Where We Knit blog hop winner and roundup


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I’ve really enjoyed seeing people writing and reflecting on the places they knit through the blog hop in honor of the Where We Knit yarn club. The knitting bloggers and vlogger who participated took readers/viewers everywhere from Japan to Belize to the subway (and that actually wasn’t Maria from the Subway Knits podcast and blog).

Here’s a roundup of the hop:

Knitwear designer Kristen Jancuk of MediaPeruana Designs wrote about her adventures around the world (and in her own living room — a favorite place for most knitters).

Maria of Subway Knits wrote about knitting in public at work, as well as in Japan, where she first took up the craft.

Alicia of Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe fame has an awesome photo in her blog post on Woolen Diversions showing her knitting in one of her wedding photos!

The winner, chosen by random number generator, was designer Dana Berry of danadoodleknits, who created a video blog, with awesome footage of her knitting on the subway. Who knows — maybe I’ll run into her one of these days!

Congrats to Dana and a big Thank you to all the participants! If you’re interested in signing up for the club, there are a limited number of spots left.

What to stash this week: Oh, the places you’ll knit

Beer photo by Jay R. Brooks

Beer photo by Jay R. Brooks

I’m thrilled to open sign-ups today for Where We Knit. This quarterly yarn club, which will begin shipping in February of next year, brings together four dyer/designer dream teams: Lakes Yarn and Fiber & Janina Kallio, French Market Fibers & Toby Roxane Barna, Skeinny Dipping & Stephannie Tallent and Magpie Fibers & Lara Smoot. Each pair will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and an accompanying accessory design inspired by their favorite spots to whip out their WIPs. Their inspiration photos are shown in the image above, clockwise from top left; both cozying up indoors and enjoying nature are represented. (I also got a little peek at the colorway that Ami of Lakes has been working on for the first installment, and was blown away…)


Valentina of SnailYarn has updated her Etsy shop with a variety of old and new variegated colorways, including the fun Every Flavour Beans pictured above, as well as some beautiful gradients. Available bases include single-ply Merino, superwash BFL and sturdy Merino/nylon sock yarn. There are also some ready-to-ship semisolids in her luxurious BFL/silk blend. And keep your eyes peeled for cool color block kits.


If you want a big yarny indulgence, look no further than Bijou Basin Ranch’s Odyssey Cowl kit. Choose from among eight new colorways from Miss Babs dyed on one or two skeins of Tibetan Dream sock yarn to pair with a new cabled cowl pattern by Laura Chau. As the infomercials says, But wait, there’s more! You also get a set of Signature needles, a OOAK project bag, a set of stitch markers and a sampler of Allure fine fiber wash.


Keya’s new Inverse Mitts look like a quick, interesting knit that would make a perfect holiday gift (or help prepare you for the winter that is coming). Worked up in Cedar Hill Farm Company’s newest base, Sporty Sheep, a 3-ply superwash Merino, this stranded colorwork pattern uses less than 200 yards.


The newest addition to the IU family is JOMA Yarn, a mother (Johane) and daughter (Emjay) team from British Columbia. They dye Canadian-milled yarns in such creatively-named colorways as as Forget Me Knot, Cosmic Chameleon and Hush Money. Use coupon code IUFRIENDS10OFF for 10% off until Nov. 26.


The Winter 2015 edition of Twist Collective just came out and it includes Laura Patterson’s new Spinner shawl. This winter-inspired accessory includes crisp lines and geometric forms made with yarn overs, decreases and cables, with a little extra sparkle from some beads. It also might make you want to lace up some figure skates (but you probably shouldn’t take your knitting on the ice).


A Good Yarn’s first Purl Diver Color Club yarn has arrived! Mantis Shrimp is inspired by an underwater photo taken in Komodo National Park in Indonesia, where shop owner Susan’s husband Murray was diving with their son Daniel. It’s dyed on the squishy Cloudgate base from Lorna’s Laces, a bulky blend of 90% superwash Merino and 10% nylon that comes in 120-yard skeins, perfect for chunky winter knits.

Where We Knit: A yarn club, blog hop and giveaway


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Earlier this year, I approached several Indie Untangled dyers and designers with an idea for an indie yarn club. My goal was to pair up dyer/designer teams and have them collaborate on a colorway and a single-skein pattern based on an overall theme. I tossed around many theme ideas (most of which revolved around food!) and settled on Where We Knit.

This Friday, sign-ups will open for the inaugural Indie Untangled Yarn Club, a quarterly club that will begin shipping in February 2016! I am very excited about the four dyer/designer teams — Lakes Yarn and Fiber/Janina Kallio, French Market Fibers/Toby Roxane Barna, Skeinny Dipping/Stephannie Tallent and Magpie Fibers/Lara Smoot. You can read about their yarn and design inspirations here, where you’ll also be able to sign up on Friday.

There are many exciting, and unexciting, places I take out my WIPs. In the warmer months, some of my favorite knitting spots are on a bench in Madison Square Park (which is where I was photographed for Humans of New York last year!), on the roof of my apartment building looking out over the New York City skyline, or on a blanket in the grass, waiting for the start of an outdoor concert or movie. When it gets cold, I definitely do my fair share of couch knitting while binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. When I commuted to Connecticut for work, I always had my knitting on Metro-North. The dyers and designers participating in the club have come up with a wonderful mix of indoor and outdoor knitting spots (and yes, there is food, or at least beverages, represented).

To celebrate the launch of the club, I am holding a blog hop based on the Where We Knit theme. If you have a blog, you can participate and enter to win one installment of your choice from the yarn club, or one installment free if you sign up (which I hope you do!).

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

• Write a blog post describing your favorite place to knit OR the most unusual place you’ve ever brought your knitting.

• Include this link to the page for the 2016 yarn club, as well as a short description of the club.

• Run your post anytime Friday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 23.

• Comment on this blog post with a link to your own post.

You are also welcome, though not required, to use the above image.

I’ll announce the winner on Nov. 24. I can’t wait to see where you knit!

What to stash this week: Beauty from around the world


Circus Tonic Handmade is a new indie dyer based in Sydney, Australia. Hannah, a mother of three who took up dyeing after a stint as a molecular geneticist, works with bases of Australian Merino, which she has given such fun names as Fiesta Fingering and Carousal DK. Her semisolid and variegated colorways are inspired by, and named for, native Australian birds. If you’re worried about shipping costs, Hannah offers flat-rate international shipping, which works out to a little over $10.


As soon as I saw Janina Kallio’s newest design, Marrakesh, I knew it was going to be one of my next projects. The color possibilities for this crescent-shaped shawl, with squishy garter stitch and lacy chevron, are endless — and there are some beautiful combinations being posted on the thread for a Marrakesh KAL in Janina’s Ravelry group. The KAL runs through Dec. 13, and it’s pretty loose, but don’t let that stop you from casting on ASAP.


A little over a year ago, Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. released her first garment pattern, the Brynja cardigan, in Pom Pom Quarterly’s Winter 2014 issue. She is now able to re-release the pattern as a single download. To celebrate, Linda is offering a generous 15% off six or more skeins of her Waltham Aran to knit this cozy cardi until the end of November. Enter code BRYNJA at checkout to get the discount (which works out to one skein free in most sizes).

Indie Design GAL 2015

The third annual Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry — a fun KAL and CAL to carry through your end-of-the-year knitting — starts next week! Before the fun begins, the organizers are collecting donations of physical prizes for the event’s 5,000-plus participants. You can offer yarn, stitch markers, project bags and more. Just post on the GAL planning thread with the particulars of your donation and any shipping locale restrictions.

IU book review: Mini Skein Knits

Image ©Connie Santisteban

Image ©Connie Santisteban

I have to say, I was pretty excited when Connie, the talented photographer of my Rhinebeck sweater and also an editor at Lark Crafts, emailed me about reviewing their latest book, Mini Skein Knits ($14.95 U.S./$16.95 Canada). When I blogged about knitting at the newspaper I used to work for, I was approached a few times about reviewing books, but they were usually for designs I wasn’t really interested in — yes, I can see the appeal of super-chunky baby knits, but not of knitting “sleep sacks” that are mainly meant for newborn photo shoots and not much else.

© Lark Crafts

© Lark Crafts

On the contrary, this is a book I can definitely see myself knitting from — and I already have a few patterns in my favorites. The idea is that collecting mini skeins is so addictive, whether you buy them yourself or participate in mini-skein swaps, or both, but it can be tricky to figure out what to make with them. This book has a great variety of patterns, from simple coasters and coffee cozies, all the up way to beautiful sweaters, including two (A Mermaid Darkly, pictured below, and the Rainbow Cardi) designed by Sweater Expert, and the creator of my Rhinebeck sweater pattern, Yelena Dasher.

© Lark Crafts

© Lark Crafts

There’s also tons in between — scarves, socks, shawls, cowls. My favorite — and the one I favorited first — is Jess Kallberg’s Head in the Clouds Hat, pictured at the top of the post. I love the subtle scallops, and I think it will be the perfect pattern for the mini-skein set from Pigeonroof Studios that I purchased ages ago — like, before Indie Untangled even launched (I was going to make a pair of gradient mitts, but I generally haven’t been gravitating toward projects much smaller than hats). The yardage information is fairly detailed, so useful if you want to swap out mini skeins and use up leftovers.

© Lark Crafts / Touch of Color Legwarmers by Susie Dippel

© Lark Crafts / Touch of Color Legwarmers by Susie Dippel

Aside from the lovely patterns, the two things I like most about this book are the beautifully styled photographs, which still show off the important parts of each design, and the prevalence of indie dyers, including IU’s Astral Bath, Kim Dyes Yarn and Western Sky Knits (not to mention, Madelinetosh, Orange Flower, Julie Asselin, Dragonfly Fibers and The Copper Corgi…). If you frequent this site, I’m pretty sure you will love this book.

Connie and Lark Crafts have generously offered up a free copy of the book to a lucky Indie Untangled reader. To enter, comment on this post by the end of the day Sunday, Nov. 15, with the pattern (or patterns — I know it’s hard to pick just one!) you’d most like to knit. You can see them all here on Ravelry. The winner will be chosen via random number generator.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Lynn!

What to stash this week: A button bacchanalia

10 Buttonalia Red Square

After the French Market Fibers bacchanalia last week, the website is ready for another shopping frenzy. The latest post-Rhinebeck pop-up shop is up and is stocked with a dozen ceramic beauties from Buttonalia. You may find the perfect set for a certain sweater…


The Silversmith Hoodie, the newest design from Meiju Knits, looks like the perfect winter sweater (it definitely went in my Favorites!). Using worsted weight yarn, this cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down with saddle shoulders and modified contiguous sleeve shaping. The pattern also includes a video tutorial on how to work mini cables without a cable needle.


I was bummed to miss meeting Alicia of Sweet Sheep at the Rhinebeck trunk show this year (unfortunately she couldn’t make it in person due to a death in the family). I was also sad when I heard her discount coupons didn’t make it into the goody bags. Now you all get a discount! Enter the code INDIELUV20 at checkout in Alicia’s Etsy shop and receive 20% off your order through Nov 15.


Sarah of The Queen’s Ransome has several new colors inspired by an urban landscape. American Rust (pictured), Concrete Gray and Teal Steel are available on three fingering-weight bases — Cashmere Merino Sock, Alpaca Merino Twist and Merino Gold Sock.

ERK Partridge

On the 12th day of Knit-mas, Tami gives to you: a Partridge in a Pear Tree — in yarn form. From now until Thanksgiving, Tami is taking orders for her 12 Days of Christmas-inspired yarn. You can get a set of 12 400-yard skeins or 12 30-yard mini skeins inspired by the song.


The newest face on the Indie Untangled marketplace is Gaby of Galiana Creations, a Pennsylvania-based dyer who also makes project bags with cute knitter sayings, stitch markers and even earrings that allow you to show off your yarn obsession. Get a 10% discount in her Etsy shop with the code FRIENDSFAMILY10.

What to stash this week: Mardis Gras morning

FMF Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck weekend was filled with so many wonderful things, but one of the highlights was definitely seeing two huge boxes of French Market Fibers being set up in the Indie Untangled booth at the Rhinebeck Trunk Show. Of course, it was equally great to spend time with Margaret and get to see her interacting with her customers at her first show, and also enjoying the fairgrounds with her adorable daughter. Since it was going to be difficult for Margaret to take the yarn back with her to Louisiana, we decided it would be best for me to bring it back to the city and have an update on Indie Untangled.

Well, today’s the day! Head on over to the French Market Fibers post-Rhinebeck shop and grab some of Margaret’s beautiful NOLA-inspired colors.


It’s exactly eight weeks until Christmas! And while I usually get a little crazy when I see Christmas things before Halloween, I cut knitters some slack as handknit gifts require some planning. Never Enough Thyme’s Christmas colorways are now available, and include the lovely Island of Misfits, inspired by the classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, as well as Christmas Movie Romance, Spruce and Holly Jolly. There’s also yarn inspired by the new movie Pan.

WPS Holiday Yarn

Susan of With Pointed Sticks is also planning for Christmas early (gotta get started on those Christmas socks!) and has released three holiday colorways on two different bases. From the left, there’s Ice Queen, All Is Bright and Peppermint Stick. All three are available on Ballpoint Sock, a Merino-nylon blend, while Peppermint Stick and All Is Bright are available on Glitter Gel Pen, a Merino/nylon/stellina sock yarn.

Another year, a newer Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck 2015

You would think that every year, the NY Sheep & Wool Festival would feel a little bit Groundhog Day-esque. In some ways it is — there’s that same wind instrument playing in the background, the same blazing trees, the same Jennie the Potter line. But, each year, my Rhinebeck experience is always a bit different. I go shopping with different friends, or try a new edible treat.

This year, I spent the Saturday of the festival with my mom, who had come up from Long Island to help me with the trunk show. It was also her first Rhinebeck — she was supposed to go with me my first year, back in 2011, but there was a change of plans. My mom is a knitter (we actually started to learn around the same time, and I became much more obsessed than she did) but she hasn’t moved much beyond rectangles. She is, however, interested in getting back into weaving, which she learned in college when she was studying to be an occupational therapist. With that combination, I saw Rhinebeck with somewhat new eyes. Usually, I don’t stop in every booth, since I did that my first year and because I have an idea of which I want to hit. But, without the frenzy of waiting for a Jennie the Potter mug or making a beeline to Miss Babs, I got to see some beautiful woven products, smell wonderful soap and admire the pretty baskets that I usually passed on my way to Dragonfly or Melissa Jean.

I also took advantage of my mom’s enabling. I ended up stopping by the BeadBiz booth, which is relatively new to the festival, and my mom convinced me I should try a project with beads. So, I picked up a set of beautiful purple and golden ones, which you’ll see in the haul photo below. Then, a short time later, when I headed to the Merritt Bookstore booth to get my copy of Pompom Quarterly, I saw the most beautiful sweater sample — with a beaded neckline (Cicely by Jemima Bicknell). It was fate.


We also caught a sheep auction, waited in epic lines to get artichokes French (which I passed over last year in favor of quicker pierogi) and apple cider doughnuts, which my mom agreed were worth the wait. She also made the smart decision to share a half dozen, and I ended up bringing the third one with me the next day, so no need to stand in yet another line.


The next day, I spent mostly with my friends Dorothy and Jillian, and we started off with a stop at Taste Budds, so I finally got to try their famous chai, which was every bit as delicious as I had hoped. While I had eaten some breakfast at the hotel, Dorothy, and then Jillian, and then I decided that 11 a.m. was the perfect time to try the famous falafel, without the lunchtime lines. Perfect brunch.

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Of course, no Rhinebeck would be complete without a Rhinebeck sweater, and this year I had two! On Saturday, I wore my West End Girl, a pattern that my friend Yelena put out earlier this year. I knit it out of Jill Draper Hudson that I purchased at this year’s VKL NYC, in a colorway that just screamed Rhinebeck — and was completely out of my color comfort zone. Leave it to indie dyers to expand my horizons! On Sunday, I wore my Rhinecliff, a pattern by Laura Aylor, with Miss Babs Heartland I had purchased two Rhinbecks ago.

I made sure to set up a time in advance with Connie, LemonTango on Ravelry, for a quick photo shoot of my West End Girl, since I love her FO photos. While waiting, I documented the Tosh Stalkers rainbow photo shoot.


And had fun taking artsy snaps with my DSLR.


Aside from the beads and copy of Pompom, my actual Rhinebeck haul also included two skeins of Dragonfly Fibers Dance Rustic Silk, which will make a lovely tee, as well as a felt bag by Julia Hilbrandt, whose products I had been admiring ever since my first Rhinebeck. My mom agreed they were beautiful and decided to get me one as an early Hanukkah present. I also stopped by the Jill Draper open studio on Saturday night, and while I thought I might pick up some of her Mohonk Cormo, I ended up with four skeins of Rockwell to make Thea Coleman’s new sweater design, Dobbs Ferry. Thea was there wearing the sample and even helped me pick out colors (which included another very unlikely Lisa pick of green). My mom was the one who convinced me that I had to make it — I guess enabling runs in my family. :)


What to stash this week: good teams


And no, I’m not talking about the Mets. But, while we’re on the subject, Let’s Go Mets! (Sorry, Chicagoans.)

Bijou Basin Ranch has teamed up with Oklahoma indie Lost City Knits and introduced four stunning new colorways on its Shangri-La yarn, a blend of yak and silk. Abiquiu, Berry Jumble, Glacier and Tall Grass Prairie are available online and will be at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in North Carolina next weekend.


Amy of Canon Hand Dyes and Leticia of Spark! are teaming up for another {Among Friends} Outlander yarn club in 2016. The club includes six packages that will ship every other month. Each shipment will include an Outlander character-inspired skein of yarn dyed by Canon Hand Dyes, a pattern from a fantastic selection of designers — including Melanie Berg, Rosemary Hill and Joji Locatelli — a project bag and a set of coordinating stitch markers.


Dyer Ana has teamed up with Meghan of New England Knitting to create the perfect fall (or winter) project. Micalet, available in kit form, is a slightly slouchy beanie with cables and eyelets, inspired by patterns carved into the stonework at the Torre del Micalet in Valencia, Spain.


She knitted him: Sharon of Stitchjones has stocked her Etsy shop with more than 150 skeins of hand-dyed goodness and has opened sign-ups for Yarnageddon 2016, which will continue to celebrate The Beatles with four shipments containing two skeins or a skein and hand-dyed combed top, a pattern and a special handmade gift.


If you’re looking for a quick project in time for Halloween, these Bubbly Bobbly Boo mini skeins are a pretty sweet choice. Arizona-based Katy dyes the 20-yard skeins with Kool Aid and the bold colors would add a bright, slightly spooky pop of color to a coordinating skein.

A very indie, Instagrammy, Rhinebeck



There are a lot of words I could use to describe last week’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show. After catching up on what was probably a week’s worth of sleep, I can come up with only one word: epic. While I’d seen on Ravelry that people were excited, I knew I had planned a successful show when I got to the hotel around 1:30 to set up and there was a small group of people knitting in the corridor by the entrance to the ballroom (don’t worry, I’m already thinking of ways to ease the lines and crowds next year).

My goal was to curate a group of indie dyers and artisans that you wouldn’t get to see while searching through the barns for that perfect skein of Cormo, or waiting on the cider donut or artichoke lines (more on that in my post about the actual festival). Whether it was Sandra of Duck Duck Wool’s beautiful speckles, Margaret of French Market Fibers’ complex colors, Amy of Canon Hand Dyes’ incredible self-striping skeins, Anne of A Little Teapot’s gorgeous fiber charms — I could go on and on — there were a lot of special things on display. I feel so lucky to know, and to be able to work with, such talented people.

I’m looking forward to seeing the shots that Maria of Subway Knits got with her DSLR, but I think the Instagram photos taken by the vendors and attendees sum everything up:

The *what* show?? #yhrb2015 #IUtrunkshow2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow #indieuntangled

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The calm before the storm @indieuntangled #Rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #rhinebeck2015 #yhrb2015

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Yep, it's a party! #IUtrunkshow2015 #yhrb2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow #indieuntangled

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Because it so doesn't. #rhinebeck2015 #indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow #rhinebecktrunkshow2015

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The incredible @vividfiberarts booth. #indieuntangled #rhinebeck2015

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Raffle prizes. #rhinebeck2015 #indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow

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ColorPurl at #indieuntangled

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#rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #theuncommonthread ❤

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#rhinebecktrunkshow2015! #yhrb2015

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#indieuntangled haul!!! Thanks Duck Duck Wool and @skeinnydippingyarn! #roadtorhinebeck #Rhinebeck #rhinebeck2015

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