Review: Knitting With Rainbows – Carol Feller

I can put away my wallet for just about anything but a good book.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing some of my favourite fall releases. 

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Gradient yarns are everywhere!  And we are spoiled with a myriad of choices…handpainted single skein gradients, cake dyed single skein gradients and mini skein sets like our own Tornadoz. Some colour shifts are subtle; some dramatic. We are seduced by the possibilities for the colours, but often paralyzed by choice.

This is where Knitting With Rainbows comes in. Carol Feller’s new book is a manual for breaking down what kind of gradient you have in your hands, and which techniques work best to show off the colour shifts to their best advantage.

Carol guides us through different types of gradients, how they’re constructed and then matches each one up with techniques that shows it off magically. A handy chart guides you through looking for techniques that work best with the gradient you have in your hands, while using patterns in the book as examples. Each chapter guides you expertly through a different technique, including “yarn management” tips that help you make the colours in your gradient flow smoothly through the entire project.

In fact, those tips alone are plenty. At this point in my knitting life, I am deeply attracted to books that teach me new things. Teach me techniques. Inspire me to be more creative. Just as a technique manual, this book will live with others that I reach for often.

But the patterns!

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Stave Hat borrows its inspiration from the Bohus tradition. Combining texture and subtle shifts in a simple colour pattern with a dramatic effect.

 

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Probys artfully combines a mini skein gradient with a slipped stitch pattern that uses the gradient to every inch of it’s advantage. Whether using a subtle gradient, or a set of colours cobbled from yarn scraps in your stash, these are a wonderful “go to” gift project.

 

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Mardyke takes my breath away. Shifting the fabric on its axis, shifts the colours was well. I love the juxtaposition of the angles of the fabric/colour vs the lace. It keeps my eye moving and appreciating every inch.

 

 

Knitting With Rainbows is an excellent addition to your library and suitable gift for adventurous knitters of any level. Purchase directly from Carol on her website in both digital and print/digital formats, or Ravelry (digital only)

 
(All photos ©Joseph Feller/Stolenstitches.com)

Psst….

Victoria nice It is I, minion Victoria, once again hijacking the blog to let you know that sign-ups for the second series of Geek Club are coming soon! We’ve had so much fun with Geek Club this year playing homage to some of our favourite fandoms and we just can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for next year.

Geek Club is a celebration of all things geeky and is an infinitely affordable club. We have included extra options this year to help you customize your club experience including a swagless option (for geeks who prefer to keep their fandoms to yarn) and amazing exclusive Robot add-ons by the hilarious Erin Wilk.

Little known minion fact: Geek Club is one of the things that convinced me to apply for my job here at indigodragonfly. I figured that people who weren’t afraid to let their Geek flag fly would probably be pretty awesome to work for. I wasn’t wrong 🙂

So boot up your computers and hang onto your mouse. Geek Club sign ups begin Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12 noon EST.

Full Series 2 Information

Sign up here (on or after November 3)

Enjoy the ride!

-Victoria

 

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.

~Victoria

 

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.

**HOW:**
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.

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

No.

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.

::crickets::

(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:

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So there was immediately a second test pot:

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And then I asked the internet: A or B?

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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…

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

Sigh.

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)

Love
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.

ALL SOCK

  • 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)

ALL SPORT/DK

  • 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)

ALL WOOL

  • 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)

WOOLISH

  • 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)

MIXED

  • 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)

LUXURY

  • 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)

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 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.

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(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.

 

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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!

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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):

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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):

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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…