What to stash this week: Holiday giving

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Holiday giving is in the air (and, ahem, if you haven’t already checked out the big newsletter giveaway going on through Christmas, get yourself on the mailing list!) and there are tons of indie gifts for everyone on your list.

Invictus Yarns has given us knitters a lovely gift for the holidays — free shipping on all orders in the U.S. through Dec. 31. Just enter the code HolidayShip at checkout.

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The Doctor is in, again. For the Slipped Stitch Studios December Bag of the Month, Laura is revisiting the first ever club. The bags went on sale Wednesday, and will be available until they’re sold out.

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Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is filled with lotion bars in several new winter scents, gift sets and a new Winter Clementine lip balm flavor. Please note: you’ll need to place your order today if you want them to ship before Christmas. You can also check out the review of Sweet Sheep on the Knitting Sarah blog, where there’s a giveaway and coupon code.

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When you’re ready for some selfish knitting, here’s a shawl to add to your queue. Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams has released Desiderata, named for the beautiful woman who was briefly married to Charlemagne. This fairly simple, mostly lace shawl calls for 500 yards of fingering-weight yarn.

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If you’re looking to try Intarsia, the new Patchwork Mittens pattern from Knitwise Design, part of the 2014 Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Revelry (read: prizes!), are an easy intro. The hands are knit flat, with the seam part of the patchwork design, and the thumbs are knit seamlessly in the round. Use multiple colors and make this a stash buster.

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Still trying to find the perfect knitter gift, or want to give someone a little hint? Dirty Water DyeWorks has gift certificates available in any amount. Or, sign up you favorite sock knitter for Yarn Knot Socks. With a different base, an exclusive colorway and a pattern, it’s the gift that keeps on giving (at least for three months).

Holiday newsletter giveaway Part II: The grand prize

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This Pandora Poke project bag will be stuffed with goodies.

This Pandora Poke project bag will be stuffed with goodies.

What would you stuff in a knitter’s stocking? I’ve decided to answer that question with the newsletter giveaway grand prize.

One lucky winner will get an Indie Untangled/That Clever Clementine Pandora Poke yarn ball project bag stuffed with all sorts of fibery goodness from Indie Untangled vendors:

This OOAK, one-hit wonder from Duck Duck Wool

This OOAK, one-hit wonder from Duck Duck Wool

Stitch markers from A Bit of Spark

Stitch markers from A Bit of Spark

An ornament from Fastenation Studio

An ornament from Fastenation Studio

Allure Fine Fiber & Fabric Wash from Bijou Basin Ranch

Allure Fine Fiber & Fabric Wash from Bijou Basin Ranch

A Lotion Baah from A Little Teapot Designs

A Lotion Baah from A Little Teapot Designs

Goats Milk Soap from Folktale Fibers

Goats Milk Soap from Folktale Fibers

A lotion bar from Kamalei's Naturals

A lotion bar from Kamalei’s Naturals

A hand-painted greeting card from The Knitting Artist

A hand-painted greeting card from The Knitting Artist

The rules: Sign up for the newsletter by 9 p.m. EST on December 25 and you will be eligible to win the grand prize. After 9 p.m., I’ll pick a winner via random number generator, send out an email and arrange shipment. PLEASE NOTE: Winners must respond within 48 hours of when the notification email is sent to claim the prize. If not, another winner will be selected.

Remember, you have until 9 p.m. today to sign up for the newsletter and be eligible for today’s prize, a skein of Silky DK in Endymion from French Market Fibers.

What to stash this week: The yarn Imitation Game

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There’s no imitation for this new release: the Bletchley Collection, from Eden Cottage Yarns and designer Joanne Scrace, is inspired by early computing and encoding machines, the codes themselves, and the women who operated them at Bletchley Park (yes, the place from that Benedict Cumberbatch film). The knit and crochet designs, which have a bit of ‘40s flair, utilize Victoria’s Milburn 4ply yarn range, a blend of British BFL and silk. The collection includes print patterns, kits and a print book due to be released on Jan. 30 that is available for preorder.

A couple of sales that run only through today and Sunday:

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Through today, Slipped Stitch Studios is offering Double Knit+ large project bags for the same price as the Project+ medium bags, with no coupon code necessary. Not only that, but there’s free shipping until Christmas!

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The Knitting Artist has added four new cards, which have a more abstract design, to her collection. Everything in her Etsy shop is 20% off through Sunday, Dec. 14, with the code SBSAT.

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Inspired by Meriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame, and John Wesley Powell, Sarah of Sarah’s Spindle has been doing her own exploration of the American West — in yarn. Her River Blues sock yarns, in Merino and Cashmere Merino, come in semi-solid and variegated blues, reflecting the unique character of the great Western Rivers, such as the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Columbia, and the Yukon.

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Sock knitters, take note: Dirty Water DyeWorks has opened sign-ups for Yarn Knot Socks, a yarn club dedicated to socks. Installments will ship in the middle of January, February and March, and each will contain a different yarn base, an exclusive colorway and a suggested pattern. There will also be KALs in the Dirty Water DyeWorks Ravelry group. The installments can be paid for individually, just before they ship, or all at once. Space is limited, so sign up soon.

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Swiss indie yarn company Siidegarte has teamed up with online yarn shop KayaLana and designer Coralie from Stitch-N-Smile for the Xmas ’14 edition of the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit. The kit contains the pattern for Coralie’s Myrtille shawl and Siide-Fideel, a fingering-weight, silk-Merino yarn in an exclusive colorway. Orders for the kit — which come in both a “classic” size with enough yarn to knit the shawl as shown, and a “luxury” version with 250 grams of of yarn — will be taken until Monday, Dec. 15.

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If you missed out on Bijou Basin Ranch‘s post-Thanksgiving sale, there are still deals to be had. Through Dec. 23, the entire online store is 20% off, shipping is free, and you can get a free gift with a qualifying purchase. Use it for the newish Outlander-inspired project kit, or three new color ways of Tibetan Dream, hand-dyed by BBR’s Eileen Koop.

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The newly released Blanchefleur Shawl from KarenDawn Designs includes a unique “faux nupp,” made by increasing to five stitches from one stitch. The triangular shawl, knit with fingering-weight yarn in two colors is named for an Old French and Middle English love story with a happy ending.

Holiday newsletter giveaway Part I

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A few weeks ago, I was trying to think of a way to bring the joy of the holidays to Indie Untangled, while at the same time thanking all of the newsletter subscribers for their support and helping you get to know some of the site’s vendors a little bit better. And so, Newsletters to Santa/Hanukkah Harry — several days of fantastic giveaways — was born.

I’m going to kick things off on December 15, just before the first night of Hanukkah. There will be a giveaway each day, until a grand prize drawing on Christmas (you’ll find out all about the grand prize in a later blog post). If you’re not already signed up for the newsletter, I hope you’ll find it fun and useful for discovering talented dyers and crafters and keeping track of shop updates and special promotions.

The rules are pretty simple: Sign up for the Indie Untangled newsletter by 9 p.m. EST and you will be eligible to win that day’s prize (anyone already on the mailing list is entered to win). After 9 p.m., I’ll pick a winner via random number generator and send out an email. The winner will arrange shipment with the dyer/artisan. PLEASE NOTE: Winners must respond within 48 hours of when the notification email is sent to claim the prize. If not, another winner will be selected.

Here’s the schedule:

December 15: A skein of Silky DK in Endymion from French Market Fibers (pictured above) Congrats to winner Lori!

December 15: A skein of Silky DK in Endymion from French Market Fibers (pictured above) Congrats to winner Lori!

December 16: A skein of the winner's choice from Skeinny Dipping Congrats to winner Peggy!

December 16: A skein of the winner’s choice from Skeinny Dipping Congrats to winner Peggy!

December 17: A Knitter's Chatelaine of the winner's choice from Winemakerssister Congrats to winner Shannon!

December 17: A Knitter’s Chatelaine of the winner’s choice from Winemakerssister Congrats to winner Shannon!

December 18: A skein of Classic Sock in a color of the winner's choice from C.Whitney Knits Congrats to winner Jennifer!

December 18: A skein of Classic Sock in a color of the winner’s choice from C.Whitney Knits Congrats to winner Jennifer!

December 19: A skein or braid of fiber of the winner's choice from Squoosh Fiberarts Congrats to winner Heather!

December 19: A skein or braid of fiber of the winner’s choice from Squoosh Fiberarts Congrats to winner Heather!

December 20: A set of buttons of the winner's choice from Fastenation Studio The winner has been notified.

December 20: A set of buttons of the winner’s choice from Fastenation Studio The winner has been notified.

December 21: An Eponymous Sock gradient set from Three Fates Yarns The winner has been notified.

December 21: An Eponymous Sock gradient set from Three Fates Yarns The winner has been notified.

December 22: A skein from Canon Hand Dyes

December 22: A skein from Canon Hand Dyes

December 23: A skein of Bowland DK in Harbour from Eden Cottage Yarns

December 23: A skein of Bowland DK in Harbour from Eden Cottage Yarns

What to stash this week: Pop pop!

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Sorry, I just can’t resist those Community references.

This week, head on over to the new Buttonalia pop-up shop on here on Indie Untangled. Made with love by Kent, UK-based Sharry Madden, who you’ll learn a bit more about in the near future, these ceramic buttons are just perfect for sweaters, mitts or cowls.

Cowl-a-palooza 2, Electric Boogaloo

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When I first saw Duck Duck Wool‘s Boys and Berries colorway, I knew I had to have it. The opportunity came at the Rhinebeck Trunk Show. There wasn’t a whole lot left when I finally got to visit Sandra’s table, which had been mobbed. And there it was: the shiny pink-purple that most people who know me would call a Lisa Color.

I would have taken a bunch of skeins, but there was only one lone skein of 50/50 DK. In deciding what to make with it, I found a couple of people had made Tin Can Knits’ Gather Cowl. I had the pattern since I made the hat for my nephew.

I cast on while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and finished late last night. It still needs a quick block, otherwise I would have it on right now. It is the color of my dreams, and now I have to decide on a way to get, and use, more of it.

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The other project that’s ready to be blogged about is the Aphasia I finally blocked this week in anticipation of finally giving it to its recipient. I knit this scarf for Carmen, who lived with my family in 1998 as an Italian exchange student. She got married in May and my parents were supposed to go to the Roaring ’20s-themed wedding, but my mom was having heel pain and they decided to reschedule for September. My husband and I were all set to go with them, but then he ended up having back pain that turned out to need surgery. Luckily, Carmen and her new husband decided to take their belated honeymoon in the U.S., and just flew in last night!

I have to thank Melissa Wehrle, aka Neoknits, for handing off her leftover Straw Sea Silk after I was running out perilously close to the end. I ended up meeting her in Midtown to get it when I thought I’d be flying out to Italy that next week. I finished it anyway, and it’s been sitting in the To Block pile.

Though it probably won’t be quite warm enough for our winter, I’m definitely glad to get to give it to her in person.

What to stash this week: Yarny Black Friday Edition

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Unless you’re one of those lucky people who live near Fibre Space, there are a bunch of knitting-related shopping deals for Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday/Cyber Monday/Whatever you call the official kick-off to holiday shopping. And they don’t require camping out in the cold.

**This list will be updated as new posts come in, so keep checking back for more great sales.**

Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is offering free shipping on all orders placed through Monday, Dec. 1 with the coupon code THANKS2014. And you don’t need to be a knitter to enjoy her delicious-smelling lotion bars and lip balms. Trust me, with this crazy weather, the skin and lips of your gift recipients will thank you. Alicia has also introduced custom gift packs, which include three sample-sized lotion bars in the scents of your choice.

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Designer Lara Smoot is having a Thanksgiving sale: All patterns in her Ravelry shop will be 30% off though midnight on Monday, Dec. 1, no coupon code required.

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Indie Untangled newcomer Sand and Sky Creations is also having a sale. Get 30% off all of Simone’s patterns and ebooks on Ravelry through Sunday, Nov. 30. No coupon code needed.

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Heather of Eternity Ranch Knits is offering a sale on rovings, which are marked down to $12 from $16 without a code. She’s also offering a Christmas Package deal: buy more than two skeins of yarn or roving and there will be a holiday special. Send Heather a message on Etsy to let her know you’re interested. She also just introduced Winter Wonderland, a 438-yard sock weight yarn in 75% superwash Merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina, perfect to add a little shine to your outfit at upcoming holiday parties. It’s also available in a 4 oz., non-superwash roving of Corriedale cross wool.

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The C.Whitney Knits Black Friday sale — which actually runs through Small Business Saturday — starts at 9 a.m. PST. Get 25% OFF all Thanksgiving colorways, 25% off all OOAK skeins and 10-25% off other colorways from past series, TBA. There will be a 10-gram sock sampler up for sale as well. All this, along with free shipping on any order, anywhere.

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The Woolen Rabbit is having a sale all weekend! You get 15% off your entire order 12 a.m. Saturday through 11:30 p.m. Sunday EST. The discount is taken off at checkout.

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The Knitting Artist is having a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday sale that lasts until 12 days before Christmas! Use the code SBSAT to get 20% any item in Lisa’s shop until Dec. 13.

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A Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale from designer Laura Aylor runs through Dec. 1. Just use code BFCMdeal at checkout.

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Bare Naked Wools/Knitspot is celebrating the weekend with a ton of deals. Along with sign-ups and discounts for the 2015 Bare Naked Knitspot Blanket Statement club on Nov. 28, there’s a free color card with a $25+ purchase on Nov. 29, free shipping on $75+ Dec. 1 and 50% off ebooks through Monday. Click here for all the codes.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Invictus Yarns! Use coupon code THANKS10 at checkout from now through Monday, Dec. 1, for a 10% discount on your purchase price of any in-stock skeins.

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You might want to jump on The Uncommon Thread’s Black Friday sale soon as there’s not much left (though, last I checked there was the appropriately-named Debauchery in Merino Lace available). Get 20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY14 between 12 a.m. GMT Friday, Nov. 28 and 12 a.m. GMT Saturday, Nov. 29.

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And you also might want to pounce on Kettle Yarn Co.’s last shop update of 2014, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. GMT.

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There’s a whole weekend of deals at Bijou Basin Ranch: On Black Friday, spend $50 or more, get free shipping and a free BBR project bag; on Small Business Saturday, get 25% off all project kits and free shipping on all orders; for Elizabeth Hodges Sunday, it’s 50% off all patterns, 20% off all 100% yak yarn wraps and free shipping on all orders; finally, on Cyber Monday, get 20% off the entire store (excluding project kits and wraps) and free shipping on all orders. (Phew!)

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The Annual Thankful Sale at Squoosh Fiberarts includes markdowns on hand-dyed yarns, handspun, spinning batts, rolags and never seen before spinning fiber colorways. The sale runs until Monday, Dec. 1.

Knitting indie: Cowl-a-palooza Part I

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Perhaps I’ve been knitting with fingering-weight yarn, and making sweaters, for too long. I’ve forgotten the pleasure of having an FO in three nights.

My first Indie Untangled KAL project, Alex Tinsley’s Horloge, is the first in a series of cowls I’m planning to make. I used the Skeinny Dipping Silky Worsted in Mulled Cider that I picked up at the Rhinebeck trunk show. The silk really makes the color shine and the cowl itself has the perfect amount of drape, just enough to sit well under my winter coat.

The pattern, with two easy cables every other row and knit inside out to minimize the number of purl stitches, was just interesting enough. I can definitely see it being a great gift knit and I’m already thinking of picking up some Rustic Silk Worsted from Pigeonroof Studios to make one for my friend Sharon, who’s allergic to wool.

Also, if you haven’t checked out the Indie Untangled KAL thread you may be enticed to participate by a whole bunch of new prizes, including two patterns donated by Lara Smoot, a $25 gift certificate to Lakes Yarn and Fiber, a Sweet Sheep lotion bar, a $24 gift certificate from Inner Yarn Zen, a 240-yard High Twist Sock mini-skein set from Pigeonroof Studios and an Autumn Basket kit from Laura Aylor.

I’m definitely looking forward to wearing my new cowl to Thanksgiving dinner, where I plan to work on Cowl No. 2. Speaking of which, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with tons of knitting and all of the things you’re thankful for!

(Also: stay tuned for a roundup of great Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday/Cyber Monday deals from a bunch of Indie Untangled vendors! If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get that list in your inbox super early.)

What to stash this week: A pop-up of some magnitude

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As excited as I am about the return of Dan Harmon’s brilliant Community, I’m even more excited about what’s new on Indie Untangled. On Monday, I opened a pop-up shop with tons of skeins from Berry Colorful Yarnings. There are quite a few beauties, including one skein of T Fingering in this beautiful aqua. Definitely check them out before they’re snapped up.

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Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company is one of many indie dyers who is making the move away from Etsy, after the company expanded the rules of what can be considered “handmade,” leading to a flood of mass-produced products. You can now find her on the handmade marketplace Zibbet, and to celebrate the move she’s having a sale! Beginning Monday and running through Nov. 30, save 20% on fingering and sport weight yarns and hand-sewn project bags, with no coupon code needed.

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Sign-ups are open for the 2015 Power of 3 Club, The Golden Skein’s flagship yarn club. Each quarter, members receive three skeins of sock yarn from three different indie dyers, inspired by that season’s inspiration picture. For yarn dieters, there’s also the Slimmers’ Club, which gives you one of the three colorways. There’s also a new option to participate in certain quarters, so you can skip the package with colors you’re less keen on while still keeping your place in the club.

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Perfect for those boots you just had to have, Lindsay of Knit Eco Chic‘s Motoring Vest was inspired by a 1951 photo of a sensationally dressed woman modeling beside a Triumph Twin 500 Motorcycle. The figure-flattering pattern is an update on this modish style and, as part of the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry, it’s 25% percent off through today with the code giftalong2014.

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Another pattern that’s part of the Indie Gift-A-Long is one that you could probably finish in one TV-watching session. The 30-Round Rasta Hat, just released by Elizabeth Green Musselman of Dark Matter Knits, is literally worked up in 30 rounds in super-bulky yarn, perfect for a last-minute gift, or when the Polar Vortex arrives.

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Sarah, who lives in snow-covered Boise, Idaho, is definitely in winder mode. To warm up, she’s been dyeing some beautifully warm colors, including ambers and bronze, copper and gold and rich, deep reds. She also has two new silk/Merino sock yarns in the Amber Star and Crowning Glory colorways, and Cashmere Merino sock in Viking’s Beard, a color that can surely stand up to the cold.

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Last, but not least, I’m super excited to introduce you to this new Indie Untangled vendor. Lisa calls herself The Knitting Artist, and when she’s not knitting, she’s still creating “knitwear” in the form of greeting cards and art prints with beautiful watercolor images of knit stitches. The cards, which come in stockinette or garter, would make the perfect gift, stocking stuffer, or Christmas card for any knitter.

Indie Untangled Winter KAL

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As I sit huddled in my apartment, eyeing the “feels like 20 degrees” on Weather.com, I’m thinking it’s time to start preparing for winter. Which, if it’s anything like last year, is going to require a lot of knitwear.

The Indie Untangled Ravelry group is also in Knit All The Things mode, so we’re putting together an end-of-year KAL. Our wonderful moderator AliKazaam is organizing everything, and the rules are perfectly simple and easy to follow even on “Holiday Brain”: you must use something from an Indie Untangled vendor for your project. Yarn, buttons and patterns are all eligible. (The skeins in the brand new Berry Colorful Yarnings Indie Untangled pop-up would be perfect, as would this skein of French Market Fibers Silky DK that has been hanging out all by its lonesome since this morning. You’re welcome.)

The KAL will run through December 31 and there will be prizes, including the skein of Duck Duck Wool Sport in Toast the Coconut above that I am selflessly donating from my Rhinebeck haul (again, you’re welcome). Ali has also generously donated a skein of your choice from the Indie Untangled marketplace up to $25, and we anticipate many more prizes where those came from. It’s perfectly fine to “double dip” in other KALs, but we hope that you join in our fun chat as well.