Archives for April 2014

Countdown

Three more sleeps to the Downtown Knit Collective’s Knitter’s Frolic!

And so begins our annual tradition of giving you some hints about what you’ll see in our booth.

New Yarns

We’ll have a number of favourites on hand:

MerGoat Lace (formerly MCN Lace)
Merino Single Lace
Linen Silk
Seacell Silk

Merino Sock
Merino Nylon Sock
MerGoat Sock (formerly MCN Sock)
Merino Silk 4 ply Sock

OctoBaa

MerGoat Worsted

We will also be introducing a number of new yarns at the Frolic.

CaribouBaa: sock weight, 4 ply yarn. Very smooth and sleek, so excellent for colour work, cables/twisted stitches and lace. It’s my new favourite “go to” yarn. It takes colour like a dream. You’ve seen it online, but this will be the first big public appearance for this base.

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Note the slight sheen and sleek look of this yarn. Perfect in these brand new Sherlock-inspired colours, isn’t it? (Yes. We did.)

Über MerGoat Sport: 70% merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon — this yarn is like knitting with sunshine and kittens. It’s strong and makes a beautiful, solid fabric. But with a lovely halo and incredible drape. It’s at the heavy end of the sport scale, so knits well at both a sport and a DK weight.

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Here it is in action…spun from sunshine and the souls of teeny tiny kittens.

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SuperBaa DK and Worsted: We felt our regular superwash merino DK and worsted just weren’t special enough. So we’ve ones that are. They are springy and full with a soft finish. You’ll want to curl up with them and not let go.

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Humpspun Sport: 70% silk/30% camel in a loosely spun 2 ply yarn. The yardage (350 yds per skein) would make you think it’s sock/fingering weight, but it really behaves like a sport weight.

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Come feel up the shawl sample that Keri has knit with it. It’s really an incredible yarn.

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A Taste of New Colours

Sherlock, Yarn Hunger Games, Battlestar, Ron’s whirlwind of a crazy brain…come and see all the new colours we’ve come up with this spring.  Here are a few to whet your appetite

 

 

 

The MerGoat Has Landed!!!

Hiya,

Every now and then, Nature has a funny way of bringing together things that one might not consider to be complimentary. Shark and Remora, Clownfish and Anemone, Cupcakes and Bacon. Odd, isn’t it?

Well, you can add one more to the list.

Introducing: the MerGoat!!!

Yes, this not-so-mythical critter is the logical-esque mash-up of a Mermaid and a Goat. MerGoats used to roam and frolic in the indigodragonfly lakes & ponds of days past, but they were given the uninspiring label of MCN.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the MCN has left the building.

Ove the next little while, the MCN that’s still on-line and was part of previous store orders will be phasing out. The MerGoat is still the same great yarn base as MCN, only now with 93.7% more personality! Also, the Ultra MCN is henceforth known as: Über MerGoat!!!

More exciting news: this weekend’s Knitters Frolic show in Toronto will be the official launch of the all-new yarn base Über MerGoat Sport!! Come pet & squeeze this new addition to the indigodragonfly yarn family – it is 70% Merino Wool, 20% Cashmere & 10% Nylon, and has been described as knitting with Sunshine & Kittens!!

Okay, that’s aboot it for now! Look for the MerGoat to land soon on our website, and see y’all at the Frolic!!

 

Creation and Collaboration

I’m very lucky. My work is something I also love to do. Something creative and artistic.

But creative careers can carry a cloud of illusion. A well-known Canadian artist once said to me that 90% of his work life is boring.  The flash of the idea and the excitement of mapping out where that’s going to go is 10%. The execution, filling in all the bits and pieces, promoting the work, travelling for the work and all the other day by day pieces that make the 10% possible are mostly boring.

My art college students have gotten that line from me more than once. It’s not a popular concept when all you want to do is be in your studio creating.

We’re in the midst of heavy production at the moment, which really means dyeing the same colours over and over again in multiple bases. There are entire days when we don’t see more than one colour pass through our hands. And I think the yarn knows when I’m bored. I think it shows very clearly. So I struggle with trying to stay creative and inspired. I have a boatload of tricks and triggers to keep me going. But nothing works better than collaboration.

In the middle of one of these crazy dyeing days, an old friend and collaborator literally arrived on my doorstep. We’ve emailed in recent years, but I think the last time we saw each other was in the last century, so to say it was a surprise to see him is quite possibly the understatement of my lifetime.

Phil is a clockmaker. His day to day life involved restoring and building traditional clocks. But his heart is in this work.  All those pieces are made by hand, and made to work in amazing ways.  There is film of them in action. It makes me look at time entirely differently.

Way back in my first artistic life, Phil and I worked together on a number of pieces. We shared a sketchbook that we would hand back and forth and fill with sketches and ideas until we found one that clicked. I have distinct memories of standing outside on the pavement and sketching out our collaborations in chalk on the driveway. We finished each other’s lines and curves like others finish each others sentences. He worked in metal. I worked in textiles. He worked in form. I worked in texture. And we’d combine these materials and ideas, overlapping and overflowing into each other in ways I’m incredibly proud of.

This pedestal and vessel still lives at my parents house. So many details I still find in it that make me keep looking.

This is a 3 panel screen. The middle panel balances on the two sides, allowing you to change the angle of each piece.

This mirror

So many lessons from that time. Like hours and days and weeks learning how to bend iron with fire and wondering why I couldn’t make it bend like Phil’s careful, balanced, mathematically sound curves. And then learning he was trying to mimic my organic, twisty, wavy, viney things. I still see evidence of those lessons and those attempts to stretch and grow in both our work.  The mutual appreciation also.

After this visit, I’m inspired and taken back to a time when I made time for playing and learning and exploring. Time for working with other artists in ways that challenged each other, yet let us shine in our own ways. Time for creating more beautiful things to put out into the world, without thinking about whether that pattern or colour or idea will sell or whether anyone will even like it.

And I’ve decided there will be more of those. That even if it’s tiny moments of it, there will be time for sharing ideas and riffing off of each other. For admiring what’s beautiful in what you do and making what I do enhance and work with yours. I’ll be here waiting to hear your ideas. And I’ll be braver about reaching out to you with mine.

 

 

Yarn Update: Hungry Hungry Games!

Hiya,

Okay, so there has been suggestions out there amongst the internets that there just might possibly be a wee bit o’ interest in having some Hunger Games yarns. Luckily we at indigodragonfly have backbones of steel and do not bend to the Winds of Desire….at least for a day or two.

Okay, so here ya have it, a bunch o’ HG colourways – and remember, only one person from each District can place an order!

Oh yes, an’ just for funnies & becuz we can, there’s a few Turkeys & Reaverdancers tagging along for the ride!

To order, you can shop by base, weight or fibre, or go to the NEW page and Gods willing they show up individually. An’ as usual, here’s the teaser pics:

 

Enjoy, and may the stoutest tribute kick stash!!!

 

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