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: 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: Where We Knit 2017 sign-ups now open!

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After an amazing inaugural year of the Indie Untangled Where We Knit yarn club, I’m excited to announce the indie dyer/designer teams for the 2017 club! They are: The Woolen Rabbit & Anne Hanson, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mindy Wilkes, Three Fates Yarns & MK Nance and Spun Right Round & Casapinka. Each dyers/designer team with work together to come up with an exclusive colorway and accompanying accessory pattern inspired by the places they knit. You can read about each team’s Where We Knit inspiration, and sign up for the club, here.

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If you loved those rainbow knitting Llamicorns bags from Slipped Stitch Studios, then you’re in luck, because there’s more! Pandia’s Jewels is accepting pre-orders for two different rainbow knitting llamicorn kits through Nov. 22. They will ship out in early December.

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Keya’s new shawl design is the perfect pattern to get you through your favorite sportsball season. Called Verge, after the time she spent on edge watching basketball while knitting it, it’s knit in worsted weight yarn, with garter stitch and a lace edge.

After a hiatus, indie dyer Elliebelly will be reopening in January.

If you live on or near the East End of Long Island, or will be visiting soon, Despondent Dyes has just sent yarn to Black Sheep Knitworks in East Hampton.

My Mama Knits will be moving over the holidays, so the Etsy shop will be shut after Nov. 30 until the New Year.

What to stash this week: Home is where your yarn is

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Next week, I’ll be moving (no, not to Canada). Among the piles in my bedroom is a huge box of yarn, with skeins from Kim of The Woolen Rabbit and Nikki of Dark Harbour Yarn that are for sale on Indie Untangled. I’m hoping that the skeins go to good homes before I put the box on a moving truck, so I’ve decided to hold a little sale. Through Monday, Nov. 14, all yarn is 15% off with the code MOVING. If you buy from multiple shops, I’m happy to combine shipping.

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What, other than yarn, could bring a smile to your face? Adorable animals! Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has collaborated with Noel of Wanderlust Woolves on Winter Woodland Animal kits. The kits, available to preorder until Nov. 13, include a choice of stitch markers, a project bag, a skein of worsted-weight yarn in an exclusive color and a download code for Noel’s Neko Cowl.

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Despondent Dyes, but this mother-daughter dyeing operation is anything but. For every skein of their bright, cheerful yarn that you buy, the pair will donate $1 to charity, to celebrate their second year in business. Through November, their charity is Hope for Paws, an animal rescue operating out of Southern California. 

What to stash this week: Rhinebeck preorders, pirates, clubs and mini skeins

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To make shopping at the third annual Rhinebeck Trunk Show easier, some of the vendors have been working with indie designers and are debuting special kits, a few of which will be available to preorder through the Indie Untangled website. The first of these special dyer/designer collaborations is the Whisp cowl. This two-color brioche cowl was designed by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs and uses yarn from Alice of Backyard Fiberworks and Laurie of Feel Good Yarn Company, who will be sharing a booth at the show. You can preorder your kits at a discount to pick up at the trunk show, where they will also be available at a higher price. If you can’t make it, both Alice and Laurie will be selling kits on their own websites after the trunk show. 

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Monday be International speak Like a scurvy pirate Day, ‘n ye can celebrate wit’ yarrrn. Just in the hour fer th’ shore leave, Christine ‘o Treasure Goddess Yarn released her Buried Treasure Collection, which be full ‘o awe. th’ collection weapons gradient mini skein sets ‘o luxury sock yarn in th’ colorways Blackbeard’s Revenge ‘n Floats ye Boat, wit’ a knitted shawl pattern ‘n a crocheted scarf pattern released fer th’ sets. lovely booty also includes adorable scurvy pirate sheep stitch markers ‘n needle gauges.

Translation: Monday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and you can celebrate with yarrrn. Just in time for the holiday, Christine of Treasure Goddess Yarn released her Buried Treasure Collection, which is awesome. The collection features gradient mini skein sets of luxury sock yarn in the colorways Blackbeard’s Revenge and Floats Your Boat, with a knitted shawl pattern and a crocheted scarf pattern released for the sets. Booty also includes adorable pirate sheep stitch markers and needle gauges.

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What’s better than unicorns or llamas? Llamicorns, of course! Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios will be putting bags with this awesome fabric, along with colorful hand-dyed yarn from Pandia’s Jewels, up for sale today at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Make sure to leap like a llama, because once they’re gone, they’re gone (as if they never existed in the first place…).

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Stephanie of SpaceCadet has opened up subscriptions for her out-of-this-world yarn club. Membership in the InterStellar Yarn Alliance gets you a fabulous package delivered every other month with SpaceCadet yarn in an exclusive Yarn Alliance colorway, a collectible gift, the story behind the inspiration for each color, a newsletter with periodic offers only for members and a 15% off coupon every six months. Hurray — sign-ups are only open through Sept. 24.

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If you’re in the New Jersey area this weekend, learn how to spin, and/or pet some adorable sheep. Middle Brook Fiberworks is hosting a beginner fleece-to-fiber spinning workshop tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an open studio event from 3 to 5 p.m., during which Anne will demo eco-print natural dyeing with botanicals on silk scarves. You can also meet her new pets — a trio of Shetland sheep! If it’s too last minute, several spinning and dyeing classes are scheduled through the winter. 

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Cedar Hill Farm Company just had a mega shop update that includes new colorways, a selection of self-striping and variegated yarns, kits for socks and mitts and plenty of new project bags. There are also needles and notions to go with your yarn, with a selection of Chiaogoo Red Lace needles and Dr. Who project keepers now available.

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It’s miniskein mania! Mothy and the Squid is now offering “random” lucky dip mini skein mixes. Each mix includes a set of ten 10g mini skeins with a range of bright colors on either 75/25 Merino/nylon sock yarn or Merino DK. If you just want a really mini treat, smaller sets of five mini skeins in Merino/nylon sock yarn are also available.

What to stash this week: ‘Knitflix’ this

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This collaboration is the coolest thing to come out of the UK since The Great British Bake Off. Lola of Third Vault Yarns and Emily of Rhapsodye Yarns have teamed up for The Lucifer Project, creating two colorways inspired by characters from the TV show Lucifer, a police procedural based on characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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The Purple Dragon colorway of Big Bijou Bliss, a worsted-weight blend of yak and Cormo dyed by MJ Yarns for Bijou Basin Ranch, flew off the shelves (their pun, not mine!). Fortunately, the folks at BBR were able to scare up some more. The company also unveiled a new rewards program that gives you 5 points for every dollar you spend, with rewards that range from free shipping to $50 off your order.

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I’m planning to order the souvenir tote bags for the Rhinebeck Trunk Show next week, so if you’re attending and want to make sure you snag one with this adorable design from illustrator Eloise Narrigan, place your preorder ASAP!

My Mama Knits is having an end of summer sale to make room for new yarn bases and colorways, and is also holding a giveaway on Instagram.

Save the date: The 3rd annual Rhinebeck Trunk Show is set for Oct. 14!

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Since catching up on sleep after last year’s Rhinebeck weekend (which took a few days…) I have been very busy planning for this year’s kickoff event. My goal was to expand it a bit so I could make the shopping area bigger and also allow a few more new vendors to join us. I also decided to collaborate with an illustrator to create a design for the event that could be printed on souvenir tote bags (more on that in a bit). Well, everything has come together, so I am excited to announce that the third annual Rhinebeck Trunk Show will take place Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m.! It will again be held at the Best Western Plus in Kingston, N.Y., and we’ve expanded into a third room. (Early shopping will begin at 4 p.m., though tickets sold out shortly after they went on sale last Friday.)

The full list of vendors is on the event page. I am thrilled to welcome several newcomers: Blissful Knits, ClayByLaura, Feel Good Yarn Company, A Hundred Ravens, MollyGirl Yarn, Spun Right Round, Voolenvine Yarns and The Woolen Rabbit. There will also be some newbies in the Indie Untangled booth, which will have a selection of yarn from Dark Harbour Yarn, Oink Pigments and Sincere Sheep, along with patterns from designer Jennifer Dassau, while Featured Sponsor Yarn Culture will be bringing yarn from Rosy Green Wool. Many of the vendors have some kits in the works that they will debut at the show, some of which you will be able to preorder beforehand via Indie Untangled.

Speaking of preorders, you now have the opportunity to purchase souvenir tote bags, screen printed with the illustration on the event page, to pick up at the show (and help support the work that goes into organizing it!). The illustration was created by Eloise Narrigan, a fellow knitter who you may know from her adorable bag designs for Ravelry. I reached out to Eloise a couple of months ago and explained what I was looking for — a collection of Rhinebeck-esque items, such as animals, fall leaves, skeins of yarn and apple cider donuts — and she executed my vision perfectly — and adorably.

So, get your Rhinebeck sweaters, shawls and shopping lists ready!

What to stash this week: sheep season

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

What to stash this week: Colors and clubs

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Karen of Round Table Yarns is back with another yarn club, really a monthly color option that you can preorder if you’re in love. Preorders for this month’s colorway, a vivid purple called Ynys Avallach (you’ll get the story with the yarn) run through July 12.

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Peggie of ColorPurl has unveiled some more new naturally-dyed colorways on Finnegan, her popular BFL Donegal Tweed yarn. There are tones of pink, blue, yellow and green that Peggie has created using indigo, cochineal and onion now available.

Quarter 3 of the Colour Club from Sara’s Texture Crafts, inspired by textile artist Hans Peter Sundquist, is live.

What to stash this week: For a limited time only

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Laura and the colorful crew at Slipped Stitch Studios have dedicated their latest Bags of the Month to The Purple One and The Thin White Duke. A limited number of Prince and Bowie tribute bags in exclusive fabrics, and in a variety of sizes, will be available for sale starting today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, until they’re sold out. 

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Erica also has some limited-edition products for sale. Her Colors of the Month are inspired by Game of Thrones, with your choice of yarn and/or fiber in seven new hues, including, from left to right in the top pic, Golden Crown, Little Bird, Brocade and Wildfire. The colorways will be available in May and June, before they’re sent Beyond the Wall. (And you’ll probably finish whichever project you choose to make with it before George finishes The Winds of Winter.)

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Transport yourself, and your knitting, to the ocean courtesy of With Pointed Sitcks’ new Cape Cod Collection. Available through the end of July, the collection is made up of four limited-edition colorways, plus an old favorite, inspired by the Massachusetts seashore. With the collection, Susan is also introducing a new base. Calligraphy Fingering is a 50/50 blend of superwash Merino and silk that gives the colors a dreamy watercolor effect.

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Attention Witches, Wizards, Dryads, Centaurs… and just plain sci-fi/fantasy lovers: The latest Third Vault Yarns Quarterly club installment is inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Sign-ups for this mystery box run through May 16. Last quarter’s club, pictured above, was themed around Firefly and included those beautiful mini skeins and fun extras.

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Journey to Paris this spring with the Seine Cowl and Cuffs, the latest design from Lindsay of Knit Eco Chic.

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IU newcomer Elliebelly Dye Works is back with a quick update after a break and while awaiting the launch of a new website.  

The latest shop update from JOMA Yarn features a variety of colors, including new neon variegated yarns, matching highlighter-inspired semisolids and a cafe au lait colourway on their single-ply worsted weight Mashmellow-Rino base.