February 14, 2018

Checkpoint

Hello. My newest shawl pattern, Checkpoint, is now available on Ravelry. It is a sideways triangle with a center spine. Lots of garter with a little bit of (easy!) intarsia.

This design uses 400 yards of a main color and 200 yards of a contrast color (fingering weight). I love how this looks in a yarn with color transitions but it would also wok in two tonals.

I used one skein of Spincycle Yarns dyed in the woo in Overpasses and one skein of Magpie fibers domestic fingering in Harpoon for my first sample and one skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the Saddest Place and one skein of Madeline Tosh Sock in Silver Fox for the second sample.

February 9, 2018

Craic: a new Crescent Shawl Pattern!

Just published on Ravelry is my new crescent shawl design, Craic. “Craic” is Irish Gaelic slang for “fun, a good time, a good conversation,” and it’s pronounced “crack.” This pattern is all that: it’s a fun knit that’s a good time all around, both addictive and relaxing to knit.

My vision was for a unisex (not too frilly or feminine) pattern with texture, some easy garter stitch, interplay between colors, and simple elegance. I also wanted an uncomplicated design that would be perfect for knitting while watching TV or attending a sporting or other event. You know how it goes: you’re happily knitting along, watching a great TV show, or one of your kids / friends compete somewhere and, at some point, you look down and realize you forgot to pay attention to the pattern stitch, and you have to rip out stitches (or, heaven forbid, rows). We’ve all been there. So, this pattern was designed to succeed during those times when our concentration may be somewhat split, or you just want something fun and easy to work on.

It’s fingering weight, so any fingering weight yarn that’s at least 400 yards per skein will do; it doesn’t even matter if they’re the same ply or fiber blend. I bet we all have skeins in our stashes we can mix and match for this design, and I think mixing plies, and/or different fiber blends, would be fabulous — give it some different textures as well as colors. Use a single-ply for one skein, and a multi-ply for the other. Perhaps one skein 100% silk, and the other a blend of wool, Cashmere, silk, yak or some other protein fiber. The only thing I’d not recommend is mixing protein fibers with plant fibers, simply because they are SO different, and don’t block —or stay blocked — the same way.

I can envision this design knit in two solid colors, two speckled colors, highly contrasting colors (like mine), more subtly contrasting colors, or even all one color. Whatever you decide, you just need two skeins of at least 400 yards each, or at least 800 yards total for one color.

If you love the colors I used and need to knit Craic in those, I’ve got you covered — Bog Cherry and Painted Hills (the two colors I used), plus many more are now available on my Shop Update page on several different fingering weight bases. Happy Knitting!

February 2, 2018

Introducing a New Hat Pattern, Teamh, with IU Discounts!

Meet Téamh, my new hat design! Téamh is Irish Gaelic for “warmth,” and this hat, with its deep brim, cables and garter texture, is sure to warm the wearer. Teamh includes a deep ribbed brim and an easy four-row stitch pattern for the body (pretty perfect for knitting during the Olympics!). Knit it longer for a deeper brim and more ear coverage, or a bit shorter for more of a beanie style.

Téamh is knit in Luna, Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ 100% non-shrink organic wool worsted weight base. My daughter’s hat was knit in the “Sea Shadows” colorway, which is currently out of stock, but there are lots of other great colors in stock. This pattern will also work in STF Verdande, for a super-soft, super-luxurious option!

Luna is really fabulous; I love working with it, and this one-skein project is the perfect opportunity to give this new base a try. It’s been processed organically, from mulesing-free, organically-raised sheep on the farm through processing at the mill. It’s machine washable, but because it’s “superwashed” with a GOTS-certified organic process that uses neither acids to strip the follicles from the fibers, or polymers to coat them, it’s not called “superwash.” Because of the special non-shrink process, it still feels like wool, too. I still recommend handwashing this yarn, or machine washing on gentle, and laying flat to dry whenever possible.

Téamh is now available on Ravelry! And, just for Indie Untangled readers, I’m offering two coupon codes:

In my shop, use “Indie” (no quotations, capital I) to receive 20% off you order of Luna, or any other yarn in stock! It’s a shop-wide discount!

And on Ravelry, use “Indie” (no quotations, capital I) in the coupon code box after you’ve added Teamh to your cart to receive 50% off the pattern!

Coupon codes are good from now through February 28, 2018. Happy Stitching!

January 26, 2018

Vanuatu

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean between Fiji and The Solomon Islands is a small island nation called Vanuatu. I’ve been there. Twice. Our plane landed on Vanuatu long enough to refuel, as it wasn’t big enough to make the flight all the way from Fiji to The Solomon Islands (or back again) without stopping part way between. That glorious trip was a long time ago now, but the beauty of those islands south of the equator will stay with me always. What does all this have to do with anything, you ask? It’s color. The bright turquoise and dark sand of the yarn I used for my model remind me of those lazy days in the southern hemisphere, as well as the waters, the islands, and people who live there.

January 26, 2018

If one is good, would four be better?

Everybody loves a bargain, and I love giving people an excuse to look at more of my patterns. So I’m offering one free pattern with every three bought from my Ravelry store. There’s no voucher – just add four patterns to your cart and the cheapest will be free.

There’s something for everyone, from accessories (many offering child-to-adult sizing) to sweaters. I do seem to have a particular cowl thing going on at the moment, though, so if your neck needs a little extra warmth in the winter – and really, whose doesn’t – I might have just the thing! Elfbaby, a hat with three brim options, is a popular baby gift; or if you’re looking for a grown-up lace challenge, how about Pavonis?

Most of my patterns include photo tutorials for special techniques. Whatever level your knitting’s at, there’s always something new to learn.

January 12, 2018

What a week!

I’ve been on tenterhooks all week waiting for the February 2018 issue of Knitting Magazine to come out. The Geek Chic Issue is jam packed with articles and patterns that talk about the fandoms and the things we get geeky over. For me that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Knitting, Computers, Books and Games. Nearly all of which feature here, and guess what.
So do we!

There’s a great profile on Third Vault Yarns, as well as a knitting pattern in our And You’ll Drop Your Weapon colourway, a yarn inspired by Rey and originally featured in the February 2017 YarniTea club. You can also find a very Whovian design on the next page, that I was inspired by the Steampunk style Time Vortex to design. Aside from those two there are a number of other fantastic patterns that I can’t wait to knit, so I would recommend you picking up a copy.

If you’re just looking for a geeky yarn fix then don’t worry, we’ve got that for you and more with “And You’ll Drop Your Weapon,” “Kill It If You Have To” and a bunch of other colourways, including Gamora and Cosmic Turtle both for the first time available outside the Goblet of Fandom clubs they started in.

Speaking of clubs, there are just four days left to get your place on the Vaulter’s Book Club for this quarter. The book for this month is “The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers, with a knitting pattern designed by Diane Ugo. You get some squishy themed yarn, a specially designed knitting pattern, a little extra and a yummy sweet treat. So go sign up via the Google form or on the website.

December 29, 2017

Farnum

I have wanted to create a shawl using an hp style construction for some time. Farnum is the result. It begins with a center triangle worked with yarn over increases. The border is worked by picking up stitches from the center triangle and finally a sideways edging is worked.

This shawl combines several of my favorite things, squishy garter, marled motifs, a sideways edging and color tipping.

Yarn requirements: 2 colors fingering weight yarn (425 yds/389 m each). A perfect excuse to pair up 2 colors from your favorite indie dyer!

My sample was made with Yoth Little Brother — 80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (polyamide), 435 yards, 100 grams — in colors Peach and Caviar.

December 29, 2017

Yondah Window

“Yondah Window” was designed to showcase two of my favorite yarns, the beautiful drape of Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock with the long color changes of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool.

Repeat after me: “Yondah Window” –
Now, you have used your Rhode Island accent to quote part of Romeo and Juliet!

“Yondah Window” is a boomerang shawl that uses slipped stitches to highlight the long Spincycle color changes. You never know what the next color change is and the shawl is a constant surprise! It looks like beautiful windows aglow in the cold, frosty Rhode Island winter which is why I’ve gifted you the RI (or Maine and Massachusetts) accent in this shawl.

Unsure of what colors look good together? Ask other group members in the Casapinka Group.

Final Measurements
72” long X 14” at deepest point

Shown in Magpie Swanky Sock in Masquerade
and Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in Rusted Rainbow.

December 19, 2017

Final Days of our Holiday Sale – Free Project Kits with Purchase!

Our holiday sale ends at Midnight MDT on Saturday, December 23. This time, it’s time to treat yourself! We’ll be including free project kits with qualifying orders – and don’t forget, all US orders ship FREE!

Spend $100 – $199 get a free Slouchy Bliss Hat kit (pattern & 2 skeins Bijou Bliss)
Spend $200 – $299 get a free Little Bear Poncho kit (pattern & 3 skeins Shangri-La)
Spend $300 or more get a free Leonarda Shawl kit (pattern & 2 skeins Tibetan Dream)

Click here for more info.

December 6, 2017

Shop Update Friday 12/8/17: NEW Bulky Yarn Colorways + a FREE Chunky Beanie Hat Pattern!

We’re having a shop update Friday 12/8/17 featuring new colorways on our Plum Squishy Bulky yarn base along with a couple of sock and DK weight yarns as well. We will also be publishing a chunky beanie hat pattern which will be free to download throughout the weekend. There’s still time to make those quick-knit holiday gifts and we’re here to help. 🙂