Sweater Knitalong!

Because we had such a great time with the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong of Doom, and because there were several Sweaters of Doom that didn’t quite make it to the finish line, AND because it’s getting cold out there, we aren’t stopping.  Nope.  Can’t make us.

So we’re holding the Indigodragonfly Sweater Knitalong of Doom through the fall and winter.  Much less formal this time…no deadlines or cast on dates…just join in when you can.  Pick up a WIP and finish it off.  Or challenge yourself with something new.

All activity and discussion will happen in the Indigodragonfly Knitalong of Doom group on Ravelry.  Come and join us and jump into the discussion!

I want to be a better sweater knitter and make things that fit me and flatter me.  And I want to help you get there too.  So there will be postings, resource lists and discussions that will help us do just that.  An index of all that information can be found here on Ravelry and also right here on our blog under the Knitalong! tab.

To help you choose the perfect yarn, we’ll be posting undyed yarn and colour charts so you can choose the perfect combination.

Undyed yarns in stock (descriptions, prices and number of skeins available are listed with each base) We will update this as more yarn becomes available.

Colours! We will also update this page as photos become available.

Until November 1, 2011, all yarn ordered for the Sweater Knitalong (sweater amounts only) is 10% off! Just mention that you’re participating in the KAL when you place your order.

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Knit Night at Needles in the Hay

For months now, I’ve been trying to get down to Needles in the Hay for their Tuesday knit night. And since, well, MAY! Every Tuesday has conspired to bring a meeting or workshop or fierce deadline that has made it impossible.

Then there was the email requesting “ALL the yarn…I need ALLLLLLL the yarn…”

So I scooped up Lili and Carly (who you might remember from this post), 2 of my students from last winter at the Haliburton School of the Arts Visual Arts Program and headed to Peterborough last Tuesday night. Clearly they understand that traveling with me means that at some point they will be photographed for the blog, and took it very well.

Needles in the Hay - Knit Night

(Lili may have been seen fixing her hair right before this photo…I’m expecting complete non-chalance by next time)

We didn’t bring ALL the yarn, but did bring a healthy sized box for Bridget and a small crate of samples of other bases. I should have taken a photo of what happened next. Especially the slightly horrified look on Bridget’s face. Apparently hoards of people descending on the shop and diving into the new box of yarn doesn’t happen every week?

When things settled down, I checked in on Carly’s new scarf:

Needles in the Hay - Knit Night

She’s making it up as she goes along…changing stitches and adding eyelets, and whatever strikes her fancy.

Sasha and her Dr. Who cross stitch project:
Needles in the Hay - Knit Night

All the Doctors will be on her wall. All of them. (No, I still haven’t watched an episode. Mock at will.)

Perpetual motion Bridget:
Knit Night at Needles in the Hay

Um, the camera slipped…and I wasn’t even trying to take a photo…it was actually upside down and sideways. Could have been much worse. And yes. She’s wearing yarn.

And her lovely store and customers:

Needles in the Hay - Knit Night

I need to do this more often.

PS: yes, this means that after the “Great Indigodragonfly Drought of 2011”, Needles in the Hay has more yarn. 🙂

A Few New Odds & Ends

Hiya,

Just re-winding up some freshly-dried skeins and adding them to the general population, all for ye…

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Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $24DSC_0005

Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School. (Lorne The Host) – 1 Skein Available

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Nancy Spungenbob – 2 Skeins Available

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Sweet, Snuggly, Morally-Bankrupt Reaver Chipmunks Of Woe (Lord Have Mercy On Our Ankles Edition) – 1 Skein Available

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Grrr….Arf!!!! (Mutant Wheaten) – 3 Skeins Available (1 lighter skein)

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MCN Lace: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 600 yards per skein – $28

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Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School. (Lorne The Host) – 1 Skein Available

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MCN Worsted: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 200 yards per skein – $28

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Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School. (Lorne The Host) – 1 Skein Available

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Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk, 430 yards, 100g, $29

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

Well, Put Me On The Short Bus And Send Me Off To Clueless School. (Lorne The Host) – Sold Out!

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MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $28

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Grrr….Arf!!!! (Mutant Wheaten) – 3 Skeins 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 $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 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 Yarn Base – 100% Merino

Big. Honking. Pelts.

100% Merino – a Big Boy of a Skein, coming in at 700 yards (640 m) and 250 g each, all together equalling 50% Uh-Huh & 50% Oh Yeah (but not Oliver Jewellers TV commercials “Oh Yeah!” – don’t YouTube these commercials; quite possibly the worst ads on Ontario Canada television!)

Did we mention they’re Big. And. Honking.

Enjoy!!

100% Merino – 100% Merino, 700 yds/640 m, 250 g, $60

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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 $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 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 Yarn Base – Silky Cashmere Lace

Super Squishy! Beyond Soft!! Goatdillyicious!!! And best of all, its NEW!!!!!

Mmmmm…………Silky Cashmere Lace…………..Mmmmmmmm…………………….

Silky Cashmere Lace is a loving blend of 70%(!!) Long Staple Cashmere and 30% Silk, comes in per skein at 420 yards (384 m) and 50 grams.

Check ‘er out on the link below, an’ Enjoy!!!

Silky Cashmere Lace – 70% Long Staple Cashmere/30% Silk, 420 yds/384 m, 50g, $45

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The Return Of The Bamboo

Back by Popular Demand…

Once upon a time, the Merino Silk Bamboo Sock forests were decimated by strange, ravenous Panda-like creatures with many cold feet and a penchant for mischief. But through some cunning international espionage and crafty DNA re-sequencing (translation: we ordered more), the stocks are replenished and ready to revitalize all those yarn stashes left barren and blighted.

Okay, enjoy!

But hurry, before the lousy pandas get it…

Merino Silk Bamboo Sock: 60% Merino, 15% Silk, 15% Bamboo – 370 yds/90g skein, $25

Whedonchickens!

Every once in awhile, one comes across things in life that, given the right (or bent) frame of mind, can come across as silly, hilarious, or just plain wrong. Now, these things that turn out to be just plain wrong are also usually the funniest (as long as your local police force doesn’t become involved).

So awhile back, one of our minions happened to mention that they had a bunch/gaggle/flock/horde of chickens. Okay – nice. But what makes these chickens blog-worthy is that they’re actually Whedonchickens.

Whedonchickens?

Yes, somewhere out there in the Alterno-Realo-Whedonverse, there are Whedonchickens! (Trademark Mutant Cluck)

Clockwise, starting at bottom left: Cordelia,Winifred, Drusilla, Buffy, Willow, Glory and Harmony.

Big Anya (11 pounds of terrifying demonishness!! Also, no longer afraid of bunnies…)

And, of course, because she’s living in the nest of luxury & sees the world just a leetle bit differently than the rest of the herd/flock/rabble: Inara!

So there you have it: Whedonchickens! (thanks Karen!)

Next Week’s Blogpost: Reaver Chipmunks!!

New Yarn Base: Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock

Sign-ups are open for the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club!

In pursuit of things nice & squooshy & shiny, we proudly present the newest Yarn Kid On The Block: Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock!!

MS4PS made its debut at the Sock Summit in Portland last month, and was pretty much sold out by show’s end. A second batch made its way to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters Fair last week, also meeting with similar positive results. So now, here’s your chance to partake in the yarn-y goodness!!

MS4PS comes in at a nice 430 yards (393 m), 100 g & $29 per skein, and is a 50/50 blend of Superwash Merino and Silk, making it shiny yet tough!

To view the available colourways, click on to the MS4PS link below, or from the Available Yarns page!

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk – 430 yards per skein – 100 g – $29

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock – Yer New Best Friend!!!

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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 $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 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.

Reasons I Love Our Local Yarn Stores #762

We went to Peterborough for the day today, where we stopped in to visit Bridget at Needles in the Hay and saw this*:

OK…got it. We’re bringing yarn down next Tuesday and hanging out at Bridget’s Knit Night (which I’ve been dying to do all summer).

If you can join us, come visit!

*Sorry Bridget. Couldn’t resist showing how you’re keeping our shelf warm for us!