Pound o’ Product; because 0.453592 kgs just didn’t sound as good…

Greetings, interwebs! It is I, Victoria, one of your friendly indigodragonfly studio minions. I am hijacking the blog to tell you about a great new product coming to the indigodragonfly web store starting at noon on Wednesday August 31, 2016 EST. It’s like a surprise egg, but for grownups! Introducing our 1, 2, 3 mystery pound o’ product.

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Each mystery sack contains 1 indigodragonfly project bag, 2 skeins of mystery yarn, and 3 randomized hard copy patterns for you to keep or pass along.

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Celebrate September and grab a grab bag here.



Scholarship Fund

For many years, Ron and I have wanted to start a scholarship fund. What we haven’t been sure of is how to focus it. Our local art college? Textile students in general? Nothing we thought of felt right.

Until a few months ago.

We have an amazing incredible community of people here. One of the things I’m proudest of is the community that has grown around our work and how every single time someone is in crisis or needs help or is simply having a really bad day, not one…not two…but MANY of you leap to your feet to help in every possible way you can.

Do you understand how amazing that is?

A few months ago, when one of our own told our community about an issue with funding for her son’s education…something he’d been counting on…I know that many of us took that to heart. Not OUR kid. Not after all he’s worked to accomplish. Not after all he’s overcome.

And that was the spark we needed. The moment I mentioned this to Ron, he said “scholarship fund” and I knew we were on the same page.

Since then we’ve started building some ideas that will grow into this thing that we hope will expand to help more than just this special kid and his amazing family. We hope that any of you who need it will be able to access it. We will have criteria (the student or a parent are a knitter; financial need; other stuff we will figure out as this idea grows) and an application, but for now, for this first year, we will be raising some funds to help R (Destiny’s son) get the best education he can.

There are so many times in this life when unexpected things happen. When you get angry about the unfairness of it all. And we? Were really really angry. Which means we needed to do something, no matter how small. We can’t turn back time. We can’t erase what’s happened. But we can do this. Make a strong positive step forward and let R know that we…not just Ron and I, but this whole community believes in him.

And more important than the money, is that. The people it represents. When he is tired and angry and frustrated and scared, we also want him to remember that no matter what, we…all of us…have his back.

Every year after Stained Fingers Dye Camp, we sell the dyed yarns that campers don’t want to take home, and give the profits to charity. From this moment on, we will instead put those funds aside for the scholarship fund. All campers have been in on this since June and have wholeheartedly agreed. Those yarns will go on sale on our website today (August 24) at noon Eastern here.

You will note that there is also a donation item on that page. This will stay up for anyone who would prefer to make a direct donation. All of those funds will go directly to R.

There will be more coming.

Here is where we start.

Dear Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,

You’ve met Victoria, right? Victoria is our Sidekick.

Victoria nice

Look at that face! So lovely and smiley and nice…right?


Victoria is EVIL. How evil you ask? Well that’s a long story. Got coffee? (Right. Forgot who I’m talking to for a moment)

You more than anyone else knows that every year we fundraise for The Friends for Life Bike Rally‘s Team Knit. We’re usually pretty quiet about it, putting aside $1 from the sale of every skein of a base or colourway that we choose and matching that amount with Otis Foundation funds (Did you know that $1 from every skein we’ve sold…ever…is put aside for charities, non-profits and to help individuals that need a helping hand?)

So we asked you whether you have any colour holes in your stash.


(I know)

But it turns out that you have one very large colour deficiency. Purple.

So purple it is.

Except that apparently I made the brownest purple ever in the first test pot:


So there was immediately a second test pot:


And then I asked the internet: A or B?


And the internet, being it’s chaotic self, tried to convince me both were necessary. Actually it was Twitter. It t

That’s where Victoria comes in.

“Well, they’re both very nice,” she said. Nope. There can be one.

“But look at them…so pretty,” she said. Are you trying to kill me? One colourway. We can do one.

And then this look…

Victoria evil

“You could stripe them together in a sweater and call it Dopamine Inhibitor,” she cackled.


So you’re getting 2 fundraising colourways this year. And apparently I’m getting a new sweater.

Tour de Frak (A) order here

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I Am a Tricycle on the Wind… (B) order here

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And yes, the colour shifts in different lights. Photos above on a cloudy day (left) and on a sunny day (right)

Kim and Ron

PS: One more parting shot from Victoria: “The sweater will go really well with my boots.”




Accessories: Cups & Mugs

Hi All,

Going through the deep deep back office, we’ve come across a small stash of indigodragonfly cups & mugs!!

The cups are from the 2014 Studiopalooza fundraiser, and are the work of the fabulous Jenny The Potter. The mugs are deep blue, emblazoned with the Indigodragonfly logo in white.

If you’re interested, they are now up for sale under Accessories on the main website Sale page; here’s the quick page link: http://www.indigodragonfly.ca/product-category/accessories/ . They are on pages 1 & 2.

Please Note: due to the weight, SAK Club shipping is unfortunately not available as they cost quite a bit more to ship than a 100g skein of yarn. Please use Regular shipping and they’ll be sent out ASAP!!



Sweater Club 3 (2016)

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 Thursday, May 12 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 and/or a pattern 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 6-8 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:
This year we’re mixing it up! This year’s Club will feature fingering/sock and sport/DK weight yarns. We’ll also be exploring ways to combine yarns for heavier garments.


  • MCS Sock  (75% superwash merino/15% cashmere/10% silk; 400 yds per 115 g)
  • Wingenhooven (60% superwash merino/20% yak/20% silk; 400 yds per 100 g)
  • Chameleon Sock (63% superwash merino/20% cashmere/17% silk; 435 yds per 100 g)


  • Über MerGoat Sport  (70% superwash merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon; 260 yds per 115 g)
  • Chaingeling (50% linen/50% mulberry silk; 240 yds per 100 g)
  • Polwarth Silk (85% polwarth wool/15% silk; 675 yds per 250 g)


  • CaribouBaa (100% superwash merino, 4 ply sock weight; 435 yds per 100 g) – for 2 shipments
  • DK Matter (100% superwash merino; 280 yds per 100 g)


  • CaribouBaa (100% superwash merino, 4 ply sock weight; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • Polwarth Silk (85% polwarth wool/15% silk; 675 yds per 250 g)
  • DK Matter (100% superwash merino; 280 yds per 100 g)


  • Chaingeling (50% linen/50% mulberry silk; 220 yds per 100 g)
  • CaribouBaa (100% superwash merino, 4 ply sock weight; 435 yds per 100 g)
  • Wingenhooven (60% superwash merino/20% yak/20% silk; 400 yds per 100 g)


  • MCS Sock  (75% superwash merino/15% cashmere/10% silk; 400 yds per 115 g)
  • Über MerGoat Sport  (70% superwash merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon; 260 yds per 115 g)
  • Chameleon Sock (63% superwash merino/20% cashmere/17% silk; 435 yds per 100 g)

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 or worksheet.  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 if you are not already a maker member.

Sizing and Pricing
(Does not include shipping. Shipping rates for each region follow at the bottom of this page)

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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. 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 on the sign up page. The amount you pay immediately 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!

Shipping rates for full year for all sizes:
Canada: $60, insured
US: $60, uninsured; $99, insured
International: $135, uninsured; $378 insured

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 during the Club period, 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.


Tomorrow We Frolic!

Well this is it. Tomorrow is the Toronto Knitters Frolic.

We’ve told you about the yarn and new colours. We’ve told you all about this year’s Frolic colourway, Dminions Unhingj’dWhat else will you find in booth 29?

We have some brand new things from Bookhou and some fun new tools from Succaplokki.

We have a ton of CustomFit samples and sweater recipes. We expect A-line shaping capabilities to be released later today, so come and try on Snáthaid to see what the difference between Hourglass and A-line looks and feels like.

We’ll have Pulley Kits in CaribouBaa and Chameleon! These include yarn, CF recipe and CF pattern codes…everything you need for your sweater.

This means that we will also have Gobstopper Yarn (both the person and her amazing colour changing yarn) in our booth as well.

Bristol Ivy has designed a new scarf/shawl in our yarn that plays with straight stripes and striped chevrons in Chameleon Sock. Occam comes in 3 widths. Small and medium use 1 skein each of 2 colours; large uses 2 skeins each of 2 colours.

Occam by Bristol Ivy v1

(photo ©Bristol Ivy)

We’ll also have copies of some of our favourite Bristol patterns and yarn choices to recommend for them. Winterlong would be a great warm weather accessory in Chaingeling, and cozy in Chameleon Sock doubled. Hesperus is a dream in DK Matter. And Newsom in DK Matter would be fantastic.


Dminions Unhingj’d

Count with me: two TWO more sleeps till Frolic!

Last year we started a tradition with a special Frolic colourway. This year we continue…

Last we created a “cool” colour. This year? HOT!

We make fire!


Meet Dminions Unhingj’d. (like Django Unchained but with less Tarentino). Fiery colours dyed in 3″-5″ repeats. Making this ideal for Optical Delusion: Conflagration.  Combine it with a dark contrast, and Lemon Difficult would also be incredible!

We’ll have it available for sale for one day only, in booth 29 at the Frolic and on our website on Saturday April 30 ONLY, from 8:30 am to midnight Eastern. (No yarn will appear at that link until 8:30 am on Saturday. You can keep clicking. Yes you. But there will still be zero yarns at that link until the appointed time)

So what bases, you ask?  Wingenhooven, Socktobaa, Cariboubaa and Chameleon (pictured below):



Pretty, right?

Then as we were dyeing these, I had an idea. What would happen if we shifted some of the colours from pot to pot.

This, my friends, is a variegated gradient:

We call this the “Scorched Earth” edition.

Four coordinating mini skeins that gradually shift the colours from light to dark. Change the order you knit them in, and change the effect they create:

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Can you imagine an Optical Delusion or a Lemon Difficult with colour shifting through from light to dark? Amazing!

This idea is so new and fresh, we’ve only had time to knit a small sample to show you what it does, knit from the lightest (tip of first flame) to the darkest (top):


These sets will be labeled “Scorched Earth Edition” and will also be for sale ONLY on Saturday April 30 in our booth at the Knitters Frolic, and on our website.

3 More Sleeps!

Only 3 more sleeps to the Toronto Knitters Frolic!  Are you coming? Indigodragonfly will be filling booth 29 to overflowing with fluffiness.

We’ll be introducing 2 new bases:

Socktobaa is the sock weight equivalent of Octobaa: 8 plies, with a unique texture and a blend of superwash merino and nylon, so your socks will last and last.

DK Matter is our new DK weight superwash merino. You will not believe how springy and bouncy the fabric is!

And of course, we’ll have new colours.  Want to see some?

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Of course you want to know names, right?
Sarcasting Couch

The Burt Locker

The Iocaine Mutany

Redacted, the Censored Dinosaur

Eek…a R.O.U.S.!

You’ll just have to come to see which name goes with which colour… 😉

And yes, there will be a special Frolic colourway, available in our booth and online ONLY on Saturday. Want to see it? Tune in tomorrow…


Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 7: Louie vs. Oz

Sign ups now open

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Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club 7: Louie vs. Oz Edition

Monthly payment options can be found on the listing page for each item, and include an admin fee.

The Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Yarn Club Mark VII. This year, with a twist.

Are you ready??

Oz: cute, fluffy, soft, and well, pretty simple.

Louie: refined palette/sophisticated; complicated, but with champagne undertones.

So what happens when we let Oz and Louie commandeer the system join forces to choose yarns for the SAK/WD Club? Absolutely no way of agreeing with each other.

So this year, you get yarn choices.  Team Oz. Team Louie. Which will you choose? (spoilers at links)

All the Club features you’ve come to love are back: breath defying colours, patterns from  favourite designers, and all those special details that make this the most fun we have in the dyepot. And yes, you can get both sets of yarn bases. Order a basic package and extra skeins from different teams and you have it all.


Basic Club package:

Shipments in June, August, October, December 2016, February and April 2017 (half year: June/August/October 2016 only)

Each packages contains:

  • YARN: 1 skein (100-115g) of Team Oz or Team Louie yarn, hand dyed  in exclusive colourways.
  • PATTERNS:  2 patterns for each package (exclusive to Club members for 6 months). Patterns will be for 2 different items, 2 different yarn bases. Some may offer options for larger sizes using 2 skeins. Patterns are designed to introduce you to new designers and give you a range of techniques and projects to play with. You may find some lace, some cables, some colourwork…expect the unexpected!
  • PROJECT BAG:  designed and silk screened exclusively for the Club (1 bag per membership)


Extra Club Skeins:  extra skeins in the exclusive Club colourway may be added to your Club package, allowing you to make knit both patterns or to make larger versions of some items (i.e.: scarves, shawls). You can order Team Oz or Team Louie or both extra skein packages. For example, if you want all 12 yarn bases, order Team Oz as your basic package and Team Louie for extra skeins. Perfect for those who want it all.

Mystery Skeins:  For those who just can’t get enough! Mystery skeins are completely random skeins chosen for you and put in your package. They are equivalent in value to the yarns in the package you choose (Oz Mystery vs Louie Mystery) and can be any weight or colour. (We provide a survey that will let us know your colour blahs)

Yarn Winding Service: You may ask for your yarn to be wound in a cake for $2.50 per skein (proceeds set aside for our Otis Houndation)

Artisan Swag (full year members only):   You can sign up for 1 larger gift to come in one of your packages, instead of several smaller ones.  What will it be? A surprise.  But here’s a hint: it will handmade by an artisan and it could be any one of these — shawl pin, buttons, project or tool bag, textile related mug or other dishware, needles.

♥ Membership Benefits:

  • Club members can order Club colourways to be dyed on any base they choose, in any amounts. (Note: these are for personal use only…not to be sold to others) Club colourways will only be available to Club members and will not be released to the general public.  New Club members, however, are welcome to custom order past colours as long as they are members.
  • Full Year members only: Those who pay in full will have the option of having their patterns delivered to their Ravelry library for the duration of their membership
  • special offers throughout the Club year, exclusive to Club members only

All prices are in Canadian funds and include shipping.
Prices reflect the value of the yarn bases and extras chosen for the Club, actual shipping costs and the exclusivity of the colours. Remember: these will not be available to non-members at any time.

Basic Club
6 packages – total of 6 skeins of yarn
Ontario/US $306 (Oz) or $345 (Louie) | $31/$34 per month (monthly payments)
Canada/International $321 (Oz) or $360 (Louie) | $33/$36 per month (monthly payments)

3 packages – total of 3 skeins of yarn
Ontario/US $170 (Oz) or $197 (Louie) | $31/$34 per month (monthly payments)
Canada/International $179 (Oz) or $205 (Louie) | $31/$34 per month (monthly payments)

Extra Skeins & Mystery Skeins:
*Extra skeins: 1 extra skein per month, in your choice of Team Oz or Team Louie
*Mystery skeins: 1 random mystery skein, similar in value to your choice of Team Oz or Team Louie yarns

Ontario/US: $85 (Oz)/ $112 (Louie) – 3 shipments | $187 (Oz)/ $230 (Louie) – 6 shipments
Canada/International: $89 (Oz)/ $116 (Louie) – 3 shipments | $195 (Oz)/ $238 (Louie) – 6 shipments

Artisan Swag:  $60
(6 shipment/full year members only; no monthly option available)

Please note: There are no refunds on Clubs for any reason.
Feel free to ask us as many questions as you wish before signing up, but once you’ve signed up, you’ve committed to membership.

3) TERMS & FAQ’s

Subscribing to the Club means that you agree to monthly payments withdrawn from your Paypal account for the duration of the Club, unless you have paid in full or have made other arrangements for payment.

You must ensure that your mailing address in Paypal is correct.  If you move at any point between June 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017, 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.

There are no returns on Club memberships. If you choose the monthly payment option and cancel your Club membership through Paypal, we will continue shipping packages until the value of your payments to date is used up. No refund will be issued for partial payments. If a monthly payment fails, we will make a reasonable attempt to contact you by email (at least two times). If payment can not be resolved at that point, we will cancel your participation in the club and no refund will be made for partial club shipments. (for example, if you are paid up for the June shipment, but not for August, we will ship the June package but hold the August package until full payment is received). If you discover an issue with your Paypal account, please contact us and we will work with you to resolve your account with us. You assume responsibility for packages delivered to the wrong address, if your address is incorrect in Paypal, if 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.


What is this?
A yarn club with patterns and options! Each package will contain 1 skein of indigodragonfly yarn and 2 patterns for that yarn.  Colourways are exclusive to Club members only and will never be available to the general public.  Packages will be shipped every second month.

How many packages/how long is the commitment?
Packages will arrive every 2 months, so you’ll receive 6 packages if you sign up for the full year club, and 3 packages if you sign up for the half year club.  You can opt to pay monthly, or pay for the whole club at once at a significant discount.  Packages can ship within the shipment month.

When do sign ups start?
The Club will be open for subscriptions starting on February 14, 2016 and will be open for 3 weeks (or until we’ve reached our full capacity)

When do shipments start?

June 2016 will be the first shipment. Shipments will follow every second month April 2017 for full year club members, or October 2016 for half year club members.

Will you ship to Canada?
We ship everywhere. In some, very rare cases, we may need to charge an additional shipping fee for some countries. If this is the case, we will contact you directly about this, and give you options.

If you have further questions, feel free to email us directly at orders AT indigodragonfly.com.

Happy Giftapalooza Day!!!

Okay, so you’re all up by now, and the tree/bush/present presenting unit have all been cleaned out, so it’s probably safe to present 2015’s Giftapalooza Line-Up O’ Fun. Enjoy!!!

Yes Virginia, there are a few duplicates, but they’re in different bases so that’s okay.

(all names are from left to right)


(Chameleon Sock)

Grinch Mob

Arrestor, The Long-Arm Law & Order Donkey

Mistletoe: Yet Another Zombie Brain Detection System

Wingit, Flingit, Hurley, Zippy, Datsun, Goner & Lost – The Strike Scab Sleigh Crew


(Chameleon Sock)

Tryptophan Girl

Opening Presents – The Original Wrap Music

Bob Scratchitt, the Lottery-Addicted Clerk

Frosty’s Salty Dilemma


(Chameleon Sock)

Surface-To-Air Missiletoe

South Pole Ripoff – Slanta & his 8 Tiny Uneven Penguins

Cricket Loom On The Hearth

Two Turtle Doves, An Inter-Species Love Story


(Chameleon Sock)

Like Milk For Cookies

Chardonnaytivity Scene

Mule Log

Rude Olph, the Rock Steady Reindeer


(Chameleon Sock)

Frosty’s Eyes: Coming Soon To A Stocking Near You!

Teen Stoner, With A Corn Cob Pipe, In The Basement

…because ponies are filthy thieves, dear…

Acrylic: The Coal of Yarn


(Chameleon Sock)

More Braindeer!!!

Joe, the Little Strummer Boy


(Chaingeling DK)

Toy Recall Story – Scariest. Elf. Film. Ever.

Unfortunate Holiday Typo #23: The Island of Misfed Toes

Carollers Singing Moorre Brainsss…Nope, Don’t Know That One…

Naked Firemen Advent Calendar


(Sheepshifter DK)

Mi’fit Toyz in th’ Hood

My Other Sleigh Is A TARDIS

Rudolph’s Shiny New Hip Flask

Melony Rickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Holiday Jumpers


(Sheepshifter DK)

A Vacuum Cleaner – Honey, You Shouldn’t Have. Really.

I Brake For Stuffing

And The Dreidel Will Rock (ed. note: you will no longer be able to sing the Van Halen song properly ever again)

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Gifty Re-Gifty Stuff


(Sheepshifter DK)

Mrs. Snowman Has Had Another Carrot Job, I See…

David Bowie + Bing Crosby = David Crosby


(Merino Nylon Sock)

Red Suit, White Belt…Santa is Herb Tarlek!

You And Whose Hermey??

Prudeolph, The Anal-Retentive Reindeer

A Vacuum Cleaner – Honey, You Shouldn’t Have. Really.


(Merino Nylon Sock)

Candy Cane Toads

Mule Log

Oye Snow Mo Va, by Carlos Santa Na

One Red Ribbon Does Not A Lingerie Item Make


(Merino Nylon Sock)

Cricket Loom On the Hearth

Arrestor, The Long-Arm Law & Order Donkey

Jet Engine + GPS = Reindeer Redundancy

Randy’s Snowsuit Blues


(Chameleon Sock)

Grinch Worm

Global Warming: Elf Plot for More Days Off

(Sheepshifter DK)

Thistletoe: The Scottish Aphrodisiac

Beauty And The Roast Beast


Okay, that’s it for now. The Schmenge Brother’s Have A Very Merry Leutonian Christmas special is about to start, so gotta go. Oz says arf!