important: Groverkill, The Pursuit of Meh. and of course, most important of all…2 Minutes for Sarcasm.

I think there will be a little set of patterns soon. And I think there will be seven…a pair for every day of the week.

Visitors

Going a little bit backwards here, but the week before the Fling, the Keris came to visit and stay in the Knitters Room. Two of my friends. Both knitters. Both named Keri, which is not at ALL confusing.

And they brought the Yarn Baby.  Remember her?  She came to our retreat in February, and we dumped her in a vat of yarn:

Retreat

She’s a little bigger now. Big enough to get her very own bag of yarn:

Yarn Baby!

(because at Auntie Indi’s house, everyone gets yarn!)

Otis was not at all sure about these new people, but seemed to settle in OK:

Otis did not take to Keri AT ALL!

(When you come to visit, Otis will warm your feet)

Otis will keep your feet warm

And Keri…the other one…got in an amazing amount of knitting time!

Nap time = KNITTING TIME....GO!!!!!!

Yarn Baby was ever so helpful.  She and ‘Dread kept us all in line:

J with 'Dread

And of course she kept everyone updated with her tweets:

Yarn Baby tweets!

Just a wonderful few days of laughing and knitting and enjoying friends.  I highly recommend it.

Flung

Psssttt…flash sale on 4 ply cashmere for 1 week only here.

So a week and a half ago, we had a little thingie at our house/studio. You know, I don’t plan these things lightly.  A little event at my house, with the yarn and stuff…  We market and people say they’re coming and we go to the grocery store and get enough food to feed a small army. People tell us they’re coming and we’ve learned that for every person who RSVP’s, there’s at least 1 who doesn’t. We do all of that. But I have to admit, there is a teeny part of me that looks up and sees EVERY INCH of my house filled with people and goes “HOLY CRAP!”

And that’s what happened on August 13.

We were minion-ready:
Ready!

Andrea…well, we call her ‘Dread…had her best highlighter on (but not her pants…those were left with some bartender in Portland…I really don’t want to know the details)

We stocked the shelves:
Ready!

Our box of yarn leftover from Sock Summit arrived late Friday afternoon. Talk about cutting it close!

Val arrived first (seen here conversing with ‘Dread)…
So Val, the way you spin is...

…bearing gifts, including a wedding gift for us (our first!)
gifts from Val!

and one of her exquisitely made project bags
gifts from Val!

And then there was a flood of others, and of course I didn’t get any pictures of any of them. Thank goodness for Val’s husband Kev who took these shots:
knitters
knitters

I stopped counting at 50.

And I have to tell you that when you see this happening…
Rayna and I up to no good

…there is really only one assumption to make: Unicorn stitch markers. And sparkly cards. (this would be a much better photo if I wasn’t laughing so hard)
Unicorns AND sparkles.  Oh. Joy.

Rayna and Val, very proud of themselves. (They were also standing VERY far away from me…)
Rayna and Val are very very bad...

Unicorn assasination glee:
Ready for the massacre

Some a LITTLE more eager than others. 😉
Unicorn pinata antics

Sasha and her beautiful, freshly knit Ironic Hipster is Ironic hat from the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination June Club package
Unicorn pinata antics

Things did not end well for Lucky:
Oh Andrea...

Unicorn innards
Pinata bounty.  Heh.

(there was yarn and buttons too…they didn’t quite last as long…)

Requests?

‘Dread test knitting Jenn’s new cowl pattern, Ripper
Test knitting for Jenn
(Run! Download! Now! C’mon…1 measly skein of MCN Sport…plus! It’s a Buffy inspired pattern… Giles…all organized and straight-laced but coming slightly apart at the edges? BRILLIANT!)

And some dyeing:
Dyeing demos

Which turned into “How Many Minions Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb”
How Many Minions Does It Take To Screw in a Lightbulb

It scares me when you get together and plot:
Oh Andrea...

And so it must all end eventually…with pure sugar:
Oh Andrea...

And the inevitable sugar crash:
Strung out on the sugar

So much fun in one day. I think we need to do it again.

Next year’s date: Saturday August 18. Book it! We may also organize a Friday knit night at the Art Hive for anyone who wants to make a weekend out of it. I think you should join us!

Update: Sock, Sock and Sock

Look! Yarn!

Not only are we back from Sock Summit, but our yarn has gradually sauntered back as well.

Today’s update includes MCN Sock, Merino Sock and a brand new base, Merino Nylon Sock. Merino Nylon Sock is just like our Merino Sock, but includes 20% Nylon.

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, click here.

MCN Sock – $28 per skein (3 ply, 80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 375 yds per 115g)

Lambada 3: It’s Tepid
Lambada 3: It's Tepid
2 skeins available

Well Put Me on the Shortbus and Send Me Off to Clueless School
Well Put Me on the Shortbus and Send Me Off to Clueless School
2 skeins available

This is Your Brain on Cookies
This is Your Brain on Cookies
SOLD OUT

Angst for the Memories
Angst for the Memories
1 skein available

Clown Goth (limited edition)
Clown Goth
1 skein available

Squeals When Boiled
Squeals When Boiled
1 skein available

Merino Nylon Sock – $24 per skein (2 ply, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 375 yds per 100g)

Exalt of the Earth (limited edition)
Exalt of the Earth (limited edition)
SOLD OUT

What the Hay!?
What the Hay?!
2 skeins available

You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair!
You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair!
1 skein available

Grrr…Arg.
Grrr...Arg
1 skein available

Sesame Street Walker
Sesame Street Walker
2 skeins available

Groverkill
Groverkill
2 skeins available

Merino Sock – $24 per skein (2 ply, 100% superwash merino, 390 yds per 100 g)

Grrr…Arg
Grrr...Arg
1 skein available

My Boyfriend Had a Bicentennial
My Boyfriend had a Bicentennial
1 skein available (dark skein)

Groverkill
Groverkill
2 skeins available

Don’t You Have an Elsewhere to Be?
Don't You Have an Elsewhere to Be?
Sold Out!

What’s a Guy Gotta Do to Get a Drink Around Here? (Angelus)
Who's a Guy Gotta Kill to Get a Drink Around Here?
1 skein available

Captain Tight Pants
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SOLD OUT!

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer
Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer
1 skein available

When I Bit Into Him, I Could Taste the Ocean
When I Bit Into Him, I Could Hear the Ocean
2 skeins available

Tweety of Versailles
Tweety of Versailles
Sold Out!

You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair!
You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair!
1 skein available

June Club Package: So Hip It Hurts

This post has been delayed by postal strikes, heatwaves, dyeing in heatwaves, a little Sock Summit thingie, supplier issues and a doomed unicorn. Sorry about that. (OK, maybe not so sorry about the unicorn.)

The Colourway: Hungry Hungry Hipster
The name Hungry Hungry Hipsters came from loyal minion Keri.
Though she really had no idea WHAT the colour should be, just thought it was a cool name. So it was filed away in the back of my brain.

Until Amy Duncan tweeted wayyyyyy back in February that she was mentally designing a hat pattern in her head on the bus:

The Pattern: Ironic Hipster is Ironic

SO! When 2 great ideas come together, you get a June Club package.

Colours that represent the broody, over important versions of the popular 1970’s game Hungry Hungry Hippos (which I was never allowed to own and had to sneak over to friends’ houses to play)

We took advantage of the dark natural colour of the Bam Yak yarn and overdyed it with super saturated brights. The Nut Free silk was dyed
twice to get a similar effect, although the colours less subdued. 4
colours, named after the Hippos themselves (you didn’t know they had names, did you?):

plum – Lizzie teal – Homer rust – Henry brown – Harry

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For those with allergies to animal fibers, we sent out a lovely silk single that took the colour much more vibrantly:

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Two colours, in any combination are used in the pattern. See how well Homer and Lizzie play together?

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The pattern? A slouchy hat that makes you too cool and hip to care. Just by knitting it.

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I love this little cut out in the back:

Ironic 1 (Copyright Amy Duncan, 2012)

The Artisan: Sandi Luck

Sandi loves colour even more than we do. She is a multi-faceted textile artist and fellow member of the Art Hive Maple Lake Artisan’s Collective.

We conned her into making these little felted bowls for us, after I got one for Christmas.

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These bowls are just a tiny sample of the work she does, using bright, saturated colours and rich fibres and fabrics to make wraps, belts, cuffs, wall hangings and tuffets that Miss Muffet would be thrilled to have.

But really, just look at these colours:

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(I’m told there are bits and pieces of Indigodragonfly in some of these…see if you can pick them out)

JUNE CLUB PACKAGE

Tomorrow

You think you know who this is, don’t you?

Nope. This is Luckier. He’s still on the shelf at the grocery store, flanked by what I can only assume is the Pinãta Mafia.

Here’s where Luckier WON’T be tomorrow (and I’m sure he’s gravely disappointed):

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

Detailed directions from Toronto, Bracebridge and Haliburton.
Please note: GPS and Googlemaps do not work in Haliburton County and will get you lost. You can use googlemaps to get you to Bracebridge (west) and Haliburton (east), but after that I highly recommend using my directions.

Need more information? Have questions? Email us:
ordersATindigodragonfly.ca (replace “AT” with “@”)

One Week Till the Fling!

Come join us at the Highlands Fibre Fling, one week from today. The Fling is our annual open house. A chance to see our studio, see dyeing demonstrations and hang out and knit and spin with other knitters/spinners. This year we also have Schacht spinning wheels on hand for you to try, and Cricket looms…and of course, ALL the yarn. And a BBQ. So please join us!

Highland Fibre Fling (Ravelry Event listing link – RSVP there so we know how much food to have on hand)
Saturday August 13
10 am – 4 pm
1932 Kennisis Lake Rd., near West Guilford in Haliburton County
Map

Detailed directions from Toronto, Bracebridge and Haliburton.
Please note: GPS and Googlemaps do not work in Haliburton County and will get you lost. You can use googlemaps to get you to Bracebridge (west) and Haliburton (east), but after that I highly recommend using my directions.

Need more information? Have questions? Email us:
ordersATindigodragonfly.ca (replace “AT” with “@”)

Sock Summit 2011

Portland is a beautiful city, with great neighbourhoods and lots to do and see. We arrived a day before Sock Summit, so spent some time exploring.

We could travel anywhere from our hotel and the convention centre, to downtown without paying a fare!

Portland Day 1

What a way to encourage people to use transit and keep cars off the road.

Bridget told us about the food trucks, but we had no idea how many we’d find! Blocks of them, with every food you can possibly think of.

Portland Day 1

Portland Day 1

And line ups at each one. We had Polish food:

Portland Day 2

The convention centre!

Portland Day 2

Surrounded by Sock Summit banners:

Sock Summit signs

Sock Summit signs

Sock Summit signs

We set up Thursday morning.

Sock Summit Day 1

And practiced our salespitch:

“It’s not just a sock”
Sock Summit Day 1

(Note Janel: our token American, who took the money for us, to keep us within NAFTA regulations. There’s also a performance art piece about shipping according to NAFTA, but you really have to see it in person)

“They smell great!”
Sock Summit Day 1

“Backscratcher…”
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“And hey! You can even golf with them!”
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And we were ready.
Sock Summit Day 1

Sock Summit Day 1

For the hoards to start bursting in. (I met a woman in line for food at 1:00 pm who was on her way over to get in line. The marketplace opened at 4:30. That’s hardcore dedication.)

Entrance at 4:29:
Sock Summit Day 1

Entrance at 4:30:
Sock Summit Day 1

Yes. They are running.

The Asterisk that launched a thousand Asterisks:
Sock Summit Day 1

Thelma and Louise (um, they are the feet.)
Sock Summit Day 1

VERY friendly instructors:
Oh Deb....

(Actually, Deb and I noticed in line at Starbucks that we had the same glasses…see?)
Oh Deb....

Maria brought us beer and chocolate…for, um, sustainability…
I love Maria.  That is all

Our minion met another minion.

Minion cousins!!!

And some other weird creatures of the knit-travel persuasion:
Minion makes friends

We made friends with the drinkers:
The Drinkers

Laura from California, Amy (Edmonton), Sheila, Lorie and Laurie (both from Edmonton, and apologies if I’ve spelled the names wrong!)

Glenna had a birthday party.
Glenna gets all the love

And I got to meet people in person that I’ve only ever known online, like Shannon:
Shannon is never NOT in action

And Amy, Caro and Stitchy:
Caro, Amy and Stitchy

And, of course, Stephen:
Oh Stephen...

And see friends from Squam, like Jill and Cal:
Cal and Jill

Also: Indigodragonfly is the fastest yarn in Portland!…at Sock Summit…ok, the fastest knitter at Sock Summit knit with our yarn. Turkeys apparently CAN fly. Congrats Deb!

I think people may have liked the yarn. Melissa came back on the last day, after literally scraping together all her pennies to buy one last skein:
"Look!  I saved up my pennies to buy your yarn!"

Indecision 2011: Will it be the red, or the red.
Melissa's portrait of indecision.

Yes, we did accept Canadian Tire money:
We weren't kidding...we can now buy a tank of gas with Can Ti money

(don’t laugh. We made enough for a tank and a half of gas!)

So this is what we started with on Thursday:
Sock Summit Day 1
(with an additional box of yarn under the table)

And this is what was left at the end of Sunday:
After.
(and half of that is off to Knit 1 Bead 2 in Arizona)

I think it might be OK that I quit my day job…