• 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

Årdrakin Tech: Armor

Årdrakin Tech: Armor

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I’m An Introvert

I'm an Introvert

When you find out your normal daily lifestyle is called 'quarantine'.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


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.


Birthday Giveaway!

Birthday Giveaway!

February 3 is my birthday! To celebrate, I’m giving YOU a present: the chance to win some Iron Dragon yarn!

Head on over to my Instagram account for all the details and to enter:

Click Here to Enter!

Skeins of yarn and a postcard.

You could win this yarn!! Visit my Instagram account for details and to enter.


Temperature Blankets: A Quick FAQ

Temperature Blankets: A Quick FAQ
January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

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 I never finished because my life sort of…imploded…in the fall of 2018), 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:


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