Yarnstock 2017: The Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show

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I’m always amazed by the response to the little event I dreamed up just a few months after launching Indie Untangled in 2014. I had an idea to do something with my new website at Rhinebeck. My first thought was to have a few dyers selling yarn in the back of Gigi Trattoria (ha!), maybe giving short lectures about their creative process. Then that changed to a dozen vendors in half of the ballroom at the Best Western in Kingston. I called it a trunk show because I didn’t want to make it seem bigger than I thought it would be, but when I counted more than 200 attendees that night, I knew I was onto something.

This year, the fourth annual Rhinebeck Trunk Show drew more than 1,000 people to check out the yarn, project bags, stitch markers and accessories and supporting over two dozen small, women-owned businesses.

Though I had a wonderful group of volunteers monitoring lines and helping out vendors, I know the crowd was very difficult to navigate this year and that many people weren’t able to shop comfortably. Since Friday, I have been researching alternative venues and talking to vendors, attendees and event planners on how to best manage the crowds. Rest assured that there will be changes next year that will benefit everyone.

I did have to laugh when the woman at one of the venues I contacted told me I wouldn’t have to worry about parking because I would probably get shoppers trickling in and out. You don’t know knitters, I told her.

But while we are very… enthusiastic, I’ve found that knitters are also the most generous, kindhearted people I have ever met. Consider the response when Maria of Tuskenknits learned after she got home to Washington State that her payment processing app hadn’t collected the card numbers of more than half her customers that night. A ton of knitters responded to her small Skein Sponsor campaign, and she received an outpouring of donations to help her in case she can’t reach most of the customers who weren’t charged.

By the way, if you did purchase yarn from Tuskenknits on Friday, please check your credit/debit card statements and see if you were charged. If not, please contact Maria.

Since my phone was a bit occupied during the show, I unfortunately wasn’t able to take any photos of the event, but, as always, it was captured beautifully on Instagram. Here are some of my favorite images:

😄😄😄 #allsmiles Shout out to Gabby for being so awesome @onceuponacorgi

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And setup is done! Ready for Indie Untangled 2017 to begin! 🐑🎉🐑🌈

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@indieuntangled #indieuntangled2017

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👀 These two. OMG. Love 'em both to pieces. @indieuntangled #rhinebecktrunkshow2017 #yhrb2017

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@skeinnydippingyarn always has my favorite Wall of Fall at the #indieuntangledtrunkshow 🍁🍁🍁😍 #yhrb2017

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Miss Indie Untangled herself!!!

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Celebrating three years of Indie

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I’m sure you agree with me that time flies when you’re knitting. I can be doing the most mundane thing, including inching across the Manhattan Bridge on the Q train and, if I’m working on my latest WIP, I can almost (almost) forget the nonexistent “train traffic.”

Time has also flown for Indie Untangled, which officially launched three years ago, on April 4, 2014. Since then, I’ve sent out 157 weekly newsletters, published 766 Marketplace posts and welcomed hundreds of fellow fiberphiles to three Rhinebeck Trunk Shows. I’ve also given away countless skeins of yarn and, of course, some prizes are in order to mark this special occasion.

Today through Saturday I will be giving away three skeins on Instagram. Check the feed each day to learn about that day’s prize and how you can win.

Thanks so much for coming along on this yarn-filled journey with me!

What to stash this week: Last days till knit-mas

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If you’re looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts, get over to Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe, which Alicia has stocked with the perfect stocking stuffers. Holiday-scented items include sheep-shaped goat’s milk soap in Orange Rosemary, Peppermint Cocoa and Winter Gardenia; lanolin-rich lotion bars in Jingleberry, Fresh Snow, Gingersnap and Frosted Cranberry; and tasty moisturizing lip balms in Winter Clementine or Vanilla Mint. If you need something to ship in time for the holidays, place your order no later than 10 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow.

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Kettle Yarn Co. has got a fun promotion going on. Up until the 25th, Linda will be posting special offers on Instagram for the #twelvedaysofknitmas. So far, there have been some great discounts and limited-edition skeins. You can also enter a secret santa prize draw by following @kettleyarnco and reposting each offer, tagging two friends and using the hashtag #twelvedaysofKNITmas. Much better than birds and drummers.

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Stitchjones is proud to offer a new base called Upper Left Edge, a lightweight Merino sportweight yarn that was born in the USA and milled in Whidbey Island, Washington. She has dyed it in a range of nature-inspired colors — that’s Patagonian Foxglove above. It works as a sport or DK-weight yarn and has a generous put-up of 360 yards.

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Even if your winter plans don’t include a trip to the beach, you’ll want to take along Cottesloe Days wherever you travel. This long, striped, fingering-weight accessory is inspired by designer Mitenae’s trips to Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia. The pattern includes instructions to make a cowl, scarf or convertible scarf — and it’s 25% off for a limited time.