Some quick announcements and updates!
I’ve had this website in one form or another, and at one URL or another, since 1999. Of course, its content has changed drastically over the years. Much of what I’ve posted here since then has been retired, archived, lost, or even deliberately deleted. The Wayback Machine could probably provide a pretty amusing trip down memory lane if I dredged up the old web addresses I used to occupy.
I can still remember the moment I decided to name this site Incyanity. It’s pretty close to twenty years back: I was posting in a thread on a phpBB forum moderated by some people I knew, casting about looking for a new name for my site for whatever reason. People in the thread knew me pretty well, including my tastes, interests, and my favorite color, and then there it was: a friend suggested Incyanity, and I knew that was what I wanted to change to. So I did.
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.
On June 28, 2020, the site was rebranded as Iron Dragon. Read the announcement.
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.
On June 28, 2020, the site was rebranded as Iron Dragon. Read the announcement.
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 akairondragon.ca/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). Welcome to my website! 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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