• 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

Tag: pretty yarn

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.


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


Incyanity Yarn: Open for Business!

Grand Opening! akairondragon.ca/shop

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!

Shop updates will be announced here as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and in my Discord community. Be sure you’re subscribed, following me, and in my community so you don’t miss anything!


The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Even a little bit of progress counts!

It’s March! Time has really flown by. In a way, it’s a bit scary. I could have sworn yesterday was still December. Guess not. On the other hand, I can also look back at the last six months or so and see how far I’ve come in many areas, particularly with my mental health. There are still days where I struggle a lot, but strides have been taken, challenges are being worked on, and generally speaking I am starting to feel a lot better. My family, friends, and doctors say my improvement is noticeable, which is reassuring (especially on days when I feel as if I haven’t made any progress at all).

Progress has been made in other areas too, specifically with respect to my yarn shop and creativity. Seeing tangible results in these areas helps reinforce the strides I’m making with my health, which is great. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Here are where things are at: