The idea for Indie Untangled came to me in 2013, when I started hearing about dyers and crafters who were worried about the challenges of standing out on increasingly crowded handmade marketplaces, or of striking out on their own. I’ve been knitting since 2007 and have slowly been building up my stash of mostly indie-dyed yarn. I love the complex colors and have always preferred to support indie artisans — especially when I’m taking the time to make things for myself and others.
As a knitter who is obsessed with luxury fibers, I also understand what it’s like to spend hours clicking through Ravelry forums for update announcements, or to sign up for 10 different newsletters to keep up with the latest offerings, only to be cart-jacked on Etsy after I finally decide that I need five skeins of BFL/silk sport. It can be so overwhelming and time consuming, especially when there are plenty of projects I should be working on. There had to be a better way.
So, I came up with Indie Untangled. The hope is to create a comprehensive resource for discovering these special products and learning about the people behind the dye pots, spinning wheels and sewing machines, and to build a community for those of you who love yarn and fiber as much as I do. The idea evolved through discussions on Ravelry and over tea and clicking needles.
Indie Untangled will connect buyers and sellers of hand-dyed yarn and fiber, handspun yarn, knitting-related notions and accessories, so you can discover an artisan who creates incredible colors and finally score that skein or sweater quantity from the dyer you’ve always wanted to try.
When I’m not working on shawls or sweaters, getting photographed for Humans of New York while knitting in Madison Square Park, or buying more yarn, I enjoy browsing handmade markets in NYC and discovering new restaurants and craft beers. I’ve worked as a journalist in the New York area for more than a decade.