What to stash this week: Yarn love

Fides and Gaby at Siidegarte have released a limited edition Valentine’s Day colorway that is only available through February 19. The rose-inspired color — blush pink, mixed with an almost lilac silver and a tiny bit of green — is available on three bases: the laceweight Siide-Füürneem, a blend of silk and Royal Alpaca; Siide-Fideel, a silk/Merino fingering weight; and Siide-Liind, a mix of fine silk and Merino, combined with SeaCell.

Speaking of love, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has special Outlander Wedding kits available for preorder through Feb. 19. The kits, inspired by the love shared between Jamie and Claire, contain a skein of Snug light fingering in the Tartan colorway, a project bag by Debra of Addicted to Sock Knitting in special Outlander Wedding fabric designed by Julia and a matching notions tin.

Aside from collaborating with Casapinka on her latest shawl design, Gray Area, and getting ready for upcoming shows, including Stitches West, Sue of Invictus Yarns has created a special colorway for Sock Madness.

Lindsay of Knit Eco Chic’s latest design, Alternating Paths, is a cozy cabled sweater that will keep you beautifully toasty during these winter months. It’s worked seamlessly, with some room for customization.

Picking complementary colors is a no brainer with Bijou Basin Ranch’s latest Master Color Series.

Sound of Music fans, this new club from Go Knit Yourself is for you.

Wild Hair Studio’s latest shop update includes some Harry Pottery-themed goodies.

What to stash this week: Series finale

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Yes, there are still a few more episodes of Outlander left, but Bijou Basin Ranch’s series of Outlander-inspired project kits just had its finale. And this one’s for sweater knitters: the Celtic Forest Pullover by Therese Chynoweth is a top-down sweater with a classic yoke design and figure-flattering details. The kit comes with the soft and cool Lhasa Wilderness yak/bamboo yarn. (BBR will also be at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!)

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If you’re a sock knitter, you’re definitely going to need to make some room in your stash for the five new Rocket Sock colorways from Cedar Hill Farm Company. The new colorways include Lizard Lips (above), Soul Sistah, Poodle Skirt and Tea Cake. Rocket Sock is a high-twist 2-ply blend of 75% superwash Merino and 25% nylon that doesn’t give you the bulkiness under the heel that you will get with a traditional 4-ply yarn. (Psst: If you like the Cedar Hill Farm Company Facebook page via their website, you get 15% off!)

What to stash this week: Drape yourself in yarn & patterns

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If George Constanza was a knitter, he’d be very excited about the new base from Cedar Hill Farm Company. As the name implies, Velvet is a 20% alpaca/60% Merino/20% nylon 4-ply fingering weight yarn that is so incredibly soft, you will want to knit it into drapey shawls.

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Toby Roxane Barna popped up on my radar a few years ago, when the first of her London Underground-themed shawls came out. I’m sure you’ll also be smitten with Toby’s latest design, the Odalie shawl, pictured above, which is inspired by the 1920s flapper era. All of Toby’s designs, including several sweaters, are perfect for hand-dyed yarns.

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June Pryce Fiber Arts has also introduced a new base: Seaside Singles is a single-ply 100% superwash Merino that feels silky soft, and is machine washable. They are also now carrying carrying a double strand sock blank, if you’re into the whole wearing identical socks thing. They’re available in the super summery, color-changing Watermelon colorway.

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Greenwich Steps, the latest design from Laura of Fiber Dreams, is inspired by one of the staircases to Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The Greenwich Steps wind through a tiny neighborhood of cottages with glorious gardens. This rectangular shawl features diamonds and flowers accented with little nupps.

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect patterns for those amazing speckle dyed skeins, look no further than the new Oh Bother cowl and hat from Barbara Benson. Barbara combined slipped stitches with a honeycomb style stitch pattern to create a deeply textured fabric that works with the bursts of color. Each takes about a skein of DK, or you can use sock yarn held double.

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The Inverness Shrug by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter is inspired by the detachable sleeves worn by Claire on Outlander. It’s the fifth of six Outlander-inspired project kits from Bijou Basin Ranch and includes their Himalayan Trail, a yak and Merino blend that lets the Celtic-style cables shine.

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It’s a spring awakening with Kim’s newest colorway. Awakening is an earthy yet bright blend of brown, sage green, purples and bright sky blue. There are some skeins in stock in Kim’s Etsy shop and she is also taking custom orders.

What to stash this week: Surf’s up

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Charleston Surf a new shawl design from Knit Eco Chic, has a touching backstory: Lindsay designed it for her adopted grandmother, Meme. They met when Lindsay was 16 and they were both in the hospital undergoing treatment for a chronic illness. “Years later I learned she was about to quit, but promised to give it one more week,” Lindsay wrote on her project page. “That was the week I first arrived and the doctor teamed us up. Through the months of medical treatment my adopted grandmother and I bonded as we celebrated each little victory and encouraged one another through each regression.” The shawl was meant to help Meme with the Charleston chill, and it looks like the perfect way to keep warm this spring and summer, while keeping the ocean at your back.

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Channel your inner Claire Beauchamp with Beauchamp Gloves by Christine Marie Chen, the fourth of six Outlander-inspired project kits that are now available from Bijou Basin Ranch. The lacy fingerless gloves are knit with one skein of BBR’s Lhasa Wilderness yarn, and could perhaps get you through an episode or two of the Starz series, which returned last weekend.

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I think it’s very cool that the latest addition to Indie Untangled has a Y Chromosome, and also a pretty interesting story: Michael Harrigan is a knitwear designer based in Bangkok. He travels extensively, getting inspiration from art, architecture, textiles, and nature around the globe for his knit accessory designs. Check out his blog, This Man Knits, for patterns and knitting tips.

What to stash this week: They say it’s your birthday…

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If Lakes Yarn and Fiber were a year younger, we’d practically be twins! To celebrate the second anniversary of opening her Etsy shop, Ami is offering 15% off any in-stock yarn and fiber. Use the code APRIL2015 through April 10. She’ll also be adding more to the shop late this evening, so check back over the weekend to see if anything new catches your eye.

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What could be better than a set of beautiful gradients from Three Fates Yarns? Several months of them! She recently launched the Gradients and Ombres All Around club. It features gradient or ombre sock blanks in Stephania’s Superwash Merino/nylon Terra Sock and Glitz bases, avaialble in one-repeat, two-repeat or four-repeat patterns. You can buy a one-month trial, or a three-month, six-month or 12-month membership.

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Along with a clever name, Maine-based dyers Katie and Jayne of Never Enough Thyme offer subdued colors with a coastal feel and tropical brights. Among their popular products are heel/toe sock sets with a full-sized skein and matching mini skein, and they now have mini-skein sets with enough yardage for a shawl. They are also happy to do custom orders.

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know that Tyrion is the best character. Celebrate Season 5 with Tyrion’s Gift, the fourth shawl pattern in Lara Smoot’s GoT-inspired series. Knit in Miss Babs Tarte in the Volcanic Eruption colorway, it’s a tribute to The Imp and his lady friend, Shae, a relationship that — partial spoiler alert! — ends in true George R.R. Martin fashion. Use the code ‘Gift’ for $1 off the pattern on Ravelry through Sunday.

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This easy-breezy sweater from Meiju Knits looks like the perfect spring/summer staple. Aureed is a top-down raglan cardigan with a peek of lace in a back panel and short-row shaping for the fronts. It’s knit in fingering-weight yarn (the sample is shown in TML in Antique Lace), so get this on your needles ASAP!

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I love it when dyers and designers work together! Heather Anderson Designs and C.Whitney Knits are collaborating on a Ravelry KAL that runs until May 15. The KAL features Heather’s two new shawl designs, the Fishtales Shawl and the Shoalmates Shawl, and five exclusive colorways by Candice. Each is available on a variety of bases and will be retired when the KAL ends.

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While rumors continue to swirl around David Bowie’s return to the stage, you can knit up his alter ego. Ziggy Stardust, the newest colorway from Kim Dyes Yarn, is a pink-tinged gray over dyed with speckles of bright blue, teal and hot pink. It’s in stock on Etsy in superwash Merino DK and Kim can also custom dye it on other bases.

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These colorwork socks from Knitwise Design will definitely add some twinkle to your toes (sorry!). If you’re comfortable with stranded knitting in the round, get 15% off on Ravelry through the end of day, EST, by using the coupon code ‘stars’.

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Bijou Basin Ranch‘s latest Outlander-inspired project kit — the Blood of my Blood Shawl by MarlyBird — is out, so now you’ll have something to knit during the next seven episodes. The kit comes with Shangri-La, a yak/silk blend laceweight yarn.

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Stitchjones has been around since 2008 and updates her Etsy shop weekly with a range of darks and brights. You can visit her there before she makes the big move to her own website, which is still under construction.

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Dyer Sarah of Creature Comforts Craftworks took a break, but she’s back behind the dye pots and adding to her inventory of yarn and fiber for your knitting and spinning comfort. She’s recently added four- and five-skein gradient sets to her Etsy shop.

What to stash this week: Survey time!

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In time for spring, Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is expanding. Alicia has released her first batch of soap, a dual-layer confection with a Green Tea and Lemongrass scent. Alicia is also doing some market research before possibly releasing more products, with a 25% off coupon code for all participants. Everyone who takes the short survey will also be entered to win one of 10 sample sized lotion bars, with the drawing on April 5.

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You unfortunately won’t be able to time travel to next month, when Outlander returns to Starz (at least I don’t think you can…) but you can knit the Time Traveler Vest by Therese Chynoweth. It’s the first of six new Outlander-inspired pattern kits featuring Bijou Basin Ranch‘s hand-dyed Outlandish colorways. The vest is knit in Himalayan Trail, with a 15% discount for purchasing the yarn and pattern together in the kit.

What to stash this week: Knit up kicks

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Even if you do knit socks, here’s a great way to show off your love of knitting from head to toe: Lisa, AKA The Knitting Artist, provides the canvas sneakers, which are dyed in the color of your choice and embellished with her hand-drawn stockinette “fabric.”

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If you live in the Northeast, you probably want to reach into your screen and grab that cowl. It’s probably not necessary, as Lexi Parisse‘s new River Run Cowl, inspired by rocks and rapids, is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. If you don’t need something quite that warm, check out her new Peaks & Valleys Cowl, which is less chunky and more elegant.

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Sock knitters looking for something different should check out the latest from June Pryce Fiber Arts: gradient double knit sock blanks. If you’re not familiar with blanks, they’re long knit rectangles that easily unravel from one end, so you can knit directly from the blank, or wind a traditional center-pull ball. These have been dyed in subtle gradients, with plenty more colors on the way.

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Breakfast just got better. Anne Hanson and the crew at Bare Naked Wools have some new delicious colors for their Better Breakfast Blend, a dehaired alpaca that can be tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. I got to pet it at last year’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show and can definitely attest to its softness.

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It may not be spring yet, but Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. is already prepared. She’s introduced colorful new shades of her luxurious BEYUL yak/silk/Merino. See and pet the new yarns in person if you’re going to the Unravel fiber festival in the UK or l’Aiguille en Fête 2015 in France.

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Here’s some “frogging” you’ll be happy to do to your knitting. The Rib-It Frog Hat from Knitwise Design has an adorable and subtle frog knit out of cables and is offered in three sizes, from toddler to adult. And, it’s 20 percent off through Jan. 31 with the code “frog.”

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Sometimes less is more, but definitely not when it comes to yarn. Bijou Basin Ranch has increased the yardage on Lhasa Wilderness, their yak and bamboo blend, from 180 yards per skein to 250 yards at no extra cost. Grab one or several of their beautiful Outlander-inspired Outlandish colorways.

What to stash this week: French inhale

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While I’m not promising that it will be easy, I’m pleased to be able to give you a little head start: Margaret of French Market Fibers, will be having an Etsy update today (Jan. 9) at 10 a.m. Central. It will be her first major update in over a year, since she took time off from dyeing to be a stay-at-home mom.

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A woman after my own heart, Tami of Eternity Ranch Knits has begun a Year of Broadway Musicals and Grease is the word for January. If you’re too pure to be pink, the skein of BFL or Sparkle sock yarn is dyed up in both pink and black, to represent the Pink Ladies and the T-birds, along with blue, yellow and red. If you’re a Grease fan, the worst thing you could do is miss out on this colorway.

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Indie Untangled newcomer Debbie of Hampton Artistic Yarns, who dyes on Long Island’s East End, has a bunch of new speckled sock yarns for sale. This photo is of a sock project that Debbie worked on with one of the skeins while on a recent vacation to Punta Cana. While many of you would give anything to be on a beach right now, a pair of socks with this lovely yarn should warm you right up.

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You can’t have enough men in kilt— I mean, enough Outlander. And if you’re an Outlander-obsessed spinner, June Pryce Fiber Arts has you covered. Aside from an Outlander mini-skein club, they also have a Spin to Knit Scarf Kit that mixes Claire- and Jamie-inspired colors.

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There are only a few spots open in a year-long Outlander yarn club from Canon Hand Dyes and Spark!, organized through the {among friends} Clubs. The six packages, shipped every other month, will include an Outlander character-inspired skein dyed by Amy, a pattern, a project bag and a set of coordinating Spark! stitch markers.

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Now through Feb. 1, C.Whitney Knits will be offering Valentine’s Day Mystery Skeins. Two variations are available: the dark and sensual “St. Valentine’s Day Reds” or the light and fluffy “Candy Hearts.” If you order more than one of the same colorway, all skeins will match unless otherwise directed.

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KarenDawn Designs has released patterns for the Chaucer-inspired Palamon Hat and Arcite Cowl. Both feature two slip stitch patterns, which makes this a great design for variegated or semi-solid yarns. Knit with a worsted weight yarn, these are quick knits to help keep you warm this winter (and with temps in the Northeast dipping below zero, I can appreciate that!). The patterns are available on Ravelry separately or together as an eBook and are 30% through Jan. 15 with the coupon code ‘Emelye’.

What to stash this week: The yarn Imitation Game

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There’s no imitation for this new release: the Bletchley Collection, from Eden Cottage Yarns and designer Joanne Scrace, is inspired by early computing and encoding machines, the codes themselves, and the women who operated them at Bletchley Park (yes, the place from that Benedict Cumberbatch film). The knit and crochet designs, which have a bit of ‘40s flair, utilize Victoria’s Milburn 4ply yarn range, a blend of British BFL and silk. The collection includes print patterns, kits and a print book due to be released on Jan. 30 that is available for preorder.

A couple of sales that run only through today and Sunday:

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Through today, Slipped Stitch Studios is offering Double Knit+ large project bags for the same price as the Project+ medium bags, with no coupon code necessary. Not only that, but there’s free shipping until Christmas!

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The Knitting Artist has added four new cards, which have a more abstract design, to her collection. Everything in her Etsy shop is 20% off through Sunday, Dec. 14, with the code SBSAT.

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Inspired by Meriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame, and John Wesley Powell, Sarah of Sarah’s Spindle has been doing her own exploration of the American West — in yarn. Her River Blues sock yarns, in Merino and Cashmere Merino, come in semi-solid and variegated blues, reflecting the unique character of the great Western Rivers, such as the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Columbia, and the Yukon.

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Sock knitters, take note: Dirty Water DyeWorks has opened sign-ups for Yarn Knot Socks, a yarn club dedicated to socks. Installments will ship in the middle of January, February and March, and each will contain a different yarn base, an exclusive colorway and a suggested pattern. There will also be KALs in the Dirty Water DyeWorks Ravelry group. The installments can be paid for individually, just before they ship, or all at once. Space is limited, so sign up soon.

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Swiss indie yarn company Siidegarte has teamed up with online yarn shop KayaLana and designer Coralie from Stitch-N-Smile for the Xmas ’14 edition of the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit. The kit contains the pattern for Coralie’s Myrtille shawl and Siide-Fideel, a fingering-weight, silk-Merino yarn in an exclusive colorway. Orders for the kit — which come in both a “classic” size with enough yarn to knit the shawl as shown, and a “luxury” version with 250 grams of of yarn — will be taken until Monday, Dec. 15.

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If you missed out on Bijou Basin Ranch‘s post-Thanksgiving sale, there are still deals to be had. Through Dec. 23, the entire online store is 20% off, shipping is free, and you can get a free gift with a qualifying purchase. Use it for the newish Outlander-inspired project kit, or three new color ways of Tibetan Dream, hand-dyed by BBR’s Eileen Koop.

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The newly released Blanchefleur Shawl from KarenDawn Designs includes a unique “faux nupp,” made by increasing to five stitches from one stitch. The triangular shawl, knit with fingering-weight yarn in two colors is named for an Old French and Middle English love story with a happy ending.

What to stash this week: Get your yarn ball on

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Thanks to the success of the Indie Untangled/That Clever Clementine collaboration and a couple of special requests, Vicki and I decided to expand the range of yarn ball logo goodies.

There are a few new additions to the IU/TCC “family,” including three new bag styles that are perfect for your medium- to large-sized projects. We’re excited to introduce the Pandora Poke, a 11″ wide by 11″ tall bag, the Cindy Sue I, which is 13″ x 13″, and the Cindy Sue II, a generous 15″ x 15″ bag to hold sweaters, blankets or vacation WIPs. Also available are unbreakable and reversible fabric yarn bowls, which are super portable and make great craft room decor.

My wonderful husband, Mitch, helped me set up a new form that allows you to order multiple items. Vicki and I are confident that we have enough fabric to meet demand, but if we run out, we will make sure to order more so you can get what you need to tote around your projects and show off your “indie love.”

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Grab a skein in C. Whitney Knits’ special Shark Week color before it swims away. This hand-painted colorway is only available to order until Sunday night at 9 p.m. PST. Da-duh. Da-duh…

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Hand Dyed By Kate is new to Indie Untangled and her colorful yarns will definitely brighten up any project. She specializes in tonal rainbow collections that are available separately or in sets of six skeins. Her latest additions are collections of delicate pastels and vibrant jewel tones. She’s also offering 10% off all orders during August with the code UNTANGLED10.

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I was so excited to see the first post from Luna Grey Fiber Arts in the marketplace this week. Jackie was among the dyers recommended in one of the threads in the Indie Untangled Ravelry group and she recently added a new colorway to her lineup. Sea Glass is a cool combination of soft aqua and pale lime green that’s sure to make you miss summer.

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Here’s more for Outlander fans: These Inner Yarn Zen un-clubs are so called because the kits are sold separately. In September, get a skein of MCN yarn in the “Highland Heather” colorway, as well as a set of Outlander-inspired stitch markers. The October kit will feature a pattern and a skein of nubby grey guaranteed to keep you warm while you wait for the next season of the Starz series.