Archives for March 2014

Let us show you the (sweater club) yarn…

Many of you are gearing up towards Sweater Club sign ups next Wednesday, April 2. Because there’s so much interest and because we want to make sure everyone has a chance to nab a spot, we’ll be offering 2 waves of sign ups.

Half the spots will go up for sale at noon eastern on April 2.

The other half will go up at 9 pm eastern on April 2.

Links to help you get there will be right here, in this space at those times.

Since some of the yarns we’re offering as part of the Club are brand new, I thought I’d introduce them all to you and tell you why we’ve chosen them.

Basic Merino

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These yarns are all 100% superwash merino. They suck up colour in ways that make me love them so much. In fact, if we’re testing new colours, it’s bases like these we reach for first. They tell us so much about how multi-tonal our colours can be. They give us richness and depth. 

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Merino Sock is often overlooked as it’s a bit rough in the skein. But after a good soak and some love and care, it develops a lovely little halo. It’s my absolute favourite of our yarns, for its softness and ability to take and play with colour.  The texture it creates with its two plies makes a beautiful fabric.

 

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SuperBaa DK and SuperBaa Worsted are new kids on the block. In fact, up until 5 minutes ago, they were nameless! (and now we’re picturing mascots with capes and phone booths…) We wanted something a little bit…more than our standard superwash DK and worsted yarns. And we found it! These use the same merino as merino sock and with a 4 ply texture, make a lovely round yarn with great stitch definition. They are bouncy and springy and soft. We can’t wait for you to meet them.

Luxury

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These yarns are a little more special, with silks and cashmere blended in with merino. These are yarns I wear every day, but can also be used to make that special piece you wear to dress up.

DSC_0008Merino Silk 4 ply Sock is a favourite amongst designers. You think it’s all shiny and delicate, but in reality this yarn can take anything you throw at it. Lace? Definitely. Textured stitches? Absolutely. Miles of stockinette? In a heartbeat. And it wears beautifully. This was the yarn I used for my wedding sweater. People who don’t knit STILL talk about it.

DSC_0009Über MerGoat Sport is spun from sunshine and kittens. SUNSHINE and fluffy fluffy cuddly souls of tiny baby KITTENS.  It’s on the heavier side of sport, and works up as nicely at a DK gauge. You feel the strength of this yarn…the solidness of the merino underneath, but then there is just the softest, warmest, sweetest haze over it.

DSC_0011MCS Worsted combines the best of the above two yarns into a lovely heavy worsted weight yarn that is smooth, soft and has just the tiniest bit of sheen to it.  The silk adds strength and drape.  And colour? Exquisite.

 

Light

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This set of yarns combines the best of all worlds with a mixture of bases in lighter weights (sock, DK and sport) for those who prefer light sweaters.

SC mergoat sockMerGoat Sock (formerly MCN Sock) is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend that is soft, warm and wears very well. The more you wash it, the more the halo of the cashmere comes out.

 

 

sc ms dkMerino Silk DK makes everything better. It makes a beautiful fabric, that doesn’t grow and grow and grow as silk is famous for doing. The structure and twist keep it in line. There’s just enough shine to make this a special yarn to wear, yet knit in the right style, it’s the perfect casual “just throw it on” layer.

 

sc octobaaOctoBaa is 8 plies of awesome.  Four strands of 2 ply yarn spun together give it a unique texture and feel. You’ve never felt a yarn quite like this one and the fabric it produces is truly unique.  An amazing, workhorse yarn.

 

The First Rule of Sweater Club…

Introducing the first ever indigodragonfly sweater club! 

Sweater Club Details

Sign ups will begin April 2 right here.

Half of the spots will go up for sale at noon Eastern, the rest will go up at 9 pm Eastern.

What you will receive:

  • 3 shipments – May, September, January
  • 3 yarn bases (1 per shipment in a sweater amount for your size)
  • Custom Fit patterns and recipes
  • One of a kind colours that are yours alone

Choose from 3 different package options filled with our favourite sweater yarns. Choose your package. Choose your size. Choose your payment option. Add in swatching skeins and safety skeins.

Everything you need to make a year’s worth of totally unique sweaters!

THE YARN:
Learn more about the yarns here.

Basic Merino

  • Merino Sock
  • A new superwash DK yarn (to be named)
  • A new superwash Worsted yarn (to be named)

Luxury

Light Mix

SWITCH!
Choose as you go.  With this option, about 1-2 months before every shipment, you’ll be sent an email asking you about yarn choices for your next package. You will choose between the 3 bases we’ll be dyeing for the next shipment. These will generally the same weight. (i.e.: All sock yarns, all mid-weight yarns, all worsted/mid-weight)
As the Light Mix package obviously doesn’t have a worsted weight option,  one of the mid-weight yarns will be substituted here.

There will be a “Default” choice. If we haven’t heard back from you by the assigned deadline (in the choices email), you will be sent the “default” yarn. By signing up for the SWITCH! Package, you agree to this condition.

CUSTOM FIT
Each package will include a Custom Fit pattern code and a Custom Fit recipe

ADD ONS

Swatching Skeins: receive swatching skeins (25g skeins) for each of your yarn bases in your first package

Safety Skeins: add an extra skein in any of your chosen yarn bases to make extra sure you have enough. (note: you will also have the option of adding a safety skein before each package is sent.

PRICING & SIZING

Note: if your size is not on this chart, please contact us and we will put together a package quote for you. Not sure which size to choose? Read this post for help.

Full Payment (excluding shipping – shipping will be incorporated into the full payment amount when the Club goes live):
10% discount off of retail cost of each package.

Sweater Club sizing chart

Monthly Payments (6 monthly payments – excluding shipping. Shipping will be incorporated into the monthly payments when the Club goes live):
includes an admin fee to cover extra paypal fees and administrative time associated with managing monthly payments

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Shipping:
US & Canada – $54 (size F: $61) for full year of shipping, flat rate, trackable package

International – Please email us with your size and country for a shipping quote. Rate range from $54 – $108+ for the full year of shipping

Note: Sweater Club shipments can not be combined with any other yarn purchases at this time. We’ve negotiated a flat rate with tracking for these packages and any additions will change the shipping rate significantly.

Join us in our Ravelry Group for discussion about this exciting new venture.

Trunk Show & Classes at Shall We Knit

From March 21-23, Ron and I will be packing up ALL the yarn and heading to Shall We Knit in Waterloo Ontario to join Kate for the quarterly tradition we affectionately call Shenanigans. (It always feels like our best plans for the next several months are hatched here, and as such, it is the birthplace of awesome.)

There will be yarn. All day Friday and Saturday (and Sunday, for those taking classes). All that we can pack into Shiny (Yes. We named our car.)

And there will be classes about colour and sweaters and making knits you love to wear.

Spatial Distortion: Exploring Chaos Theory goes through all the steps and techniques in making the Spatial Distortion: Swoop shawl. Choosing colours that sing, how to create short row stripes with clean, sharp edges in garter stitch, which increases and bind offs give you the stretchiest edges. All will be revealed.

The next two classes work together seamlessly. And as such, it’s highly recommended they are taken together.

Creating Your Perfect Sweater Model covers the part of sweater design that’s a little less familiar to most of us. We look at knitwear patterns and styles and often wonder “will that look good on me?” In this class, you will learn how to create a simple croquis, a fashion illustration tool that will help you with just that.

In simplest terms, turn this…                            into this…

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So you can do this.

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Using this tool, you’ll be able to try different necklines, sweater lengths, sleeve lengths and even experiment with colour placement and texture to determine what you like best on you.

Creative Design for Custom Fit is about taking stitch and colour patterns you love and incorporating them into basic sweater patterns (like those created with Custom Fit) to make great fitting sweaters you love.  Learn where to place stitch/colour patterns to work best with shaping, which stitches work best for all-over placement, how to handle cable patterns and stitch patterns at different gauges, and finally, for the very brave, techniques for chaotic (organic) stitch pattern placement Whether using Custom Fit on your own, or working with a Custom Fit LYS (like Shall We Knit), you’ll be able to confidently add your own unique touches to your next sweater.

In other words, find out the process it took to get these sweaters

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We hope to see you there!

Yarn Update March 5/14: CaribouBaa, Merino Nylon Sock & Stragglers Underfoot

Hiya,

Okay, so here’s the latest…launch Yarn Vipers…assume attack formation…zero in…FRAKKKK!!!!!!!!Sold Out already??????? Someone’s been scanning my transmissions!!! Arrggghhh…Oh, there’s more than one skein…sorry I shot off your engines…my bad………..

Anyway, to browse, check oot the thumbnails below for the teasers, and scoop generously from the NEW page on the sales lists. An’ don’t forget – sign-ups are open for the next round o’ Smart Ass Knitters Club Minions Of Questionably Scurrilous Behaviour & Mayhemishness, but spots are almost gone…D’oh!!!