Have you seen the pics of the gorgeous Indigodragonfly yarns we just got in? They’re just amazing! And the names of the colourways are brilliant too – how can you not want to knit with ‘Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer', ‘Well put me on the short bus and send me off to clueless school’ and ‘Oooo...shiny'.
We thought we’d get to know IDF’s founder Kim a bit better:
1. How did you start your business?
It was a comedy of errors involving Olympics-related funding cuts in the arts (Kim ran an arts organization that folded due to the cuts), a move to the middle of nowhere (ruralCanada...just down the road from teams of sled dogs. No. Really.), job instability (take 1 part-time job and 1 job offer fallen through...mix and try to pay rent) and requests from knitting friends for "some yarn like that one you dyed for yourself that time? Remember?". The combination of those factors turned "a few skeins a week" habit into a full-on yarn empire.
2. What does a typical day at work look like?
It varies. Which is one of the things we love about doing this. Dye days are very busy. We wake up, set up the space and dye until there are full racks of dyed yarn all over our house. Other days may be paperwork days, where we do the business related stuff: marketing, yarn updates, graphic design. And yarn preparation days, where yarn is reskeined and tagged. Reskeining means you know what the colours will look like when they're knit up, and is our quality control to ensure the skeins you get aren't tangled or broken or have loads of knots.
It's safe to say there are no "typical" days!
3. What’s your current favourite pattern that uses your yarn?
Caulfield by Amy Herzog. I love everything about it. I love that there are options for creating the sweater of your dreams. Tank, cardigan, pullover with sleeves of any length. Amy adds amazing extra value to her patterns by helping you find the look that works best with your body type. The stitch pattern is simple enough to memorize quickly, but creates a complex looking fabric that works really well with hand dyed yarns.
4. What’s your favourite colourway?
There's always 1 or 2 colours that come out of the pot every week that become my new favourites. Often because of how they look together. I'm finding myself playing more with mixing colour combinations than working with individual colours at the moment. 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea and Only the Exact Phrase I Used Was "Don't" is my current obsession.
5. What have you learnt from running your own business? (in a sentence)
My first textile business failed miserably. In this one, I'm making up for all past mistakes.
6. What do you like to do when you’re not doing yarny things?
We like exploring other places. We work at home, so "not doing yarn things" usually means visiting another town and exploring.
7. What was the first / last thing you knitted?
First thing: a bright pink acrylic potholder. With purple crocheted edging. In my defense, it was at school, I had no choice, and as my own private piece of rebellion, I only finished 1 of the pair.
Last thing: my own pattern - Spatial Distortion
8. What’s your own personal motto?
World domination...one minion at a time.