Come Dye & Knit With Me

Come join me this summer at the Haliburton School of The Arts!  From July 2-6 I’ll be teaching a course called Dyeing to Design.

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You will learn how to dye a full colour wheel of yarn, how to combine colours to reflect your own person colour sense and to design, chart and knit a colourwork pattern. Intarsia, fair isle, stranded knitting and double knitting will all be covered.

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I’ve designed this course to work for knitters and dyers at a variety of skill levels. No previous dyeing experience is necessary, however you should be able to cast on, knit, purl and bind off before registering. And if you’re a more advanced knitter or dyer, I have a pile of challenges to throw at you! 😉

We will also have opportunities to visit the Indigodragonfly studio…in fact, I’m thinking that a class BBQ is in order.

Online registration for Dyeing to Design is here.

There are lots of options for accomodation in Haliburton, including hotels, Bed & Breakfast, rental cottages, small resorts and camping options.  A full Accomodation Directory can be found at the Haliburton Tourism website.

 

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Yarn Update: MCN Sock & DK Superwash!!

Okay, two goodies for updating today!

First up, an old favourite, MCN Sock. Second, a newer kid on the block, Superwash DK.

Indulge away!

Please Note: We will be shutting down the Order desk on Sunday May 20 as we have to return to Toronto to attend to family matters. We will do our best to process and ship as many orders as possible up until then, so Please Hold Tight! and we’ll be back to our regular schedule soon. Also, if you are a member of the Smart-Ass Club and would like to order yarn from this update, indicate if you’d like to combine this order with your club shipment & save a few $$$ in shipping costs!

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Email orders to: orders@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).  Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). For further information, see the bottom of this post.

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MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 400 yards per skein – 115 g – $28

I’ve Never Been Up With People Before. (Xander)

2 Skeins Available

A Thin Line Between Love And Batteries

2 Skeins Available

Now Accepting Applications For Minions

Sold Out!

Paging Dr. Smart-Ass

Sold Out!

Frozen Steel Post: $20. Flick’s Tongue Getting Stuck To It: Prithleth.

Sold Out!

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

Sold Out!

Sonic F#%king Death Monkey!

Sold Out!

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

Sold Out!

As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly

Sold Out!

Have Fun Storming The Castle!

Sold Out!

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Next, Superwash DK!

Superwash DK 260 yds per 115 g – $22 per skein

Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain. (River Tam)

7 Skeins Available (Please Note: 2 skeins are a bit more purplier than the other 5)

People Are Particularly Stupid Today. I Cannot Speak To Any More Of Them.

6 Skeins Available

TARDIS

4 Skeins Available

Unemployed In Greenland!

8 Skeins Available

Sailor Bait: The Official Lipstick Of The 2012 Walk Of Shame

6 Skeins Available

And Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End.

1 Skein Available

Captain Tightpants

2 Skeins Available (1 skein more dark and variegated (left skein) than the other)

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 $5.97 for surface mail and $7.61 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.

Yarn Update: MCS Sock!

Next up on deck for this months’ yarn updates: MCS Sock. Enjoy!

Please Note: We will be shutting down the Order desk on Sunday May 20 as we have to return to Toronto to attend to family matters. We will do our best to process and ship as many orders as possible up until then, so Please Hold Tight! and we’ll be back to our regular schedule soon. Also, if you are a member of the Smart-Ass Club and would like to order yarn from this update, indicate if you’d like to combine this order with your club shipment & save a few $$$ in shipping costs!

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Email orders to: orders@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).  Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). For further information, see the bottom of this post.

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MCS Sock: 75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk – 400 yds per 115 g – $29

Is She All Green And Fuzzy And Mossy?

5 Skeins Available

Bunnies, Bunnies, It Must Be Bunnies! (Anya)

2 Skeins Available

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

Sold Out!

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

2 Skeins Available

People Are Particularly Stupid Today. I Cannot Speak To Any More Of Them.

2 Skeins Available (1 light, 1 medium)

Don’t You Have An Elsewhere To Be? (Cordelia)

5 Skeins Available

Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain. (River Tam)

Sold Out!

Captain Tightpants

3 Skeins Available

River Song

1 Skein Available

Sonic F#%&ing Death Monkey!

3 Skeins Available

Kathleen Turner Overdrive

1 Skein Available

I Have No Patience For Jam Hands!

2 Skeins Available

Türtljägr: For When Frögschläger Just Won’t Do.

Sold Out!

Polite Loner

2 Skeins Available

Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal! (Wash)

1 Skein Available

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair!

Sold Out!

More Tequila, Less Sunrise

Sold Out!

And Then Oz Kicked Jacob In His Delicate Girly Wolf Parts. The End. (Special Edition)

Sold Out!

The Pursuit Of Meh.

Sold Out!

Elvis Has Left The Painting

Sold Out!

TARDIS

Sold Out!

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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 $5.97 for surface mail and $7.61 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.

Mother’s Day

My mother is amazing.

I know many of you may feel the same way about your mothers.  And you are likely right. But let me say this again: my mother? Is awe-inspiring, knock-it-out-of-the-park AMAZING.

She’s always been a teacher. From one-room schoolhouses in remote mining towns to schools in the toughest, inner city neighbourhoods, she’s taught the most challenging of the challenging students, trying to break through whatever barriers life has given them. But it’s what she’s taught us all everyday for the past 27 years that sets her apart.

Mother’s Day 1985: I woke up to the most horrifying scream I think I will ever hear. Mum. After reaching for a book, she felt pain shooting up her back. And then couldn’t feel her feet…then her legs…then her torso. Paramedics were called and she was rushed to the ER. Where a doctor…a female doctor (which to me makes this all the worse)…told her she was experiencing hysterical paralysis and would be just fine when got over the fight she had with her husband. (let me make a side note here to say that of my two parents, my father, with his bright yellow sick pants, is way more likely to have an “hysterical” illness of any kind.  Sorry Dad. Blame Grandma’s hypochondria.) She was left lying on a guerney in a hallway with no other care for the rest of the night.

Thank all that’s holy for the intern who noticed her blown pupil the next morning. Her “hysterical paralysis” was an AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a condition that has killed in every other case we were aware of at that time.

She should have died then.  But she was 3 years younger than I am now and had two kids within strangling age of each other (she prided herself on having the good sense to plan the births of her children so that she would only have 1 year of 2 teenagers in the house) She needed to live and fought like hell, through a year in a rehab hospitaI to regain as much ability as possible. She’s considered a quadriplegic because all four limbs are affected with some degree of paralysis, but for many years she was able to use a walker in the house. And cook 78 course meals (as her sous-chef, it really felt like more than that) And travel. And sew. And weave. And embroider. And with only one functioning hand, she taught herself a new way to knit.

Through this time, my dark, slightly twisted sense of humour was fully developed. We found the best and healthiest way to deal with difficult medical issues and associated madness was to laugh. And we did. Through her broken foot incident (really mum? You’re a quad, with arthritis in your back and a bad knee, but it’s the broken foot that slows you down?) To a running gag about her faking it. (she kept changing her mind about which hand has feeling) Even when the streetcar driver, who had to slam on the brakes after my father not-so-neatly dumped my mother out of her wheelchair onto the middle of King St., didn’t find this quite as funny as we did.  So, now you know who to really blame for my love of textiles and assorted insanities.
A year ago, Mum got pneumonia, was put in critical care isolation and on life support. The decision to wait for a few days to see if she regained consciousness was definitely not the wrong one. She did. And over the course of the past year has gradually gotten better and better, moving to a rehab hospital and undergoing vigorous therapies to teach her how to breathe, and then breathe on her own and then finally to start to eat again…all to help her get home again. Her one true goal. All the while amazing the doctors. They said 15 minutes of breathing on her own, she said 2 hours. They learned, as we did long ago, that arguing with her was simply not an option.
A few days before the Knitter’s Frolic, a fever and unexplained infection sent her to the ER again.  Surgery to fix the issue went well and we were told that had the surgery waited one more day, it would have killed her.  At this point we’ve lost track of the number of lives she’s gone through.
But it didn’t kill her and she was once again on the mend. Bright and smiling and energetic. Right up until a mucus plug blocked her windpipe.  Here are words you don’t want to hear on the phone while sitting on a park bench in Bracebridge:
lost pulse
unconscious
unresponsive
I packed funeral clothes, but forgot pants, pajamas and my hair dryer. (I’m known for bringing the hair dryer on trips. I think it’s this omission that shocked my friends most)
Unresponsive became eyes wide open and aware and recognizing us within 24 hours.  12 hours later she was fully awake, wondering what had happened. Shocking us all and moving back up to the ward within a few days. (on rounds I heard the little intern in the back yell “wow, she’s doing awesome!”…I kind of love the little interns in the back)
We’re back at the hospital after her second code blue in 8 days.  Twenty-eight years to the day since that first hospital emergency.  After being told she’s unresponsive and likely just too tired to keep fighting, I’m watching her eyes flutter open at the sound of my father’s voice. I touch her hand and feel hers push back ever so slightly.
We don’t know how this will end. But today?  She’s tough as hell and fighting through with every fibre of her being.

Better Finished

Remember this post?

I chose.

I Made This Tape Special For you, Sailor Bait, Not a Suitable Date for a Mormon

And I finished.

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Yes. Colour Affection.

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Yes. I drank the Kool-Aid. Or, since I’ve been working on putting together the perfect colour combination since December, maybe I just finished knitting something that fulfilled my perfect pattern storm: unusual construction + beautiful and elegant shape + simple enough to not be married to the pattern, yet interesting enough to keep me going to the end + colour play.

Colour Affection

The colours I chose have names that have a relationship to each other:  I Made This Tape Special for Today (reminds me of every guy I went to high school with who gave me a mixed tape as a sign of affection. So many hours in old record stores…), Sailor Bait: The Official Lipstick of the 2012 Walk of Shame and Not a Suitable Date for a Mormon (named for a person I know who really isn’t. Trust us.)  Basically the trifecta of a really bad first date.  Don’t you think?

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What I think is interesting is that the colours go really well together too.  Hmmmm…let’s test this theory some more…

And Then Buffy Staked Edward.  The End., 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea, Also I Can Kill You With My Brain

Click on the photo to see the names. I’m thinking this is the Snuff Shawl.

Yarn Update: Merino Nylon Sock!

So, in continuation of our yarn updates from the Knitters Frolic in Toronto last week, the latest up is Merino Nylon Sock! Enjoy!!!

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Email orders to: orders@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).  Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). For further information, see the bottom of this post.

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Merino Nylon Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon, 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $24

Bunnies, Bunnies, It Must Be Bunnies! (Anya)

Sold Out!

Don’t Wear This On Star Trek

2 Skeins Available

Death By Helium: When Balloon Animals Go Bad (Special Edition)

2 Skeins Available (1 light, 1 darker)

Sonic F*#king Death Monkey!

2 Skeins Avaiable

What The Hay?! (Burnty Bits Edition)

1 Skein Available (Please Note: there are some darkish grey spots on skein)

Türtljägr: For When Frögschläger Just Won’t Do

Sold Out!

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

1 Skein Available

Did I Listen To Pop Music Because I Was Miserable? Or Was I Miserable Because I Listened To Pop Music?

 

1 Skein Available (darker skein on right is sold)

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

Sold Out!

Au Jus, Having Just Been Diagnosed As Lactose Intolerant, Was Now Officially The Unluckiest Cow In Britain. (Special Edition)

Sold Out!

TARDIS

Sold Out!

Knoll Coward

Sold Out!

My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Sold Out!

Lambada 3: It’s Tepid!

1 Skein Available

Polite Loner

Sold Out!

As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.

Sold Out!

Roadkill: The Slower Red

Sold Out!

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair!

1 Skein Available

Needles In The Brain

Sold Out!

Up Until The Punching, It Was A Real Nice Party. (Kaylee)

1 Skein Available

Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money? (Anya)

Sold Out!

Tweety Of Versailles

Sold Out!

Don’t You Just Love This Party? Everything’s So Fancy, And There’s Some Kind Of Hot Cheese Over There! (Kaylee)

1 Skein Available

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

Sold Out!

Lawrence Welk 1977 – 1979: The Lost Punk Years (Special Edition)

Sold Out!

Don’t Worry; This Capasan-38 Engine Is Like Gold!

Sold Out!

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

Sold Out!

Jim Henson’s Recycle Bin (Special Edition)

Sold Out!

More Tequila, Less Sunrise

Sold Out!

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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 $5.97 for surface mail and $7.61 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.

Yarn Update: The Unicorn Has Landed!

Okay, so now that the Knitters Frolic in Toronto, is over & we’re back home, time to sift through the carnage and break out the new stuff!!

First up, Unicorn Sock!

Unicorn Sock prances in at 400 yds/365 m, 100g and $28 per skein, with a blend of 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 4.9999% Stellina and .0001% Fine Unicorn Granulate (the mill was out of pixie dust) for that just-out-of-the-3-year-old’s-closet look ‘n’ feel! Kinda like Merino Nylon Sock, but with a bit of schmantz!!

And now, the colours…

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Email orders to: orders@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).  Please allow approx. 1 – 2 weeks for delivery in Canada, 1 – 3 weeks for deliveries to the United States, and 2 – 8 weeks for international shipping (and possibly a bit longer depending on where you are). For further information, see the bottom of this post.

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TARDIS

Sold Out!

Lawrence Welk 1977 – 1979: The Lost Punk Years.

Sold Out!

Is She All Green And Fuzzy And Mossy?

2 Skeins Available

More Tequila, Less Sunrise

2 Skeins Available

Cute, Cuddly Mutant Zombie Squirrels Of Doom

Sold Out!

Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain. (River Tam)

2 Skeins Available

Don’t You Have An Elsewhere To Be? (Cordelia)

1 Skein Available

Unemployed In Greenland!

2 Skeins Available

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

1 Skein Available

I Made That Tape Special For Today!

1 Skein Available

Sonic F#%king Death Monkey!

Sold Out!

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Next up, Unicorn Lace!!

Whinnying up to the starting line, Unicorn Lace is a whoppin’ 865 yds/790 m and 100g per skein, is a blend of 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 4.9999% Stellina and .0001% Fine Unicorn Granulate, $35 each, and is similar to our Merino Silk-quel Lace.

Okay, stick a horn in it and its done!

Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain. (River Tam)

2 Skeins Available (1 light, 1 darker)

Lambada 3: It’s Tepid!

1 Skein Available

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

1 Skein Available

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

1 Skein Available

I Made That Tape Special For Today!

 

Sold Out!

Okay, Let The Magic Commence!!!

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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 $5.97 for surface mail and $7.61 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.