Patrol 5 – Back to the Hellmouth!


Giles here on my way back to Sunnydale.  You should join me because it’s  almost that time again!  Time to see whether you are a chosen one, because Patrol 5 begins soon.

Some deets about the club:

Is this your first time at Dizzy Color’s Sunnydale:  A Buffy/Angel production?  Well, welcome to the Hellmouth.  Where the days are hot, and the vampires are hotter!

Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color Fiber Arts have teamed up to bring you Dizzy Color:  Sunnydale, a yarn club inspired by Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Each “Patrol” or “Calling” will be 4 months long, with a 2-month hiatus between each patrol.

The yarn will be approx. 4 oz/110g. of glorious Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn, and dyed to perfection by either Dizzy Blonde Studios or Mad Color Fiber Arts.  However, we are not above surprising you with a different yarn base from time to time.  Just ask those Scoobies who were a part of Patrol 3 and Patrol 4!

And to make things even MORE interesting, we’ll be giving the traditional stitch markers a rest.  Instead, we’ll be doing something completely different.  Wanna know what it is?  If I told you , it would spoil the surprise!  Okay, fine.  I’ll give you a hint.  It will be pretty, it will be useful and it will be handmade by the Dizzy One.  And as always, there will be an original pattern an original, designed exclusively for this Patrol by a very talented budding designer.

All this for a mere $130.00, domestic, $140.00 Canadian, and $144.00 for all other international*.  This includes shipping for all 4 installments.  What a deal!

Patrol 5 is (you guessed it) inspired by Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  and will feature colorways and a pattern based on aspects of that season.  So, which aspects of Season 5 will we be featuring this time around? Will your favorite be among them?  Who knows!  If you haven’t done so already, join the Ravelry Group, be a Scoobie!

So just a quick note on how sign-ups are going to work.  As with Patrol 4 and First Calling, there will not be any pre-registration. When memberships open up, hopefully on or around May 8th, we’ll put Paypal buttons both in a separate post as well as in the sidebar where the countdown is currently located. Just click on the relevant button to reserve your spot.  Make sure you have your current mailing address entered into Paypal and include your Ravelry ID in the “notes” section so we can more easily match you up.

32 member are our target number, however, that’s not set in stone, and we’ve been known to take all comers in the past. Additionally, if you really REALLY want to get in on Patrol 5 but can’t swing the full amount up front, please PM me. I’ve been known to be a bit accommodating in the past.

ScoobiesFirst shipment will go out in June, with the last shipment going out in September and the pattern download going out by the middle of November.

Membership sign-ups close on May 28th, so don’t delay.  Join today!

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Sunnydale Yarn Club

Angel Season 1, Episode 18
“Five by Five”
First Aired 04.25.2000

Angel Season 1, Episode 19
First Aired 05.02.2000

Faith is on a long journey to maturity and, well, sanity in the Buffy Verse. She takes the long way around, but eventually gets there. Along the way, there is a trail of tears and fights and dead people and naked alligator wrestling and dead demons and Harlot lipstick and used boy toys and people who care about her then want to kill her and then feed her delicious pastries.

Makes me tired just thinking about it. We all struggle in one way or another but Faith turns it into an art form. However, to give her props, she does it in style.

Five by Five

Five by Five, dyed by Mad Color

This SYC shipment screams FAITH!!

Five by Five (80/10/10 Merino, Cashmere, Nylon) is black as her soul in her worst times, and Harlot red as her lipstick (well, it was Joyce’s lipstick but Faith wears it ever so much better, really). It’s powerful and vivid and sexy – almost as if to knit anything less than a set of fuzzy handcuffs with it would be a waste. (Gotta check Ravelry – no doubt someone has come up with a pattern for handcuffs…)

It’s self-striping, too. If you’re making socks, you’ll get 4 or 5 rows of solid striping per color. Think prison stripes, only hotter.

5x5When Faith goes to LA, little does she know that it is the first step to redemption. Initially, she is just trying to get away from the chaos she created in Sunnydale, but chaos precedes and surrounds this girl. The assignment to kill Angel falls in her lap and it is the best thing she ever does to accept the challenge. Her meltdown in the downtown showdown (sorry – too much caffeine today) after smacking the snot out of of our favorite punching bag, Wesley, is her last wall crashing down, hard. She’s hit bottom, and like anyone who is hooked on the bad stuff, whether it’s violence, drugs, sex or ice cream, it’s going to be a long hard road back to life in the sane lane.


The girl just needs a hug. And jail time. But even in prison blues, she manages to be fab in rehab. (Really, I apologize! No more coffee!)

And OMG – there are a bunch of handcuff patterns on Rav! For reals! What a world…



But wait, there’s even more deliciousness! In this shipment, the cutest bag! And the zipper pull – a teensy weensy little skull! Squeeeee!

The bag is also custom dyed, to get that special bleedy-hearty kinda crimson. Mad Color, you rock. Seriously.

Everything is FIVE BY FIVE!



Favorite Quote

Wesley: I realize there have been failures, on both sides. But I also believe in my heart that you are not a bad person.
(Faith elbows Cordelia in the face.)
Faith: What do you believe in your heart now?

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Sunnydale Yarn Club: Father Doesn’t Always Know Best

Angel Season 1, Episode 15
“The Prodigal”
First Aired 02.22.2000

Colorway: Daddy Issues



From what I can find on the IntarWebs (so it must be true), Joss Whedon (all hail…) seems to have had a decent relationship with his dad. And, he has two kids of his own. So it puzzles me that so many (most) fathers and father figures in the Buffy / Angel -Verse are just incapable of handling the job.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take stock…

  • Buffy’s dad bugs out when the going gets fight-y.
  • Xander’s dad is a raging, abusive alcoholic. Keep your handbags away from this schmuck.
  • Wesley’s dad is well-represented by a murderous robot. The real thing isn’t much more lovable.
  • Faith and the Mayor – now that’s some sick stuff right there.
  • Tara’s dad wants to bring her back home to obey and to serve and to…just ick.
  • D’Hoffryn sorta serves as a father figure to his Vengeance demon family – just don’t piss him off. His idea of a timeout is a little extreme.
  • Even Angel is given the chance to raise a son, and let’s be real here, he made so many mistakes that Conner is lucky not to have become a homicidal headcase – oh, wait…

There are some exceptions to the rule of course, but for the most part, there are no Father of the Year awards to pass out. In this episode, we see two more shining examples of paternal ineptitude. Liam’s father is a puritanical tyrant and Lockley’s father is an unforgivable brick wall of passive aggression. It’s not going to end well – no one is going to put a big happy face on the calendar for the third Sunday in June.

Funny (peculiar, not ha-ha) though, come to think of it – both fathers die of neck ruptures.

They had it comin’.

A few questions to ponder come out of this episode – how much does our relationship with our parents affect the adults (or monsters) we become? How much of the pain and rejection Liam felt as he continually failed to meet his father’s expectations was carried forward to fuel the sadism and cruelty Angelus was delighted to share with his countless victims?

And Lockley, good gravy is she a headcase, even before grabbing that Talking Stick and turning into a big blonde bowl of mushy feelings. The girl needs some serious time on the couch. Trevor Lockley as a father makes Liam’s father seem almost Mr. Cleaver-ish; at least there is some evidence that the guy loves his wayward son. Lockley is a butthead from start to finish. Am I the only one who rejoiced a little when Angel was able to get through his door uninvited? No wonder Kate is so messed up.

But on to happier things.

daddy issues

Dyed by Dizzy Blonde


The Sunnydale Yarn Club is pleased to represent this rather grim episode with a colorway that is anything but. Daddy Issues (80/10/10 Merino, Cashmere, Nylon) is a rich mix of greens, golds, and red-browns pulled from Liam’s vest and his father’s coat.

At least Liam and Pops battled in sartorial style.

So what are you thinking of whipping up with this month’s offering? Something for Dad, for Father’s Day?


Favorite Quote:
Angelus: Strange. Somehow you seemed taller when I was alive.
Angel’s Father: Lord, bind this demon now.
Angel: To think I ever let such a tiny, trembling thing make me feel the way you did.

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Sunnydale Yarn Club: BDH

Angel Season 1, Episode 9

Colorway: Big Damn Hero

There are times when I just want to wring Cordelia’s neck. Not because she is stunning, not because she has legs for days, but because she can be absolutely oblivious. Sure, she gains insight and transcendy-ness by the end of Angel, but in the first season, she just needs a good slap upside the head. She loses a decent guy, just when she finally realizes he is no loser.

Given, Doyle could be a bit more upfront about his DNA. But this is a good guy. Sneezing is an issue for him, and his life has its challenges, but he is ga-freaking-ga over Cordy and we all know that this is a fixer-upper worth some effort. Why doesn’t Cordy?!?!



When he makes a very fateful decision in this episode, it’s heartbreaking. So much potential for someone to be happy – and as we all know, there are very few opportunities for happiness without a badness chaser in this series. Every time I watch this episode, knowing what will happen, I yell at the TV and try to change what cannot be changed.



At least we have a little piece of our Hero to keep with us. This merino / cashmere / nylon blend is just soft and yummy, and the rich browns and reds scream our dear Doyle’s fashion sense. The greens, of course, remind us of his piercing green eyes and Bracken demon skin to match.

Hubba hubba!

(This colorway also knits up with a gorgeous gradient-stripe effect – I’m probably going to use it for a pair of socks to take full advantage of that.)

Gradient Stripe Big Damn Hero, dyed by Mad Color

Gradient Stripe Big Damn Hero, dyed by Mad Color


Doyle joins the ranks of tragic Whedonverse heros with a leap into the Beacon – after, of course, passing the gift of Visions from the PTB to Cordelia, in one last kiss.  And look!  He even wears a brown coat!

Seriously, Cordelia just plain blew it.

Favorite QuoteWhen the chips are down, and you’re at the end of your rope you need someone that you can count on. And that’s what you’ll find here – someone who’ll go all the way, who’ll protect you no matter what. So don’t lose hope. Come on over to our offices and you’ll see that there’s still heroes in this world. (Allen Francis Doyle)

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I like time! There’s so little and so much of it.




Sunnydale Yarn Club: First Calling

Angel Season One, Episode Eight
“I Will Remember You”

Colorway: The Oracles

The Oracles are a snotty duo, to be sure. They demand respect, they demand sacrifice, they resent Angel’s invasion of their world. But they sure are pretty. Golden skin with vivid blue symbols and a sparkle that belies their rather sullen temperament.

This yarn club offering, inspired by and named after The Oracles, tries harder. It wants you to love it, to snuggle with it, even. Right now my skein is nestled in the crook of my elbow, and it almost purrs when I pat it, every once in a while.

The Oracles

Oracles, dyed by Dizzy Blonde

The episode in which we first meet the Glitter Twins is full of plot lines to think about, and some great quotes. Here’s my favorite – sums up this episode quite well, doncha think?

Cordelia: [to Doyle] Let me explain the lore here, okay? They suffer, they fight—that’s business as usual. They get groiny with one another—the world as we know it falls apart.

This isn’t the first time Angel gives up something he cherishes. At least this time, he gets to sleep with Miss Puffy Thighs without going all fangy, AND, he gets ice cream. But his destiny awaits, and it doesn’t include turning into a real boy for any more than a day.

We get to snuggle with this yarn, though, as long as we want, and no one gets hurt.


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Meanwhile, back in Sunnydale…

Before we run off with that fabulously broody vampire (and who wouldn’t!), let us take a quick peek at the yarns chosen to represent Buffy and the Scooby Gang’s adventures upon entering the “real” world – life after high school! (shudder)

Rather than take our inspiration from favorite episodes, specifically, we chose to take a different path with this one. The whole season was one great exploration of how our heroes could remain connected and imvolved in each other’s lives as their world was flooded with new people, opportunities, interests, and information. Buffy and Willow were left to navigate college, where Willow was no longer just the shy, weird, nerdy girl, and Buffy the girl to be admired; instead, Willow was in her element and Buffy floundering to find her place and herself – who she is outside of being a slayer. Xander, too, was left hunting for his life’s direction and ultimately felt left behind and unable to relate to his gals as they moved on. Gile’s, no longer really a Watcher, and a librarian left without a library, found himself merely going through the motions much of the time (although we did get a brief but fun glimpse of Giles’ social life. Way to go, Rupert!)

In the end, they still were left with the only conclusion possible – they absolutely needed each other. What they had built was too strong, too integral and far too powerful to be ignored or cast aside. It was the combination of their strengths that carried them through the battles of their lives and in the case of this seasons culminating battle, the combination of their personal strengths through a spell, that allowed them to defeat the seasons Big Bad, the cybernetic demon creation Adam.

We chose the elements bound together by that spell to inspire the yarn colorways for the round.

Colorway #1 – Sophus/Mind (Wisdom/Giles) – element = Air; dyed by Heather of Mad Color Fiber Arts


colorway #2 – Animus/Heart(Bravery/Xander) – element = Earth; dyed by Laura of Dizzy Blonde Studios


Colorway #3 – Spiritus/Spirit(Willow/Magical Power) – element = Water; a gradient, dyed by Laura of Dizzy Blonde studios


Colorway #4 – Manus/The Vessel(Strength/Buffy) – element= Fire; dyed by Heather of Mad Color Fiber Arts


Now, on to LA!

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Answer the call! Sign-ups are now open!

Sign-ups are now closed for First Calling (Season 5) of the Sunnydale yarn Club


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