Patterns!

We have new patterns and samples for you at the Frolic.  Come by booth 29 to see everything, but let us share a couple with you now.

Kate Atherley’s One Two Three, shown in CaribouBaa…though we think it would be gorgeous in Chameleon Sock as well.

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This shawl uses 2 skeins of CaribouBaa or any sock yarn in variegated colours.  A perfect fit for the Lambs to the Frolic colourway introduced in yesterday’s post!

Fiona Ellis brings us a cabled cardigan with unusual closure construction in Russian Hill. Here’s a sneak peek:

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The cardigan was designed using Uber MerGoat Sport, but would be equally lovely in OctoBaa.  Both yarn and buttons by Jennie the Potter will be available in our booth.

The Toronto Knitters Frolic, hosted by the Toronto Knitters Guild is on this weekend at the Japanese Cultural Centre (9 Garamond Court, just off of Wynford Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto).  Indigodragonfly will be in booth 29 in the marketplace on Saturday April 25 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

A New Frolic Tradition

This year begins a new tradition for Indigodragonfly at the Knitters Frolic: an exclusive colourway ONLY available on the day of the Frolic.

That’s right. One colourway. One day. Then it’s gone.

Lambs to the Frolic

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A mix of violet, green and turquoise.  Reminds me of the favourite parts of my mothers garden…irises against a bright spring sky.

Available in Sad Lester Sock, Chameleon Sock, MerGoat Sock, Merino Nylon Sock, Wingenhooven and CaribouBaa.

Not going to the Frolic? You can order this colourway here on our website on Saturday April 25 only, in a limited number of yarn bases. Yarn will be dyed to order and shipped as soon as it’s ready.

Toronto Knitters Frolic, hosted by the Toronto Knitters Guild this weekend at the Japanese Cultural Centre (9 Garamond Court, just off of Wynford Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto).  Indigodragonfly will be in booth 29 in the marketplace on Saturday April 25 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

A Whoosh of Colour!

Tornadoz: a whoosh of colour, pushing from one to another with all variations in between.

Indigodragonfly’s new gradient sets include 5 mini skeins of sock yarn in 5 different shades, subtly shifting from one colour to the next.  Available in Merino Sock, CaribouBaa and Chameleon Sock in a wide range of colourways.

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And I’m sure you’re wondering about the colour names. Each set is named with a 5 line poem, each line representing a shade within the gradient.  Cool, right?

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What can you knit with these?

One set will knit a pair of socks, a pair of mitts or arm warmers, a hat or a small shawl.

Two sets will knit a shawl or scarf.

Combine three or more sets to knit a larger project like a blanket, large shawl or sweater.  Gradient stripes combined with a semi solid? Yes, even this!

Find these first at the  Toronto Knitters Frolic, hosted by the Toronto Knitters Guild this weekend at the Japanese Cultural Centre (9 Garamond Court, just off of Wynford Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto).  Indigodragonfly will be in booth 29 in the marketplace on Saturday April 25 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Frolic Countdown!

The Toronto Knitters Frolic, hosted by the Toronto Knitters Guild is on this weekend at the Japanese Cultural Centre (9 Garamond Court, just off of Wynford Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto).  Indigodragonfly will be in booth 29 in the marketplace on Saturday April 25 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some of the fantastic new things we’ll be bringing down with us.

We have recently started designing our own yarns and working with a mill to have them spun into reality.  The very first of these arrived last week, just in time for us to dye some up to bring to you.

Introducing Chameleon Sock.  This yarn combines 2 plies of a merino/cashmere blend with 1 ply of merino/silk. Dyes take to each of this blends in different ways, creating a marled effect.

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The knitted fabric has subtle highlights, adding visual dimension to your garments without disturbing the stitch definition.

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Soft, luxurious, unique.

Come find this yarn in our booth, in both regular colours and some special edition, one of a kind colourways!

 

Sweater Club Sign Up Day!

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 8 is Sweater Club sign up day.

Sign up here, while supplies last.

Here’s some information for you to help you get ready.

1) Know what you want! Have a look at the available packages and sizing and know what you want. If you have questions, email us or post your questions in our Ravelry group for answers.

2) Full payment or monthly payments.  Both will be available in the shop.

New this year: if you wish to pay monthly, choose the “monthly payment” option from the shop. This is your deposit only, and covers shipping for your Club packages for the year. It will ask you to choose your region and preferred shipping method (uninsured or insured). Once your membership has been processed, we will send you the sign up link for your Sweater Club subscription. (See this post for monthly payment amounts)

3) Remember you can choose your add-ons later. Swatching Skeins, Safety Skeins, Project Bags and CustomFit pattern codes can all be added to your Club membership later. If you’re not sure, leave those until later.
4) Breathe.  And send whisky. ;)

 

Sweater Club: What Size Do I Need?

Sweater Club sign ups open this Wednesday, April 8 at noon Eastern.  

Full information about the Club, including what you get, sizing and pricing

Read about the yarns here

Options for paying in full and paying monthly will be available. Full payment can be made through our webshop here, starting at noon on Wednesday. If you’d prefer monthly payments, email us directly at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca at or after noon on Wednesday and let us know:

  • which package you want (Merino, Luxury, Mixed, Sock, Sport/DK or Worsted)
  • your size 
  • your region (Canada, US, International)
  • whether you want uninsured or insured shipping 

So you’ve decided to join Sweater Club and aren’t sure which size package to get.  Here are some tips to help you.

1) Use the chart we’ve compiled for you. The chart includes with both bust sizes and the minimum yardage you’ll get for each yarn weight for each size.  This means we’ve taken the yardage of the shortest sock weight, DK weight and Worsted weight yarns in the Club and cross referenced it with well established garment yardage references for average ease and length sweaters to determine how much we should send you. These amounts have a 10% cushion built in. So choose your bust size (we suggest full bust size to ensure you have plenty of yarn) and go!

 

 

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2) Experienced sweater knitters start to get a sense of how much yarn they’ll need for sweater in different yarn weights. If this is information you’re familiar with, choose your size from the chart using yardage instead of bust size.

3) Apps such as Knit Handy and Stashbot now make it easy to estimate yardage based on your bust size and the gauge at which you’ll knit your yarn.  Use one of these apps to help determine yardage amounts that will work best for you and the type of sweaters you want to knit.

What if I’m between sizes?

For some of us, 2 out of the 3 yardage amounts will work for our size, with one outlier.  Remember you can always order a “safety skein” in one or more of your chosen yarn bases, at anytime during the Club year (up until that base has been dyed for you).  For example, if size B works for you for every base except Worsted, which needs an extra skein to get the sweater you want, order size B and order 1 safety skein in Worsted weight.

Remember the details

Remember that the charted yardage amounts are for average length, long sleeved sweaters in each size. If you want a longer sweater, or a hood, or you want an allover cable design, consider either going up a size or ordering safety skeins in one or more of your bases to make sure you’ll have plenty of yarn for your dream sweaters.

Still have questions?  Email us at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca and we’ll be happy to help!

 

 

Sweater Club: all about the yarns

Sweater Club sign ups open this Wednesday, April 8 at noon Eastern.  

Full information about the Club, including what you get, sizing and pricing

Options for paying in full and paying monthly will be available. Full payment can be made through our webshop here, starting at noon on Wednesday. If you’d prefer monthly payments, email us directly at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca at or after noon on Wednesday and let us know:

  • which package you want (Merino, Luxury, Mixed, Sock, Sport/DK or Worsted)
  • your size 
  • your region (Canada, US, International)
  • whether you want uninsured or insured shipping 

 

This year, through highly strategic planning, spreadsheets and much chocolate for everyone, we’re able to offer 9 different yarn bases in this year’s Sweater Club, in various combinations.  This post introduces you to all of them.

CaribouBaa, SuperBaa DK and SuperBaa Worsted are our 100% superwash merino yarns.  They are soft with at tight twist and smooth texture.  Beautiful stitch definition and equally beautiful knit up in stockinette stitch and textured stitches.

Projects: Dopamine (Cariboubaa) and Waffleupagus (SuperBaa DK)

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SuperBaa DK

OctoBaa is also a 100% superwash merino yarn, but with a twist.  Literally.  This yarn is made up of 8 plies: 4 sets of 2 ply yarn spun together, giving it a texture that is unlike any other yarn we’ve seen.

Project: Aislinn 

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OctoBaa 

MerGoat Worsted is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend that knits up to wear like your coziest blanket.  The cashmere gives it a soft halo and sense of luxury, while the nylon makes it wear like iron.

 

Merino Silk DK and Wingenhooven are truly luxurious yarns.  Merino blended with silk and, in the case of Wingenhooven, yak, make these soft yarns with a slight sheen. An excellent choice for your most elegant garments.

Project: Shore Ledges (Merino Silk DK)

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Wingenhooven

Linen Silk Chainette and Chameleon Sock are brand new yarns, designed by and spun exclusively for us.  The Linen Silk Chainette is a DK weight, 50/50 linen and silk blend in a chained construction. The chain keeps the yarn stable for garments and adds to the tweedy effect of this yarn. An excellent choice not only for summer garments, but for the shoulder seasons as well.

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Chameleon yarn blends merino and cashmere and merino and silk in different plies to create a subtly marled yarn.  And the touch? Exquisitely soft.

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We’re so pleased to be able to bring so many of our favourites into this year’s Sweater Club. We look forward to dyeing them in unique colourways for you.

 

 

 

Sweater Club 2

Join the Indigodragonfly Sweater Club!  A wide range of yarns to choose from, combined with one of a kind, dyed just for you colours and patterns to inspire you.

Sweater Club sign ups will open next Wednesday, April 8 at noon Eastern (Toronto/New York time)

  • 3 shipments – July, November, March
  • 3 yarn bases (1 per shipment in a sweater amount for your size)
  • Custom Fit recipe for an original design that will work in all of the yarns chosen for each shipment
  • Handmade Swag: a small gift handmade by artisans we love.
  • One of a kind colours that are yours alone

Optional Add-ons:

  • CustomFit pattern codes – receive 1 CustomFit pattern code per Club package. Codes are redeemable for 1 CustomFit pattern from the CustomFit website
  • Sweater sized project bags, made exclusively for us for this Club – project bags will be artisan made and will fit up to 8 skeins of yarn
  • Swatching Skeins – opt to get 25 g skeins of each of your sweater yarns for swatching. 25 g gives you lots of yarn to make a generous swatch
  • Safety Skeins – unsure you ordered enough yarn? You will have the option to add “safety skeins” to one or more of your packages.

Yarn Packages:

Choose your sweater yarn packages based on either fibre (Merino, Luxury, Mixed) or yarn weight (all sock, all sport/DK, all Worsted)

MERINO

  • CaribouBaa (100% superwash merino, 4 ply sock weight; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • SuperBaa Worsted (100% superwash merino; 220 yds per 100 g)
  • SuperBaa DK (100% superwash merino; 250 yds per 100 g)

LUXURY

  • Merino Silk DK (50% superwash merino/50% silk; 230 yds per 100 g)
  • Chameleon Sock (63% superwash merino/20% cashmere/17% silk; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • Linen Silk Chainette (50% linen/50% mulberry silk; 220 yds per 100 g)

MIXED

  • MerGoat Worsted  (80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon; 190 yds per 115 g)
  • OctoBaa (100% superwash merino, 8 ply between sport and DK weight; 270 yds per 100 g)
  • Wingenhooven (60% superwash merino/20% yak/20% silk; 400 yds per 100 g)

SOCK

  • CaribouBaa (100% superwash merino, 4 ply sock weight; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • Chameleon Sock (63% superwash merino/20% cashmere/17% silk; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • Wingenhooven (60% superwash merino/20% yak/20% silk; 400 yds per 100 g)

SPORT/DK

  • Merino Silk DK (50% superwash merino/50% silk; 230 yds per 100 g)
  • OctoBaa (100% superwash merino, 8 ply between sport and DK weight; 270 yds per 100 g)
  • Linen Silk Chainette (50% linen/50% mulberry silk; 220 yds per 100 g)

WORSTED

  • SuperBaa Worsted (100% superwash merino; 220 yds per 100 g)
  • MerGoat Worsted  (80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon; 190 yds per 115 g)
  • Merino Silk DK (50% superwash merino/50% silk; 230 yds per 100 g)

Colours:
Colourways will be one of a kind semi-solids or tonals. 1-2 months prior to each shipment, you will be asked for your colour preferences (preferred colour family as well as colour family you don’t want). We will dye for you based on those preferences.

CustomFit Recipes:
Each shipment will come with a CustomFit Sweater Recipe.  CustomFit sweater recipes give you unique sweater designs + the ability to customize to your shape. Amy Herzog explains CustomFit recipes and how they work here.  CustomFit recipes MUST be used in conjunction with a CustomFit pattern.  You may also add CustomFit pattern codes to your Club packages as an optional add-on.

Sizing and Pricing:

 

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Choose your package size based on either bust size or yardage, whichever makes most sense to you. We can accommodate sizes not listed. Contact us for more information. Yardages given are very generous for the bust sizes listed. If it looks like you will need 1 or 2 additional skeins for only 1 or 2 of the bases, you can also opt to order Safety Skeins. (Safety Skeins will also be offered again before each shipment is dyed, so you will have another chance)

Monthly Payment Option:

Monthly payments are possible.  If you would prefer to pay monthly, purchase the “monthly payment” version of the Club. The amount you pay will cover shipping for your whole Club membership. Once processed, we will send you a sign up link for your chosen package/size, set up with monthly payment amounts seen below. Just click and you’ll be all set up!

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Purchase of this item assumes that you agree to the following terms:

You must ensure that your mailing address in Paypal is correct. If you move at any point between April 8, 2015 and March 15, 2016, please inform us of your address change as soon as possible by emailing us with your new address.  We must have your new address at least 15 days prior to a Club shipment to ensure it is sent to the correct address. Club shipment dates will be announced approximately 1 month in advance

There are no returns on Club memberships for any reason.  Please ask as many questions as you wish prior to signing up, and we would be pleased to answer them.  Once your Club sign up is processed, no returns will be accepted.  If you wish, you may transfer your membership to someone else. Please contact us directly to do this. A $100 administrative charge will apply.

You assume responsibility for packages delivered to the wrong address IF: your address is incorrect in Paypal, you have sent us the wrong address by email or if you have not given us sufficient notice (minimum 15 days prior to a Club shipment date) to change your address in our system.

 

Creativity is a Muscle

Creativity.

It’s a magical talent that suddenly appears out of the blue.  A lightning bolt. That only comes to a very few chosen ones.

Like it couldn’t happen to you.

Well that’s a myth.

The truth is that creativity is a muscle. It needs to be exercised. It needs to be fed. Every. Single. Day.

It needs to try a million and one “meh” ideas before focusing in on the one really fantastic and brilliant one that makes you feel like you have super powers and keeps you up at night.  It’s learning how to recognize the idea that should be followed and how to take it down the path that turns it into your next favourite finished object.

Creativity is not just for making beautiful things. It’s about solving problems by looking at them from different angles…perfect skills for fixing your knitting errors or finding solutions for running out of yarn, modifying patterns, adjusting for gauge and so much more.  It’s about learning to truly understand how stitch patterns work and how to adapt them. It’s about gaining colour confidence and learning to trust your instincts.

It’s about learning what makes you stop yourself from trying new ideas and skills, and giving you skills to take your ideas to the next level.

When asked what former students most wanted to learn from me, the most common answer is always “I want to understand what happens in your brain.”

Well now you can.  Come take the workshop on March 28, and see what’s inside your brain too:

Inside Kim’s Brain at Shall We Knit, Waterloo Ontario.  Register here

(There are also still spots in Short Row Insanity. All Optical Delusion classes are sold out, waiting list only.)

 

Stained Fingers Dye Camp 2015

Come to the Indigodragonfly studio and spend a week frolicking with yarn, fibre and colour.

Dye Camp August full2015 Stained Finger Dye Camp Application

Dates:

June 15 – 18 (with optional June 19 Open Studio day)

July 20 – 23 (with optional July 24 Open Studio day)

August 10 -13 (with optional August 14 Open Studio day)

What is Dye Camp?

  • 4 day course, starting with basic dyeing techniques, and allowing for lots of playing and experimentation. Learn how to mix colours and repeat results consistently. Learn a variety of dyeing techniques including kettle dyeing, hand painting, ombre dyeing, dyeing gradations, experimental techniques and more.
  • maximum 10 students per course, with very individual instruction and direction. (so if 4 people want to work on entirely different ideas? It can be done) This course is equivalent to private lessons, with lots of one-on-one instruction
  • returning students are welcome! We will spend some time with you to talk about what you’d like to work on in your time here. Consider it a week of guided individual study.

Where:
Our studio in Haliburton ON (approximately 2.5 – 3 hours north of Toronto)

Cost:
$500 course and materials (+HST)
Additional Studio Day (optional) $75 + HST

A number of payment options will be made available to you. (monthly, deferred payment, pay now now now!) Indicate your preference on your application.

Yarn (with the exception of yarn for samples) is not included in the material fee. Yarn may be purchased from us or you may choose to bring your own. Please do not bring yarn from other dyers to “overdye” (out of respect for their work). A price list will be provided early so that you’re aware of what’s available to you and how much to budget.

Travel and accommodation is your responsibility. There are B&B’s, motels, a bigger hotel and some small cottage resorts/rental cottages, etc. We even have a small space right at the studio available for rent. We will send you information about local accommodation, along with recommendations and information about local amenities. We can also link you with other students who wish to share accommodation and travel.

If you have further questions prior to registration, please ask here or email me directly at kim@indigodragonfly.ca