This month’s Canadian Art Deco Knits pattern is the Shawinigan Scarf. I used 2 skeins of Indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock yarn and I’m in love with how the subtle colours in the mainly-grey yarn add depth to the finished object.
I don’t remember exactly how I learned about Indigodragonfly yarn, but about 5 years ago I bought my first skein of lace weight in the colour “My Name is Indigo Montoya”. If you’re a good friend of mine there’s a strong chance that you’ve had to put up with my frequent references to The Princess Bride. I love this movie and I still enjoy watching it. I couldn’t resist the lovely colour with this particular movie reference.
Over the years I’ve collected & knit with other Princess Bride-named yarns from Indigodragonfly like “Have Fun Storming the Castle” and “Never Go Up Against a Sicilian When Death Is On The Line”. It hasn’t stopped there, though. I keep seeing Kim & Ron at trunk shows and yarn shows and it seems like I am always buying their yarn! The colours are fabulous, the names are great, and the yarn is very squishable. Sign-ups for their annual Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club are currently open (only until March 15th), if you’re interested in getting excellent yarn + interesting patterns bi-monthly.
Here’s a quick recap of the designs that I’ve done with Indigodragonfly yarn:
Clover Shawl: This green Merino Silk Lace in Sicilian was something that I wanted to use as a fun way to play with shawl construction. The instructions are written for square, rectangular and V-shaped shawls. I made the V with this lace yarn.
Wrapped Ribs: I’d bought a couple of skeins of Yak!Bam! on a whim with no particular pattern in mind. One of them because this luscious soft cowl. You can tell it was for me because this is exactly the kind of green that I’m addicted to.
Père Lachaise Shawl: I bought the yarn specifically for this design with the aged gates of the Père Lachaise cemetery in mind. I used 3 skeins of sport weight Octobaa in “Don’t Blink”.
And since I tend to do my shawls in multiple weights I also used my long-hoarded skein of Merino Single Lace in Tardis for the lace weight version:
Khufu was an idea that came to me when I should have been working on something else. The idea wouldn’t let go. I wound up a skein of lovely Merino Silk 4 ply sock as soon as my project was off the needles and this happened:
Thanks to Francine for being my frequent model! I can see from this recap that I clearly need to visit the Indigodragonfly booth at the next possible opportunity. The projects that I’ve made don’t do justice to the wide range of colours they have available! Perhaps I’ll finally give in to the urge to get some What the Hay, despite the ridiculous amount of yellow that’s already in my stash.
I love the beads on the last shawl. I’ve only added beads to a couple of projects and was never in love with the results but in yours they stand out without looking too flashy and I really really like it.