What to make with Asylum Fibers Acadia Lights

I loved that Stephanie of Asylum Fibers dyed her Acadia Lights Knitting Our National Parks colorway on two bases, as it provides multiple project options for those of us who aren’t always in the mood to take on a fingering-weight project (though I’m still going to get both bases!).

Stephanie sent my several good ideas for both her Solitary fingering and Golden Goose DK.


Haruni by Emily Ross

Constellate by Hunter Hammersen

Messaline by Bristol Ivy

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Golden Goose

Boxley Hat and Boxley Mitts by Bristol Ivy. Photos ©Tolt Yarn and Wool

Lake Reed by Asita Krebs

Campside Cardigan by Alicia Plummer

Campside Pullover by Alicia Plummer

Check out more suggestions here.

A 2016 IU Year in Knitting Review


Considering the year we’ve had, most of the looks back at 2016 are not going to be likely to lift your spirits. My hope is that this roundup of Indie Untangled FOs will be the exception.

For my Year in Review, I’ve culled a list of several FOs using yarn and/or patterns from Indie Untangled dyers and designers — or both, in the case of the photo above of my Drops of Honey shawl. Designed by Janina Kallio for the inaugural Where We Knit yarn club, it used Silk Single Fingering in an exclusive colorway from Lakes Yarn and Fiber (the photo above is from fellow knitter Carolina of Triple C Photography, taken for an upcoming blog post).

I hope these projects serve as an inspiration for your 2017 knitting.

Mindy/knitwithhappiness’s Goldfinch in Magpie Fibers Swanky DK

Kelly/KellyInTexas’s Safer in Cages in Duck Duck Wool DK Limited

Nance/kathynancygirl’s Toketee in Lakes Yarn and Fiber Kelso Sock

Erica/ejsufka’s Palier in Western Sky Knits Willow DK

Danielle/OnEdge28’s Gimmers and Vianne in Astral Bath Yarns Spectra DK

Lori/Momwouldbeproud’s A Hat for Dana in YOTH Yarns Father

Lavanya’s Season of Persimmons in Astral Bath Yarns Tesseract DK

Amy/booeyedee’s Atlantique in Bare Naked Wools Hempshaugh Lace

Adrienne/killerb’s Crosshaven in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Self Striping Sock

Marta/sbnyc’s Imagine When in Skeinny Dipping Silky Worsted

Kim/Xarix’s Barley Wine Hat in Skeinny Dipping Polwarth DK

What to stash this week: The fandom at the end of the yarn rainbow


If you’re still bummed over the cancellation of Firefly, then smuggle this yarn into your stash. The inaugural Third Vault Yarns yarn club has quarterly packages of yarn and goodies themed around fandoms that knitters vote on, with the first inspired by Joss Whedon’s space western.

BC Yarnings Harry Potter

Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings has not one but two kits to tempt you. One is a Rainbow kit with a 463-yard skein of 12-color self-striping sock yarn and a handmade zippered project bag. The other is the fourth installment in Michelle’s popular Potterful series. It contains a three-color self-striping yarn in Ravenclaw house colors and a drawstring project bag.


Down in Australia, Mitenae is suffering through a heatwave, so she did what any knitter would do — she designed and knit up a set of hat and mitts. The Callistemon Beanie and Mittens both have a tiny bowknot pattern, with two cuff options for the mitts. Both patterns are 20% off on Ravelry through midnight AWST Feb. 17.


Add some rainbows to your winter accessories. Mothy and the Squid has a DK-weight version of her popular Summer Skies Rainbow Brite colorway. Available in 100% Merino, it’s made for self-striping hats. The colorway has a background of blue skies, with the stripes emerging in clouds and a rainbow.


In time for Valentine’s Day, KarenDawn’s latest hat and cowl design is inspired by star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe, with the tall, skinny cables resemble the crack in the wall through which they communicated. Both call for sport-weight yarn and the instructions are written and charted.

What to make: Get your mitts on these

Spiced Cocoa

I usually don’t go crazy with holiday gift knitting deadlines (my husband and my mom, the two people I’ve knit gifts for that were Official Holiday Gifts, haven’t minded getting them a little late, as long as they can wear them when it’s cold!). This year, my gifts are a little more time sensitive, as I decided to knit a cowl for my hair stylist in lieu of a traditional tip, and then realized I can use the remaining yarn, Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport, to make some mitts for my sister-in-law.

Along with hats, or bulky cowls, mitts are a perfect gift knit as they can be completed relatively quickly, can often use a partial skein and are useful even when it’s not bitterly cold. Here’s a curated list of patterns — some from IU designers and others that I’ve favorited — that I think you can easily add to your holiday gift-knitting list:

DK or worsted

Pictured above: Spiced Cocoa by Laura Aylor

X-Mitts by Toby Roxane Barna

X-Mitts by Toby Roxane Barna

Back Roads Mitts by Melissa Burke

Pinehurst by Natalie Selles

Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe

Fingering or sport

Inverse Mitts by Keya Kuhn

Inverse Mitts by Keya Kuhn

Mouton’s Boutons by LeMou Designs (likely what I’m going to make if I have enough Tosh left over from the cowl I’m knitting)

Fallberry Mitts by Anne Hanson

Antiquity by Alicia Plummer

Shallows Mitts by Bonnie Sennott

Multi colored

Gradient Mitts by Krista McCurdy

Gradient Mitts by Krista McCurdy

Andrea’s Mitts by Kirsten Kapur

Camberwell Mitts by Lara Smoot

Maroo Mitts by Ambah O’Brien

Pixelated Palms by Jennifer Beaumont

What to stash this week: Yowza! Whatta pairing!


Designer Lara Smoot has had some really fun Game of Thrones-inspired collaborations with Tennessee-based indie dyer Babs Ausherman, better known as Miss Babs. Lara’s latest designs are inspired by none other than Babs herself, whose “likeableness and charm come out in the beautiful yarns that she dyes,” Lara says. The three-piece set includes mitts, a cowl and boot toppers, which can all be made from just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! The simple cable pattern on each of the pieces can work well with fun variegated colorways, such as Zombie Prom and Funny Papers or semisolids like Vlad’s Red and Blackwatch. All three patterns in the Babalicious set are available on Ravelry for the introductory price of $5.99.


If you’re going to make a cowl, mitts and boot toppers, why not make a hat? Brangien, a new pattern from KarenDawn Designs, is inspired by a character in the medieval love story Tristan and Isolde. The hat is knit in fingering weight yarn and features a cable panel on a background of textured moss stitch.

Hemlock Springs

Karen, a veteran knitter, works full time on her small business Hemlock Springs Soaps, crafting goat milk soaps in fun-sounding scents like Dazzleberry and Sexy Man, as well as lotions and potions — including an Arnica Muscle Rub for your tired knitting hands — out of her farmhouse in the New Hampshire woods. The products are made in small batches with ethically-sourced ingredients.