Archives for February 2015

Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Yarn Club 6

Sign ups for 2015 begin on February 14, 2015 here.

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

Welcome to the 6th year of the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Yarn Club.  We’re excited to bring you amazing colour, patterns from some of our favourite designers and those special details that make this the most fun we have in the dyepot. This year’s focus will be on sock and DK weight yarns.

This year, sign up for the Basic Club with optional extras like extra Club skeins, mystery skeins and swag!


Basic Club package:

Shipments start in June 2015 and continue every 2 months.

Packages will contain the following items, made exclusively for this club:

– YARN: 1 or 2 full skeins (100-115g) of luxury, hand dyed yarn in exclusive colourway(s).
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.

– PATTERNS:  2 patterns for each package (exclusive to Club members for 6 months). Patterns will be for 2 different items. 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…you may find 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)

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

Yarn Winding Service: You may ask for your yarn to be wound in a cake for $1 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, knitting related mug or other dish ware, 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)
  • 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
(“full price” options include savings of approximately 20% )
6 packages – total of 8 skeins of yarn
Ontario/US $390 | $39 per month (monthly payments)
Canada/International $405 | $41 per month (monthly payments)

3 packages – total of 4 skeins of yarn
Ontario/US $195 | $39 per month (monthly payments)
Canada/International $205 | $41 per month (monthly payments)

Extra Skeins & Mystery Skeins:
*includes 1 skein per month*

Canada/US: $110 (3 shipments) | $205 (6 shipments)
International: $120 (3 shipments) | $225(6 shipments)

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, 2015 and April 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.

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, around the 15th of the 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 (approximately 20% off the price of the Club).  Packages can ship within the shipment month.

When do sign ups start?
The Club will be open for subscriptions starting on February 14, 2015 and will be open until March 14, 2015 (or until we’ve reached our full capacity)

When do shipments start?

June 15 will be the first shipment. Shipments will follow every second month on the 15th of the month until April 2016 for full year club members, or October 2015 for half year club members.

Will you ship to Canada?
Yes! I live here, so there will definitely be shipping to Canada. In fact, the prices quoted for the Club include shipping.

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

Blog Tour: From Folly Cove

Today I’m hosting a stop on the From Folly Cove blog tour for  Julia Farwell-Clay new collection for Classic Elite.  There’s all the news you need to know about From Folly Cove is here on Julia’s blog.
What I love about Julia’s designs, is a traditional sensibility meshed seamlessly with well thought out details that make her pieces inherently wearable and comfortable while making you feel like you’ve created a special piece for your wardrobe.
One of the things I am most curious about is where designers find their inspiration, and how they carry that inspiration forward through the design process.  I asked Julia to talk about the Kenyon Dress in From Folly Cove and to share what drew her to create this  piece.
Kenyon is inspired by Folly Cove designer Louise Kenyon’s most popular pattern is called Home Port.
Kenyon 1
Compare this to the dress and you can see the connection. I took my cues here from the horizontals, and used gansey like textures (although I don’t think any of them qualify as actual gansey patterns, in order from the bottom up, diamonds, checkerboards, a slip stitch smocking stitch, and the top row is interlocking hearts).  The stripes used to outline each section are also nautical in their design inspiration. They come from french striped sailor shirts, called Marinières.
Kenyon 2
Another special detail is the lace hem of this dress, which echoes both the nautical theme and the texture from the bodice. I think it also gives the dress a playful feel, reminding me of waves rolling into the beach.
Kenyon 3
Today’s prize is for the Kenyon Dress.  Leave a comment on this post, telling us which pattern in Julia’s new collection you would like to knit most and why, and we will use a random number generator to award one of you a free copy of the pattern. Deadline for comments is Thursday February 5 at 5 pm Eastern.
Meanwhile, the whole collection is 10% off on Ravelry all week, so enter the code FFC10 at checkout for your 10% discount on any purchase of one or more of the collection’s patterns,  or even the whole ebook!
Tomorrow, the blog tour continues with Talitha Kuomi.  At the end of the week, check into the Classic Elite Blog for a chance to win yarn for the project of your choice from the book.