What to stash this week: Voolenvine update and more from the yarn ‘whirled’

Voolenvine was a huge draw at last year’s Rhinebeck even, so I’m excited to have Kristin on the Indie Untangled marketplace! She’s having one of her famous shop updates tonight, so set your alarms and get ready to pounce on several colorways.

Also new to Indie Untangled, Cris of Into the Whirled has restocked the shop with a fresh batch of kettle dyed Element Number Five, a rich mix of purples, blues, greens and browns and probably other colors I can’t identify because they blend so well.

Barbara Benson’s Oscillare cowl is a deceptively simple (meaning it’s easy) colorwork design that’s created with stripes and slipped stitches. Pair two of your favorite colors and get cracking on an accessory that will carry you into spring.

Courtney of FloofyMoose Designs’ Grace Fryer Shawl is a perfect project for Women’s History Month. It’s named for one of the “Radium Girls,” whose lawsuit against U.S. Radium helped bring about labor safety standards.

What’s black and white and knit all over? Pam’s new White Noise shawl. It uses two colors of heavy laceweight or light fingering-weight yarn to create a marled rectangle that recalls TV static.

Dye is Cast Yarns now carries mini skeins.

What to stash this week: Mini break (and skeins)

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If you’re looking to get away this Memorial Day weekend, take a fiber-filled vacation at the A Plied Yarn Lab from Middle Brook Fiberworks. Founded by fiber artist Anne Choi, formerly of A Little Teapot Designs, Middle Brook Fiberworks is housed in the restored 1800s barn on Anne’s sprawling property in peaceful Bedminster, N.J. The two-day workshop will include instruction on washing a fleece, preparing locks and spinning, with special guests Laura Spinner of Rainbow Twist Fibers and Ginny Tullock of Fat Cat Knits. 

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Peggie of ColorPurl has put out some beautiful mini-skein sets inspired by nature, and a drop of coffee. The five sets range from subtle to bright, and include two that are colored with natural dyes. The skeins are 87 yards each, made with 75% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina, for a hint of sparkle. 

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Head over to the Spencer Hill shop and check out Barbara’s Lalo base, an amazing-sounding DK-weight 80/10/10 blend of single-ply baby alpaca, non-superwash Merino, and silk.

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Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company has come out with new large project bags with a detachable handle. They’re available in 14 different fabrics, including the Tardis one above.

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The new polymer clay stitch markers from The Knitting Artist have a Skittles look to them, perfect for standing out in colorful yarn (or matching perfectly if your yarn is candy colored).

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My Mama Knits has some new bases, including British-sourced and spun BFL and Merino in aran and DK, along with Superwash Merino Sock and High Twist Superwash BFL Sock.

Get your creative juices flowing: Indie Untangled newcomer MollyGirl Yarn is running a Name The Color contest, with the winner receiving the new colorway on their choice of base, plus a surprise goody bag.

What to stash this week: Knitting masterpieces

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IU newcomer Spun Right Round has debuted a new base. Sumptuous 75/25 Merino/nylon is available in mini skeins and heel-toe sock kits that include a variegated skein and a coordinating solid.

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For Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection, Kate Chiocchio and Nancye Bonomo of Dragonfly Fibers took inspiration from some of their favorite paintings to create more than a dozen new colorways and challenged 15 designers to create patterns inspired by works of art. The results are beautiful garments that you’ll want to frame — or at least show off on a dress form when you’re not wearing them.

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This is not an April Fools joke. I repeat, this is not an April Fools joke. Laura and the Slipped Stitch Studios crew are offering 50% off all totes all this weekend with the code APRILFOOLS. Even if you’re not sure you really need another project bag (though of course you do), some of the hunky/geeky spokesmodels may entice you.

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Celebrate the third anniversary of Lakes Yarn and Fiber and welcome spring with a sale! get 16% of any in-stock item through April 16 with the coupon code 16in16. More yarn will be posted throughout the sale.