What to stash this week: keep calm and KAL on

A purple and blue shawl.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has launched a KAL called Parallelominis that encourages you to dive into your collection of mini skeins and scrap yarn to create artistic color combinations. 

The KAL runs through May 17 and every participant that shares their FO gets a free pattern and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Crafty Flutterby Creations. Indie Untangled readers get 60% off the Parallelominis pattern through the end of March with code INDIELOVE.

Blue and yellow yarn.

Vanessa of Cape May Fiber Company has opened sign-ups for her Botanically Dyed Yarn of the Month Club. The next shipment she’ll be sending out is for April, which is Grape Hyacinth.

Purple, teal and gold yarn.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. is having a spring cleaning sale and a giveaway rolled into one. Every $20 spent in the shop between now and April 12 enters you to win prizes, including a Joji & Co. needle wallet, a $100 shop credit, a $50 shop credit, and a crochet hook from Furls and some of Kate’s yarn to go with it.

A wall of yarn.

Terri of Whole Knit ‘N Caboodle has added over 150 new colors to her website, and will be sending a check to your LYS for every online purchase.

A purple, blue and black shoulder bag.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has once again teamed up with Julia of Pandia’s Jewels for the Yarnies to the bone collection. The ready-to-ship update goes live today at 9 a.m. Pacific, and there is a special yarn colorway available to preorder on Julia’s website.

Blue, pink and gray speckled yarn.

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn debuted a new MCN fingering base called Faun and kits for Samantha Guerin’s Side Trip cowl. Use the code STAYHOME to get 10% off your purchase, or don’t and Shanna will donate 10% of sales to Direct Relief.

A woman in a gray colorwork hat with a black and white cat.

What’s more appropriate than cats and yarn? A book about cats and yarn! Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns has collaborated with Marna Gilligan of ‘an caitin beag’ for Cat Knits, a book of 16 knit designs featuring kitties and Eden Cottage yarns.

Yellow to orange ombre yarn.

Susan of Sunflower Designs is also hosting a KAL for her Love in the Time of Coronavirus shawl, with proceeds from the pattern split evenly between the CDC foundation and Meals on Wheels Covid-19 Response Fund.

A teal crocheted shawl.

Crochet is having a moment, and Karen Whooley’s Whimsy shawl is a colorful, project with easy crochet stitches and lace. Get the pattern at 10% off through the end of March with the code 10offmarch.

AnnieDot Creative has released a kit for the Fintry shawl by Knox Mountain Knit Co.

Join the Indie Untangled Super Special KAL!

A woman poses in a navy speckled sweater

I’ve been taking immense comfort in my knitting these last few weeks, treating myself to afternoons and evenings on the sofa, accompanied by special snacks. It’s the perfect time to share that knitting, so I decided to launch a super special KAL on April 1. It also happens to coincide with the sixth birthday of Indie Untangled (where does the time go?)!

The entry form with all the rules and a list of the amazing prizes can be found here.

There’s also a Ravelry thread where you can share what you’re working on!

Pictured above is one of the prizes for the sweater category, a Gabrielle Sweater Kit from designer Geraldine Yang of The Wandering Flock.

Here’s a peek at what else you can win:

Pink yarn.

Three skeins of hand-dyed yarn from Lanivendole

An aqua and orange bag and yarn.

A Koi Pond kit from Murky Depths Dyeworks and Knitspinquilt

A woman models a red cabled cowl.

A pattern of the winner’s choice from Vanessa Smith

Skeins of peach yarn.

Two skeins of LolaBean Yarn Co. Wax Bean in Georgia Peach

A multicolored, bright rectangular wrap.

A pattern of the winner’s choice from Casapinka

Blue yarn on a natural cotton tote bag with a mermaid.

Yarn Pirate Booty from Treasure Goddess Yarn: Three skeins of Treasured DK Luxe yarn, a cotton mermaid tote bag, a holographic pirate sheep vinyl sticker/decal, a white pirate sheep enamel pin and an orange pirate sheep keychain

A woman models a red and gray hat with a geometric pattern.

A pattern of the winner’s choice from Woolly Wormhead

Purple and pink mini skeins.

A Tiny popper miniskein bundle and one full skein of coordinating yarn from Sew Happy Jane

A woman models a blue and gray striped and lace shawl.

Two patterns of the winner’s choice from MK Nance

Purple yarn.

A set of five 10g mini skeins from My Mama Knits

A gray bag with a bear wearing an aqua sweater.

A project bag from Rose and the Wren

Tote bag, yarn and s'more pin collage.

A skein of Duck Duck Wool DK Limited in Glaciers and Wildflowers, a Knitting Our National Parks tote bag and a I Want S’more Yarn enamel pin from Indie Untangled

What to stash this week: Updates and discounts

Gray and red yarn.

Stefania and Giulia of Lanivendole are having an update today with A Chic Blend, first yarn they created after starting their small Genoa, Italy-based company. The 17 bright hand-dyed shades coordinate well with their un-dyed grey shades of A Stormy Blend. Also today, designer Isabell Kraemer is releasing her Gianluca sweater, which uses both bases.

Bright blue and purple yarn.
Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeoworks was looking forward to showing off her newest base, Nautilus BFL Aran, at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut, this month. Currently available in 10 colors, Nautilus, as well as everything else in Debbie’s shop, is available for a 15% discount using the code CXL15.

Stephanie of Deep Dyed Yarns is a one-woman show offering vibrant and wild colors on a variety of bases. She was scheduled to vend at YarnCon at the beginning of April, so please consider supporting her through her online shop.

Purple and speckled yarn.

If you need some fairy tale escapism, Dawn of Fairy Tale Yarn Co. is introducing her Fairy Tale Ensembles. These are sets of matching colorways designed especially for projects, like sweaters or shawls, that require colorways two or more complementary colorways.

A collage of green yarn.

Sunshine of My Mama Knits is offering 20% off orders over £50 until the end of April, no code needed. The discount applies to everything: hand-dyed yarn, as well as sock rulers, bag pins, stitch markers, project bags and knitting needles.

Pink speckled yarn with fairy lights.

MJ of Cat Sandwich Fibers just had a shop update with a ton of sock yarn in her signature bright colors, as well as her much-awaited pink holographic bag.

Pink yarn in the shape of a heart.

Mary of Birch Dyeworks was also scheduled to vend at Stitches United. Visit her online instead of in person and use the code STAYHOME to get free U.S. shipping.

What to stash this week: support our indies

A skein of red mohair yarn.

Kathy and Hannah at Despondent Dyes, who were slated to vend at VKL Seattle this weekend, decided to put their extra inventory to good use after the show was postponed due to COVID-19. They will be donating 15% of sales made from March 13 to 15 to Partners in Health, which helps those in need get access to live-saving care. 

A skein of purple yarn next to a seashell.

Karen of Seven Sisters Arts, who was planning to vend at VKL Seattle, is offering her yarn at 15% off with the code VKE from 12 noon EDT today through Sunday at midnight. The Steampunk Hat is being released today as well and 50% of all pattern sales for the weekend will be donated to H.O.M.E., an organization that assists homeless and low-income people with shelter and job skills.

A white bag with a blue and green leaf pattern.

Allena of StarKits was scheduled to vend at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival and YarnCon in Chicago, so check out her project bags for all fiber artists.

A skein of white yarn with pink and purple speckles.

YarnCon was Chicago-based Michele’s first big event as Misfit Yarns, so show her some support by checking out her bright, speckled colorways in a variety of bases.

A yellow to aqua gradient yarn.

Elisabeth of Wolle’s Yarn Creations had been set to vend at the Carolina FiberFest in Raleigh this weekend. She’s now offering a 10% discount throughout the weekend to make up for lost sales. Use coupon code RALEIGH at checkout.

A two-toned pink bag with a blue strap.

Sara of La Cave à Laine’s crossbody bags recently got an upgrade and now feature fully detachable and adjustable crossbody straps. Some of the bags feature a special coated cotton, from Le Jacquard Français, an historic textile brand created in the Vosges Mountains near Sara’s home in France.

A bright colorwork hat with pink, blue and gold.

Selena of Sweater Sisters has kits for Lynette Meek’s new Fair Isle hat pattern, Tulipa. It features Selena’s newest hand-dyed base Au Naturale and a Ravelry download code for a free copy of the pattern.

A red and purple bag with a Z Scrabble tile.

Good Water & Co., a Pennsylvania-based, mother-daughter project-bag-making team, uses 100% quilter’s grade cotton or canvas sourced from small, local quilt shops for their products, including a signature Build A Bag, which includes multiple coordinating accessories.

Victoria’s next update includes a special colorway called Trans Rights are Human Rights and pastel rainbow mini skein sets. 20% of the purchase price donated to Stonewall, a UK organization supporting the LGBTQ+ community.Pastel rainbow mini skeins.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns’ next update includes a special colorway called Trans Rights are Human Rights and pastel rainbow mini skein sets. 20% of the purchase price donated to Stonewall, a UK organization supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

What to stash this week: the beginning of the rainbow

Black yarn with a rainbow..

Lisa of White Birch Fiber Arts seems always ready for spring, with bright and cheerful self-striping colorways, and she recently restocked her website. There are plenty of her trademark rainbows, along with minis and gradient cakes.

A silver shawl pin on a skein of pink yarn.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has launched her Celtic Spring collection of shawl pins that celebrate the rich heritage of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. There are also limited edition end minder sets that pay tribute to St. Patrick’s Day.

A sheep on a gray yarn sock.

Party with Woolfred, the lovable Slipped Stitch Studios mascot, today at 9 a.m. Pacific. Woolfred Yarn Socks will be joined by project bags and accessories in some brand new sheep and alpaca fabrics.

Outlander Unclub promotion.

Round 2 of the Inner Yarn Zen Outlander Unclub includes one skein of hand-painted Duality fingering-weight yarn and a commissioned set of stitch markers featuring images of this season’s key characters.

A long lacy red cardigan.

In time for spring, Joan of White Lies Designs has kits for the lacy Carly Waterfall Duster.

If you’re going to DFWFiberFest, learn a new way to put beads on your knitting.

What to stash this week: Colors from nature

Pale blue and green yarn.

Caroline of The Noble Thread has caught the natural dyeing bug and recently released her first collection of entirely naturally-dyed yarns. As she’s based in North Carolina, the collection is locally inspired by the colors of the coastal Southeast: pinky-peach azaleas (swoon) and sea-foam blues and greens. 

Fantastic Socks over a black and white skein of yarn.

Here’s where to find some fantastic socks: Sign-ups open March for AnnieDot Creative’s new yarn club, inspired by Newt Scamander (the fictional English wizard and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The year-long club starts shipping in April.

Neon speckled yarn.

Aimee of Pancake and Lulu has been having regular mini shop updates. The most recent one included colorways called Funfetti, Dark Fairy and Raspberry Truffle.

A blue and green lacy shawl with a silver shawl pin.

Get 25% off individual patterns or the ebook for Michelle’s Go Anywhere collection, inspired by Reading Rainbow, with the code INDIELOVE.

Fiber festival flavor: Barcelona Knits 2019 and Stitches West 2020

Crowds at fiber festivals.

One of the things I love most about traveling to fiber festivals around the world — and I’m privileged to consider this part of my work — is getting to experience joining the local fiber community, if only for a few days. I’m very lucky to be part of an active and vibrant knitting community in New York City, and while many events have become destinations in and of themselves (the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the New York Sheep & Wool Festival and even Vogue Knitting Live NYC), they each have a feel that’s all their own.

Posing with Bellota magazine.

At Barcelona Knits this past November, many of the vendors were from Spain or elsewhere in Europe. Some of my favorite finds were El Robledal de la Santa, run by Jackson and David, who breed Angora goats in Extremadura, in Southwest Spain, Lanivendole, run by Stefania and Giula, who hand dye Italian fibers, and the Spain-based knitting magazine Bellota.

Rosa Pomar in the booth for Retrosaria Rosa Pomar.

I also finally got to meet Rosa Pomar of Lisbon, Portugal LYS Retrosaria Rosa Pomar and designer of several patterns, including the Arbusto sweater from Issue 6 of Laine magazine, and project bag maker and designer Sara Maternini La Cave à Laine.

Bright speckled yarn.

The venue, the WTC in Barcelona, was at the end of the famous Ramblas, a pedestrian mall lined with outdoor cafes and street performers. The night before the show, wristbands for attendees who had already bought tickets were handed out at Barcelona LYS Lalanalú, with another gathering at a nearby LYS, Miss Kits, which provided a window into the local yarn community. Miss Kits was jam packed with indie-dyed yarn, including local brands that were also at the show, such as Catalonia-based Sóc una troca (and it was a short tip to the most delicious ham at Reserva Ibérica).

Sparkly letters spell out Makery.

Stitches West, which I attended last week in Santa Clara, California, is a massive show spanning a huge convention floor, but still manages to retain that local flavor. This is most apparent in the {Among Friends} Neighborhood, which for the last few years has been comprised of vendors who have gotten to know each other at shows. This year, that included Indie Untangled vendors Sarah of The Dye Project, which specializes in non-Superwash yarns, and Thao of Nerd Bird Makery, which creates enamel pins, T-shirts and other accessories that represents our diverse crafting community.

Gold jewelry.

Although I would have traveled “off campus” if I’d had a car, I didn’t even have to leave the convention center to visit Northern California LYSes like Firebird Yarns, which brought a large selection of yarn from Virginia-based IU vendor Brooke of Fully Spun as well as new indie yarn discoveries. I also found beautiful jewelry from a Vallejo maker named Casey of Aquacherry.

And though the show was huge — I’ve told friends it was like Rhinebeck and VKL NYC rolled into one — you were still able to feel a sense of community by sitting in the bar of the Hilton attached to the convention center, which we yarn folks of course took over (plus, it’s down the street from the most incredible ramen). I also was excited to finally meet Jasmin and Gigi from the Knitmore Girls podcast, which was one of the first knitting podcasts I started listening to years ago!

Of course, the knitting community feels like “home” no matter where you are.

What to stash this week: Bouclé is back

Multicolored bouclé yarn.

Debbie of Murky Depths, who has a background in retail fashion, is ahead of the curve with her new Maelstrom base, an alpaca and polyamide bouclé laceweight that you can swap for any pattern that calls for mohair (so, like, almost every new pattern).

A snowy forest and green yarn.

Today’s the last day you can order Quiescence, a yarn-y interpretation of Sequoia National Park after a snowstorm from Gabby of Once Upon a Corgi. 10% of sales are donated to the National Park Foundation. 

Pink graphic for 40% off.

Today is Meg of Nutmeg Fibers’ 40th birthday, and to celebrate, everything on her website is 40% off today only, no code needed.

A Fair Isle cowl.

Norwegian Dreams is Selena’s newest Sweater Sisters pattern, and she has kits with the eight colors to knit up this Fair Isle cowl.

A bag with colorful fabric.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is doing a salute to Supernatural today at 9 a.m. Pacific.

Skeins of sky blue yarn.

The latest Eden Cottage Yarns update takes place today and includes Oakworth 4ply in support of The Blossoming Sweater by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear.

What to stash this week: Love knot for your knits

A purple shawl cuff with a silver Celtic knot.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has put her own spin on the shawl cuff trend. Michelle crafts them with colorful cork, which is both vegan and environmentally friendly, hand stitching Celtic knit charms onto each piece, which are secured with metal snaps. You can see the cuffs, along with Michelle’s assortment of accessories, in her booth at Stitches West next weekend (I’ll be there too!).

A snowy forest and green yarn.

Quiescence is Gabby of Once Upon a Corgi’s interpretation of Sequoia National Park after a snowstorm. This anything-but-quiet colorway is available to preorder through next Friday, with 10% of sales donated to the National Park Foundation.

A bag with birds and red and blue yarn.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co is having a special Valentine’s Day shop update today at 11 a.m. Eastern time. It will include a special Lovebird collaboration with gingeroots bags, and two packages inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre available to preorder.

Gold stockinette stitch earrings.

Jen of Porterness Studio has restocked after VKL NYC, with tons of new jewels, including 14K Gold Stockinette Stitch Motif Minis and Short Row earrings.

A blue bag with white alpaca wearing red scarves.

Stephanie of Rock Solid Designs has debuted her new Grace bag. These spacious bags have a more classic style for use as an everyday tote.

A lacy aqua shawl on a dress form.

Marian of Marianated Yarns is debuting several new designs at Stitches West, collaborating with designers including Katy Carroll, Deb Gerhard, Romi Hill and Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits.

A bag with conversation hearts fabric holding purple yarn.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has once again collaborated with artist Cynthia Frenette for a special V-day update that will drop today at 9 a.m. Pacific.

Plum and pink solid and speckled skeins of yarn.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels will have several kits for Wool & Pine’s Sorrel Sweater available for preorder starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern through Friday, February 21 until 8 p.m. Eastern.

Blue and white fuzzy yarn.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns will have an update on Saturday at 3 p.m. UK time with plenty of Coniston Fingering, a single-ply yarn with extra fine Merino and luxurious superkid mohair.

What to stash this week: Sound travels

A snowy forest and green yarn.

I’m excited to debut the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks from Once Upon a Corgi. Gabby was inspired by a photo of a snowstorm at Sequoia National Park taken by Ian Beckley. She calls her colorway Quiescence: the state of being temporarily quiet like the forest during and after a fresh snow storm.

Quiescence will be dyed on Marie Cutie, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Corriedale and nylon, and available to preorder on Indie Untangled until February 21. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation. Gabby is dyeing a limited number of skeins, so make sure to order early if you want to snag one!

Handspun look yarn with shades of purple.

Spots are open in Brooke of Fully Spun’s 2020 REMIX subscription club. For this club, Brooke takes an existing colorway of Fully Spun Sock Fingering, which is hand dyed and custom milled, and gives it a remix to make it look like new!

Purple yarn.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole are having their first shop update of 2020 and have their web shop stocked with skeins of A Heavenly Blend. The appropriately-named base is made with Giulia’s own homegrown Cashmere, along with Aquilana wool and Italian alpaca. The update also includes two new colorways: Zafferano, a dark caramel, and Scirocco, a cold slate blue.

Purple, pink, green and yellow yarn.

Selena of Sweater Sisters has listed 17 colors of her Wayfarer fingering (80% extra fine Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% nylon) and nine colorways of Snow City Yarns SOCK (60% extra fine Merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% nylon) in her shop.

Bags with Wonder Woman fabric.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is celebrating her birthday with a collection of superheroes! The update goes live today at 9 a.m. PST.

Gray and teal tweedy yarn.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels is having a shop update tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST with a variety of Outlander-inspired colors both new and revised, available on several different fingering bases and a few on DK. These are limited-edition colors, with only a few in stock.

Skeins of green yarn.

The next hand-dyed yarn update from Eden Cottage Yarns goes live tomorrow at 5 p.m. UK time. The update will include Bowland DK, Pendle Aran and the final installment of the Four Seasons Collection, a collaboration with Jayalakshmi of Apoorva Designs.