What to stash this week: Yarn nation

The third installment of Indie Untangled’s Knitting Our National Parks takes us to Joshua Tree National Park, a surreal landscape east of the beaches and palm trees of Los Angeles and San Diego. Jill turned this photo of a sunset framing one of the park’s giant yuccas into not one, but two colorways, and designer Kirsten Kapur created a worsted weight, Western chic cowl using both colors. The yarn will be available to preorder exclusively on Indie Untangled until November 13 or until sold out, whichever comes first, and will be shipped on or before November 22. Kirsten’s Joshua Tree Cowl pattern can be purchased separately on Ravelry.

You’ll get to see Kirsten’s gorgeous cowl in person at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show on Oct. 20 and at Jill’s open house on Oct. 21. There will also be a limited number of Joshua Tree Cowl kits for sale at the Indie Untangled booth at the trunk show.

Another National Parks trip means Vicki of That Clever Clementine is releasing a new limited edition POP Thru The Parks souvenir! Starting today, you can preorder a POPpy zipper bag with fun fabric from Amy Peppler Adams’s Soda Nation Collection, plus a super cute soda bottle zipper pull. The bags are available for preorder for the next two weeks or until the limited edition of 24 items is sold out (which they did the last two times, so pop on over at 9 a.m. Eastern).

William Shakespeare could tell a good yarn, and Miss Babs knows how to dye it. The incomparable Tennessee dyer has once again teamed up with Bijou Basin Ranch to create 11 new hand-dyed colors. Five pairs are named for Shakespearean lovers and one honors the bard himself, all dyed on Tibetan Dream yak/nylon fingering. 

It’s officially Halloween season and dyer Sunshine is celebrating with yarn! All orders over £40 come with 20g sets of mini Sock Yarn Spiders, plus there are plenty of spooky colorways, like Zombie Breath (pictured above) and Frankie on Fire, and goodies, including Day of the Dead skull and zombie stitch markers. 

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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.

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: Yarn stories

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If you’re a fan of knights and ladies, or just really cool yarn clubs, then the Poisoned Apple Club from Round Table Yarns is for you. The four-month yarn club follows the Arthurian story of the poisoned apple. Each shipment includes a different yarn base with a special club colorway inspired by that month’s portion of the story. Sign-ups run through Sept. 15.

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This month’s Bag of the Month from Slipped Stitch Studios includes bags and accessories handcrafted with limited edition Severus Snape fabric designed in house. Which means that this is the only place you will be able to get it. The products, along with bags and accessories with the Harry Potter “knit” fabric above, will go on sale today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. 

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Karen, also the dyer behind Round Table Yarns, has been busy. She’s released the Polyxena Shawl, which also has a story behind it. Based on a character from the story of the Trojan War, Polyxena uses a half-pi construction, showing off gradient yarns, like the Jumbo Sock Garden Party Cake from Art-by-Ana.

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Going beyond the yak, the folks at Bijou Basin Ranch have partnered with Colorado’s Jefferson Farms to source Paco-vicuña fleece and fiber. This super luxurious fiber is from an animal that’s a cross between alpacas and vicuñas, and that’s very rare in the U.S. There are yarns in natural colors as well as spinning fiber.

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: 7 yarny ways to keep warm

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The folks at Bijou Basin Ranch have partnered with Julie Crawford of the Knitted Bliss blog on the Xanadu Snowflake Cowl kit. This colorwork cowl is knit in the round with two skeins of BBR’s Xanadu, made with 100% Mongolian cashmere. The long tube is grafted together to create two. Layers. Of. Cashmere. Plus floats! Along with the yarn and pattern, the kit includes stitch markers by Purrfectly Catchy Designs, a Bijou Basin Ranch project bag and three sample packs of Allure Fine Fabric Wash.

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Nikki of Dark Harbour Yarns has been inspired by the work of English textile designer William Morris and has come up with a yarny version of his beautiful “Strawberry Thief” fabric. The colors, from left to right, are Horace, Deep-Blue Chromis, Old Salt, Salacia and Mary Rose.

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Glitter shouldn’t be limited to fingering-weight yarn. Susan of With Pointed Sticks has debuted Glitter Gel Pen DK (Superwash Merino/nylon/Stellina) for sparkly winter accessories or garments. Grab it in the Tulip Fields and Mixed Berries colorways, with free U.S. shipping on orders over $50.

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Want your bad romance (as long as it’s free)? It could be with this Instagram giveaway from My Mama Knits that runs through Valentine’s Day. Enter to win a set of five 50-gram skeins of hand-dyed yarn selected from this Scottish dyer’s new series, Bad Romance. The winning pack will include at least one gradient and a mix of bases.

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You know you’re craving some rich colors. Well, over the weekend, Linda updated the Kettle Yarn Co. shop with some new hues. They include a warm, nutty brown called Moselle that’s available on the Waltham base (100% British Bluefaced Leicester) and an earthy russet named Copper that’s available in Islington DK (BFL/silk).

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Too much winter for you? Think spring with Michael Harrigan’s Dayflowers and Honeybees Wrap. This rectangular-shaped wrap features a central panel of a dayflower stitch pattern surrounded by mermaid mesh lace and running edges of a honeybee pattern, with a final section of Shetland lace diamonds.

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Go beyond blankets and sweaters for your next baby knit with the Ruffle Bumpkin Diaper Cover (say that three times fast!) from Knit Eco Chic. This seamless design calls for organic cotton, but was test knit in a variety of fibers. It incorporates the self-hemming cast on and comes in 15 sizes.

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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 stash this week: Winners and llamas (and yaks)

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As a journalist, I love a good follow-up story. We have one this week: In my recent interview with Carl Koop of Bijou Basin Ranch, he revealed that they were in the process of collaborating with a number of indie dyers on special colorways for their Tibetan yak yarns. Before I knew it, I had a Marketplace post from them announcing a set of seven colorways hand-dyed by Philadelphia-based Lattes & Llamas on Lhasa Wilderness, BBR’s yak and bamboo blend. Aside from jumping on this limited run, you should also enter the contest to win seven skeins of Lhasa Wilderness in your choice of colors.

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Here’s some more great synergy between the blog and the Marketplace: A Good Yarn Sarasota — owner Susan Post’s interview was on the blog this week — has opened sign-ups for its new yarn club. The club will feature the latest skeins from the the shop’s Purl Diver Collection, with custom colorways inspired by the deep sea photos taken by Susan’s husband, Murray, and created by six indie yarn companies. Each shipment will include a skein, a pattern and a goodie. Sign-ups run until Oct. 31.

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign (which was supported by several Indie Untangled readers) Carrie has started up her little SkeinMinder factory! The SkeinMinder is a device that automates your motorized skein winder, stopping it at the desired yardage. They’re now available to the indie dyeing public. Carrie will also bring orders to Rhinebeck for those who want to save on shipping. If you’re not a dyer, check out the SkeinMinder Hall of Fame or Instagram for some enabling.

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Margaret of Seaside Knitting Bags is getting ready for fall and winter with some new bags and new fabrics. Coordinate your knitting to your outfit — that chocolate-hued tote would go nicely with a pair of brown leather boots.

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Barb of Spencer Hill has also stocked up for autumn. After a successful Kitter’s Day Out, a fiber festival down in Summerdale, Pennsylvania, she came home inspired, and filled her shop with a bushel full of naturally-dyed skeins.

What to stash this week: A (free) shawl and a sweater

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I always say, there’s no such thing as too many shawls or too many sweaters:

Jetty is a simple and stunning crescent-shaped shawl designed by Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. for her Islington DK, a blend of 55% percent Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester and 45% silk. It has an eyelet lace detail embedded in squishy, comforting garter. Through next Friday, Oct. 2, you can get the pattern for free with the purchase of two skeins of Islington DK.

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Mountain Laurel, the latest sweater design from Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams, is inspired by the greenery in her new home in the Pacific Northwest. The back of the cardigan has a beautiful leaf stitch, with simple reverse stockinette in the front. The loose 3/4-length sleeves are knit in a different, coordinating lace pattern. For those of you who don’t have a green thumb, this sweater may very well be the perfect substitute.

What to stash this week if you’re not in Maryland

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If you’re not headed to yarn heaven at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (and if you are, there’s an IU meetup on Saturday — 1:30 p.m. in the Lower Corral) or going to the Knot House indie pop-up, there’s plenty of non-festival stashing opportunities — including some free yarn!

There’s no shortage of bright colors from the dyers on Indie Untangled this week. Kim has introduced Technicolor Peacock, a bold colorway comprised of pink, purple, turquoise and bright green. There are four 220-yard skeins of Merino worsted weight yarn in this dye lot.

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FREE YARN ALERT: Sharon of Stitchjones has a very big promotion going on. From now until May 8, each customer who places a yarn or fiber order in the Stitchjones Etsy shop will receive a surprise skein of hand-dyed goodness. This promo even has its own hashtag: #yarnmakespeoplehappy. Indeed.

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Sarah, formerly of Sarah’s Spindle and Silk Road Needle Arts has settled into her new home in Snug Harbor, North Carolina, and has also settled on a new name. As The Queen’s Ransome, Sarah also has a new line of what she calls “wild reds,” inspired by the local birds. She’s also been adding some luxurious alpaca and cashmere yarns to her shop.
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Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company has also been busy dyeing up skeins of Sock Rocket Medium, a 4-ply superwash wool yarn that is is perfect for crisp, lightweight cables. Her new hand-painted colorways include multis, such as Roller Derby and Venetian, and the self-striping Sexy Cyclops, Pickles & Jam and Solitude.

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Sure, you’ve seen yarn bombing, but I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen it like this. Lisa recently worked on a collaborative mural project that included a cityscape, and decided to add a little yarn. That sparked an idea, and Lisa decided to decorate some vintage postcards. The results are pretty fabulous and would make some cute craft room decor — or a funny gift for your favorite knitter.

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It may be getting warmer, but you never know with mother nature. The new Queen Bee Leg Warmers are the perfect solution for your favorite kid. They’re knit in the round with one skein of soft and washable Luna Grey Fiber Arts Aspen Sport. The honeycomb lace pattern is easy to memorize and it comes in three sizes. And, through May 10, you get the pattern free when you purchase a Queen Bee kit!