What to stash this week: Fetch this yarn ball

I’m excited to debut these custom IU stitch markers! Crafted by Maria of A Needle Runs Through It out of San Jose, California — who I discovered last year when she released Gilmore Girls stitch markers — these wooden accessories are the perfect way to show off your love of indie yarn.

IU newcomer Long Dog Yarns is named for, as you might suspect, a dachshund, specifically a wire-haired dachshund called Rufus. Dyer Brandy started dyeing a year ago after publishing her own designs and her yarns are of the bright, speckled variety that we’re all crazy about these days. She’s just restocked her shop, so head over for your summer knitting needs. 

Wingpoint, Pam’s latest design, is a bias triangle shawl with a twist. It’s decorated with stripes and bunting-like marled triangles that are a fun way to combine your main color and accents, whether they’re 75-yard mini skeins or scrap yarn. Best of all, it’s 25% off through May 31 with the code madmay.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Wildflower Button Studio is offering free shipping on any domestic orders over $25 through May 16 with the coupon code HAPPYSHIP.

What to stash this week: Knit start my heart

No matter what you think about Valentine’s Day, there’s no way you can’t fall in love with these handmade heart stitch markers by Ann Tudor. They’re available in classic red and a rainbow of colors, in four different sizes for knitters and two clasp options for crocheters.

Lola at Third Vault Yarns has a lot going on, including a new monthly yarn club that combines yarn, geekiness and tea; Rey of The Force Awakens is the theme for February. There’s also a new winter collection of yarn and large shawl called Blown Glass that utilizes short rows.

KarenDawn’s latest shawl design, La Belle Dame sans Mercy, is based upon a medieval love debate poem. It uses one main color and three accent colors, but is easily adaptable to other color options, from one solid color to a main body and border color to gradients.

Keya has a fever, and the only cure is More Sock Yarn. Her Cedar Hill Farm Co. Traveler base has a new look, as do her double-grommet project bags, available in seven new fabrics.

Because we could all use some closure, check out Melissa Jean’s latest ceramic buttons, including her scallop leaf design, modern waves and February-appropriate hearts.

Melanie of Go Knit Yourself is having a live shop update at 9 p.m. Eastern Time tonight over in her Facebook group.

Indie Untangled + Woolyn = one awesomely indie trunk show

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Last winter, I stumbled on the Instagram page for a new Brooklyn yarn shop focused on indie brands. Creatively named Woolyn after its home borough, it sounded like exactly the kind of place I could see myself spending quite a lot of time (and money). I sent a message to Rachel, the owner, mentioned that I would be interested in doing some cross promotion and waited patiently while she worked to bring her vision to life.

Fast forward a few months later, and Rachel and I began hatching a plan for a great post-Rhinebeck, pre-holidays event: a massive trunk show with several Indie Untangled dyers and artisans over the course of two weekends. Now that Woolyn is officially open and I’ve recovered from Rhinebeck, we can share all the details!

The Woolyn/Indie Untangled Trunk Show Extravaganza will take place on November 19th and 20th and December 3rd and 4th. The shop, at 105 Atlantic Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and there will be an opening night party on Saturday the 19th with wine, beer and snacks and an opportunity to chat with some of the indies who will be able to come to town for the show.

The fabulous dyers and makers at the event include Backyard Fiberworks, Balwen Woodworks, Dirty Water DyeWorks, Hampton Artistic Yarns, Kim Dyes Yarn, Lakes Yarn and Fiber, Slipped Stitch Studios, Snail Yarn, Spencer Hill, Toil and Trouble and Western Sky Knits. They will be shipping, or bringing in person, a variety of hand-dyed yarns and handmade products that will be perfect for holiday gift knitting, gifts for fellow knitters and crafters — and, of course, projects for yourself.

A limited number of tickets for the opening night party will go on sale at Woolyn.com on November 1.

We hope to see you there!

A peek inside Woolyn Brooklyn, my new local yarn shop

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In a few weeks, once I make it through our kitchen renovation and packing up or purging 11 years worth of stuff, I will officially become a Brooklynite. Tonight, I got to attend the friends and family celebration for what will become my new local yarn shop. I couldn’t think of a better welcome to my new borough.

I first heard about Woolyn when owner Rachel Maurer came to last year’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show to scope out indie dyers to carry in a new yarn store. Months later, I came across the shop’s Instagram feed. After getting in touch with Rachel, we ended up meeting to plan some collaborations (which you’ll learn about very soon) and I waited patiently for opening day to arrive.

Woolyn will officially open this Saturday at 11 a.m. and tonight’s preview has made me even more excited.

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After walking through the quaint streets of Brooklyn Heights to Atlantic Avenue, I was greeted by this gorgeously creative window display.

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The shop has a clean, modern look, with excellent natural light and a kitchen in the back that has a wall lined with containers of loose tea. Even the bathroom, decorated with vintage Vogue Knitting covers, has a knitting twist.

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Then, of course, there is the yarn. Rachel and her team did a fantastic job curating a wide variety of indies, including Indie Untangled regulars Invictus Yarns and MollyGirl Yarns, based in California and New Jersey, respectively, and others I love, like JulieSpins, North Light Fibers, Feederbrook Farm and Apple Tree Knits. There were also more large-scale brands, including Anzula, The Fibre Company and Blue Sky Fibers. And I even made some discoveries, of Knitted Wit (there’s a to-die-for Targhee/silk DK at the shop that I have my eye on) and super soft Merino from Mountain Meadow Wool, based in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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Of course, there are shop exclusives, including this awesomely named colorway from MollyGirl.

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There’s also a great selection of fiber from the likes of Frabjous Fibers and Sweet Georgia, along with drop spindles and spinning wheels, plus tools for other fiber crafts, including felting kits and mini weaving looms from Purl & Loop (which I think needs to be my next purchase).

Along with the product selection, what I’m most excited about is having a place to proudly call my LYS. At the celebration, I saw many familiar faces from the NYC knitting world. When I first walked in, who should greet me but Lucy, the generous knitter who I met last December when she helped me detangle a skein. She is one of the new Woolyn employees! Later, I chatted with knitters from both my Pints ‘n’ Purls group and a midtown group I frequent, as well as Marsha of One Geek To Craft Them All (who I learned recently moved not far from my new apartment!), Susie of Chiagu and Kristin of Voolenvine. There are talks about gathering there on Tuesday nights, when the shop is open late.

So, if I’m not knitting in my soon-to-be new craft room or on the terrace, you’ll know where you can find me.

What to stash this week: Terrific twos

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April 4 was Indie Untangled’s second birthday, so I decided to mark the occasion with a gift for you: through April 30, get 20% off in-stock Indie Untangled-exclusive bags from That Clever Clementine, porcelain buttons from Buttonalia and self-striping yarn and gradient sock blanks from Berry Colorful Yarnings. You can use the code IU2 once in each shop for the discount and I will combine shipping on orders placed on the same day.

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The Kitty Invisibility Cloak, the latest awesomeness from Casapinka, is a tribute to Mrs. Norris, the cat in Harry Potter who can sense Hogwarts students even when they’re invisible. The lace and garter shawl includes a “paw print” pattern and takes two skeins of fingering-weight yarn.

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Can’t decide between cables and lace? Do both! Michael Harrigan’s latest shawlette pattern includes five cable columns surrounded by an openwork design of lace stitches.

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Lisa The Knitting Artist is also offering a combo that any knitter will love. Her new gift sets include one hand-painted knit stitch motif card paired with five beaded stitch markers.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m excited to welcome Suzanne of Groovy Hues Fibers, whose handiwork you can see at the top of this post. Suzanne creates bold and fun colorways on luxurious yarn bases as well as OOAK spinning fiber. Aside from her dyed-to-order and ready-to-ship skeins and braids, she also happily accepts even the craziest of custom orders.

What to stash this week: A new ewe

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Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. desired a yarn that was sheep-y and rustic, yet soft enough for princess-y skin. So, she helped dream up Baskerville, a blend of 60% Exmoor Blueface, 25% Gotland and 15% silk. This Kettle Yarn Co. exclusive is a worsted-spun 2ply that comes in a 437-yard skeins that Linda indigo dyed in lovely shades that range from a lightly heathered silver to a deep blue.

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Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift for you, inspired by Michelle’s Sangria gradient sock blank — make a purchase in the Berry Colorful Yarnings pop-up on Indie Untangled through Feb. 14 and get one FREE pattern from an IU designer (see the list here). Two or more skeins ship free in the U.S.

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Put a heart on your sleeve, pockets, hat brim, mitten cuffs, or cowl. These Valentine’s-appropriate buttons from Melissa Jean Design include vintage-style polka dot and lacy textured hearts. Indie Untangled readers get free shipping on all orders by using the code INDIE.

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Keya of Cedar Hill Yarn Co. has stocked her shop with two-grommet, zippered project bags that are perfect for toting around your small WIPs, especially multi-skein projects, with the grommets allowing you to keep each yarn cake separate. Fun fabric include the glow-in-the-dark Darth Vader pattern above.

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If you love rainbows, but want something subtle, definitely check out Mothy and the Squid’s Grey Skies Rainbow Brite sock yarn. Available on 75/25 Merino/nylon and 100% Merino sock yarn, it adds a peek of fabulousness. A variety of background colors are available, as are custom colors.

What to stash this week: A button bacchanalia

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After the French Market Fibers bacchanalia last week, the website is ready for another shopping frenzy. The latest post-Rhinebeck pop-up shop is up and is stocked with a dozen ceramic beauties from Buttonalia. You may find the perfect set for a certain sweater…

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The Silversmith Hoodie, the newest design from Meiju Knits, looks like the perfect winter sweater (it definitely went in my Favorites!). Using worsted weight yarn, this cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down with saddle shoulders and modified contiguous sleeve shaping. The pattern also includes a video tutorial on how to work mini cables without a cable needle.

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I was bummed to miss meeting Alicia of Sweet Sheep at the Rhinebeck trunk show this year (unfortunately she couldn’t make it in person due to a death in the family). I was also sad when I heard her discount coupons didn’t make it into the goody bags. Now you all get a discount! Enter the code INDIELUV20 at checkout in Alicia’s Etsy shop and receive 20% off your order through Nov 15.

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Sarah of The Queen’s Ransome has several new colors inspired by an urban landscape. American Rust (pictured), Concrete Gray and Teal Steel are available on three fingering-weight bases — Cashmere Merino Sock, Alpaca Merino Twist and Merino Gold Sock.

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On the 12th day of Knit-mas, Tami gives to you: a Partridge in a Pear Tree — in yarn form. From now until Thanksgiving, Tami is taking orders for her 12 Days of Christmas-inspired yarn. You can get a set of 12 400-yard skeins or 12 30-yard mini skeins inspired by the song.

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The newest face on the Indie Untangled marketplace is Gaby of Galiana Creations, a Pennsylvania-based dyer who also makes project bags with cute knitter sayings, stitch markers and even earrings that allow you to show off your yarn obsession. Get a 10% discount in her Etsy shop with the code FRIENDSFAMILY10.

A very indie, Instagrammy, Rhinebeck

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There are a lot of words I could use to describe last week’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show. After catching up on what was probably a week’s worth of sleep, I can come up with only one word: epic. While I’d seen on Ravelry that people were excited, I knew I had planned a successful show when I got to the hotel around 1:30 to set up and there was a small group of people knitting in the corridor by the entrance to the ballroom (don’t worry, I’m already thinking of ways to ease the lines and crowds next year).

My goal was to curate a group of indie dyers and artisans that you wouldn’t get to see while searching through the barns for that perfect skein of Cormo, or waiting on the cider donut or artichoke lines (more on that in my post about the actual festival). Whether it was Sandra of Duck Duck Wool’s beautiful speckles, Margaret of French Market Fibers’ complex colors, Amy of Canon Hand Dyes’ incredible self-striping skeins, Anne of A Little Teapot’s gorgeous fiber charms — I could go on and on — there were a lot of special things on display. I feel so lucky to know, and to be able to work with, such talented people.

I’m looking forward to seeing the shots that Maria of Subway Knits got with her DSLR, but I think the Instagram photos taken by the vendors and attendees sum everything up:

The hostess with the mostest: @indieuntangled. #IUtrunkshow2015 #yhrb2015 #indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow

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The *what* show?? #yhrb2015 #IUtrunkshow2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow #indieuntangled

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The calm before the storm @indieuntangled #Rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #rhinebeck2015 #yhrb2015

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Yep, it's a party! #IUtrunkshow2015 #yhrb2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow #indieuntangled

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Because it so doesn't. #rhinebeck2015 #indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow #rhinebecktrunkshow2015

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@astralbath, at the apex of her game… #yhrb2015 #IUtrunkshow2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow #astralbath

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The incredible @vividfiberarts booth. #indieuntangled #rhinebeck2015

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Raffle prizes. #rhinebeck2015 #indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #rhinebecktrunkshow

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#rhinebecktrunkshow2015 #theuncommonthread ❤

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#rhinebecktrunkshow2015! #yhrb2015

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#indieuntangled haul!!! Thanks Duck Duck Wool and @skeinnydippingyarn! #roadtorhinebeck #Rhinebeck #rhinebeck2015

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After the trunk show, visit these Indie Untangled vendors at Rhinebeck

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The New York Sheep & Wool Festival is an amazing, if occasionally overwhelming, experience. Unless I get swept up in the frenzy of trying to snag a Jennie the Potter mug (which depends on who I end up traveling with to the fairgrounds), I enjoy taking in the beautiful foliage, eating cider doughnuts, admiring all the knitwear and spending time with my friends.

Of course, I also do some serious shopping.

While Friday night’s trunk show might put a little dent in your Rhinebeck budget, this will help: four Indie Untangled vendors — Bijou Basin Ranch, Dirty Water DyeWorks, Hampden Hills Alpacas and Melissa Jean Design — are offering 10% off to trunk show attendees (if you score one of the goody bags, you’ll get a 15% off coupon from Bijou Basin). The coupon will either be in your goody bag or in a paper bag, along with your free raffle ticket. Please note: I will be using the RSVPs to give me an idea of how many coupons to print, and they will be available while supplies last. RSVP on the event page and arrive on the early side if you would like to ensure that you get one.

Here’s a little guide to doing some Indie Untangled shopping at the festival:

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Bijou Basin Ranch has incredibly soft Tibetan yak yarns and yak blends, made with fiber from their ranch in Colorado, and I even saw some super luxurious qiviut last year. They have a special line of Outlander-inspired colorways, which would be perfect for the Subway Knits Outlander KAL that starts Oct. 24. You can also get bottles of their Allure fine fabric wash. BBR is also a trunk show sponsor, so you can learn more about them in this recent interview.

Find Bijou Basin in Building C, Booths 13 & 14.

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Dirty Water DyeWorks was one of my favorite discoveries at my first Rhinebeck four years ago — and I actually finally finished a shawl in the two skeins I bought from Stephanie back then! She has luxurious blends, including her popular Bertha MCN, as well as more exotic fibers, including a Polwarth and silk blend.

Dirty Water DyeWorks is also in Building C, in Booth 42.

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Hampden Hills Alpacas is unique in that aside from hand dyeing yarn, they also raise and breed alpacas in Hampden, Massachusetts. Erica has been bringing her hand-dyed and hand-painted alpaca and alpaca/silk blends to Rhinebeck for the last 14 years. Find Hampden Hills in Building 39, Booth 9.

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Melissa Jean makes beautiful ceramic and wood buttons. I adore her button earrings and always make sure to grab a pair when I’m at Rhinebeck. Find her in Building 36, Booth 9.

Here’s a handy Google map of the fairgrounds:

You can see the regular festival map here.

Happy shopping!

An indie yarny journey

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One of my longtime dreams is to take a cross-country road trip. In my fantasy, I would knit while my husband drives (which, um, is probably one of the reasons we haven’t done it) and visit an indie dyer at every stop. I’d blog about it, of course, and then my blog posts would get turned into a book, and it would be the Great American Road Trip, with a yarny twist…

Ahem.

It also always amazes me when artisans from all over the world post to the Indie Untangled marketplace — there’s Siidegarte, which is based in Hirzel, a small village in Switzerland, and Valentina of SnailYarn, who dyes outside of Rome, Italy, not to mention all of the incredible dyers out of the UK.

So, I decided it would be cool to create a map and show where in the world many of the posts on Indie Untangled come from. There are just about 80 dyers and crafters on the list, which would make for quite an amazing trip.

A note: This map has just IU dyers and accessories makers. I’m planning on creating a second map just for designers.