What to stash this week: Anybody want a peanut?

It’s inconceivable that there are still Princess Bride bags and accessories available from Slipped Stitch Studios.

You bullet journalers will appreciate the new base from With Pointed Sticks. Fountain Pen, named after the height of luxury in writing instruments, is a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% silk and 10% Cashmere. Susan’s also running an Instagram giveaway that ends today.

Just in time for the official start of baseball season (meaning spring training) Lindsay’s Pitch Cowl is a blend of triangles and parallelograms that recalls baseball stripes. A video tutorial is available for the more challenging bits.

Margaret of French Market Fibers is closing shop (::sob::) and is having the first of her final updates today at 11 a.m. Central. 

Check out the new Sand Layers Shawl kit from Bijou Basin Ranch.

IU newcomer Andre Sue Knits creates artsy painted sock blanks that provides a beautiful yet unpredictable colorway for your project.

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.

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.

A yarny Giving Tuesday

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Being part of the fiber community is something I am extremely thankful for. The creativity I see from the dyers, designers and knitters out there always inspires me, and I’ve met and connected with some amazing people from all over the world (including two that I’ll be seeing in Chicago when I head there for a business trip later this week!). So, I decided it was time to give back in a small way.

Inspired by the silent auction that Rachel and I pulled together at the last minute for last weekend’s Indie Untangled/Woolyn trunk show, which raised more than $200 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project, I’ve decided to do a special Giving Tuesday promotion.

If you buy from any Indie Untangled vendor, as well as yarn from The Woolen Rabbit or Dark Harbour Yarn, through Tuesday, November 29, you will be entered to win a skein of the exclusive Where We Knit colorway from Magpie Fibers pictured above. I will also donate $25 to the charity of the winner’s choice.

To enter, just forward your receipt from your outside purchase to lisa@indieuntangled.com. If you purchase The Woolen Rabbit or Dark Harbour Yarn from me during this time, you will automatically be entered. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 30 (my birthday!).

Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving!

A Where We Knit-themed anniversary giveaway of Lakes Yarn & Fiber

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One of the ways Indie Untangled has changed over the past year was the addition of the Where We Knit yarn club. I brought together four dyers and four designers, as well as four knitting accessories makers I had gotten to know, to create packages themed around where people knit.

The first pairing of Ami Volz of Lakes Yarn and Fiber and designer Janina Kallio was more wonderful than I could have imagined, and I can’t wait to show off my Drops of Honey Shawl in a few weeks at Maryland Sheep & Wool.

Ami ended up dyeing extra skeins of her golden Drops of Honey color, which is exclusive to the club, so I thought they would make the perfect giveaway prize to celebrate Indie Untangled’s second anniversary in April! I’m giving away one on here and one on Facebook. To enter this giveaway, comment on this post with your favorite place to knit. You have until the end of the day my time on Monday, April 18, to comment.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to winner Elizabeth Quinn!

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.

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 stash this week: Indie Black Friday… and a giveaway

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What’s the best way to kick off a weekend of yarny shopping, aside from enabling? A giveaway, of course! Here’s how to enter to win a skein of French Market Fibers Quarter Merino Fingering in the Storyland colorway pictured above:

Make a purchase from any Indie Untangled vendor, either listed below or on the Marketplace, through the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 30 and forward your receipt to me at lisa@indieuntangled.com. Purchases from any Indie Untangled pop-up, including Berry Colorful Yarnings and Buttonalia, as well as the brand-new Indie Untangled Spreadshirt shop (see below for more details!), are also eligible. The winner will be chosen Dec. 1, so get your receipts in!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Pat!

The only purchases that aren’t eligible for this giveaway are subscriptions to the Indie Untangled Where We Knit yarn club. However, I’m not leaving you awesome subscribers out:: Anyone who has subscribed so far, along with any new subscribers, will be eligible to win a package of four patterns — one of the winner’s choice from each designer participating in the yarn club. The winner will be chosen after sign-ups close Dec. 20 (but spots are getting very limited!).

**This list of sales will be updated throughout the weekend.**

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The Never Enough Thyme Etsy shop has been updated with plenty of heal/toe sock sets, sparkling sock yarn, and their new Neverland colorwork sets. Use coupon code THANKS through Nov. 30, and get 20% off everything. There are also TWO giveaways: Any purchase made in November will enter you for a chance to win a hand-sewn Sock Sack and a skein, plus some extra goodies. If you purchase something through Monday, you’ll be entered to win a second bag/yarn set. (I swear I came up with my giveaway idea before they posted!)

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Bijou Basin Ranch knows how to put on a sale. From now through December 24, they’re offering free U.S. shipping on everything, 15% off all regular-priced items with the coupon code YULE2015, AND all orders of $149 or more will include a $20 gift certificate. BBR is also kicking off the Rosi G Holiday Break Mystery KAL. New clues for the fingering-weight, fair isle shawl will be released each Wednesday, and MKAL-ers can enter enter YAK at checkout to get 20% off three or more skeins of Himalayan Trail for the project (not combinable with the holiday discounts).

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I decided to launch the Berry Colorful Yarnings post-Rhinebeck pop-up shop on Indie Untangled with some special deals. The shop is filled with self-striping sock yarn, including the bright Brooks above, and sock blanks in some beautiful gradients. The first five buyers have the opportunity to add — for free — one of six remaining hand-stamped drawstring bags that served as the goody bags for the trunk show. There is also free U.S. shipping through Monday, Nov. 30.

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While I was at dinner recently with a group of my knitting friends, one of them told a story about a time when she was agonizing over buying a skein of yarn at a local farmer’s market, and her wonderful husband uttered the above phrase. I knew it had to go on a tote bag, and thus I created my first item on Spreadshirt. The site is offering free standard shipping on two or more items through Tuesday, Dec. 1, with the code 2GIFTS. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend!

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Designer Karen Robinson, AKA KarenDawn Designs, recently launched Round Table Yarns, a line of hand-dyed yarns with base and colorway names inspired by the stories of King Arthur. Through Monday, Nov. 30, save 25% on all yarns with the code BLACKFRIDAY2015.

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Invictus Yarns is also offering a great Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Whatever You Call It Sunday/Cyber Monday deal. Through Monday, Nov. 30, use the coupon code HAPPY15 at checkout for 15% off your purchase.

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Houndstooth Fiber Arts is Erin and Christa, a new California-based indie dyer team that launched a little over a month ago and offer colors inspired by the Bay Area. They’re making their IU debut with a Small Business Saturday sale. Discover their Painted Ladies sock yarn and colorways like Love Lies Bleeding and Pink Elephants — and get 20% off!

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The With Pointed Sticks Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale kicked off Thursday night. Use the coupon code “THANKS” to take 15% off your entire order through Monday, Nov. 30.

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Third Vault Yarns is offering a shiny long weekend of discounts on her geeky goodies through midnight GMT on Dec. 1. Get 10% off orders over £40 with the coupon code Cunning10 and 15% off orders over £60 with the coupon code BIGDAMNHERO15. Every order is entered to win a free mystery gift.

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Get 15% off purchases of $15 or more from Eternity Ranch Knits with the coupon code THANKFUL through Dec. 1. Tami has seasonal yarns in stock, including her 12 Days of Christmas set of colorways (you can see all of them above) as well as the last of her special Broadway musical collection.

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Get a generous 25% off all ready-to-ship skeins through Monday from JOMA Yarn with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY25. Any Black Friday purchases will also receive a complimentary mini hank.

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Christina of Sploops Inspired, who uses nail polish and stamping plates to create unique stitch markers, has come up with an awesome knitting-themed twist on the Advent Calendar. The 12 Days of Christmas Stitch Marker Gift Set is a set of 12 random stitch markers, each hidden in a seasonal origami envelope, strung across sparkly silver ribbon.

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Haven’t finalized your holiday wish list yet, or struggling to narrow down the choices for your favorite maker? Check out Linda of Kettle Yarn Co.’s first gift guide, available free as a PDF if you subscribe to her newsletter.

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Lisa The Knitting Artist is back with a new series of Yarnbombed Postcards, vintage postcards painted with a yarny twist. The new set includes greetings from Washington, DC, the Grand Canyon and sunny Florida.

Where We Knit: A yarn club, blog hop and giveaway

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Earlier this year, I approached several Indie Untangled dyers and designers with an idea for an indie yarn club. My goal was to pair up dyer/designer teams and have them collaborate on a colorway and a single-skein pattern based on an overall theme. I tossed around many theme ideas (most of which revolved around food!) and settled on Where We Knit.

This Friday, sign-ups will open for the inaugural Indie Untangled Yarn Club, a quarterly club that will begin shipping in February 2016! I am very excited about the four dyer/designer teams — Lakes Yarn and Fiber/Janina Kallio, French Market Fibers/Toby Roxane Barna, Skeinny Dipping/Stephannie Tallent and Magpie Fibers/Lara Smoot. You can read about their yarn and design inspirations here, where you’ll also be able to sign up on Friday.

There are many exciting, and unexciting, places I take out my WIPs. In the warmer months, some of my favorite knitting spots are on a bench in Madison Square Park (which is where I was photographed for Humans of New York last year!), on the roof of my apartment building looking out over the New York City skyline, or on a blanket in the grass, waiting for the start of an outdoor concert or movie. When it gets cold, I definitely do my fair share of couch knitting while binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. When I commuted to Connecticut for work, I always had my knitting on Metro-North. The dyers and designers participating in the club have come up with a wonderful mix of indoor and outdoor knitting spots (and yes, there is food, or at least beverages, represented).

To celebrate the launch of the club, I am holding a blog hop based on the Where We Knit theme. If you have a blog, you can participate and enter to win one installment of your choice from the yarn club, or one installment free if you sign up (which I hope you do!).

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

• Write a blog post describing your favorite place to knit OR the most unusual place you’ve ever brought your knitting.

• Include this link to the page for the 2016 yarn club, as well as a short description of the club.

• Run your post anytime Friday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 23.

• Comment on this blog post with a link to your own post.

You are also welcome, though not required, to use the above image.

I’ll announce the winner on Nov. 24. I can’t wait to see where you knit!

IU book review: Mini Skein Knits

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Image ©Connie Santisteban

I have to say, I was pretty excited when Connie, the talented photographer of my Rhinebeck sweater and also an editor at Lark Crafts, emailed me about reviewing their latest book, Mini Skein Knits: 25 Knitting Patterns Using Small Skeins and Leftovers ($14.95 U.S./$16.95 Canada). When I blogged about knitting at the newspaper I used to work for, I was approached a few times about reviewing books, but they were usually for designs I wasn’t really interested in — yes, I can see the appeal of super-chunky baby knits, but not of knitting “sleep sacks” that are mainly meant for newborn photo shoots and not much else.

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On the contrary, this is a book I can definitely see myself knitting from — and I already have a few patterns in my favorites. The idea is that collecting mini skeins is so addictive, whether you buy them yourself or participate in mini-skein swaps, or both, but it can be tricky to figure out what to make with them. This book has a great variety of patterns, from simple coasters and coffee cozies, all the up way to beautiful sweaters, including two (A Mermaid Darkly, pictured below, and the Rainbow Cardi) designed by Sweater Expert, and the creator of my Rhinebeck sweater pattern, Yelena Dasher.

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There’s also tons in between — scarves, socks, shawls, cowls. My favorite — and the one I favorited first — is Jess Kallberg’s Head in the Clouds Hat, pictured at the top of the post. I love the subtle scallops, and I think it will be the perfect pattern for the mini-skein set from Pigeonroof Studios that I purchased ages ago — like, before Indie Untangled even launched (I was going to make a pair of gradient mitts, but I generally haven’t been gravitating toward projects much smaller than hats). The yardage information is fairly detailed, so useful if you want to swap out mini skeins and use up leftovers.

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© Lark Crafts / Touch of Color Legwarmers by Susie Dippel

Aside from the lovely patterns, the two things I like most about this book are the beautifully styled photographs, which still show off the important parts of each design, and the prevalence of indie dyers, including IU’s Astral Bath, Kim Dyes Yarn and Western Sky Knits (not to mention, Madelinetosh, Orange Flower, Julie Asselin, Dragonfly Fibers and The Copper Corgi…). If you frequent this site, I’m pretty sure you will love this book.

Connie and Lark Crafts have generously offered up a free copy of the book to a lucky Indie Untangled reader. To enter, comment on this post by the end of the day Sunday, Nov. 15, with the pattern (or patterns — I know it’s hard to pick just one!) you’d most like to knit. You can see them all here on Ravelry. The winner will be chosen via random number generator.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Lynn!