Giftapalooza 2017!

It’s Giftapalooza time.

We’re heading into the darkest season of the year. Literally. Every day getting shorter until we’re left with feeling like we’re living in a cave. And then the light comes back. Every year.

Let me say that again: The Light. Comes. Back.

Every culture has some form of celebration that welcomes the light back. We see the end of the tunnel. We see hope. We see humanity again.

No group of people — and I mean none — shows this spirit more than the community of people that have gathered around our work. You are all the wands lit up and pointed towards the heavens. You are every star that struggles through clouds at this time of year. You, through the very act of knitting, show how to move forward, stitch by stitch, every day until you emerge with something beautiful.




That is the spirit of Giftapalooza. This year, because of what many of us have been through. Because of what we will all go through moving forwards. It is more important that ever. That spirit. Community. Reaching out to other humans and making connections.

It’s time to come back to the reason we started Giftapalooza, and the spirit that keeps it going year after year.


What is Giftapalooza?

Giftapalooza is our annual tradition of sharing the knitterly love:

Give a gift. Get a gift.

Sign up for the gift you wish to receive, throw your name in the hat and let us do the rest. You’ll be matched with 2 “partners” (one you will “send” to and one who will “send” to you), and in December, the season of stress and insanity, you’ll receive your chosen gift from your partner. Exactly the gift you want. But with a small element of surprise.

See? It’s not buying more yarn for YOU. It’s someone else buying it as a GIFT TO you. 😉 And in return, you are “sending” a gift to yet another person.

Order as much of each base as you like, choosing to have all skeins (in one base) in the same colour, or in different colours.

In Giftapalooza tradition, all colourways will be one-of-a-kind, non-repeatable colours. You will have some control over colour choices, but leave the rest to us and the dyepot magic.

What yarns???
Chameleon Sock
Merino Nylon Sock

What else?
This year we have some special books:

A Stash of One’s Own by Clara Parkes
Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy
Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley
Knitting Comfortably by Carson Demers (Canadian Customers Only, Please)

All of these books have been recently published and are a valuable addition to your knitting library.

Giftapalooza is not about the yarn.
That’s right. We said it.

Never has been…never will be.

It’s about the amazing community of people we have gathered around us.

So this is what we do —
After sign-ups have closed, if you opt in, we’ll be pairing you with two other Giftapaloozers to encourage one of our favourite things about Indigodragonfly fans: community.

If you wish, send your downstream partner a holiday greeting of some kind. This can be as simple as a 2 sentence note, a photograph or favourite recipe. It can be as complicated as getting your toddler to put to paper his/her interpretation of the latest Star Wars epic. (No one is expected to spend money on this part…something simple from the heart, reaching out to another knitter at a stressful time of year is what we hope happens)

And a different person will be sending goodies to you. Spreading the love upstream and downstream, and connecting you with 2 other knitters. Please do take the time to do this small piece. I have it on very good authority that the 4 or 5 words you send off to your partner will carry them and support them for a very long time.

Surprise packages — give to a friend or a stranger…
(AKA “make Kim cry constantly for a month”)

Finally, the tradition we’ve come to love the most. We will also be taking nominations for “sooper sekrit anonymous surprise packages” to be sent to people who deserve a little extra something this year.

Know someone who could use a little extra love this year? Nominate them by emailing us at, subject line: Giftapalooza Nominee and tell us about them (why we should pick them, full name, mailing address, and favourite colour (s)). We will let you know if your nominee has been chosen. (Please note, Indigodragonfly staff and volunteers are not eligible for nominations. If there is a sheep beside their name in this forum, they are disqualified. For very good reasons.)

Want to spread even more love by sending a package? We will have a listing for sending gift packages as well. Choose the recipient or tell us to send to someone on our nomination list.

Sign ups start: November 16 at 2 pm Eastern
Sign ups end: November 30 at 11 pm Eastern (or when all spaces are filled)

Partner assignments and package shipments start in early December.


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