What to stash this week: mini mani-yak

Stephania of Three Fates Yarn takes a different, less speckled path than other indie dyers, and her semisolids and gradients are perfect for colorwork projects that require the colors to stand out from one another. Enter her Helios mini skeins. Comprised of 60% Superwash Merino, 20% yak and 20% silk, they are a great match for items that require a bit of luxurious warmth with next-to-the-skin softness. Stephania has moved from Etsy to a new home on a new website, so step in and take a look around, and get to know her and her lovely yarns a little better.  

Tamy recently debuted her Harpers Ferry shawl, which uses a main color contrasted with mohair and mini skeins (see above on where to get minis!). The result is a beautiful melding of high-contrast color, though you can also use a gradient for a more subtle look.

And speaking of minis… Jen of Porterness Studio has a new mini double-sided Yarn Life and stockinette motif sterling silver necklace. It’s designed to show flip as you wear it during the day to show off both sides. It normally retails for $125, but Indie Untangled readers get an introductory price of $95 with the code IndieYarnMini25 through January 24.

As the Outlander series comes to a close, so does Inner Yarn Zen’s Season 4 Outlander Unclub. Pictured is a photo of the yarn from Round 2, which is available on its own or as part of a package with all three rounds.

This is going to be Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ new view in New Mexico and it’s inspiring her New Beginnings yarn club. This quarterly club will ship in March, June, September and December and you can get one skein to up to four skeins per shipment.

Amanda of Wild Hair Studio has one of the few flocks of Romeldale/CVM sheep in the southeastern U.S. This breed, which is considered endangered, will be highlighted in her quarterly fiber club, which is now accepting members. Each club release will include roving, batts or smidgens (mini batts) of a Romeldale/CVM wool and/or Romeldale/CVM wool blend from her studio. If you’re more a knitter than a spinner, there is also a handspun option!

Slipped Stitch Studios is bringing you some enchantment under the sea. No, not the dance in Back To the Future, but a collection of project bags and other goodies featuring mermaids, sharks, narwhals and more. They’re on sale today at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. hosting a winter make-along with prizes and loose rules. To enter, you can make a project using 50% or more of McMullin Fiber Co. materials and post about it publicly on social media. She’s kicking off the MAL with a sale: use the code TREATYOSELF for 25% off everything in the shop until January 24.

The latest October House Fiber Arts shop update includes a few colorful additions that should brighten up your dark winter days.

In time for the new year, Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is releasing Tree of Life shawl pins, which symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.

Dye Is Cast Yarns has a limited edition Valentine’s Day 2019 colorway.

What to stash this week: fab finds

Heather of Heather’s Yarn Barn is dyeing small batches of colorways each month all inspired around a theme. This month’s colorways have an antique theme and include Yellow Flowers (pictured above), Rusty Old Keys and Lavender End Table.

Yarn clubs are such a great way to explore the work of new-to-you dyers, designers and other creative folks, and to fall in love with colorways that you may not have found on your own. Of course, you need a perfect theme to tie it all together. Diane of Lady Dye Yarns has been dedicated to promoting the work of women color in the fiber industry, and her latest club, called the Fab 8 Craft Club, is comprised of products from eight black female yarn-trepreneurs, including Brooke of Fully Spun.

Laura and Co.’s January Bag of the Month serves up some cuteness, but you’ll want to wash these creatures’ mouths out with soap (hand wash, of course). They have chosen three super cool designs from artist Cynthia Frenette. Preorders open today 9 a.m. PST and close at midnight on Monday, January 14.

Heather of Earl Grey Fiber Co.’s Afternoon Tea Collection is a quarterly collection of sock sets inspired by the best hot beverage. Three new sock sets, which include one full skein and two coordinating minis, will be debuting in a shop update on January 19.

Julia’s new free Nimbus hat is designed to be knit with either fingering, sport or DK weight yarn held with mohair silk lace. The cable crown shows off your inner supernatural strength, even on days when a rain cloud is hovering over you.

Grab the Mrs. Frog colorway from IU newcomer Wobble Gobble Yarn.

What to stash this week: knit nonstop

Hamilton fans: here’s your next KAL. Next week, Mary Annarella is launching a Hamilton-themed Mystery Knit-A-Long! The clues for this generous, shawl-like cowl will have show references throughout and the pattern requires three distinct skeins of DK or light worsted, making it great for stash busting (above are my selections).

Sara of La Cave á Laine has some beautiful, clearly written shawl patterns that are perfect for knitting while sitting by the fire, the beach or, let’s face it, Netflix and Amazon Prime. And for the month of January, enjoy 20% off all of Sara’s patterns using the code INDIE2019.

Liz of Colorful Eclectic is preparing for the first quarter of her Color Maven Society. Each month you’ll receive two skeins — one each of a speckled or variegated yarn and a coordinating tonal — plus special knitting treasures. Sign-ups close January 6, so don’t miss out!

The Zen Yarn Garden crew is clearing out their discontinued bases and giving you some amazing savings. This week it’s the heavy laceweight Black Tie Affair in mystery colorways for $10 per skein (regularly $25!). 

Check out the lightly variegated colorways from Charlotte and Jerlyn of Roberta Rae Fibers, who dye out of their studios in East Jordan and Clawson, Michigan. You may also see them at the fiber festivals they have scheduled.

Robin launched her dyeing operation, Loved Ones Yarn, last year and is prepping for a season of shop updates and trunk shows. Check out what’s in her shop and stay tuned to the IU marketplace for future news.

Lisa The Knitting Artist spent most of the last few months developing some new colors that she is finally ready to share. These colors are inspired by her already existing yarns, but are dyed in different ways, including speckles and solids. 

Raya of Blissful Knits is introducing her latest yarn collection: a rainbow of semisolid micro skeins that are perfect for colorwork or adding pops of color.

2018 Year In Review: IU dyers and yarns

I get so much inspiration from the knitters who find wonderful things to make with hand-dyed yarn — especially when they get creative and combine yarns from different indie dyers in colorwork projects, or find the perfect pattern for that semisolid or speckled colorway. Here’s a compilation of my favorite projects using yarn from Indie Untangled artisans.

Above is perhaps my favorite project of the year, Vicki’s All Points South with Dark Harbour Yarn Starboard, Duck Duck Wool Silky Singleton and The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady. I love how the four colorways from three different dyers look meant for each other (and I definitely looked to Vicki’s pullover shawl, as the designer Casapinka calls it, as inspiration when knitting my version with Duck Duck Wool.

Mary’s Heart of Glass with Duck Duck Wool 80/20 Merino Silk Fingering

Carol’s Tulle Shawl with Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20

Lavanya’s Rue St. Antoine with Astral Bath Yarns Astral Sport

Amanda’s Beeline with Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT

Karen’s Yin & Yang Loop with Middle Brook Fiberworks Vintage No. 3

Jenn’s Stripey Cowl with Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock

Elizabeth’s Sunset Highway with Hue Loco Single Sock, Skeinny Dipping Merino Single and Voolenvine Yarns Nouveau

Kate’s Guthrie with Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool and The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Juicy DK — which won the 2018 Indie Untangled KAL

What to stash this week: Indie Goes West

If you’re local to Portland, Oregon, and free on February 2 from 5-8 p.m., then you should snag tickets to Indie Untangled’s first West Coast event! I’m teaming up with Thao of Nerd Bird Makery and we’re bringing together a select group of Northwest dyers and makers and also introducing a few indies from the East Coast. Click here for all the info. 

If you miss summer camp, there are still spots open for the Pacific Coast Handmade Craft Camp taking place September 12-15 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Activities include knitting, sewing, embroidery, dyeing, block printing, weaving, mending and more. The fabulous instructors are: Sonya Philip (100 Acts of Sewing), Simone Kereit (Owlcat Designs), Michelle Russell (Left Coast Dyer), Cleo Malone (co-owner of Cast Away yarn shop) and Sarah Pedersen (The Dye Project).

Class up your 2019 with these elegant bags from Slipped Stitch Studios. Their New Year Elegance Party kicks off today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time and includes a limited number of ready to ship bags in sparkly fabrics.

Sign-ups for the 2019 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club close this Monday, December 31! Don’t miss out on this quarterly club that brings together four dyer/designer teams that will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and accompanying accessory design inspired by where they knit.

Clockwise from top left are inspiration photos from Life In the Long Grass and Rizzaknits, Martin’s Lab and Justyna Lorkowska, Asylum Fibers and Woollywormhead and Fuse Fiber Studio and Knitting Expat. 

Zen Yarn Garden is having a massive Boxing Day sale. Use the code 25OFF to get… 25% off yarn and knitting kits, including their lovely kit for Andrea Mowry’s What the Fade. There’s also free U.S. shipping on orders of $99+ and free international shipping for orders of $299+.

Learn more about Marissa of The Spun Bunny, a “bunny shepherdess” and creator of color for yarn and a variety of spinning fiber, which of course includes angora from her adorable bunnies. Marissa is offering 35% off items in her shop, excluding calendars, through December 30 with the code THANKYOU.

Patrick of yarn company Rosy Green Wool and designer Melanie Berg have teamed up to raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation, a charity that saves lives. Only $2-3 buys a bed net treated with insecticides that can protect two people from malaria for up to four years — much less than a skein of hand-dyed yarn. Please join me in making a donation. Additionally, I will be donating 10% of all sales of in-stock items in the Indie Untangled shop through January 31, 2019 to the campaign. 

2018 Year In Review: IU exclusives

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One of the best things about running Indie Untangled is getting to work with talented dyers to come up with exclusive colorways, whether it’s for the Rhinebeck Trunk Show, the Knitting Our National Parks project or the Where We Knit yarn club. And while I love collecting hand-dyed yarn as much as the next knitter, I truly enjoy seeing those colorways put to use in beautiful sweaters, shawls, cowls and more.

For the 2018 Indie Untangled Year In Review, I’ve compiled some of my favorite projects that use Indie Untangled exclusives.

Pictured above is Cecilia’s Sunset Highway with La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Automne à Rhinebeck, Asylum Fibers Solitary in Rhinebeck’s All The Craze, Dark Harbour Yarn Port in Davy Jones Locker and La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Yellow Brick Road

Aimee’s Rainshadow in La Bien Aimée Merino Singles Kingston and Hudson

Janet’s Local Yarn Shawl with The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady in Kiowa

Kelly’s Glaciers and Wildflowers Pullover with Duck Duck Wool DK Limited in Glaciers and Wildflowers

Tawana’s The Doodler with La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Automne à Rhinebeck and Asylum Fibers Solitary in Rhinebeck’s All The Craze and Sleepless

Deborah’s Do It Up with Gauge Dye Works SHAWL: MCN Fingering in Hudson Valley

Jerrill’s Birds and Ships with Little Fox Yarn Vixen in Birds and Ships

Amy’s Close To You with Asylum Fibers Solitary in Acadia Lights

Abigail’s Concentra Cowl with Backyard Fiberworks Terrain in North Cascades Night and Merino 2/6

Maggie’s Lemon Pie with La Bien Aimée Merino DK in Automne à Rhinebeck

See many more FO’s using yarn from Indie Untangled dyers here.

What to stash this week: the great North American yarn road trip

Colorways in the bi-monthly Dragonfly Fibers yarn club for 2019 will be inspired by North America’s unique landmarks and people — and YOU can help by sending photos of places that you find special! Each shipment will include suggestions for patterns to use with the yarn. You can also choose a subscription with or without swag, which in the past has included such amazing goodies as a shawl pin from IU maker Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations and a project bag from That Clever Clementine. 

Do not throw away your shot at this amazing set of Hamilton-inspired goodies from Slipped Stitch Studios. Sales start today at 9 a.m. Pacific time and are open until December 26. Laura’s also made up a little certificate that’s perfect for gift giving. 

Lovers of cinema and/or horror, this yarn club is for you: Petra of Undercover Otter has created a wonderful adventure for her 2019 club that is inspired by the horror flick Igor, the awkward henchman to the mad and power hungry. Each shipment of this monthly club contains one or two skeins of a unique colorway exclusive to members for six months, a lesson on how that month’s Igor relates to cinema and some fun extras. Movies include Frankenstein, Manos: The Hands of Fate and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Just in time for winter, Kristi of Shalimar Yarns is updating her shop with Breathless Cush, her luxury bulky base that’s a blend of 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% silk. Use the code INDIESNO to receive 10% off your order and knit up two new accessory designs, including a quick colorwork hat called Snoflinga and a free two-skein cowl pattern.

Preorders for the Sorting Hat Kits, a magical collaboration between Nichole of One Sock Wonder Bags and Caitlin of String Theory Colorworks, are coming to a close. Claim your spot in the Yarnwarts School of Fibercraft and Yarnery and receive a custom-dyed self-striping colorway, a complementary mini skein in the House Color chosen for you by The Sorting Hat, WIPQuidditch and Sorting Hat Sheep Squeezers and an Accio Yarn! enamel pin. All will ship out on January 15.

Today is the last day to order Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ stunning Crater Lake-inspired colorways, with 10% of all sales donated to the National Park Foundation.

It may be too late to get actual indie-dyed yarn shipped in time to put under the tree, so consider an even better gift — a subscription to the 2019 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club. This quarterly club will begin shipping in February and brings together four dyer/designer teams that will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and accompanying accessory design inspired by where they knit.

Clockwise from top left are inspiration photos from Life In the Long Grass and Rizzaknits, Martin’s Lab and Justyna Lorkowska, Asylum Fibers and Woollywormhead and Fuse Fiber Studio and Knitting Expat. Sign-ups are open through December 31 — give a gift that lasts all year long! 

What to stash this week: smuggle some yarn

Rebecca of Fuse Fiber Studio has stocked her shop full of colors that can chase away the winter blues. And as a special thank you to Indie Untangled readers, use code “COZY” for free domestic shipping on all orders over $100 from now until December 31.

Next year, Countess Ablaze is launching a bi-monthly yarn smuggling operat-, I mean, a subscription club that is gloriously subversive. Inspired by the nickname the Countess’s postie gave to her — Pablo Yarnscobar — the Yarn Cartel features some incredibly tempting themes, starting in January with Prohibition and ending in November with The Opium Den. 

To get in on this, all you need to do is decide between one or two skeins of fingering or DK, choose where you will be accumulating your stash of goodies (which includes a broadsheet newspaper to hide behind as you talk up Yarn Cartel to potential Yarn Mules) and then begin stalking your package delivery person. 

You have until December 31 to accept the Countess’s offer. 

Nichole of One Sock Wonder Bags is pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Yarnwarts School of Fibercraft and Yarnery. Your list of all necessary yarn and equipment includes a full skein in the colorway Chrysopoeia by String Theory Colorworks and a coordinating mini skein in a house color chosen for you by The Sorting Hat, an Accio Yarn! sheep enamel pin and Sorting Hat and Yarn Quidditch Sheep Squeezers. You must confirm your acceptance by December 31.

Sign-ups for Round 2 of Inner Yarn Zen’s Outlander Unclub are going on, so if you’re a fan of Jamie and Claire you should snag your package. The kits contain exclusive project bags that will not be reproduced.

If you’re looking for a gift for that extra special knitter in your life, or just looking to do some December retail therapy/self care, Jen of Porterness Studio is offering sales throughout her site in addition to 20% off through December 18 with the code LastIndie20.

Robin’s new simple and elegant sock pattern, Bijou Socks, will be the jewel of your sock drawer.

Christine of Skeinny Dipping has added last of this year’s yarn to her shop, including a fun new holiday colorway, Tinsel-ectomy. Get free U.S. shipping with a $50 minimum purchase, no code needed.

Here’s another view of Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ stunning Crater Lake-inspired colorways, available on a single-ply Merino fingering and a laceweight mohair (read on for how to pair them together). Both are available to preorder only through next Friday!

For those of you who don’t know, Knitting Our National Parks brings together several talented indie dyers to create exclusive-to-IU colorways inspired by photos of U.S. national parks. And it’s a yarn purchase you can feel extra good about, since 10% of all sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

The last Eden Cottage Yarns update of 2018 is now live and includes her Titus 4ply (75% Superwash Merino, 25% mulberry silk) and sparkly Nateby 4ply minis (75% Superwash Merino,20% nylon, 5% silver Lurex).

Pandia’s Jewels has new Holly Jolly Sheep pins.

Purple Lamb Fiber Arts is doing another Choose Your Yarn Adventure giveaway.

2018 Indie Untangled holiday newsletter giveaway

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In what has become an Indie Untangled holiday tradition, I am thanking the knitters who invite me into their inboxes each week with a special holiday giveaway.

For the 2018 Newsletters to Santa and Hanukah Harry giveaway, I’ve gathered together some amazing prizes from several artisans, some who were new to the Indie Untangled community this year and others who are favorites, and doing a string of giveaways (eight plus one) starting this Monday and running through Christmas Day.

Here are the rules: Sign up for the Indie Untangled newsletter by 9 p.m. EST and you will be eligible to win that day’s prize (anyone already on the mailing list is entered to win). After 9 p.m., I’ll pick a winner via random number generator and send out an email. The winner will arrange shipment with the dyer/artisan. The grand prize will be a very special package of yarn and knitting stocking stuffers that I will ship out to the winner.

PLEASE NOTE: Winners must respond within 48 hours of when the notification email is sent to claim the prize. If not, another winner will be selected.

Here’s the schedule:

December 17: A skein of the winner’s choice from McMullin Fiber Co.

Congrats to winner Donna!

December 18: A skein of the winner’s choice from Hazel Knits

Congrats to winner Kathy!

December 19: A sterling silver double sided “Yarn Life” and stockinette stitch motif necklace from Porterness Studio

Congrats to winner Janet!

December 20: A skein of the winner’s choice from Murky Depths Dyeworks

Congrats to winner Natalie!

December 21: A skein of the winner’s choice from October House Fiber Arts

Congrats to winner Cheryl!

December 22: Two skeins of yarn and a project bag from Lady Dye Yarns

Congrats to winner Rhianna!

December 23: The winner helps hellomello handspun create a custom color.

December 24: A Birds of a Feather kit from Junkyarn

Congrats to winner Shelagh!

December 25: A project bag from Woodsy and Wild, yarn from Magpie Fibers, pins from Shelli Can, project bag tags from Katrinkles and a Stash Rabbit pin from Indie Untangled.

One other winner will also receive a set of four OOAK skeins of DK-weight Selene from Spirit Trail Fiberworks and swag from this year’s Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

Congrats to winners Jody and Patricia!

What to knit with fingering yarn and stranded mohair

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I have to admit, I’m warming up to mohair. Because it makes me itchy, I never sought it out. But after Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks showed me the photos of her yarn for this month’s installment of Knitting Our National Parks — the speckled Winter Wizardry and complementary mohair called Wizard Sky — I knew I had to have it in my stash.

Now, after researching all the new patterns popping up that incorporate mohair, and seeing Jennifer’s beautiful swatch using the two yarns stranded together, I realized I just have to knit with it!

Here are some pattern suggestions for using the two yarns together, in everything from hats to sweaters.

Hats

Sparkling Cider by Voolenvine

Azurine Hat by Ambah O’Brien

Hyde Park by Dragon Hoard Designs

úlfur hat by ash alberg

Cowls/ponchos

Ballerina by Julie Knits In Paris

Azurine Cowl by Ambah O’Brien

Speckled Snow by Lucinda Iglesias

Shawls

Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry

Fallen Leaves by Justyna Lorkowska

Growing Lilies by Webster Street Knittery

Merino & Mohair Shawl by Sarah Punderson

Slice of Light by Susanne Sommer (with another color of fingering)

Sweaters – Pullovers

Chelsea Sweater by Nancy Ricci

No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit

Ambient by eri

Sweaters – Cardigans

Scapa by Alma Bali

Elton by Joji Locatelli

See all the suggestions on Ravelry.