What to stash this week: Still Automne

La Bien Aimée is dyeing up another batch of the breathtaking Automne à Rhinebeck for me to sell online. Aimée has put me on her calendar and is planning to ship the yarn to me before Vogue Knitting Live NYC in January. In the meantime, preorders of the yarn are now open! I will be taking them through Dec. 8 so we can get a better idea of the demand before she starts creating more of this Indie Untangled exclusive. It is available on La Bien Aimée’s Merino Singles fingering weight and Merino DK.

You don’t need a degree in yarn (though it may feel like you have one) to appreciate the knowledge that IU newcomer Katrina of Fluffy U Fiber Farm brings to her business. Based in Dover, Pennsylvania, Katrina and company raise various British breed and heritage breed sheep, including Blue Faced Leicester and Leicester Longwool, selling both natural and small-batch hand-dyed yarns in their shop. You may be familiar with them from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Virginia.

IU newcomer Marian of Marianated Yarns has put together the perfect knitter’s Christmas gift. Her limited edition Knitmas Kits include a set of six mini skeins, a cowl pattern from Katinka Designs, notions, treats and fun extras.

Christine of Skeinny Dipping had a post-Rhinebeck shop update with tons of yarny goodness, including her new Polwarth Silk DK base. The squooshy non-Superwash yarn made its debut at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

Today at 9 a.m. Pacific time, Laura is listing the second Slipped Stitch Studios Outlander-inspired Bag of the Month for sale. They’ve also once again teamed up with Forbidden Woolery for matching yarn.

There are only a handful of skeins of Jill Draper Makes Stuff’s exclusive Joshua Tree colorways available to preorder through the end of the day today. I’m looking forward to getting my own in a couple of weeks and casting on Kirsten Kapur’s Joshua Tree Cowl, pretending I’m on a road trip through the SoCal desert.

What to stash this week: Yarn of the dog

If you want some help easing your Rhinebeck hangover, or want to get that same “happy place” feeling even if you weren’t in New York this past weekend, you can browse the post-Rhinebeck pop-up shop on Indie Untangled. You’ll find the remaining skeins of Julie Asselin’s exclusive Road to Rhinebeck, Asylum Fibers’ Rhinebeck’s All the Craze, a selection of Merino/silk and plump Merino fingering across the seas from New Zealand’s Dark Harbour Yarn and the awesome Stash Indie enamel pins designed by Shelli Can. You can also preorder Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show tote bags, which I’m having reprinted due to popular demand.

Mary’s latest sweater design, Heart of Glass, is fresh off its Rhinebeck debut. I, and I’m sure many knitters at the fairgrounds, were envious of the short-sleeved version of this drop-shouldered pullover, which drapes beautifully and features a lovely lace hem. 

I’m convinced knitters will one day take over the world. Until they do, you can get your hands on Laura’s Pinky & the Brain Bag of the Month. They will be on sale from today at 9 a.m. Pacific time to Monday at midnight.

Laura’s latest design is Rusalka, a triangular shawl knit with about 175 yards each of five shades of yarn. You can vary things up with a selection of lace stitches, a bit of garter stitch and a bunch of stripes.

It’s probably a little late to knit your Halloween costume, but you can channel a dragon with Robynn’s latest designs. Haku and Chihiro are companion one-skein cowls using the dragonscale stitch pattern and beads.

Speaking of holidays, the Holidays with a capital ‘H’ are just around the corner, at least when it comes to knitting. This IU newcomer — pronounced “yock-i-gainey” — has three holiday colors to help you get in the spirit.

Samantha of Lavender Lune Yarn Co. has some aran weight yarns in her shop all ready to be made into winter hats.

It’s the last call for Pumpkin Spice Latte — mini skeins from BigFootFibers, that is.

What to stash this week: A mega rebellion

We all know that big, bulky yarns are a saving grace of the holiday season — or are perfect when we need to be warm, stat. So, it’s a great time to enroll in the SpaceMonsters Mega Club. As a club member, you get a skein of worsted or bulky weight, hand dyed by Stephanie in an exclusive colorway, delivered every other month, and a special gift tucked into every third parcel. The price isn’t too mega, either.

Inspired by the new Rogue One movie, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has dyed up yarn in colorways like Jedi, Vader, Is that an Ewok or a Wookie?, Rogue and Rebel, and debuted a new Rogue One notions tin. Join the rebellion!

Ami of Lakes Yarn and Fiber just introduced a new base called Rose, a decadent blend of 80% Merino and 20% Cashmere. She’s also offering free shipping on U.S. orders through Dec. 24 with the coupon code FREESHIP16 and $10 off international orders of at least two skeins with the coupon code INTSHIP.

Barbara Benson’s newest design is an easy-peasy cabled cowl that knits up quickly in bulky yarn, perfect for the polar vortex that has descended on much of the U.S. The clever design is knit vertically with no grafting required, joined together by sewing on buttons.

You have until Sunday, December 18th, to enroll in the 2017 Where We Knit yarn club. Four dyer/designers teams — The Woolen Rabbit & Anne Hanson, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mindy Wilkes, Three Fates Yarns & MK Nance and Spun Right Round & Casapinka — will create exclusive colorways and accompanying accessory patterns inspired by where they knit. If you need a last-minute gift for a special knitter in your life, or you still have to give Santa a hint, there’s an option to send a gift subscription. 

2016 holiday newsletter giveaway

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It’s hard to believe this crazy year is soon coming to a close. It seems like only yesterday I was ringing in 2016 with my husband in a Santa Barbara hotel room, falling asleep after watching the Times Square ball drop at 9 p.m. Pacific time (ah, jet lag).

As I have done for the past few years, I am thanking my wonderful newsletter subscribers, and welcoming new ones, with a special holiday giveaway. I’ve gathered together prizes from several artisans who are fairly new to the Indie Untangled community and doing a string of giveaways starting tomorrow and running through Christmas Day.

Here are the rules: Sign up for the Indie Untangled newsletter by 9 p.m. EST and you will be eligible to win that day’s prize (anyone already on the mailing list is entered to win). After 9 p.m., I’ll pick a winner via random number generator and send out an email. The winner will arrange shipment with the dyer/artisan. The grand prize will be a package of knitting stocking stuffers (with yarn, of course) that I will ship out to the winner. All items have been donated by IU’s fabulous artisans.

PLEASE NOTE: Winners must respond within 48 hours of when the notification email is sent to claim the prize. If not, another winner will be selected.

Here’s the schedule:

December 17: A set of stitch markers of the winner’s choice from Ann Tudor


December 18: A skein of the winner’s choice from Yoshi & Lucy

December 19: Two bundles of mini skeins from SpaceCadet

December 20: A skein of Elliebelly MCN High Twist Sock in the colorway Catherine from Elliebelly Dye Works

December 21: A skein of Tried and Untrue from Despondent Dyes

December 22: A skein of Vintage No. 1 in Almond from Middle Brook Fiberworks

December 23: A Sit. Sip. Stitch mug from ClayByLaura

December 24: A skein of Selkie Sport from Dragonfly Fibers

December 25: A mystery package of yarn and knitting stocking stuffers (including the above skein of Dark Harbour yarn — there are still a couple of skeins of it left if you don’t want to wait to see if you win, or you want to knit a bigger project if you do!) from a bunch of IU artisans.

Holiday gifts for every knitter

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I’m always impressed by the awesome themed handmade knitting accessories out there. So, for the holidays, I thought I’d compile a list of small gifts that you could purchase for your favorite knitter, whatever they’re into. Or, if you’re that not-so-subtle recipient, send this post to some gift-givers.

Also, Marisabel of A Needle Runs Through It has generously offered to give away a set of her Gilmore Girls stitch markers to one lucky reader. To enter, comment on this blog post with your favorite Gilmore Girls episode by the end of the day Sunday, Dec. 18.

For the Francophile…

For the music fan…

A Prince project bag from Slipped Stitch Studios

For the English major…

Jane Austen stitch markers from Winemakerssister

For the Whovian…

Dr. Who stitch markers from One Geek to Craft Them All

For the wannabe Stars Hollow resident…

Gilmore Girls stitch markers from A Needle Runs Through It

For the baker…

Knitting pattern rolling pin from Juniper Moon Yarns

For the indie lover…

A subscription to the Indie Untangled 2017 Where We Knit yarn club

What to stash this week: Yarny Advent

Aside from creating beautiful colors, and being an all-around cool person, Alice of Backyard Fiberworks has some great ideas. Her latest is the Backyard Fiberworks Advent calendar. Each day through Christmas, you get to open a new window on a discount, a new product, or some other form of merriment via Instagram — plus, there’s a new giveaway to enter each day.

Here’s something to look forward to after the magic (and stress) of the holidays is over — a journey with the ultimate indie yarn club. Four dyer/designers teams — The Woolen Rabbit & Anne Hanson, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mindy Wilkes, Three Fates Yarns & MK Nance and Spun Right Round & Casapinka — will create exclusive colorways and accompanying accessory patterns inspired by where they knit. If there’s a special knitter in your life, or you want to give Santa a hint, there’s an option to send a gift subscription. Sign-ups are open until December 18th.

Bijou Basin Ranch is making things easy for holiday gift knitting (or knitter wish lists) with a selection of kits for their most popular patterns.

What to stash this week: Indie is the new black Friday

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This list will be updated with new deals throughout the weekend.

With all the amazing Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday yarny deals being posted to the Indie Untangled marketplace, I didn’t want to be left out! Through Monday, take 20% off all yarn from The Woolen Rabbit and Dark Harbour Yarn with the code THANKFUL.

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All weekend long, Slipped Stitch Studios will have Door Busters that will knock your hand-knit socks off, with discounts up to 50%! Starting today, all needle nooks and zipper pouches are $12, while tomorrow, select totes and tote sets will be $85, down from $120 to $135. And that’s just the beginning…

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You don’t need a plane ticket to get some Silky Swiss Gorgeousness. Through Monday, all the luxurious silk hand-dyed yarn from Siidegarte is 15% off with the code BlackFriday2016.

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Crave Yarn is holding a 30% off sale through Monday at midnight MST. It’s the perfect excuse to get your hands on Crave Yarn’s Thoreau, an amazingly soft yak/silk blend.

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Groovy Hues has some fabulous deals on in-stock yarn (which includes Suzanne’s new holiday colorways) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday is the best day to shop, with 20% off your order with the code SHOPSMALL.

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Space Cadet Yarns has a weekend full of several special treats, including one-of-a-kind sweater kits and holiday mini-skein collections.

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Cedar Hill Farm Company is offering 20% off all in-stock items — everything from holiday bags and needle cozies to yarn in the sale section that’s already at a reduced price — through Monday with the coupon code BFCM20.

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Eternity Ranch Knits is ready for the season with special holiday colorways, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and his friend The Bumble Monster, as well as Holly Berries, pictured above.

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Every time indies collaborate, an angel gets his wings. Or, a beautiful design takes flight. Barbara Benson worked with The Unique Sheep and Earthfaire beads to create her latest shawl, Earthbound Misfit.

Dye Is Cast Yarns is offering free U.S. shipping on ready to ship and clearance section yarns Black Friday through Cyber Monday, no coupon code required.

Everything in the Hampton Artistic Yarns shop is 20% off through Monday with the code THANKS1620.

Get 20% off almost everything and 30% on on special skeins and OOAK fibers from Squoosh Fibersrts through Monday.

Get 25% off everything at JOMA Yarn through Monday with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY16.

What to stash this week: Yarn from afar and Christmas cheer

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For the Rhinebeck Trunk Show, Nikki of Dark Harbour Yarn shipped a huge box that included a few of her gorgeous grey gradients, as well as silky Starboard and Port, a squishy 100% Merino fingering. Surprisingly, there is some yarn remaining, and it is now available at Indie Untangled! Personally, I love the combination above, which my friend Andrea put together during Rhinebeck weekend. You might want to scoop it up before my stash claims it.

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I know, it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but we knitters need to get ready for the holidays! Ann Tudor, who makes adorable glass sheep stitch markers, has the perfect accessories for your holiday knitting and crocheting. There are two holiday-themed stitch marker sets and Christmas Tree zipper pulls, which are perfect for project bags and can double as a marker.

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Courtney of Floofy Moose Design’s latest design doubles as a history lesson. The Sybil Ludington shawl is inspired by a young girl who rode for 40 miles to warn her father’s militiamen that British troops were planning to attack Danbury, Connecticut, during the American Revolution, sparing lives. The crescent shaped shawl has sections of mesh, lace and cable panels.

2015 holiday newsletter giveaway

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I know we say this every year, but the holidays have snuck up on me. It seems like only yesterday I was lighting the first menorah candle (from left to right, because my childhood with an electric menorah that we displayed in the window didn’t prepare me well for lighting actual candles…). Since Hanukkah was early this year, my newsletter giveaway doesn’t overlap with both winter holidays, but I hope you’ll appreciate the sentiment just the same. And by sentiment, I mean free yarn.

I’m holding this week of giveaways to thank my wonderful newsletter subscribers, who read my weekly emails in spite of guilt about the ever-growing yarn stash (trust me, I get it). Actually, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to cover more interesting knitting- and fiber-related stories on the IU blog, so subscribers will get that in their inbox, along with discovering new indies and keeping track of all the shop updates and special promotions going on.

Here are the rules: Sign up for the Indie Untangled newsletter by 9 p.m. EST and you will be eligible to win that day’s prize (anyone already on the mailing list is entered to win). After 9 p.m., I’ll pick a winner via random number generator and send out an email. The winner will arrange shipment with the dyer/artisan. The grand prize will be a package of knitting stocking stuffers (with yarn, of course) that I will ship out to the winner. All items have been donated by IU’s fabulous artisans.

PLEASE NOTE: Winners must respond within 48 hours of when the notification email is sent to claim the prize. If not, another winner will be selected.

Here’s the schedule:

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December 17: A skein in the colorway of the winner’s choice from SnailYarn

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December 18: A skein of Revelry sock yarn in the colorway of the winner’s choice from Circus Tonic Handmade

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December 19: A color of the winner’s choice in the Painted Ladies Sock Yarn from Houndstooth Fiber Arts

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December 20: A skein in the color of the winner’s choice from JOMA Yarn

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December 21: A skein of Superwash Merino/nylon fingering in the colorway Terra Firma from Kim Dyes Yarn

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December 22: A skein each of Shangri-La in a Lost City Knits colorway (pictured above) and Lhasa Wilderness in a Lattes & Llamas colorway seen here from Bijou Basin Ranch

December 23: A mystery package of knitting stocking stuffers from a bunch of IU artisans.

What to make: Get your mitts on these

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I usually don’t go crazy with holiday gift knitting deadlines (my husband and my mom, the two people I’ve knit gifts for that were Official Holiday Gifts, haven’t minded getting them a little late, as long as they can wear them when it’s cold!). This year, my gifts are a little more time sensitive, as I decided to knit a cowl for my hair stylist in lieu of a traditional tip, and then realized I can use the remaining yarn, Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport, to make some mitts for my sister-in-law.

Along with hats, or bulky cowls, mitts are a perfect gift knit as they can be completed relatively quickly, can often use a partial skein and are useful even when it’s not bitterly cold. Here’s a curated list of patterns — some from IU designers and others that I’ve favorited — that I think you can easily add to your holiday gift-knitting list:

DK or worsted

Pictured above: Spiced Cocoa by Laura Aylor

X-Mitts by Toby Roxane Barna

X-Mitts by Toby Roxane Barna

Back Roads Mitts by Melissa Burke

Pinehurst by Natalie Selles

Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe

Fingering or sport

Inverse Mitts by Keya Kuhn

Inverse Mitts by Keya Kuhn

Mouton’s Boutons by LeMou Designs (likely what I’m going to make if I have enough Tosh left over from the cowl I’m knitting)

Fallberry Mitts by Anne Hanson

Antiquity by Alicia Plummer

Shallows Mitts by Bonnie Sennott

Multi colored

Gradient Mitts by Krista McCurdy

Gradient Mitts by Krista McCurdy

Andrea’s Mitts by Kirsten Kapur

Camberwell Mitts by Lara Smoot

Maroo Mitts by Ambah O’Brien

Pixelated Palms by Jennifer Beaumont