Yarn Update: Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock, an’ some Buttons!!

Hi,

Firstly, Buttons!!

Yes, we have asked local Haliburton potter Charlene McConnell to come forth & bestow upon ye yarnly minions buttons of a fashionable (and fastening) degree, and thus presenteth in thine (mine?) images (photographs, right?)…

Porcelain (2″)!

$12 per card! (green & blue buttons are sold)

Clay (.7″-.8″)!!

(card on left is sold, card on right is available)

$12 per card!

Clay, again (but bigger!) (1″-1.25″)!!!

(Card on far right is sold; cards on far left and centre are still available)

(left & centre cards are sold; right card is available)

(card on the far right is sold, all others available)

$16 per card!

Okay, now we return to our regularly scheduled yarn goodliness already in progress!!

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Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk – 430 yards per skein – 100 g – $32

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

1 Skein Available

Not A Suitable Date For A Mormon

1 Skein Available (left skein is available)

TARDIS

1 Skein Available

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

3 Skeins Available (light, medium, dark)

What The Hay?!

1 Skein Available

I Made That Tape Special For Today!

1 Skein Available

Only, The Exact Phrase I Used Was, “Don’t.” (Inara)

1 Skein Available (1 dark)

Is She All Green And Fuzzy And Mossy?

2 Skeins Available

A Thin Line Between Love And Batteries

1 Skein Available

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

1 Skein Available

More Tequila, Less Sunrise

1 Skein Available

My World Is All Askew. (Willow)

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, whether you want it shipped surface or air mail, and if you’re a member of the Smart-Ass Knitters Club, do you want it held to be shipped with your Club package to save a few $$ in shipping. 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 a shipping quote will be sent as part of your invoice for your approval. You are welcome to cancel the order at that time. 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 welcome – just email me with what you have in mind.

Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color: An Interview with Anna Dalvi and a giveaway!

Just over a year ago, Anna Dalvi asked us to dye yarn for 2 shawls for her new book Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color from Cooperative Press.  In June at TNNA, I got to see all of the shawls in person and was completely blown away.  Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color includes 12 shawl designs, introducing us to colour and its importance to the ancient Egyptian culture and as an integral part of design. I asked Anna to talk to us about her inspiration and design process.

What drew you to Ancient Egypt as inspiration for this book?
I have always enjoyed myths and fairy tales, and enjoy designing shawls that tell a story.

When I was younger, I read a lot of books with various mythology, and I enjoyed most of them.  Ancient Egypt has always seemed so exotic.  The imagery is rich with pyramids, deserts, floods and wildlife.  The gods and mythical creatures range from almost human-looking, to gods like Anubis with a jackal head, and then there are the demons with forms as complicated as Ammit (head of a crocodile, torso of a leopard and the rear of a hippopotamus).  I figured there had to be a lot of good stories to tell there.  And then there are the beautiful rich colours used in the ancient egyptian art.

I’m really interested in what inspires designers and how they get from the initial flash of an idea to the finished design.  How do your designs start? Do you see the finished piece in your mind? Does it come in bits and pieces?  How does that happen for you?

It depends on the design.  Often I’m aiming for an overall image and then add details piece by piece.

For example, I was reading the story of Ra and Apep.  In ancient Egyptian mythology, Ra was the sun god.  His job was to carry the sun disk across the sky each day.  And each night, Ra would travel through the underworld to return to the east.  Apep was a demon from the underworld who tried to capture and eat the sun each night.

So first of all I decided that I wanted it to be a circular shawl that looked like the sun.  The second step was to find the yarn to go with my sun-shawl.  I remember asking you for your yellows and then to narrow it down to a good sunshine yellow.  What the Hay? (MCN Lace) fit the bill perfectly – a happy, warm sunshine yellow.  I then decided that the light should be radiating out from the centre of the shawl.  The first three sections of the shawl is basically three different sizes of a 12-pointed star, growing outwards.  The next section has the sun-beams radiating from the centre star.  And then finally the edging brings us back to the 12-pointed star, which looks a little bit like how a child would draw a sun.

Nefertari came about differently.  I was reading about the symbolic meaning of the colour black in ancient Egypt.  Just as in modern, western civilization, black was a symbol of death (and also fertility and life).  Queen Nefertari was the patroness of the necropolis in Thebes, and she was known as “the Mistress of the Sky”.  Coupling these four ideas, black – death – necropolis – mistress of the sky, lead me design a black shawl with wispy, lacy wings for the mistress of the sky.   Wings make me thing of feathers, so I was looking for feather motifs, and decided to let my feathers grow larger the closer to the edge of the wings they got.

How much does a design change from the first idea to the finished product?

It depends.  But the first idea is usually fairly vague, and then I hone in on the details.  I usually chart the entire project before I start knitting, and then make adjustments/corrections as I knit.  It often works out well, but of course there are times when it doesn’t and I end up ripping out tens of thousands of stitches.  Those times I wish I wasn’t so math oriented – it’s depressing to count how many stitches are ripped out.  But I can’t help myself – I have to know.

Your designs truly reflect the inspiration behind them.  Knitting them and even just looking at the finished shawl is like reading a story. How do you do that?

I really like to design shawls that tell a story.  That way, even when it’s finished, it’s a fun conversation piece.  I’ve designed a number of shawls based on various fairy tales and myths and even folk songs, and I like to capture the essence of the story in the shawl.  I often read the stories a number of times before I sit down to tell the story in lace, and then I try to incorporate the elements that speak to me.  
Sometimes the connection can be an obvious one – like designing a sun shawl inspired by the story of Ra and Apep.  And sometimes the connection is more obscure – like when I designed Ali Baba and made the shawl in the shape of half an octagon, that is four narrow triangles.  The reason was that when Ali Baba’s brother was captured by the thieves, he was quartered.  Yes, fairy tales can be rather gruesome.  While I was not about to design a very graphically violent shawl based on such images, having the story influence the shaping of the shawl was a fun little “secret”, known by the knitter but not necessarily the observer.

How important is colour choice to you in your patterns?  Is it an integral part of the design process?
My designs very often start with a colour, or a yarn in a particular colour.  I look at the colour and then associate to what I see.  I then take that association and try to incorporate it into the main theme of the design.  For me, that often means that blue makes me think of water, green of foliage, etc.  But blue can also be the sky.  Or cornflowers.  Or blue eyes.  Once I’ve settled on a theme I look for a story that I can tell with my shawl design, such as the Nefertari shawl mentioned earlier.

In the Ancient Egypt book, you talk about the importance of colour.  Tell us a little about what we’ll find out in the book.

One of the things that really clinched Ancient Egypt as the theme for this book was that I found out that in the Old Kingdom (third millennium BCD), there were six main colours used in the arts.  And each of them had a very symbolic meaning.  Painting something in a particular colour would give a clue to its nature.  So my curiosity was piqued, and I set off to research the meanings of each of the colours.  I then decided that it would be fun to design two shawls in each colour and have the associations bounded by what the ancient Egyptian meaning of the colour was.  So instead of designing green shawls with tree motifs, I found that the land of the blessed dead was known as the Fields of Malachite.  So one of the green shawls in the book was designed with that image in mind.

What’s next for you?
I’m planning a collection of patterns inspired by Norse myths, gods and heroes.  And I’m also working on a number of new double-knitting designs.  Both lace and double-knitting are means to telling a story, but the end result is of course quite different.

Nefertari in Merino Silk 4 ply Sock (Did I Listen to Pop Music Because I Was Miserable, Or Was I Miserable Because I Listened to Pop Music?)

Anna will be running a KAL in her Ravelry group for Nefertari from Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color.  Want to join in and knit in the same yarn? We will be posting an update of Merino Silk 4 ply Sock on Thursday September 20 at 2 pm right here.  We’re also taking custom orders for the yarn for this outstanding shawl.  Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca to place an order.

To win a copy of Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color (ebook), leave a comment on this post.  We’ll draw for the winner on September 25 at noon (Eastern) using a random number generator.  One comment per person please! 🙂

Update: Introducing Frütflies! SÖLD ÖÜT!

Frütflies: 1. little pests that nip at your stash, enticing you to knit piles and piles of blanket squares; 2. proto-hexipuff; 3. larvae of striped scarves and socks; 4. now with ümläüts, because ümläüts make everything mödülär.

Frütflies are our mini-skeins, in 10 g/40 yd morsels.

Not sure what to do with them?  Here are some ideas (all Ravelry pattern links):

Now the update!

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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. Also, if you’re a member of the Smart-Ass Knitters Club, let us know when ordering if you’d like the yarn ordered here to be sent with your next Club shipment, to save a few $$ on shipping!
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Merino Frütflies – 3 mini skeins of Merino Sock per pack, 10 g/40 yds per skein – 1 bag for $9, 3 for $26

SÖLD ÖÜT!

Merino Frütflies – 10 mini skeins of Merino Sock per pack, 10 g/40 yds per skein – $28 per bag

SÖLD ÖÜT!

Lux Frütflies – 3 mini skeins of Assorted Luxury Sock yarns* per pack, 10 g/40 yds per skein – 1 bag for $10.50, 3 for $30

*luxury sock yarns include: MCN Sock, Ultra MCN, Merino Silk 4 ply & MCS Sock. Each bag includes a mixture of bases, but individual yarn types are not indicated.

SÖLD ÖÜT!

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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 a shipping quote will be sent as part of your invoice for your approval. You are welcome to cancel the order at that time. 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.

A Dyer Walks Into a Booth…

The latest fresh yarn update is here.

Last Saturday we walked into our booth at the Knitters Fair, and snoozing uneasily in a big brown paper bag were these:

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They came with a note. (Of course they came with a note. They always come with notes.)

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Yes. Not So Cute and Cuddly ROBOTIC Mutant Zombie Squirrels. Of Doom. Courtesy of the not-even-remotely-sane mind of Erin over at Robot A Day. (Her Etsy shop makes me snicker)

It scares me just a little that these guys made their Knitty Blog debut on their first day of work.

Now let’s look at the attention to detail…

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(even their little tags are zombie-fied!)
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For those who are worried, they seem to have settled in quite nicely, setting up their own staff lounge on the deck:

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And are making friends…hey!  Wait!  That’s Louie the Guard Chipmunk!

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This can not end well…

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Yarn Update: Merino Sock, Colour Tetris for Spatial Distortion, an’ Some Stuff For Sale!

Hi,

First off, an update on what’s available in the world of Merino Sock. Second, some tri-colour suggestions for the Spatial Distortion patterns. Third, a Sale for some skeins that have been dug up from the vaults (kinda like Disney DVDs, but much more squishy!) for one time only!

Dig In!

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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. Also, if you’re a member of the Smart-Ass Knitters Club, let us know when ordering if you’d like the yarn ordered here to be sent with your next Club shipment, to save a few $$ on shipping!

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Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 400 yds/100g skein – $24

Only, The Exact Phrase I Used Was, “Don’t.” (Inara)

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4 Skeins Available

More Tequila, Less Sunrise

1 Skein Available

Lawrence Welk 1977 – 1979: The Lost Punk Years

2 Skeins Available

My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial. (Buffy)

3 Skeins Available (Please Note: 3 different shades)

Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer

2 Skeins Available

Lambada 3: It’s Tepid!

1 Skein Available

Canary Versus Worf

1 Skein Available

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

4 Skeins Available

Green Wrigleys (The Cadillac Of Gums)

1 Skein Available

20,000 Lawyers Under The Sea

3 Skeins Available

Never Go Up Against A Sicilian When Death Is On The Line!

1 Skein Available

Tinkerbelfast

2 Skeins Available (1 greenish, 1 bluish)

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

1 Skein Available

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

2 Skeins Available

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

4 Skeins Available

A Thin Line Between Love And Batteries

3 Skeins Available

Is She All Green And Fuzzy And Mossy?

4 Skeins Available

Look What John Left In The Pine Tree!

1 Skein Available

Bolling For Weevils

2 Skeins Available (Please Note: not a good match)

Groverkill

1 Skein Available

TARDIS

1 Skein Available

The Pursuit Of Meh.

6 Skeins Available (Please Note: varying skeins)

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

3 Skeins Available (Please Note: varying skeins)

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

3 Skeins Available

I Made That Tape Special For Today!

2 Skeins Available

Sonic F@#$ing Death Monkey!

4 Skeins Available

Have Fun Storming The Castle!

3 Skeins Available

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Okay, now time for some Colour Tetris for the Spatial Distortion patterns!

(Pattern/ebook available for sale on Ravelry here)

Tweety/Lawyers/Loner

Mossy/Hootenany/TARDIS

People Are Stupid/Bunnies/Shiny

Hay/Askew/Inara

Castle/Cordelia/Groverkill

Shiny/Lawyers/Hootenany

Death Monkey/Mossy/TARDIS

Sailor Bait/Angelus/Tape Special

Tweety/Lambada/Askew

Loner/Groverkill/TARDIS

Shiny/Hootenany/Meh

Castle/Batteries/Kill With Brain

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And now, Open The Vaults!!!

MCN: The Sock-quel – 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 450 yds, 100g, $20 each

(from left to right)

Hey Poindexter, Your Pocket Protector Is Leaking! – Sold Out!

This Is Your Brain On Cookies (dark) – Sold Out!

Alien Specimen – Sold Out!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pewter! – Sold Out!

Merino Silk Sock – 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk, 375 yds, 115g, $22

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

Shiny – 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% Silver Fibre, 375 yds, 100g, $25 each

Who’s A Guy Gotta Kill To Get A Drink Around Here? (Angelus) – 1 Skein

TARDIS – Sold Out!

Groverkill – Sold Out!

DK Merino Silk – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 275 yds, 125 g, $24 each

Whatcha Gestating In There…A Possum? – Sold Out!

I Can’t BelieveIt’s Not Pewter! – Sold Out!

Twisty Tweed Sock – 100% Merino w/1 ply Superwash, 440 yds, 115g, $20 each

Grrr…Argh… (Mutant Enemy) – 2 Skeins (1 light, 1 dark)

MCN Sport: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 240 yards per skein – $25


Be Vewy Vewy Quiet – 2 Skeins

MCN Worsted: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 175 yds – $25

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Rusty The Rooster – 2 Skeins

Happy Valentine’s Day (Massacre) – 1 Skein 

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

(184 yards each)

Vancouver Melt – 1 Skein (skein on left is available)

That’s it – Dig In!

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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 a shipping quote will be sent as part of your invoice for your approval. You are welcome to cancel the order at that time. 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.

Knitters Fair!

As you read this, we are on our way to Kitchener Waterloo for the Knitters Fair.

Come see us in the Ballroom in Booth #9. (this is a new booth for us, in a different room)

(This is what our house looked like yesterday)

 

And these?  These are indigofrütflies.  Tons and tons of mini-skeins packaged up in tasty colour combinations.

 

 

 

We’ll also have new patterns, with lots of yarn to go with them!

Caulfield

Spatial Distortion: Loop and Shift

Smile & Wave

 

Spatial Distortion

I love to knit.  I love to know approximately where my knitting is going, but enjoy it most when I’m not tied to the pattern, having to check it every few rows. So I’ve been experimenting with different ways of approaching knitting.

The first pattern to evolve from this experiment was Cliffs of Insanity.  Which I loved knitting.  And have knit several times.  It changes every time.  And when I get bored, I change it again.  Some have described it as “off-road knitting”.  Some “improv knitting”.  Which is appropriate, considering my music degree focused on improvised and contemporary music. (You knew that, right?)

But that method confounds and, quite frankly, freaks the hell right out of some of you.  (You…the one curled up in the fetal position at the thought…yes YOU)

Have you seen this article?  It kind of explains it all.  In a very general sense, some of us are Order muppets, and some of us are Chaos muppets.  (And yes, some of us wander around straddling that line.  Those muppets can chose their way.)

Tangent: when first told about this theory, I had to think about which kind of Muppet I am.

(Stop laughing. I mean it. It’s not polite to laugh )

So here are 2 patterns that offer options for both Muppet types:

Order: structured, line-by-line instructions and a set number of colours and stripes so you know what you’ll have at the end.

Chaos: guidelines that show the basic structure of each piece, how to shape and  details that help you get the most beautiful results.  The rest is all up to you.  Colours.  Design decisions.  All yours.

Spatial Distortion: Loop – $6
A cowl in 3 sizes.

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Spatial Distortion: Shift – $6
A scarf or wrap in two sizes.

Or get both Loop and Shift in the Spatial Distortion ebook – $10