I always find it a fun challenge to find the perfect projects for variegated yarns like the Pigeonroof Studios Mountains and Valleys colorway for Knitting Our National Parks. I didn’t have to look too far to find some great options, particularly from designer and frequent IU poster Casapinka.
Here are several options, whether you want to use a single skein or pair it with a semisolid. You can also check out the ever-growing bundle I’ve created on Ravelry.
Hitchhiker Beyond by Martina Behm
Bingham Hill Cowl by Daniela Nii
Wave by Kristen Finlay
Strathcona by Jane Richmond
Preorders for the Pigeonroof Studios Knitting Our National Parks colorway are now open! Mountains and Valleys is inspired by this gorgeous photo of the Grand Canyon taken by photographer Kelsey Hilgers. It is available, appropriately, on American Sock, a skein of 100% Superwash Merino completely grown and spun in the U.S. Krista is dyeing a limited number of skeins, and they will be available to preorder through August 18th or when they sell out.
Another Knitting Our National Parks colorway means that Vicki of That Clever Clementine is releasing a new POP Thru The Parks souvenir! Starting today, preorder a SNAPdragon notions pouch with fun fabric from Amy Peppler Adams’s Soda Nation Collection. The pouches are available for preorder for two weeks or until the limited edition of 24 items is sold out (which they did last time, so act fast!).
Rebecca of Fuse Fiber Studio, one of Indie Untangled’s newest dyers, has a new website stocked with plenty of skeins of fingering and DK. Her fun dappled colorways are inspired by places she’s traveled, favorite books, funny family memories and her favorite things in nature.
Ewe want to knit more sheep? Well, Melissa Kemmerer has you covered! Are Ewe Feeling Sheepish?, a worsted-weight unisex pullover, has joined her flock of sheepy patterns on Ravelry. Melissa has more adult sweaters coming and three baby sweaters, with a fourth on the way. Join her for a sheep-a-long on Rav.
Robyn of TeenyButton Studio has released a new Harry Potter club color and she is dyeing up more to celebrate! There will be eight Harry Potter colorways for sale, including the newly-released April 2017 club colorway, Beauxbatons, and a new Halloween colorway called Dementor’s Kiss. The shop update is today at 5 p.m. Central Time.
Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is allowing customers to make their own custom tiny Tot project bags and waiving the custom fees. There are tons of awesome fabrics to choose from and, as a bonus, you can add on a custom lanyard for $5 or use a special $6 off coupon code to mix and match with an existing lanyard.
Christine of Skeinny Dipping had her last shop update before the Rhinebeck Trunk Show.
IU newcomer Mouse House Fiber Co. has a new kit out called the Highland Thistle Cowl Kit.
Today is the last day to get your hands on the debut Knitting Our National Parks colorway from Backyard Fiberworks! Preorders close at midnight Eastern Time tonight.
Krista of Pigeonroof Studios is celebrating more than 10 years in business by updating her shop with Greatest Hits. They include Electric Rose (pictured above), Ricochet, Ghost Orchid and Pansies, dyed on American Sock yarn as well as Polwarth/silk and Superwash Merino spinning fiber. As a fellow Indie Untangled fan, you can get 10% off until July 8th with the code INDIEUNTANGLED.
The yarn from IU newcomer Old Rusted Chair is much more colorful than its rustic name implies. Dyer Lauren hails from Nashville, and has a great line of semisolids, along with a ton of fun variegated and speckled yarns. She recently added some new sock sets, which include a 100g skein of speckles plus a 20g mini skein of a complementary tonal color.
SpaceCadet’s SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club, a yarn club devoted to worsted and bulky weight yarns, is now open to new subscribers for a limited time. Subscriptions are either six months or 12 months and include a gift along with the yarn.
Backyard Fiberworks’ North Cascades Night for the Knitting Our National Parks project looks stunning on its own, but one of the things I love about Alice’s colorways is how well they work together. She often says that Melanie Berg is her brand’s spirit animal, because Melanie’s multicolored designs show off her coordinating skeins beautifully.
So, I asked Alice to give North Cascades Night some friends from her current line of colors and paired them with some of my favorite multi-skein shawls from Melanie, as well as Andrea Mowry and Francoise Danoy. You can order the other colorways on the sportweight Terrain base directly through Backyard Fiberworks. (The skein amounts on a couple of Melanie’s shawls are padded so that you don’t run out of yarn.)
Since getting a glimpse of Alice of Backyard Fiberworks’ North Cascades Night colorway for Knitting Our National Parks, I’ve been obsessively combing Ravelry for the perfect projects. The fact that it’s a sportweight yarn means it works for a variety of patterns, from one-skein hats and mitts to pullovers and cardigans that don’t feel too endless.
I’ve found some ideas from a variety of designers, including those who post to Indie Untangled. Below is just a small list of possibilities. You can also check out the ever-growing bundle I’ve created on Ravelry.
Pleasant Trip by Laura Aylor: 3 skeins
Little Black Shawl by Laura Aylor: 2 skeins
Marshwood by Lara Smoot: 3 skeins
French Cancan by Mademoiselle C: 2 skeins
Vinegar Hill by Kirsten Kapur: 2-3 skeins
Sport Aureed by Meiju K-P: 4-8 skeins
Warszawa Soft by Meiju K-P: 5-7 skeins
Grisalia by Meiju K-P: 3-6 skeins
Celia by Mary Annarella: 3-6 skeins
Shifting by Justyna Lorkowska: 4-6 skeins
Rieth by MK Nance
Backflip Mitts by Melanie Berg
Fathom by Veera Välimäki
Portlander Mitts by Shellie Anderson
Have you found some other great ideas? Please share in the comments!
Indie Untangled is going on a road trip across the USA, helping our national parks along the way. For Knitting Our National Parks, several indie dyers will create exclusive colorways inspired by photos from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram feed, with 10% of sales donated to the National Park Foundation. The trip starts today with the above yarn from Backyard Fiberworks. Dyer Alice takes her inspiration from this photo of North Cascades National Park in her native Washington State. Preorders will run through June 30 and the yarn will ship at the end of July.
If you want another souvenir from your trip through the national parks this year, Vicki has you covered. She is launching a collection of yarny accessories to coincide with the release of each Knitting Our National Parks colorway in 2017, using this super fun fabric from Amy Peppler Adams’s Soda Nation collection. This zipper wristlet is available to preorder for two weeks starting today.
If you’re looking to do more than just stare at and admire the yarns in the Pandia’s Jewels Regency Collection, inspired by the world of Jane Austen, knit and wrap yourself in Afternoons at Longbourn. Inspired by the residence of the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice, is a triangle shawl with fringe that allows you to use the various colors from the collection, which is available to purchase through Sunday, June 18.
Speaking of strong women, Slipped Stitch Studios has the ultimate girl power fabrics, available for a limited time. This week, you can preorder project bags with tattoos and a knitting mermaid and Doctor Who Companions. AND, starting today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Laura will open preorders for Wonder Woman project bags! There is even an exclusive matching colorway from Inner Yarn Zen. Act fast — all preorders close Monday, June 19.
Indie Untangled newcomer Knits4Comfort has an Etsy shop stocked with goodies to help you bring comfort to others — or yourself.
Last fall at the Indie Untangled trunk show at Woolyn in Brooklyn, I was chatting with Alice of Backyard Fiberworks about collaborating with dyers on exclusive colorways and doing something to raise money for a good cause. This was a few weeks after the election and just before the holidays, so many of my knitting and non-knitting friends were feeling compelled to give back. Alice asked me if I followed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Instagram feed, which features gorgeous images captured by park employees and both amateur and professional photographers. She then came up with a brilliant idea: have dyers create colorways based on photos from the feed and donate a percentage of the profits to the parks.
I’m excited to finally debut this latest project, Knitting Our National Parks. Over the next year, several indies will get inspiration from the natural beauty found across the U.S. Dyers who have signed on for this year include Pigeonroof Studios, Jill Draper Makes Stuff and Duck Duck Wool, with others to participate in 2018. Vicki of That Clever Clementine will also be creating project bags with fun national parks-themed fabric. 10% of all yarn sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.
When you see more stars than you can count, the moonlight is reflecting off snow-capped mountains and you hear the whisper of the wind in the trees, you’ll know you’re in North Cascades #NationalPark in #Washington. With almost 400 miles of trails and geographic diversity that will surprise you, #NorthCascades is the kind of park that will keep you coming back for another adventure. Photo @ncascadesnps by Andy Porter (www.sharetheexperience.org). #findyourpark #usinterior
Since this was Alice’s suggestion, she has kicked off the project with a colorway based on the above photo of North Cascades National Park in her native Washington State (fittingly, her father once worked in the park through the Youth Conservation Corps). The yarn is available to preorder now through June 30.
Another exciting part of this project was getting to work with the talented Erin Kate Archer, a fellow Brooklynite, on the Knitting Our National Parks illustration. I discovered Erin’s work while I was browsing knitting art on Etsy. Erin creates both travel watercolors and knitted landscapes, and I knew right away that her work would be perfect for this.
Erin has made prints of the illustration, inspired by Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, available for sale. She has also generously donated a couple of her 8×10 prints as prizes, so I will be hosting a giveaway on the blog. To enter, comment here with your favorite U.S. national park, either that you’ve visited or hope to visit. The giveaway will run through midnight EDT on Friday, June 30 (which is also when preorders for Alice’s colorway close). A winner will be chosen via random number generator.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Marie!
I hope you enjoy coming along with us on this fun journey through the parks!