What to stash this week: Eating apples in Arizona

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Around this time of year, knitters are gearing up for fall, but in some areas of the country, and the world, the air is not necessarily getting crisper. This week on the marketplace, there are options for knitters from all parts:

On the East Coast, it’s just about apple season, and what better way to celebrate than with these cute apple buttons to finish up your warm, cozy sweaters. Through the end of September, apple buttons from Fastenation Studio are only $4.25 for a set of 4, available in both red and green, or in any other color or size that you’re craving.

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If you want to knit something more in line with the 90-degree temps they’re having out West, designer Stephannie Tallent of Sunset Cat Designs has just released LACE 2, the fifth and final volume of “The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona” e-book collection. The patterns, which can be purchased all together or individually on Ravelry, include elegant lace- and fingering-weight crescents, triangular shawls and stoles that have a slightly rustic feel. Get $3 off the e-book between now and Sept. 26 with the code LACE2, and sign up for Stephannie’s newsletter for news on a special offer.

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You might not want to hear this, but it’s only 14 weeks till Christmas. Which may not mean much to most people, but when you’re a knitter with a long list of gift recipients, it means time to get going on holiday knits. To help you stay on track, Cedar Hill Farm Company has added some new goodies in the shop, including alpaca DK, laceweight and hand-sewn project bags. There are also Knitter’s Pride and ChiaoGoo needles, so there’s no excuse not to start.

Knitting indie: The perfect sweater with Custom Fit

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Enjoying my new Custom Fit sweater on the beach in Maine. #happysweaterface

Enjoying my new Custom Fit sweater on the beach in Maine. #happysweaterface

When I first started knitting sweaters a few years ago, I thought, Finally, here’s a way I can make clothes that fit me perfectly. Like pretty much every woman who has ever stood, frustrated, in a dressing room, I don’t always have an easy time buying things off the rack. I’m just barely 4’9”, with narrow shoulders and curves, and while I’ve found LOFT and Banana Republic to offer a decent range of petite styles that fit pretty well, there will often be things that are just… made for someone taller, or who doesn’t have hips.

But, as I started knitting garments, I realized that they also come in pre-determined sizes, and that altering them to fit me wasn’t quite as easy as a trip to the tailor. Then you throw gauge into the equation, and all bets are off.

Last summer, I started hearing about Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit software from some of my Ravelry friends who were testing out the beta version. Around the same time, I ended up deciding to re-knit my all-done-but-the-sleeves Pont Neuf because I had misjudged my gauge and should have used smaller needles, and also knit based on the pattern without making any mods. And it really needed some mods: the waist shaping was in the wrong place for my short torso and it was just a little too long. While it was a good learning experience, it wasn’t one that I wanted to repeat. A program that provided you a custom pattern based on your measurements seemed like a godsend.

Amy and her crew were at Rhinebeck last year, and they generously organized a session where they whipped out the tape measures and sized people up. While I was there, I also discovered the cool gradient boxes from Fiber Optic Yarns. I knew Custom Fit offered fairly standard sweater options, so knitting a gradient striped sleeveless top seemed like a good way to do a test drive with a basic design, while also spicing it up a little.

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The way Custom Fit works is that you input an extensive list of measurements (which are best taken by someone else — check out whether your LYS has a partnership with Custom Fit and can help you with this, or try a local tailor if you don’t have a friend or loved one who you think can do it accurately) that go way beyond your bust size (have you checked out your inter-nipple distance lately?). Then you swatch. And maybe swatch again if you aren’t pleased with how the fabric feels. Of course, most knitters will groan, or say they never swatch, but a few hours of fairly mindless knitting is much better than spending weeks working on a sweater that you never wear.

This may have been my second swatch, but I liked the fabric on US3s much better.

This may have been my second swatch, but I liked the fabric on US3s much better.

Also, while Amy recommends knitting the sweater pieces separately and then seaming them together, the CF patterns do provide a mostly seamless option. I ended up taking that route for my gradient top, because I didn’t really want to match up the stripes, and my gauge is generally tighter when I’m knitting stockinette in the round. The knitting itself was fairly mindless, and I mainly had to pay attention to the stripes. When it was all done, it fit me perfectly, and the only real trauma came in weaving in all those ends…

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Custom Fit is the perfect option for when you impulse buy that sweater quantity in a beautiful hand-dyed colorway, but you just don’t know what to make with it. When I snagged some Tesseract at the Astral Bath open house a few months ago, I knew that with the silk content and my fairly loose tension that I would want something that I wouldn’t have to keep second guessing.

My next Custom Fit project in Astral Bath Tesseract.

My next Custom Fit project in Astral Bath Tesseract.

I decided to copy molliebatmit’s Moon River, a crew neck cardi with a lace edging and twisted rib at the hem, button band and sleeves. While the sweater has a bit more drape to it than Mollie’s does, because my gauge is much looser, the fit at this point, without sleeves and a button band, seems pretty spot on. So, if you’re planning to go to the pre-Rhinebeck trunk show, you will likely see me in my Conjured Cardi with a #happysweaterface.

What to stash this week: IU’s hottest yarn clubs

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I decided to channel my inner Stefon in this week’s Friday blog post. For those of you not familiar with SNL, or who haven’t watched the show in recent years, Stefon is a flamboyant NYC ambassador and regular Weekend Update guest who clued us in to hot city clubs with some… colorful characters, like “a Russian guy who runs on a treadmill in a Cosby sweater.” And Indie Untangled has some colorful yarn clubs on the marketplace this week (if you want to make a Cosby sweater, that’s totally up to you):

If you’re a Peanuts fan, this club will make you want to do a Snoopy-like happy dance. Tami of Eternity Ranch Knits has launched a Peanuts yarn club and is taking pre-orders. Each month, members will receive a 463-yard skein of 75% Merino/25% nylon fingering weight yarn that’s custom dyed to match the fabric for that month’s bag. You can get just one month’s installment or all three.

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Carrie of Alpenglow Yarn is offering a club with naturally-dyed yarns, and it has some unique features. Club members receive mini skeins of six or eight colors, a detailed explanation of the dyeing process and the final recipes for each color. Also included will be ideas for multi-color projects that you can make with the mini-skeins. Then, after you receive your club shipment, you also have a month in which you can get full skeins of any of the club colors for 20% off. There are only a few spots left, so you should act fast.

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You might want to make sure you’re snacking on something before looking at these new fall colorways dyed up by Sarah of Sarah’s Spindle. The alpaca-Merino, silk and cashmere blends come in various weights and colors reminiscent of spiced peaches, roasted corn muffins, homemade fudge and, of course, pumpkin. (OK, I think I’m ready for my pumpkin-flavored everything now.)

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If Billy Joel was a knitter, he’d be in a DK state of mind. Cheryl and Jenn of June Pryce Fiber Arts have added Beavertail, a lovely 3-ply DK weight yarn of Polwarth wool and silk, to their Etsy shop. If you can’t decide on a full skein of one color, Beavertail is available in ombre mini skein sets of 600 yards (100 yards per mini).

Getting crafty for fall

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A couple of months ago, as I was starting to pull together the vendors for the pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show, I was thinking about how I needed to get a banner and whether I should try out VistaPrint, when this crazy idea came to me somewhere around 1 in the morning (yes, I tend to be a night owl). I had actually seen twine used to spell out Home Depot when I’d taken a trip there for dishwasher shopping, and I realized there was an opportunity to bring the Indie Untangled logo to life.

So, I contacted Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings, and she kindly sent me a skein of her chunkiest yarn in the Indie blue that she had dyed up for the giveaway we did a few months ago. I found some lovely aqua quilting cotton on Hawthorne Threads, where I also got the accent fabric for the yarn ball bags (and let me just say, if I was more adept at using my sewing machine, that site would get me in a lot of trouble).

I decided that this would be one of my projects for the Time for Harvest Craft-along that A Playful Day is doing on Ravelry and social media.

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Last week, I blew up the letters of my logo using a combination of PicMonkey and Microsoft Word. I cut them out, traced them on some card stock, and then cut them out again.

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Then, I cut around my card stock stencil to make the letters in grey felt.

My mom came over this past weekend to help, and we hauled out the sewing machine she had gotten me for Chanukah something like four years ago (eep!). I got a refresher in winding the bobbin and threading the machine, and she generously helped me hem the cut sides of the fabric and create a small tube at the top so I can thread through yarn or string to hang it.

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I also picked up some fabric glue, since I figured my hot glue gun wasn’t the best idea for this material. It was also a lot easier to position the yarn and the letters without having to worry about the glue drying right away.

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I also blew up the script Indie, put the paper underneath and just followed the letters with the glue before laying down the yarn.

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I set it out on the dining room table to dry for a few hours, and that was it! (I also text my husband, “Take a look at banner, Mitchell!” which you Arrested Development fans will appreciate.) It’s currently draped over one of my snack tables, and I’m trying to figure out how best to store it before the show. Maybe I’ll pick up a mailing tube of some sort and wrap it around.

Of course, I could have used VistaPrint or my local Staples to print out a banner very easily and inexpensively, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to do some non-knitting crafting.

What to stash this week: Indie mashups

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No, I’m not talking about putting together songs from The Decemberists and Bright Eyes (although that could be pretty cool). This week, there are a few really great collaborations, and I can’t wait to bring you all the gossip (speaking of which, Indie Untangled got a mention on the awesome site CraftGossip.com! ).

The first to team up are Bijou Basin Ranch and Miss Babs: In one corner is the family-owned yak ranch in Colorado, and in the other corner are the color masterminds from Tennessee. Miss Babs dyed up Seaside and Autumn, two gorgeous, limited edition colorways that are available on Bijou Basin’s Tibetan Dream sock yarn, a blend of 85% pure yak and 15% nylon that comes in 440-yard skeins (anyone still looking for a Rhinbeck shawl, this could be it). Both exclusive colors are available through the Bijou Basin Ranch online store while supplies last. There will also be a limited number of skeins available at some upcoming fiber events.

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Over on the other side of the pond are Kettle Yarn Co. and EastLondonKnit, who got together for the Naloa shawl, knit up in BEYUL, a super soft Merino/silk/yak blend and shown here on dyer Linda in very Indie Untangled colors. A KAL just started in the Kettle Yarn Co. Ravelry group and it runs through Oct. 4.

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Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts recently collaborated with designer Natalie Pelykh on this gorgeous hat pattern. Fanciful Flower, which calls for Luna Grey Fiber Arts Altair, a Merino/nylon/Tencel fingering weight blend, is available individually and as a part of a kit sold via the Luna Grey Fiber Arts website.

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The newest colorway series from C.Whitney Knits is inspired by the men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a paranormal romance series by J.R. Ward. Candice — who says this book series is actually what inspired her to start dyeing yarn! — used a few different dye techniques, including kettle dyeing, black and silver overdyeing, solids and semi-solids. Act fast, since they’re only available until the end of September.

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Why should knitters have all the fun with ombre? BeesyBee Fibers had a September update with a few gradients using Domestic Rambouillet sourced and processed in the U.S. and a Polwarth Top.

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This new base from June Pryce is pretty special, and it collaborates with color stunningly. The 80% ecru Merino and 20% black Tussah silk adds a beautiful depth and richness. Keep an eye out for more incredible colorways on this base.

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Um, that was quick. These Haunted Mansion Bags of the Month from Slipped Stitch Studios went on sale last Friday and sold out over the weekend. Keep checking the marketplace for word on more limited edition bags.

A sweater expert’s advice on alternating skeins

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This lack of alternating is not immediately noticeable, but read on.

This lack of alternating is not immediately noticeable, but read on.

Ed.’s note: When I knit a garment with hand-dyed yarn, I often waste a lot of time hemming and hawing before ultimately deciding to alternate. The one time I didn’t, with my Urban, it turned out beautifully, but I did consult with Expert Sweater Knitter Yelena Malcolm before making that decision. So, I decided to again turn to Yelena, this time asking her to share some advice on when to alternate. Turns out, she has some experience to back up her advice. I think even her sweater “disasters” still look pretty awesome, but if you’re going to play with hand-dyed fire, you should definitely read this first.

Nothing is as decadent as laziness. Think about it: lying on the beach with a stack of guilty pleasure magazines or books, leaving the dishes until the next morning to enjoy another glass of wine and something on TV, not alternating your hand-dyed yarn because how bad could it be…?

Wait. One of these things is not like the other. Crusty dishes? Meh. Slight sunburn and a suspicion that you need $1,000 worth of new, must-have makeup and skincare products because the article said so? You’ll likely come to your senses before you remember your credit card number. But failure to alternate will likely leave you with a garment you won’t frog, but won’t wear. Because, holy wow, the sleeves really are a different color from the body and yes, everyone can tell that you changed skeins right where your hips start.

But do I always practice what I preach? Obviously not or this would be an incredibly boring, preachy post. I have selected some of my favorite cock-ups for your amusement and, I hope, edification.

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Exhibit A: Trapzius. From far away we do not have a problem. Truly we don’t. I would argue that up close, while there is a problem, it is a manageable one and does not distract from my enjoyment of this dress. I had two skeins that had been purchased together and the third I got from a destash. In the hanks, they did look different, but not hugely different. However, once fully into the bodice, having not alternated, I wound the other two skeins and realized the outlier was an outlier. OK, I wasn’t going to start from scratch, so when the first skein was exhausted, I alternated with the other two for the rest of the body and sleeves. And if you zoom in on the photos you can see there is a more variegated vibe to the body from my hip bones down and the sleeves from the underarms down. End of the world? No. Should I have been better about alternating the outlier skein from the beginning? Yup.

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Exhibit B: In The Red. This is another example of shoulda, woulda, but hey it’s not so bad. Even a cursory look at this sweater will reveal that I didn’t alternate. That’s why there’s both pooling and a much lighter shade of wine running through my midsection. The difference is that I bought this lot of yarn at the same time proving that there are no guarantees in the hand-dyed world. Whether vagaries of the dye job, or accidental combining of different “lots” (and I’ve put lots in quotation marks because I know hand-dyers don’t have traditional lots, but I trust you all know what I mean), there is a strong chance that your skeins will not be uniform even if you bought them at the same time from the same place.

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Exhibit C: Agrippina. Now we’re cooking with gas — Terrible mismatched gas. The thing is, I DID alternate on this one. Sort of. I had gotten four skeins beautifully matched in a destash and then ordered two more from the website. I begged for super dark skeins so that they’d match what I already had, but what arrived was… well… less dark. Fine, I thought, this thing has a belt and a big ruffle, I’ll use the lighter stuff there since I definitely don’t want light bits running through the entire sweater. This is, by the way, another tactic. I don’t swear by it, but other people do, and it is true that some stitch patterns obscure a mismatched skein better than others. But in my case, nothing was going to save this. I should have given up. But instead I knit an entire sweater with that huge ruffle. And where is that sweater now? Destashed. Someone else didn’t mind what drove me nuts. So that was a lucky break. Next time, I’ll just find a different project for the four matching skeins.

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Exhibit D: The Boots Required It. I’m guessing I don’t have to point anything out to you on this dress. The good news is, I have a partial skein that is more like the rest of the dress so I can rip out the silly areas and repair. The bad news is I made this dress two years ago and haven’t gotten around to fixing it…

Have I had lucky breaks where I haven’t alternated and everything has turned out peachy? Absolutely. But I enter into those arrangements knowing full well it is likely to bite me in the butt down the road. I have found that if I wind all the skeins I plan on using first, I can get a better idea of what they look like (or conversely, merely unwinding the hanks and looking at them next to one another can show if variances in color are uniform skein to skein, or if one skein is completely not like the others), and that some dyers are more likely to have consistency in a single order (the two skeins I had bought for the burgundy dress would have been 100% fine without alternating, it was the third skein from a wholly different update that required me to alternate), but if want to be assured that my project will be uniform in colors throughout, I suck it up and alternate.

So please, I implore you, think long and hard before you choose not to alternate with hand-dyed yarns. Sometimes the fates will be kind to you, but sometimes they will be very very, very unkind — and usually when you are so far along in your project that you’d rather bin it than start over (or at least that’s how it goes for me). And if you happen to see me wearing the navy dress and it still looks like this, remind me to fix it as soon as I go home.

If you want to ogle even more of Yelena’s fabulous sweaters, please go her knitting/fashion blog, Le Pull Juste.

What’s your philosophy an alternating skeins? Share in the comments.

What to stash this week: Get ready for pumpkin season

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The other day, before settling in at my local Starbucks to do some work, the friendly barista asked me if I wanted some sort of pumpkin cream cheese loaf with my iced tea. Now, I love pumpkin flavored stuff as much as the next person, but the sun was shining and temps were in the 80s — this was not a day for pumpkin spice (you might be “allowed” to eat pumpkin before Labor Day, but I prefer not to, thanks).

However, Alica over at Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe has the right idea. To make room for new autumn lotion bars, like Apple Butter and Pumpkin Spice, she’s marked down all bars in her spring and summer fragrances by 25%. Scents on sale include Coconut Lime, Chipotle Caramel, Fresh Mango, Sea Moss and Spring Meadow.

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So, um, where exactly did August go? It’s actually time once again for the next installment of Countess Ablaze’s Twelve Caesars Collection. This latest set of non-repeatable colorways is inspired by the Roman emperor Otho, who only ruled for 95 days, but had quite a history. The update goes live today at 7 p.m. BST.

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Skeinny Dipping had an Etsy shop update last Saturday, and in case you missed it, Christine still has some items in stock, including this skein of her new silk and linen lace in Everything Pumpkin Time. As of “press time,” there was only one skein left of this OOAK color, so that’s a pumpkin thing you might want to grab now.

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Of course, it’s never too soon to start knitting for fall. Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company just released her Whitby Place hat and cowl pattern set. Both contain a mix of two traditional fisherman’s guernsey stitch patterns and are named for the town of Whitby, located on the River Esk in Yorkshire. Keya, who runs a farm in Georgia, used her hand-dyed Flock 195, a 3-ply worsted weight, shown here in the Tanzanite colorway. I’m sure you can knit them up faster than an actual fisherman’s guernsey, unless your name is Yelena.

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Even if you’re not going back to school, you could always use a new knapsack, right? Wanda of Drawstrings makes her bags in a backpack version, with straps made from strong grosgrain ribbon that are held together with metal brackets.

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And, last but not least, I’m thrilled to officially welcome Melanie of Black Trillium Fibres to Indie Untangled! She comes with some big news: Black Trillium Fibres is transitioning away from Etsy and is in the process of moving to a website all its own. Melanie will be writing a series of blog posts on how the new site is set up, so have a look and see how to get your hands on one of her lovely gradient sets.

Tag, I’m it!

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Creative Hopping

I was planning to introduce you all to Yelena Malcolm’s fabulous knitting/style blog when I ran her next guest blog post, but she kindly tagged me in the Creative Blog Hop last Friday, so I’ll give you a bit of a head start. Yelena’s not only a talented and prolific sweater knitter, but she has impeccable style. And while I don’t know if I could ever master trekking across NYC in high heels, Yelena has at least inspired me to wear them in my FO shots.

I’ve been a bit busy after a lovely weekend up in Maine spending time with some cousins (and not buying any yarn), so I’m a little late in jumping into this, but here goes:

What am I working on?

I’m generally a monogamous knitter, but with NY Sheep and Wool coming, I have to step up my game a little. I just finished up my Custom Fit gradient striped tank top, which I plan to blog about soon, and I’m moving on to fall garments. I’ll probably end up working on both of my Rhinebeck sweaters at the same time, which I hope will help and not slow my progress.

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I’m planning to knit another Custom Fit sweater, and I’m pretty much going to copy Mollie/molliebatmit’s Moon River, though I’ll be using Astral Bath Tesseract in Tulpa.

I’m also planning on knitting Laura Aylor’s Rhinecliff in the Miss Babs Heartland Worsted I picked up at Rhinebeck last year. It’s such a sophisticated pattern, and you’ve gotta love the symmetry.

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This is the main thing that’s on the needles at the moment. It’s the Aphasia scarf by Patti Waters, a beautiful Art Deco-inspired design, and I’m knitting it in Handmaiden Sea Silk in the Straw colorway, which is more of a shimmery gold with the silk content. It’s a pretty easy to memorize pattern and has become my go-to subway knitting as of late. There’s a deadline attached to this project, which I’ll discuss at a later date…

On the Indie Untangled front, I’ve been consumed by planning for the pre-Rhinebeck trunk show, preparing to send out the next batch of yarn ball logo bags and writing blog posts.

I’m also fortunate to have a fairly creative “day job” as a freelance writer/web producer to help pay the yarn bills (and I use the term Day Job loosely because I’m pretty much working at all hours these days). Today, I’m planning to write a roundup of interesting tabletop products and home decor seen at last week’s NY Now show for Newsday. I also have a few hotels to write about for Oyster.com, a site that compiles unbiased reviews of hundreds of hotels around the world. I don’t actually get to visit these places (Oyster’s photographers do that), but do love being able to “travel” without leaving home — and I also get to file away information for possible future trips.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While I can’t say that my knitting is particularly different, I do feel like I’ve carved out a unique niche with this site. I want to help knitters discover all the wonderful independent dyers and creators out there, and do it in a fun, collaborative way.

Why do I write/create what I do?

When I was about four or five years old, I created “book versions” of my favorite movies, like My Fair Lady, and when I needed to find something to do when I spent time at my dad’s office, I played at starting a publishing house. So, writing has just always been something I did. I didn’t really do much creative writing beyond high school, but I can’t imagine work that doesn’t involve writing in some way. And I really enjoy getting to combine that with my love of knitting.

As far as knitting goes, several years ago I decided that I just really wanted to learn, especially passing by all the yarn shops that were popping up. I had a friend who, at the time, was working as a librarian and had arranged for someone to teach knitting at her branch. She ended up benefitting from the program herself, and was making all these cool hats and mitts. I asked her to teach me, and the rest is history.

How does my writing/creative process work?

I’m going to start with knitting for this question: Most of the time, I buy yarn with projects in mind. Of course, this doesn’t prevent me from picking up random skeins at fiber events, but I’ll at least try to match it up to something I plan to make… someday. As I mentioned above, I’m generally a monogamous knitter, and don’t usually have more than a couple of active WIPs going at one time. I tend to knit while watching TV, either whatever shows my husband and I are following or binge watching (I got quite a lot done when we went through Breaking Bad last summer) or Golden Girls reruns, though I have started to enjoy knitting in Madison Square Park while listening to knitting podcasts.

As far as writing, at a certain point in my day, I sit down, click off the Ravelry window and tackle whatever project is on my plate. For the blog, aside from the Friday What to Stash posts and the newsletter, I jot down ideas and then eventually will simply decide one week that it’s the best time to write and post it. I was thinking recently that I should probably have more of an editorial calendar, and that’s going to be my goal as I approach the six-month point (!) for Indie Untangled.

I hope you enjoyed this little change from my normal blogging routine. I’ve loved reading the creative hopping posts from some of the other folks I follow, including A Playful Day and Kettle Yarn Co. There are a few people who I would like to pass this task along to:

1. Alicia of Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is not only the creator of delicious-smelling lotion bars, but she has a great blog, Woolen Diversions, where she discusses her knitting inspirations.

2. While I haven’t been bitten by the sewing bug (yet…), I love Rochelle of Lucky Lucille’s vintage aesthetic. She’s also recently added knitting to her list of pursuits, and she has such a fun and engaging writing style. I know that when I do haul out the sewing machine my mom bought me for Chanukah years ago that I’m going to be taking closer look.

3. I’ve long admired the work of Kristen at Skein Yarn and she has a fabulous blog and video podcast where she shares what she’s working on.

What to stash this week: Squeeing for fall

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I had a bit of a fangirl Squee this week when I confirmed the newest vendor for the Indie Untangled pre-Rhinebeck trunk show. Hold onto your hand-knit hats, because it’s none other than… Anne Hanson! Yes, this uber-talented designer will be bringing her Bare Naked Wools, a line of natural, dye-free wools created at American mills. I am SO excited to meet Anne and the rest of the Bear Naked Wools team.

While I continue to get even more excited about the Oct. 17 event, have a look at some of the newest marketplace additions that you can use for those upcoming fall projects:

Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts recently collaborated with designer Hilary Smith Callis to create the Luna Viridis pattern, the perfect marriage of a shawl and a cowl. The pattern calls for Luna Grey Fiber Arts Celeste, a lofty superwash Merino fingering-weight yarn that’s available in special Luna Viridis kits, which come with a PDF copy of the pattern and a skein of Celeste in one of Jackie’s beautiful semi-solid colorways.

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Sarah of Sarah’s Spindle recently experimented with shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique that’s having its moment in the spotlight. She used a mixture of three blues that look like Indigo, but are colorfast. The luxe silk/Merino yarn has a nice balance when worked up, so grab some skeins to be totally on trend.

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Keya over at the Cedar Hill Farm Company has been getting ready for fall by dyeing up some worsted-weight skeins of Peruvian wool in deep autumn colors, and designing Whitby Place, a hat and cowl pattern that will be added to her Ravelry shop soon. Also available are skeins of Cielo DK, extra fine alpaca that would be perfect for fingerless gloves.

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Goodbye Shark Week, hello fall. C.Whitney Knits has left the ocean and released a colorwork set that includes four skeins of sock yarn in autumn-inspired shades. With a generous total of 462 yards, use your set to make very toasty cowl.

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With all the shiny yarns available, there’s no reason for spinners to be left out. June Pryce Fiber Arts has released a 100% nylon Firestar that’s ideal for blending with other fibers, or go for the full sparkle and spin it alone. A bit can also be added to felting projects. The small themed sets are a very responsible bling-y indulgence.

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Indie Untangled is excited to introduce you to Wicked Ewe Fiber Arts, a New Mexico-based dyer who just set up shop on Etsy. There are plenty of fall-inspired, variegated skeins for sale, with hand-dyed fiber coming soon.

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Louise, AKA The Cryptozoologist, updated her shop on Monday with a mix of Adventure Time- and Final Fantasy-themed yarns, as well as some limited edition Halloween skeins (because it’s never too early to start planning your costume).

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You’re going to need another bag for all your fall projects. Wanda of Drawstrings has you covered with her custom bags. The flat-bottomed bags with grosgrain ribbon drawstrings come in a range of sizes.

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These cute little 1-inch bars from Kamalei’s Naturals come in pairs with their own reusable tin, are perfect for stashing in smaller purses, pouches and project bags. Available in a variety of scents, they’re going to come in handy when the cold starts parching your skin.

What to stash this week: Get your yarn ball on

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Thanks to the success of the Indie Untangled/That Clever Clementine collaboration and a couple of special requests, Vicki and I decided to expand the range of yarn ball logo goodies.

There are a few new additions to the IU/TCC “family,” including three new bag styles that are perfect for your medium- to large-sized projects. We’re excited to introduce the Pandora Poke, a 11″ wide by 11″ tall bag, the Cindy Sue I, which is 13″ x 13″, and the Cindy Sue II, a generous 15″ x 15″ bag to hold sweaters, blankets or vacation WIPs. Also available are unbreakable and reversible fabric yarn bowls, which are super portable and make great craft room decor.

My wonderful husband, Mitch, helped me set up a new form that allows you to order multiple items. Vicki and I are confident that we have enough fabric to meet demand, but if we run out, we will make sure to order more so you can get what you need to tote around your projects and show off your “indie love.”

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Grab a skein in C. Whitney Knits’ special Shark Week color before it swims away. This hand-painted colorway is only available to order until Sunday night at 9 p.m. PST. Da-duh. Da-duh…

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Hand Dyed By Kate is new to Indie Untangled and her colorful yarns will definitely brighten up any project. She specializes in tonal rainbow collections that are available separately or in sets of six skeins. Her latest additions are collections of delicate pastels and vibrant jewel tones. She’s also offering 10% off all orders during August with the code UNTANGLED10.

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I was so excited to see the first post from Luna Grey Fiber Arts in the marketplace this week. Jackie was among the dyers recommended in one of the threads in the Indie Untangled Ravelry group and she recently added a new colorway to her lineup. Sea Glass is a cool combination of soft aqua and pale lime green that’s sure to make you miss summer.

Outlander-Club

Here’s more for Outlander fans: These Inner Yarn Zen un-clubs are so called because the kits are sold separately. In September, get a skein of MCN yarn in the “Highland Heather” colorway, as well as a set of Outlander-inspired stitch markers. The October kit will feature a pattern and a skein of nubby grey guaranteed to keep you warm while you wait for the next season of the Starz series.