What to stash this week: A Joji mystery

The interknit is abuzz over the latest mystery knit-along from designer Joji Locatelli. Several indie dyers have come up with kits to knit this. Here are just a couple:

Stephanie of Asylum Fibers has curated two beautiful sets, using Joji’s guidance, that include some new yet-to-be-named colorways. Each kit is comprised of five full skeins of Stephanie’s Madhouse fingering yarn, which is 100% Superwash Merino wool. Bonus: the kits are available at a discount!

Denise of Yoshi & Lucy also has some Joji mystery wrap kits available in softer, springy colorways. There are two, including Georgia Peach (pictured) and Under the Sea. They’re available on 100% Superwash Merino or a 75/25 blend of Merino and nylon.

Speaking of spring, Sydebascht from Siidegarte is the pattern to welcome the season. It’s a light and airy shawlette named for dyer Fides’s favorite spring shrub. She of course has kits with the silky Swiss gorgeousness needed for the shawl, including a complimentary mini skein for the contrast border, in luminous spring colors.
 

There are also only a couple skeins of the exclusive Indie self-striping colorway from Berry Colorful Yarnings available! And you have just about a week left to get 10% off Berry Colorful Yarnings, as well as The Woolen Rabbit, on Indie Untangled with the code IU3.

What to stash this week: Harry Potter in NOLA

Aside from dyeing bright and cheerful NOLA colorways, Robyn of TeenyButton Studio also has a geeky side. Her latest offering is a Harry Potter Yarn of the Month Club — you pick your base and Robyn sends the yarn, with a colorway that will be exclusive for three months, or that will disappear from her lineup entirely.

Sarah of One Hand in the Dyepots has updated her shop with two new colorways. Above is Smokey Aubergine, a moody pink, purple and grey. There’s also Quantum, which uses a tie dye technique. 

The annual April knit along is going on in the Elliebelly Dye Works group on Ravelry.

What to stash this week: Seasonal knits

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Designer Heather Anderson is organizing a fun, all-seasons KAL in her Ravelry group. The KAL features four shawl patterns: Spring Foliage, Fall Shadows, Summer Sun and First Snow. All patterns are in Heather’s Early in the Seasons e-book, and can also be purchased separately. If you want to splurge on the book, Indie Untangled readers get $2 off with the code UNTANGLED. That’s in addition to the WIP and FO raffle prizes up for grabs during the KAL, which runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15.

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The website for Spencer Hill Naturally Dyed Yarn has a new look AND Barbara has also debuted a new base: Molly is a 100% non-superwash Merino with excellent stitch definition, making it the perfect yarn for a (Rhinebeck) sweater, cowl or shawl. The yarn comes in more than a dozen colors with clever names, including Sunday Sauce and Grey is the New Lavendar. 

All natural, undyed Border Leicester fingering-weight yarn from Cranberry Moon Farm is 25% off in August.

What to stash this week: sheep season

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If you’re not able to make it to New York for Rhinebeck this October, you might consider… Switzerland? Well, even if you can’t travel to the Swiss Wulle Festival in Zug on Oct. 8 and 9, you can still make the official event shawl and dress. October Rendez-vous is a new shawl design by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, knit in Siidegarte’s Siide-Liind, made from 51% silk, 29% merino and 20% SeaCell. If you sew, you can get the pattern for the Karlotta dress, also pictured above, designed by Stefanie from So! Pattern, as well as the Japanese cotton fabric. The shawl and dress kits both come in three different colors and can be pre-ordered until tomorrow to be shipped immediately.

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Yet another reason why I wish teleportation was real: Third Vault Yarns is heading to Fibre East in the UK and will be bringing a number of kits. One of those is Lambton Panes, a collaboration with designer Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Even if you won’t be at the show, you can preorder one. 

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Four words: Sheep. Rainbow. Stitch markers. My mouth was agape when Ann posted to the Marketplace this week. These glass stitch markers are handmade by Ann in her Indianapolis studio, along with an ever-growing selection of other markers. These snag-free stitch markers are available in two sizes and come in a small storage tin.

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Knitcola is a husband and wife team based in Ashburton, New Zealand, where they know their sheep. Dyer Nicola offers 4-ply Merino Superwash, 75% New Zealand Merino/25% nylon sock yarn and decadent blends of yak and silk and 100% New Zealand alpaca. Knitcola also offers a selection of complementary patterns.

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Holly of Fish Belly Fiber Works is offering shawl kits that would be perfect for designer Katie Degroff’s MKAL, A Big Shawl for Fall. Available on Ravelry, the first clue will be released July 24. Some kits are available now and additional kits will be added to the shop this Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Dew drop in and knit Laura Patterson’s newest shawl design. Called Dewpoint, the triangular shawl can be made in one of five sizes, which are provided, or simply knit until you’re close to running out of yarn, or, says Laura, get bored. 

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ColorPurl has some more fun color kits, with a hint of sparkle. Kits come with five 87-yard, fingering-weight mini skeins comprised of 75% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina.

Kettle Yarn Co. recently had a shop update with a new deep sea teal in Islington DK, blood red Beyul lace and two new colors in Wesminster called Blue Jean and Sage.

On the importance of building up a stash, and a mystery KAL

The start of my MKAL shawl with designer Casapinka.

The start of my MKAL shawl with designer Casapinka.

This past weekend, as most of you know, the East Coast got hit with a monster blizzard that sent people lining up outside of grocery stores beforehand and clearing the shelves of bread (well, except for the seven grain baguette, which at least let me feel somewhat virtuous outside of the polenta, mushroom linguine and onion soup I cooked as my husband and I took refuge in our apartment). It was the ideal knitting situation, and I indulged, settling in on the couch to finish Season 2 of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

I also got swept up in the fun of Casapinka’s mystery KAL, Welcome Back Garter, which kicked off last Thursday night. I’ve never done a MKAL before, but as I trust Bronwyn’s taste and wish I could knit pretty much all of her patterns, I decided to jump in. (It’s not too late if you want to participate!)

The shawl calls for three skeins in three different colors, with a suggestion to include one variegated colorway. I raided my stash and dug up some sock yarn from Tanis Fiber Arts that my mom brought back from Nova Scotia a few years ago in colors that I had requested. The yarn didn’t have a specific project attached, but I figured it could be called on if I needed a baby gift or finally started knitting socks. I then pulled out a skein of Roman Hills in the Bates/Downton Abbey-inspired colorway that I was drawn to when I discovered the dyer, Lisa Roman, at a BUST magazine holiday Craftacular ages ago. The combo got the approval of some knitters in the Casapinka Ravelry group, but Bronwyn cautioned me that a more “blendy” variegated colorway might be better. She was right, as the Roman Hills started working up a little stripier than I was hoping for, so I ended up switching to the skein of Rhinebeck Twilight from Sophie’s Toes that I had admired at the trunk show back in October and placed in my stash without a plan. So far, the shawl is looking great and I’m very excited to see what it becomes.

I love the color combinations that Miss Babs offers and I was very tempted to use one of them, but A. Blizzard and B. I really wanted to see what I could put together from my stash.

The experience gave me a revelation of sorts about the importance of acquiring those random skeins just because you’re drawn to them. I might be unique in that I tend to buy yarn for specific patterns I plan to knit (eventually…) because it helps temper my desire to buy All The Yarn. There is a bit of a drawback to that, because you might not have what you want on hand when a pattern comes out, and there’s a blizzard and you have to cast on RIGHT NOW. There’s definitely a balance you need to achieve if you don’t have an endless budget, space, or both. As long as you’re not racking up credit card debt, don’t feel too guilty about those impulse buys — you never know when you might “need” them.

What to stash this week: Silk Sheep and shawls

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Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company has started off 2016 with a new yarn base, a 50/50 silk/Merino fingering weight called, adorably, Silk Sheep. This medium-twist yarn comes in generous 438-yard skeins and is available in beautiful jewel tones including Lipstick on His Collar and Veridian.

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If you’re going to embark on a mystery KAL that suggests using variegated yarn, the designer Casapinka is who you’d want to lead you. Last night, she kicked off a mystery KAL called Welcome Back Garter. The all-garter shawl calls for three 400-yard skeins of fingering-weight yarn in three colors, including one variegated skein to make it even more fun.

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Wrap yourself in Woodland Lace, the latest shawl design from Michael Harrigan. It’s an asymmetrical shawl that combines narrow stripes and leaf lace patterns for a modern, yet elegant, look. Michael chose colors that evoke the woods in autumn, but it could work with many others.

A year of indie knitting

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I always love Year in Review features, but I thought that might be a little hard to do on this site — how could I possibly narrow down the great things posted by the makers on here? Then I realized that I have a huge catalogue of Indie Untangled FOs through the quarterly KALs in the Indie Untangled Ravelry group. I decided to present them here for you to admire, and to maybe give you some ideas for some of the stash you’ve acquired over 2015. Above is my Cladonia, one of my favorite FOs ever, knit with Countess Ablaze and Schmutzerella.

Next month, we’re doing a KAL of Alicia Plummer‘s mitt patterns in yarn from Indie Untangled dyers, and I hope you’ll join us!

A selection of IU FOs:

Erica/ejsufka's Leaflette, knit with Hazel Knits Cadence

Erica/ejsufka’s Leaflette, knit with Hazel Knits Cadence

Adrienne/killerb's Downton Cowl in Astral Bath Spectra DK

Adrienne/killerb’s Downton Cowl in Astral Bath Spectra DK

Annie/beadgoddess’s Ridge Hat in French Market Fibers MCN Worsted

Annie/beadgoddess’s Ridge Hat in French Market Fibers MCN Worsted

Adrienne/killerb's Red Flannel in Canon Hand Dyes Robert BFL Tweed DK

Adrienne/killerb’s Red Flannel in Canon Hand Dyes Robert BFL Tweed DK

Erica/ejsufka's Frosted Glass Hat in Hazel Knits CadenceHazel Knits Lively DK

Erica/ejsufka’s Frosted Glass Hat in Hazel Knits CadenceHazel Knits Lively DK

Marta/sbnyc’s Rekindled in Bijou Basin Ranch Xanadu

Marta/sbnyc’s Rekindled in Bijou Basin Ranch Xanadu

Nancy/kathynancygirl’s Cloud Cap in Lakes Yarn and Fiber Killarney DK

Nancy/kathynancygirl’s Cloud Cap in Lakes Yarn and Fiber Killarney DK

Danielle/OnEdge28’s Meava socks in Astral Bath Orbit

Danielle/OnEdge28’s Meava socks in Astral Bath Orbit

Sue/autumnfog’s Thermis in Lakes Yarn and Fiber Lochsa DK

Sue/autumnfog’s Thermis in Lakes Yarn and Fiber Lochsa DK

Erica/ejsufka’s Season’s Promise in Western Sky Knits Willow DK

Erica/ejsufka’s Season’s Promise in Western Sky Knits Willow DK

Heather/winemakerssister’s handspun with fiber from the Pigeonroof Studios Luminosity Club

Heather/winemakerssister’s handspun with fiber from the Pigeonroof Studios Luminosity Club

Marla/marlala’s Phoenix-Wing/Phoenix-Flügel in Invictus Yarns Unafraid

Marla/marlala’s Phoenix-Wing/Phoenix-Flügel in Invictus Yarns Unafraid

Lavanya’s Dark Tickle in Astral Bath Yarns Centaur Luxe DK

Lavanya’s Dark Tickle in Astral Bath Yarns Centaur Luxe DK

Jean/sadie21jean’s 3S Shawl in Western Sky Knits Twinkle Sock

Jean/sadie21jean’s 3S Shawl in Western Sky Knits Twinkle Sock

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.

What to stash this week: Beauty from around the world

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Circus Tonic Handmade is a new indie dyer based in Sydney, Australia. Hannah, a mother of three who took up dyeing after a stint as a molecular geneticist, works with bases of Australian Merino, which she has given such fun names as Fiesta Fingering and Carousal DK. Her semisolid and variegated colorways are inspired by, and named for, native Australian birds. If you’re worried about shipping costs, Hannah offers flat-rate international shipping, which works out to a little over $10.

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As soon as I saw Janina Kallio’s newest design, Marrakesh, I knew it was going to be one of my next projects. The color possibilities for this crescent-shaped shawl, with squishy garter stitch and lacy chevron, are endless — and there are some beautiful combinations being posted on the thread for a Marrakesh KAL in Janina’s Ravelry group. The KAL runs through Dec. 13, and it’s pretty loose, but don’t let that stop you from casting on ASAP.

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A little over a year ago, Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. released her first garment pattern, the Brynja cardigan, in Pom Pom Quarterly’s Winter 2014 issue. She is now able to re-release the pattern as a single download. To celebrate, Linda is offering a generous 15% off six or more skeins of her Waltham Aran to knit this cozy cardi until the end of November. Enter code BRYNJA at checkout to get the discount (which works out to one skein free in most sizes).

Indie Design GAL 2015

The third annual Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry — a fun KAL and CAL to carry through your end-of-the-year knitting — starts next week! Before the fun begins, the organizers are collecting donations of physical prizes for the event’s 5,000-plus participants. You can offer yarn, stitch markers, project bags and more. Just post on the GAL planning thread with the particulars of your donation and any shipping locale restrictions.

What to stash this week: Glass slipper

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In honor of Disney’s new live action Cinderella, C.Whitney Knits is organizing an “un-club,” which means you choose the base, Cinderella-inspired color, and quantity of each skein you’d like. Orders will run from March 13-31, after which all colors will turn into pumpkins. The colorways include Prince Charming and Cinderella, above, as well as A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Glass Slipper, Fairy Godmother, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.

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Be careful with this skein. Eternity Ranch Knits’ latest musical number is inspired by a little venus fly trap with a big appetite. It’s dyed on 463 yards of 75% Merino wool and 25% nylon. Your stash is definitely saying, “Feed me!”

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Sarah is making a cross-country move this month, from Boise, Idaho, to Snug Harbor, North Carolina. While you won’t get pizza and beer for “helping her move,” you’ll get something even better — 20% off everything in her shop. Use coupon code MOVINGSALE.

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Lisa has been busy making more cool accessories for knitters. She has some 100% silk scarves decorated with the same stockinette design as the one on her sneakers, as well as a “Knitter’s Notebook,” a hand-bound book with the same watercolor design as her greeting cards.

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Knit Eco Chic‘s Solar Flare Circular Shawl Mystery KAL runs from the Spring Equinox (March 20) to Earth Day (April 22) and includes prizes, interviews and more. Get your organic cotton/bamboo gradient from The Unique Sheep ASAP.