What to stash this week: Literary spark

Attention bibliophiles: You need to join this yarn club. Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. is kicking of her year-long Literary Society next month with Pride and Prejudice and ending with Little Women (click the link to see the full reading list). This is a very flexible club with a mix of semisolids, variegated colorways and speckles inspired by the classics. You can choose one, three, six, nine or all 12 shipments, and you get a choice of light yarns or heavier weights. Pick your, or a friend’s, favorite book for the perfect gift!

Rebecca of Fuse Fiber Studio recently had her final shop update of 2017. While some of her popular colorways have already sold out, there are still a few you can snag, like Pearls, pictured above on her Merino Singles base. Also look out for her Golden Girls-inspired Lanai on Fuse Merino DK.

MJ of Cat Sandwich Fibers just had a shop update with a bunch of new OOAK colorways. She is also launching her 2018 Monthly Mystery Sock Club, a commitment-free club. There will be a mystery sock-along — with prizes! — to go along with it.

Save 15% on Himalayan Summit and 100% Yak Sport weight yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch this week only, no coupon code needed.

Along with her single skeins, Marian of Marianated Yarns offers a three-month yarn club subscription that is available in several bases and in either tonal or variegated “Marianades,” as she calls her colorways. Membership comes with some great perks: each shipment includes a goodie and a Marianette mini-skein in variegated if your subscription is tonal or vice versa. There’s also free shipping on the rest of your yarn orders during your subscription, plus 10% off the colors of the month. Club sign-ups are open until December 20, with the first shipment going out the first week of January. 

Here’s a view from above of the DK version of Sandra’s stunning Glaciers and Wildflowers colorway, inspired by the natural beauty of Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s available to preorder only through next Friday!

This is just one of the fabulous projects from this year’s Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club. Last February, the inimitable Anne Hanson teamed up with Kim of The Woolen Rabbit to create this stunning rose red colorway and a cowl/scarf design called Shared Rib. You can expect exciting collaborations like this if you sign up for the 2018 club.

Next year, four indie dyer/designer teams — Hue Loco & SweaterFreak Knits, Pandia’s Jewels & C.C. Almon, Little Fox Yarn & Caitlin Hunter and Dark Harbour Yarn & Amy van de Laar — will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and accessory pattern inspired by the places they knit. Sign-ups run through Dec. 31.

Wild Hair Studio has three new fiber and yarn clubs launching in 2018.

What to stash this week: Falling for color

Stephanie of Asylum Fibers has created a few kits for Speckle and Pop, Stephen West’s mystery KAL, which launches Sept. 29. The shawl calls for a speckled fade of three colors, along with five mini “pop” skeins. One of the kits is already sold out, so grab yours if you want Stephen to take you on a colorful journey.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels, based in the Hudson Valley — which is gorgeous year round, but particularly in the fall — has launched her Fall into Halloween Collection. It includes some old and new seasonal colors, both speckled and tonal, as well as some OOAK dye jobs.

We of course consider hand-dyed yarn works of art, but here’s yarn that is truly art inspired. Lisa The Knitting Artist has started dyeing up gorgeous hand-painted and tonal yarns to match her equally gorgeous knitting-inspired paintings. The hand-painted yarn comes with a card printed with the image that inspired the colorway.

You have through the end of the day today to preorder La Bien Aimée’s Automne à Rhinebeck, Asylum Fibers’ Rhinebeck’s All the Craze and Eloise Narrigan-designed tote bags for pickup at the the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show on Oct. 20.

There are still a few skeins left of The Woolen Rabbit Silky Biffle BFL/silk sport in Corn Husk, which would be perfect for a fall shawl, hat or mitts. Use the code YAYRHINEBECK for 20% off through Oct. 1, or until the yarn is sold out.

What to stash this week: I love Rhinebeck in the fall

I’m thrilled to debut Automne à Rhinebeck, an Indie Untangled exclusive by Paris-based indie dyer La Bien Aimée. Preorders of the yarn, to be picked up at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show on Oct. 20, are now open. You can also purchase Asylum Fibers’ coordinating colorway, Rhinebeck’s All the Craze, and event tote bags, and avoid the frenzy in the Indie Untangled booth.

PLEASE NOTE: I know you’re as crazy about this colorway as I am, but preorders are for pickup at the trunk show only. Any orders that are not picked up at the show, by you or a friend, will be refunded. The yarn will be available for sale via the Indie Untangled website after Rhinebeck. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

I love the idea of mystery KALs, but I’m generally hesitant to spend my time knitting a design I’m not sure I’ll like. Casapinka’s Moroccan Magique is the perfect solution to this conundrum! One clue for this rectangular wrap will be released per week over six weeks. The KAL will include prizes, even for those of us who are slow knitters.

With Pointed Sticks is all ready for fall and, after a summer hiatus, Susan has stocked her shop with autumn- and Halloween-inspired hues. Many of the colors are non-repeatables, so grab them while you can.

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock… project bags and yarn! An epic indie collaboration debuting today includes project bags and accessories from Slipped Stitch Studios, with fabric by Insomniac Designs, along with yarn from Pandia’s Jewels… all inspired by the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory! The sale goes live at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Melanie of Baad Mom Yarns has changed her shop update schedule to every week, and she has some beautiful autumn colorways in stock. She’s also teaming up with nine other dyers to offer mini-skein kits! Click the pic to learn more.

Bijou Basin Ranch is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love (we can pretend it was all about the love of yarn) with a sale! Get 20% off all in-stock yarns from the Master Color Series with the coupon code FAROUTMAN.

Just in time for Back to School is Lara Smoot’s Easy A shawl.

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


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.


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


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


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


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