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.

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