July 6, 2017

Vervain

If you know me at all by now you know that flowers are a huge, huge part of my life. Everywhere I go, everything I do I look for flowers and at flowers, and want to immerse myself in their loveliness. If I lived in the U.K. in the early part of the 20th century no doubt my cottage would have been filled with overstuffed furniture in a wild array of floral chintz patterns. Late last year as I was thumbing through some well-loved stitch dictionaries, I stumbled upon a lovely little Estonian number that was knit on the bias and had two different Estonian flower stitches: clusters and double yarn overs. Though I was smitten, it wasn’t nearly enough. I also happen to love knitting nupps, and so added… er… a few of them here. Or so.

Windswept

Windswept is a flowy, easy to wear cardigan that goes with just about every outfit, and looks good on just about every body type. It is an easy knit: top-down, with absolutely NO seaming, and only a handful of stitches to pick up at the underarms. Windswept features very subtle shaping, allowing for an even, flowy drape. The front panels overlap most of the chest, so the chest measurement is based on doubling the back width (for example, the 32” is 16” across the back, and each front panel is 15” wide). It is sized 28″ through 48″ bust size.

Choose a complementary or contrasting color for the stripes, or go wild and crazy with a neon or speckled yarn to add some fun and flair to your wardrobe. This one is knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in Antler and Night Bloom.

July 3, 2017

Science is Real (Fingering Weight Mini Skein Set) from Three Fates Yarns

Science is Real is one of many new curated color sets from Three Fates Yarns. Six color sets contain 100 yards of each color and four color sets contain 40 yards of each color. I recently used them for a Toolbox Cowl and a Cuba Hat. They are particularly effective when paired with a contrasting color, making them great for shawls like Saturate, Find Your Fade or Solaris.

Three Fates Yarns is a one-person operated dye business based out of my home in Oregon. I travel to four shows a year in the Pacific Northwest and can otherwise be found on Etsy or through Instagram.

July 2, 2017

Highlands Knit Kit

I am pleased to share with you the Highlands Knit Kit, which includes everything you need to make the I Left my Heart in the Highlands Wrap. This is a large warm wrap that is perfect for both winter and spring and can be worn in a variety of ways. Each kit will include the following: 5 skeins of my Aran Tweed yarn — each skein is (85% SW Merino/ 15% NEP; 183 yds/100 g) giving you an approximate total of 915 yds — one shawl pin and a copy of the pattern.

There are two different kits available for preorder:
1. The Highlands: which moves in a gradient from gray to dark green
2. Heather on the Hills: which is various shades of green and pinks.

The pattern is for intermediate to experienced knitters. Must be familiar with the following stitches: cables, YO, increase stitches on both right and wrong sides, decrease stitches on both right and wrong sides and slipping stitches.

I only plan to make a certain amount of each kit and they are currently available for preorder on the Pandia’s Jewels website until July 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. EDT. All kits are scheduled to ship late August/early September 2017.

June 30, 2017

Shark Bite II: The Revenge

I’m so excited to introduce Shark Bite II: The Revenge!

I hope that you can join me in the Jimmy Beans Wool Ravelry Group for Shark Bite II: The Revenge KAL. We cast on July 23. Kit’s featuring Lornas Laces Shepherds Sock in Shark Bait and Staccato’s in Sharky Gray and Natural will be available exclusively through Jimmy Beans. Introductory pricing for the pattern of $2.99 is available until the the KAL begins.

Stranded colorwork on the cuff gives the illusion of waves cresting above schools of sharks swimming through blood speckled waters.

If you are new to colorwork, this is a great pattern to cut your teeth on. The shark fins are simple to work and are only a few rows each.

The heel is worked in the round and turned with a minimum amount of short rows. Once the short rows are finished you are back to the amount of stitches that you started with and can continue knitting the foot. That’s right, no picking up stitches or heel flap!

Spirit Trail shop update!

The Spirit Trail Fiberworks shop has been updated with loads of new yarns and colors. This update is primarily DK and worsted, but there are more fingering weight kits, too, as well as kits with super fun vegan pompoms! There are loads of speckled yarns, and tonal solids. I’m happy to help put together color kits for customers, too; just email me to let me know what you’re looking for.

Brand new yarns and kits are shown on the Shop Update page, but there is stock in other bases, too. Just click on the individual yarn pages to see more. I have lots of Brigantia (DK weight Polwarth/silk) and Zalti (100% U.S. grown and processed Targhee), as well a Birte and Verdande (both Superwash Merino, Cashmere, silk). It seems silly to be thinking about sweaters when it’s summer, but I know autumn is just around the corner and I’m already starting to mull over my Rhinebeck sweater. These things take time, right?!

Two new additions to my shop this update are sock/knit blanks, and a market featuring some of my favorite tools and accessories. I had a ton of fun dyeing these blanks, and there are some really fun, wild colors. And, if you’re not a huge lover of knit blanks but love one of these colors, just leave me a comment on your order form and I’ll happily unwind it, soak and wind it into a center pull ball for you.

The market section includes an adorable set of signature stitch markers from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry, plus notions bags, mugs, project bags, and more.

Check it all out now in the shop!

June 29, 2017

The SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club is Open for Subscriptions!

The SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club has been closed for six months but is now open to new subscribers for a very limited time!

This awesome club is all about the big smooshy yarns — there is nothing in the whole world like a skein of lovely, smooshy, thick yarn to make you want to pick it up, squish it… dive right into it! Big, bulky yarns call out to you, beg you to pick them up and press them against your cheek. And when you cast on, they always work up so fast! Big yarns are gorgeous. And the SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club is alllll about the big smooshy yarns!

As a member of the SpaceMonsters Mega Club, you receive:

• A fantastic parcel delivered to their door every other month, containing a beautiful skein of SpaceCadet® yarn in worsted or bulky weight, hand-dyed in an exclusive colourway created to bring out the best in thicker yarns.
• The SpaceCadet’s Log exploring the inspiration for each colourway.
• A fantastic SpaceMonsters gift tucked into every third parcel. We’re known for the great gifts we include in our club parcels — and for this club, we’re seriously upping the fab. You’re going love it!

But bigger yarns mean bigger projects, right?
Don’t you worry — in this club, you can buy extra skeins! For a whole month after you receive your parcel, you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to order more skeins custom-dyed in the latest club colourway. You’ll receive an email with all the details about a week after your parcel goes out — and then all you have to do is pick your project!

And the price is pretty exciting too!

• A 6-month subscription (3 parcels) is only $99
• A 12-month subscription (6 parcels) is just $194
• Plus, you can choose a double subscription for two skeins in each parcel, or a triple for three, giving you the option to cast on your project as soon as you open the box!

The SpaceMonster Club is a ton of fun — the perfect treat for a friend or for yourself! But subscriptions are open for only a short time and spaces are limited… so grab your spot now!

June 29, 2017

Hello!

Greetings from Nashville, y’all!

My name is Lauren, and I’m the owner and dyer behind Old Rusted Chair hand dyed yarns. I’m new to Indie Untangled, and am very excited to be a part of this community. I started knitting in 2007, and haven’t stopped. My love for dyeing came about when I needed a blank canvas for all of the color combinations in my brain. When I’m not knitting or dyeing I’m usually training on aerial silks and trapeze. I love being in the air almost as much as I love making beautiful yarn.

My current dyeing addiction is semi solid and tonal colorways. I recently posted some new sock sets to my shop, and I’m very excited about them! These sets are on my sock base, which is 80% sw merino / 20% nylon, and include a 100g skein of speckles plus a 20g mini skein of a complementary tonal color. For current shop news and updates you can find me on Instagram @oldrustedchair or you can visit my site oldruestedchair.com.

June 23, 2017

Pigeonroof Studios Greatest Hits

Pigeonroof Studios has been in business for over 10 years! I can’t believe it; so much has changed in our beloved industry since then. Although I have come up with many, many colorways over the years, there are ones that have been perennial favorites. There are so many, in fact, that this update will be Part One of several over the next couple of months! The update will go live June 24, Saturday, at 12 noon PST, but I’ll try to restock as necessary over the following week. Electric Rose, Ricochet, Ghost Orchid, Pansies, Marvel… remember any of those? Marvel is fairly new but the others have been around for years. I’ll have them on American Sock and polwarth/silk and superwash merino spinning fiber. And for Indie Untangled fans, use the discount code INDIEUNTANGLED for 10% off until July 8th!

June 21, 2017

Buy the Yarn, Take the Ride

As your attorney, I advise you to take a trip with My Mama Knits new set of twelve speckletastic colourways inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Available on Superwash Merino and nylon in both sock and DK weights as well as sparkle silk and Merino DK. Can’t decide which one to get? Try them all in a sock weight miniskein set.

Colourways available: Bat Country, Lizard Lounge, Desert Race, Circus Casino, Grapefruits, Surrealistic Bathtub, High-Water Mark, Flamingo Suite Adrenochrome, The Whole Pie, Don’t Judge a Taco by its Price, Tarmac Whale, and The American Dream