If you’re crazy about medieval literature (no, I don’t mean a certain yet-to-be-finished-before-the-TV-show-spoils-everything series of books) then you must order Karen of KarenDawn Designs/Round Table Yarns’ new book, A Parliament of Cowls. Based on Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls, the book’s eight cowls represent various birds who are debating which suitor the female eagle should choose as her mate.
While I have Rhinebeck on the brain, remember that it’s still summer (though seeing feels like 99 on Weather.com did the trick for me). The latest installment of the Bijou Basin Ranch Master Color Series features a palette of hues inspired by refreshing warm-weather treats in the Lhasa Wilderness yak/bamboo blend. There are two kits featuring patterns for breezy summer garments.
Color Craze Yarn & Fiber has expanded from fiber to yarn, with braids of all colors along with fingering-weight sock skeins.
Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has kits for her gorgeous I Left my Heart in the Highlands Wrap available to preorder until until July 16. Each Highlands Knit Kit includes five skeins of her Aran Tweed yarn, a shawl pin and a copy of the pattern, with a big, smooshy cable. There are two different kits available: The Highlands, which moves in a gradient from gray to dark green and Heather on the Hills, which is various shades of green and pinks.
Stephanie of Three Fates Yarn has many new awesomely-named miniskein color sets available. They include Science Is Real, which you They Might Be Giants Fans may be familiar with, and I Remember California, which goes out to my fellow REM lovers.
Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks has stocked the shop with tons of new yarn and products, including new sock blanks in bold colors and a new “market” section with stitch markers from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry, project and notions bags, mugs and more. If you’re starting to think about your Rhinebeck sweater (it’s time…) there’s some Brigantia (DK weight Polwarth/silk) and Zalti (100% U.S. grown and processed Targhee), as well a Birte and Verdande (both Superwash Merino, Cashmere and silk) in stock.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect draped front sweater and Windswept by Melissa Kemmerer looks to be The One. This top-down seamless sweater is knit with fingering-weight yarn and offers the option to customize, with either subtle or wild, speckled stripes.
Add some flowers to your summer with Laura Patterson’s newest shawl design. The lovely Vervain, knit with 525 to 1,825 yards of laceweight yarn, uses two different Estonian flower stitches, one with clusters and another with double yarn overs.
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.)
Perhaps, Perhaps by Melanie Berg. From the top, North Cascades Night is paired with Stormcloud & Pollen and Blackberry & Alpine; you will need one skein of each color.
Eifelgold by Melanie Berg. From the top, North Cascades Night is paired with Stormcloud and Hosta; you will need three skeins of the main color and one skein of the contrasting color. (I like either Stormcloud as the main with North Cascades and then North Cascades as the main with Hosta.)
Drachenfels by Melanie Berg. From the top, North Cascades Night is paired with Blackberry & Alpine and Stormcloud & Pollen; you will need two skeins of Colors A (the brownish purple in the sample) and C (the red in the sample) and one skein of Color B (the lilac in the sample).
The Girl In Me by Melanie Berg; From the top, North Cascades Night is paired with Stormcloud, Walnut and Hosta; you will need three skeins in the main color and two skeins of the contrasting color. (I like either Stormcloud as the main with North Cascades as the contrast, Walnut as the main with North Cascades as the contrast, or North Cascades as the main and Hosta as the contrast.)
Goldfinch by Andrea Mowry. From left to right, North Cascades Night is paired with Stormcloud & Pollen and Blackberry & Alpine; You will need one skein of each color.
Fields of Lavender by Francoise Danoy. From the top, North Cascades Night is paired with Stormcloud, Hosta and Walnut; you will need two skeins for the main color and one skein for the contrasting color.
Kayleen of Littlebean Loves Yarn has been slowly restocking her shop with lovely new colorways on her Merino/nylon Everyday Sock base, Simple Sock Merino single-ply and also on her Yack Sock. You lucky readers also get a discount with the coupon code INDIEUNTANGLED.
If you’ve been tempted by Andrea Mowry’s So Faded sweater, you may have found the perfect yarn. Spirit Trail now has a limited number of kits available for So Faded, as well as the Find Your Fade and Free Your Fade shawls. The above photo shows the “Evening Shades” kit, dyed on Sunna, a 3-ply fingering-weight blend of Superwash Merino, Cashmere and silk. Kits are also available on Eos, a 2-ply yarn with 100% organic wool.
Give a big warm, wooly welcome to dyer Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn, who creates her stunning variegated colorways out on Long Island, N.Y. Her shop is stocked with a variety of bases, including a new Merino/yak/nylon blend called Tibetan Sock.
This yarn is too weird to knit, too rare to dye. Inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, colorways in this series by My Mama Knits include Bat Country, Lizard Lounge, Desert Race, Circus Casino, Grapefruits, Surrealistic Bathtub and Tarmac Whale.
Inner Yarn Zen has opened preorders for Round 1, Season 3 of an Outlander Unclub. An unclub is essentially a kit with a colorway that is exclusive until 2018 and other handmade goodies. This round includes a skein of yarn inspired by the Battle of Culloden and the hero Jamie Frasier, along with a project bag that will carry you through the voyage on your own tall ship.
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.
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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!
It’ll be 5 o’clock somewhere when Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has her Breakfast of Champions update, with fun ice cream- and beer-themed project bags and accessories. It all starts at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
Literature nerd alert: The second edition of the Pandia’s Jewels Regency Collection, inspired by the world of Jane Austen, is out. Colors in this collection include Lydia has run away! from Pride and Prejudice, Have you heard about Jane Fairfax & Mr. Churchill? from Emma and Mr. Ferrars is no longer engaged to Miss Steele from Sense and Sensibility.
If you’re a sock knitter, then you may be training for the Tour de Sock, a knitting competition that raises funds for Doctors Without Borders. Sue of Invictus Yarns has dyed up some gorgeous TdS colorways, including a variegated one that’s TDF.
When the weather (actually) starts getting warmer, you don’t really want to be knitting out of the A/C with a big pile of fabric in your lap. While I’ve certainly worked on a sweater at the beach, it’s not ideal. Neither is traveling and worrying about losing one of those six mini skeins.
I see summer as the perfect time to pick out that single skein of fingering in your stash that you really love and knit up a little something to drape over your shoulders or around your neck when you start wanting to put wool on your skin again.
I’ve long said that shawls, and infinity scarves, are potato chip knitting, because they are easily addictive and tend to cause less consternation than socks — there’s no such thing as Second Shawl Syndrome.
Here are some new designs and a few old favorites for that prized skein.
Janina Kallio has a whole bunch of single-skein shawls, but my favorite has to be Drops of Honey, above, which she designed especially for the 2016 Indie Untangled Where We Knit yarn club. It’s simple enough to be mindless, with just enough interest with the eyelets.