What to stash this week: The Great American Knitting Road Trip

Indie Untangled is going on a road trip across the USA, helping our national parks along the way. For Knitting Our National Parks, several indie dyers will create exclusive colorways inspired by photos from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram feed, with 10% of sales donated to the National Park Foundation. The trip starts today with the above yarn from Backyard Fiberworks. Dyer Alice takes her inspiration from this photo of North Cascades National Park in her native Washington State. Preorders will run through June 30 and the yarn will ship at the end of July.

If you want another souvenir from your trip through the national parks this year, Vicki has you covered. She is launching a collection of yarny accessories to coincide with the release of each Knitting Our National Parks colorway in 2017, using this super fun fabric from Amy Peppler Adams’s Soda Nation collection. This zipper wristlet is available to preorder for two weeks starting today.

If you’re looking to do more than just stare at and admire the yarns in the Pandia’s Jewels Regency Collection, inspired by the world of Jane Austen, knit and wrap yourself in Afternoons at Longbourn. Inspired by the residence of the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice, is a triangle shawl with fringe that allows you to use the various colors from the collection, which is available to purchase through Sunday, June 18.

Speaking of strong women, Slipped Stitch Studios has the ultimate girl power fabrics, available for a limited time. This week, you can preorder project bags with tattoos and a knitting mermaid and Doctor Who Companions. AND, starting today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Laura will open preorders for Wonder Woman project bags! There is even an exclusive matching colorway from Inner Yarn Zen. Act fast — all preorders close Monday, June 19.

Indie Untangled newcomer Knits4Comfort has an Etsy shop stocked with goodies to help you bring comfort to others — or yourself.

Introducing: Knitting Our National Parks (plus a giveaway)

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Last fall at the Indie Untangled trunk show at Woolyn in Brooklyn, I was chatting with Alice of Backyard Fiberworks about collaborating with dyers on exclusive colorways and doing something to raise money for a good cause. This was a few weeks after the election and just before the holidays, so many of my knitting and non-knitting friends were feeling compelled to give back. Alice asked me if I followed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram feed, which features gorgeous images captured by park employees and both amateur and professional photographers. She then came up with a brilliant idea: have dyers create colorways based on photos from the feed and donate a percentage of the profits to the parks.

I’m excited to finally debut this latest project, Knitting Our National Parks. Over the next year, several indies will get inspiration from the natural beauty found across the U.S. Dyers who have signed on for this year include Pigeonroof Studios, Jill Draper Makes Stuff and Duck Duck Wool, with others to participate in 2018. Vicki of That Clever Clementine will also be creating project bags with fun national parks-themed fabric. 10% of all yarn sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

Since this was Alice’s suggestion, she has kicked off the project with a colorway based on the above photo of North Cascades National Park in her native Washington State (fittingly, her father once worked in the park through the Youth Conservation Corps). The yarn is available to preorder now through June 30.

Another exciting part of this project was getting to work with the talented Erin Kate Archer, a fellow Brooklynite, on the Knitting Our National Parks illustration. I discovered Erin’s work while I was browsing knitting art on Etsy. Erin creates both travel watercolors and knitted landscapes, and I knew right away that her work would be perfect for this.

Erin has made prints of the illustration, inspired by Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, available for sale. She has also generously donated a couple of her 8×10 prints as prizes, so I will be hosting a giveaway on the blog. To enter, comment here with your favorite U.S. national park, either that you’ve visited or hope to visit. The giveaway will run through midnight EDT on Friday, June 30 (which is also when preorders for Alice’s colorway close). A winner will be chosen via random number generator.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Marie!

I hope you enjoy coming along with us on this fun journey through the parks!