Please note, we are still closed until January 16, 2012. All orders, emails and comments will be attended to after that date!
2011 was the year that:
We almost doubled our original membership in the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club, with members in Canada, US, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Dubai, Australia, Greece and Israel.
I quit my day job and became, in the words of Stephanie, “fully yarned”. I thought life would slow down a little. It didn’t.
We applied to be a vendor at Sock Summit, and proceeded to dye all. the. yarn. We learned how to ship huge amounts of yarn across the border with the help of Buffy the Shipping Slayer. And now we have a NAFTA performance art piece that we think nicely sums up what you need to know before doing the paperwork.
And then we WENT to Sock Summit and had our minds blown just a little bit:
We donated Otis Houndation funds to: Knitters Without Borders, The Art Hive, Food for Kids, Artists in the Schools, Winter Folk Camp and a few individual artists who needed a little help. (We’ve also put aside funds for our local food bank and other local charities to give them in February when donations are scarce) If you’ve ever bought yarn from us or asked for your yarn to be wound, you’re part of those contributions and our effort to give back. Thank you.
(We’ve noticed lately that when it comes time for Ron to wind yarn for the “Otis Houndation”, Mr. Wheaton himself staggers downstairs from his lair and plants himself firmly at Ron’s feet to supervise. Because he knows you’re worried about quality control.)
I had my first “fangirl” in the wild moment at Squam. (Thanks Rosie! Yep…still a little freaked out, but in the good way)
We were also reviewed and had our yarn used for a pattern in Knit Circus.
We held the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong of Doom. That clearly has shown no signs of stopping, as the Hat-along, Cowl-along, Wrap-along, Hand-along and the ongoing Fall-Winter KAL of Doom continue. (join us. join us. join us.)
We visited Shall We Knit (where we camped out for a few days and learned the time honoured tradition of “licking the yarn” to claim it as yours. Do not do this in front of Anne Hanson…it’s just embarrassing for everyone.)
We worked with amazing designers, like:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40483055@N00/5357051797/ (link to photo!)
Kim FINALLY published another pattern, Cliffs of Insanity:
(with classes coming soon, possibly to a LYS near you!)
The second annual Highlands Fibre Fling grew exponentially, from 8 in our first year to this:
(I lost count after 50)
We are incredibly touched that people travelled from Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough and North Bay to come and spend the day with us. Flush with success, we’re planning a whole weekend of activities around the Fling for next Summer (August 18), so contact us for travel/accomodation information if you’re interested in coming in 2012.
And of course, Giftapalooza, one of the most fun ideas we’ve ever had.
This photo sums up how we feel right now:
2011. An incredible year. Thank you all for being part of it.
And hold on, cause 2012 is shaping up to be even better!