• 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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Happy Thanksgiving! Flash Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving! Flash Sale!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in Canada! Happy Thanksgiving!

(And for Thanksgiving, Mother Nature decided to grace us with our first snowfall of the year! Wet, sloppy snow, yuck!)

Snowfall for Thanksgiving 2020

Gross, right?


Hidden Treasure! and Writerly Updates

Hi! Have you melted yet? It’s been very hot in Calgary recently and I’ve heard other places around the world are suffering just as much. I hope you’ve found good ways to stay cool! Me? Lately, I go to bed cuddled up with an icepack wrapped in a towel. My queendom for some air conditioning!

When it’s this hot, do you still find yourself reaching for your yarn? On July 20 I started knitting my very first sock and have been able to make decent progress with it (even had to frog and start it over from scratch) despite the heat. There are pictures on Instagram and Twitter if you’re curious!

I also couldn’t resist creating a brand new colorway that I’m really excited about!


Announcements & Updates

Announcements & Updates

Some quick announcements and updates!


What’s In A Name?

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.


Yarniversary!

Yarniversary! Tomorrow, June 14, 2020, marks one full year since I opened my yarn shop. Holy moly! The time has gone really quickly.

I remember how nervous I was in the leadup to the opening. Would anybody even like the yarn? Could I really do this business thing? It wasn’t the first time I’d gone into business for myself, but it was the first time where the business centered around a physical product (whereas previously, I hired out as an editor on a freelance basis). When I first started planning for the shop in May of 2018 I had no idea how much prep and lead time it would actually take to get everything ready. It was a lot of work! So by the time I was finally ready, I wondered a lot if all the work would pay off.


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.