I’m a pretty extreme introvert. I don’t like being with more than two other people at one time, and even that is a very draining experience. If given a choice, in most cases I’d rather curl up on the sofa as a contented homebody than go out. When I do go out, my outings are still very introverted: I’d rather go alone to the mall (let me shop at my own pace and only for what I planned to shop for), solo my photography outings (much easier to take 100 shots of this particular flower without worrying that I’m boring someone to tears), and so on. Even going to a movie alone is just fine with me. But mostly, I stay home. So, all this social distancing stuff hasn’t really had much impact on my day-to-day. Except…
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When I started out as a dyer, my plan was to dye to match photos I’ve taken. I enjoy photography so the idea of using my pictures as inspiration for the yarn seemed like a great way to give my hobby a new layer of meaning.
Despite those best intentions, if I can be honest for a moment, I feel a little strangled. My shop has been open for almost eight months and I’m frustrated with how I’ve lagged behind where I thought I would be in terms of the variety of colorways I’m offering. Color matching dye to photos has turned out to be pretty challenging! Having the challenge is just fine, but at the same time… It’s been a slow process, much slower than I anticipated. Still getting established means I have to be careful about wasting supplies with failed experiments.
February 3 is my birthday! To celebrate, I’m giving YOU a present: the chance to win some Incyanity yarn!
Head on over to my Instagram account for all the details and to enter:
At this time of year, my temperature blanket blog entries get a lot of attention, which is great! It makes sense: January would be the most popular time of year to start a blanket. Yarnists around the world decide they’re going to make one and then go out in search of information on how to do just that.
As I worked on my own blanket (which is unfinished because my life sort of…imploded…in the fall of 2018—but I do plan to finish it this year!), I saw the same questions pop up over and over again from people who were starting their blankets: Which chart should I use for my blanket? What colors should I use?
I admit: I also asked the same questions after I decided to make my blanket. These two things seem to be the things that yarnists who have done a blanket before somehow leave unsaid, or sort of glossed over. The answers should be obvious but in reality, it doesn’t work out that way. Maybe it’s because crocheters and knitters are used to following patterns. Someone else normally dictates what is to be done for just about every project we ever do, so why should a temperature blanket be any different? But it is different and that difference is important.
To help make your lives easier as you embark on your temperature blanket journey, here are what should be the obvious answers to these questions:
Hello yarnists! It’s that time of year—holiday shopping has begun.
Everything in my shop is 25% off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The sale is live NOW and runs until December 3!
Are you shopping for a fellow yarnist? When you place your order, you can add gift wrapping for a small fee. I’ll wrap the yarn in fun Christmas paper. You can also choose to send the yarn directly to the intended recipient or to yourself so you can gift it later, whichever you prefer! Note: If sending to the intended recipient, shipping is calculated based on that person’s address, not yours.
Don’t forget: if you live in Calgary or the immediate area, contact me before you place your order so we can arrange for local pickup and no shipping fees for you!
To ensure your yarn arrives on time, order by:
- Dec 11 (outside AB); Dec 15 (inside AB)
- Dec 15
- Dec 1 – but earlier is better!
Have a great holiday season. Happy stitching!
This is the Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada!
To celebrate, all yarn in my shop is currently 20% off until end of day Mountain time on October 14.
The sale is available worldwide!
There will also be a new colorway popping up at some point over the weekend so please keep an eye out for that!
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving. Happy stitching!
That is the question. On July 9, Etsy CEO Josh Silverman sent this letter to all Etsy sellers. The gist of it is this: Etsy has decided it’s in everybody’s best interest if they prioritize sellers offering free shipping on orders of $35 or more to US buyers. This decision took effect on July 30. What it means is, if you happen to live in the United States and search for something on Etsy, the listings you’ll see first are going to be from sellers (who could be located anywhere in the world) who charge $0 on the shipping line of whatever it is you’re shopping for if that item costs $35 and up.
I really was not thrilled to get that letter. Many other sellers weren’t thrilled about it either. Here’s why.
The other day I was asked why there’s, well, non-yarn stuff in the Twitter timeline for Incyanity‘s brand account. It’s a fair question, especially for anyone who has only recently become aware of my content via my yarn, so I thought I’d take a moment to talk about it.
I’ve been running this website since 1999—which I know is basically the dawn of time as far as the internet is concerned! Back then it was on the Area 51 section of GeoCities (if anyone remembers that!) and it had a different name. Eventually, I moved to a hosted domain, adopted the title Incyanity, and here we are. From the beginning, my goal has been to create a space where I can share my interests and adventures with anyone who might care to spend time on them. I like a lot of things. As a result, over the years I’ve had a lot of different types of content on this site and undoubtedly always will! A great deal of the old stuff is archived because of course over time projects are abandoned, interests change, and so on. Nevertheless, the core of the goal remains the same: Incyanity is about my creative insanity.
I stand with Ravelry’s policy update.
I get why some people are offended by the policy wording. Nobody likes being called out for “thing = bad”. I vote conservative in Canada but the truth is there are really shitty things going on perpetrated by really shitty people who happen to be conservative leaders.
The ultimate goal of a politician is to get people to put a lot of stock in everything they say and do. If we elect a shitty human because we also happen to agree with some of the political reforms his party supports, we are quite literally handing that shitty human enormous power to convince people to adopt all the shitty things he believes in. Bad beliefs feel validated when they’re espoused by world leaders.
I think most people are good and tolerant. But there are some who insist on bigotry, hate, and racism. Some are ignorant of what they do and why it’s harmful. Others aren’t: they intentionally use fiber arts to persecute people through offensive patterns, groups, and posts. Some seek out POCs and LGBTQ+ persons with the intent to harass and drive them away. Sometimes they even hope to inflict real-world harm.
If you haven’t witnessed or experienced it on Ravelry doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
If you’re a good, tolerant person, absolutely you should be outraged that the way you voted has become synonymous with white supremacy. But Ravelry is not what you should be outraged at. Be outraged that the man you voted for thinks sexual assault and detaining children is acceptable, that it’s okay to deny certain groups of people the ability to obtain proper health care, and so on. Your outrage should be directed at the shitty humans who use his beliefs and administration as a launchpad for their hate.
Don’t want to be lumped in with them? Make them unwelcome in your voting bloc. Make sure your party is putting their best candidate forward. If the candidate is a shitty human, tell them you expect better.
Why wouldn’t you? Those people are the ones giving you a bad reputation by association.
That’s right! I opened my yarn shop today! Woot! It’s been an amazing first few hours too, with lots of support from family, friends, and followers, and even my first few orders (omg!!). All the feels!! ♥
It took a little over a year to get here. The journey was challenging and sometimes fraught with doubt and fear, but worth it! I’ve learned a lot. There will always be more to experience and I’m looking forward to these first few steps into actually running my business!
I’ve opened with six (technically five, I guess!) colorways on three bases. My silk yarn is 4-ply 50% Grade A mulberry silk and 50% superwash merino in fingering weight. The next one is 25% nylon and 75% fine superwash merino, also in fingering weight. Then, last (but not least!) is the super fun 50% bamboo and 50% merino in sport weight. (The bamboo yarn is amazing, so squishy and soft, and shiny just like silk! I’m so glad I can have it available.) I also have some mystery yarn posted so if you like surprises you should try one of those skeins! Over time I plan to add many more colorways. After all, I have zillions of photos to choose from!
Did you notice the new logo? Yep, there’s a little bit of Incyanity rebranding going on too! My original dragon is still going to stick around the website—I’m too fond of him to let him go—but for the shop and a few other places, I’ll be using the new dragon! The shop logo morphs the dragon’s head into a camera shutter that is cradling a ball of yarn with a crochet hook and two knitting needles in it. The dragon head is the same one that I used to represent myself in my engagement announcement last fall. (Oh yes, I got married on May 24! I’ll share some photos from that adventure Soon™.)
The link for my shop is incyanity.net/shop or you can use the “Shop” link in the menu above. Now that I’ve officially launched, there will be a few layout changes around Incyanity coming soon too.
I’m using the hashtag #incyanity on both Instagram and Twitter and hope everyone who makes something out of my yarn will use it too (and tag me) because I really want to see all your pretty projects!
Hi! I’m Cheyenne (aka Iron Dragon or Sakaane). Welcome to Incyanity! I love nature and am a proud Canadian, born and raised in Calgary. Cyan is my favorite color. Learning to live with anxiety and depression is a big part of my life right now. I enjoy video games, writing, crochet, and photography. Drawing? Web design? Editing? Camping? Fishing? Reading? Aquariums? Yes, those too. I probably have too many hobbies. Completely yarn obsessed!
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- I’m An Introvert
- Rethinking the Approach
- Birthday Giveaway!
- Temperature Blankets: A Quick FAQ
- Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale – Plus Shipping Deadlines
- It’s A Sale!
- To Ship Free, Or Not To Ship Free
- What’s Up With This Twitter Timeline, Anyway?
- I Stand With Ravelry
- Incyanity Yarn: Open for Business!
- EVE Unbalanced – The Sandbox is a Lie
- “Little Things” for the Corporation UI
- Temperature Blanket
- Solitary Pilot Artwork
- War and IPI
- When Things Don’t Quite Work Out
- Holoreel Convention – Part 5
- In the Navy
- Lightning and Colored Energy
- A Delivery
- The Fifth Age: Riven – Day One
- First Meeting
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