• Got Bread?
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • The English Robin
    The English Robin
  • Japanese Maple
    Japanese Maple
  • Waterton Lakes Valley
    Waterton Lakes Valley
  • Magic Mushrooms
    Magic Mushrooms
  • Skywing
    Skywing
  • Fairy Stream
    Fairy Stream
  • Canadian Fall
    Canadian Fall
  • Amethyst Sky
    Amethyst Sky
  • Summer Lake Cabin
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • Stormy Mountain Sunset
    Stormy Mountain Sunset

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Rethinking the Approach

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.


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale – Plus Shipping Deadlines

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!

Also, as noted on my Instagram and Twitter accounts, the holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching!

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!

Black Friday Sale 25% Off November 26 - December 3


It’s A Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

Sale ad: 20% off from October 12-October 14


I Stand With Ravelry

I Stand With Ravelry

There is no good reason not to.

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.


Sharing Happy News

Engagement announcement

About ten years ago, thanks to EVE Online, Mat and I met and became friends. Our first face-to-face meeting took place a short while later in Iceland at EVE Online’s Fanfest celebration. Since then, we’ve grown to be the best of friends—and in the last several years, even closer than that. So today, it’s with great excitement that we announce our engagement!

In the past we played the “game of life” individually. Now we’re looking forward to starting a co-operative game together!

Our wedding will be a private (parents only) ceremony in the Cumberland Forest on Vancouver Island at the end of May 2019. We hope to host a small gathering of friends and family in Alberta to celebrate our marriage shortly thereafter.


Incyanity Yarn Update

Incyanity Yarn Update
Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

I originally announced my new yarn venture at the end of May. Now it’s September! Time has really flown by. I’ve been working on my yarn and some folks have been asking when the store will be open, so I wanted to post an update to let everyone know where things are at.

I’ve run a home-based business before (close to 20 years ago now, yikes) but that was a whole different ball of wax compared to this! Back then I was freelance editing science fiction and fantasy novels which meant I didn’t have to worry so much about a tangible product—because the “product” I was selling was me, and all the work I did was completed via email. Having a portfolio website with testimonials and some referrals was just about all I needed. For dyeing? There has to be actual yarn! Shipping agreements! Shipping supplies! And so on and so forth. There are a lot of things I still have to take care of to make sure everything is on the up and up. But, obviously, the most important thing for customers is the yarn.


A New Venture: Incyanity Yarn!

A New Venture: Incyanity Yarn!
Yarn in a dyebath.

Yarn in a dyebath.

I have a lot of interests: gaming, writing, art, reading, photography…lots of stuff. On Incyanity I explore them all, and recently it’s been pretty obvious that crochet has been at the top of my list. Crochet is a hobby I didn’t expect; it came out of nowhere at Christmas in 2015 and I’ve really taken to it since then, particularly with Pod Pals and other cute amigurumi. Something else happened too: I developed a love of pretty yarn. As I started to expand into making clothing, I left acrylic behind and began buying “real” yarn, either 100% merino, or merino blended with other fibers. I’m particularly fond of merino/silk and merino/tencel.

During my trip to New Zealand last month I had the privilege of visiting a farm where a very nice lady dyes yarn. All I really wanted was to treat myself to some locally-dyed yarn while I was in the country, but she happily told me why she got started doing it… As we talked, I started to feel wheels turning in my head.

The truth is, in the last two years I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of yarn. Yarn makes me happy. Another truth? Yarn in blends and colors I really love have not been that easy to find. The dyers I buy from come close…but not always close enough.

I thought to myself, What if I dyed yarn in colors I really love?

Then I thought, How many people out there are like me? Maybe they’re looking for the same yarn I am!

When I got home, I started researching. I read so much and watched so many videos about dyeing that I started to dream about it. The more I learned, the more excited I became. Maybe I really could do this. Maybe it could become a new career path! (I’m definitely ready for a new career path.) I talked to some people, I ordered some supplies…and then, last weekend, I was finally able to test it out for myself.


The Agency

I poked around with the new Agency window tonight. I like it! It’s like an “uber agent finder plus” and feels useful right out of the box. I see the old agent finder is still available too but there was always something about it that I never quite liked. Maybe it was just too fiddly. Either way I never used it much.

The Agency window.

The Agency window. Click to enlarge.

This new feature? Pretty slick. I think for new and old players alike the Agency will greatly improve finding any and all PVE content in a given area—even content that players might not have previously known was there. I like how visual it is and that the different kinds of PVE content are differentiated by color and with unique icons that show up on the minimap.

One thing I found myself wishing for immediately is a way to exclude certain results. For example, I’m not in Faction Warfare so suggesting FW combat sites to me is pointless strictly from a PVE perspective. Not that the Agency should be so clever as to automatically exclude them by default when a character is not in FW, because you never know how someone might discover new content they want to try…and PVPers will likely use the Agency to find spots to fight in whether or not they’re in Faction Warfare. But having some way to “do not suggest this to me” so players can customize the Suggestion tab on the fly in a future iteration would be great.

Have you used the new Agency window? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments!


Custom Postcards: Unboxing Magic

Some of my custom Postcrossing postcards.

It’s been almost a month since I first joined Postcrossing. So far I’ve sent seven cards (two are still in transit to their destinations). The two cards I’ve received to date have come from Germany and Ireland:

My first received cards: from Germany (left) and Ireland.

My first received cards: from Germany (left) and Ireland.

I’m actually having a lot of fun! The card from Germany arrived first and was in my mailbox on a day when I’d come home from work feeling lousy. It was a great pick-me-up! There was a lovely note on the back which made me smile. But what really got me grinning today was receiving my shipment of custom postcards from MOO!


Postcrossing!

Postcrossing

Something I did as a kid was participate in pen pal programs. I’ve always loved getting mail and writing letters to someone far away was fun, especially when we decorated them with stickers or included postcards, photos, stories, and other mementos. Two pen pals in particular have stayed in my mind over the years: the first is Carly, a lovely writer and animal lover from eastern Canada who I now keep in touch with via Twitter. I still have all her letters and we killed many a tree sending each other copies of stories we were writing that would surely be incredibly embarrassing if anyone were to read them today.

Ikue Ozaki, c. 1993

Ikue Ozaki, c. 1993

The other pen pal was Ikue, a girl who lived in the Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan. I was in my pre-teen and early teen years when Ikue and I started writing to one another. She wrote the most incredible letters on very fancy, delicate paper, and adorned them with anime- and manga-style drawings (in ink! with no mistakes!). She taught me simple Japanese words and sent me an entire children’s magazine (which probably helped influence my later interest in anime) as well as numerous postcards of her country’s beautiful landscapes and many other adorable things. Sadly, when the Kobe earthquake happened in 1995 I never heard from her again, though I wrote to her several times for a couple of years afterward. Almost 6500 people were killed in that earthquake (roughly 1800 from outside the Kobe area) and I have always wondered if she was one of them or if her home was just destroyed to the point that her family moved with no forwarding address. Maybe it was just a coincidence. None of my letters were ever returned so I really have no idea what happened. It will probably be one of those life mysteries.