indigodragonfly Have you joined a yarn club yet?
|This is the photo club members are asked to use when they update their Ravelry stash.|
Indigodragonfly is an independent dyeing company run by Kim McBrien in Haliburton Highlands, Ontario Canada. She often teaches classes at Shall We Knit, a yarn shop in Waterloo, Ontario. I recall reading that she does dyeing workshops in Haliburton during the summer months, but I'm sorry to say I can't seem to trace my steps back to that info.
I am writing about being a member of the Smart Ass Knitter of World Domination now because I have had my packages for a bit and I wanted to share the idea of joining a yarn club with you. Why would one join a yarn club?
Perhaps you like getting packages in the mail, filled with surprises in the way of color, fiber and weight of yarn. Maybe you enjoy having a fiber/yarn that is the envy of your knitting friends? Or, maybe you join a yarn club as a way to support the endeavors of a smaller indie dyer.
My reasoning behind joining was mostly because I was so smitten with the names of their colorways; colors like Fringe over Troubled Waters, Well Put Me On the Short Bus and Send Me Off to Clueless School, or You Punched the Highlights Outta Her Hair! (This blog post lists some of the top colorways for 2012). The colors themselves are saturated and brilliant semi solids or tonals. I love the idea of being surprised with a package containing such vibrant fiber, a pattern, and some swag to go with it.
As a member of this club we receive yarn, a pattern and swag every other month. The colorways are exclusive to the club members for ten months before being open to orders from the general knitting world. Same is true for the patterns. Here's what I have received so far.
|Bleats, Shoots and Leaves, pattern High Plains Drifter.|
|Baldersquash by Deb Barnhill, image imported from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baldersquash|
|When Life Gives You Lemmings, Duck! Laceweight.|
|Jagged Edge, by Meghan Jackson, available for download June 2013.|
|Monster Mash colorway on top, Violet Ending on bottom.|
|Come Together, knit by JustWant2Knit, picture used with permission.|
Three Irish Girls is the one that comes to mind. But then that would be a whole 'nother post.... maybe next week?