What to stash this week: Indie discoveries

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One of the best discoveries on my recent trip to Italy (aside from the delicious tiella in my friend Carmen’s seaside town of Gaeta) was Valentina of SnailYarn, who dyes out of her home in Ariccia, in the Rome countryside. I discovered her while doing a quick Google search for indie dyers there, and though we weren’t able to connect during my trip, she surprised me by posting on Indie Untangled a couple months later! She wrote about her recent shop update, which included the super shiny BFL/silk fingering, pictured above in Steel, Alpine Lake, Misty Mountain and Orchid, and a baby alpaca/silk/linen base that would be perfect for breezy summer tops.

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Designer Jennifer Dassau is another Indie Untangled newcomer, and I guarantee you’ll end up adding at least one of her patterns to your Favorites. A former attorney who left the law to work in garment production on Seventh Avenue, Jennifer now designs top-down seamless sweaters, contemporary shawls and simple accessories.

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If Dami’s beautiful colorways aren’t enough to tempt you to knit Lynn Di Cristina’s Mirla cowl, maybe another giveaway will! To win a skein of Magpie Fibers’ Swanky Sock in the color of your choice, knit the Mirla cowl using two skeins of Magpie Fibers Swanky DK and post your FO on Ravelry. The winner will be chosen Sept. 2.

Sealilies

You can’t get more summery than the new exclusive colorways from Florida LYS A Good Yarn Sarasota. Available online, a few colorways are inspired by underwater photographs taken by shop owner Susan’s husband while SCUBA diving. Sea Lilies, above, was dyed for the store by Sweet Georgia on their Silk Crush base. They also have Binkwaffle Dumpling Bags in two exclusive, sea-inspired fabrics.

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Laura Patterson’s Bioluminescence crescent shawl is also inspired by SCUBA diving and the millions of tiny lights glimmering under the sea (and the sparkly Nebula yarn from Anzula). It’s knit from the lace edge up, then shaped into a crescent with garter stitch short rows. There are also several wrong-side lace rows, so there is some counting involved, so perfect for a little summer challenge.

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Lisa’s moving to a new apartment and she’s giving you a little housewarming gift. You can get a free $5 item, such as an art card or stitch markers, with the purchase of a pair of stockinette sneakers, a fine art print or another $5 item. Use coupon codes SBOshoes, SBOprints or SBObogo at checkout.

Glasscapes

Mingo and Asho, the crafty husband and wife team from California, have several new spindles in the shop. Called Glasspins, these 11-inch spindles are handcrafted of laminated hardwood and blown glass, which come in a variety of shades. New colors include Sea Grass, Peacock Feathers, Purple Pansies and Tango Nights.

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