What to stash this week: Mount Rainier retreat and a post-Christmas sale

Indie Untangled Knitting Our National Parks Mount Rainier Reatreat

Since I kicked off the Knitting Our National Parks series in 2017, it seemed only natural to organize a retreat that incorporated a visit to one of the magnificent U.S. parks. I’m excited to let you know that registration is now open for Indie Untangled’s first retreat, which will be held from May 28-31 at Wellspring Spa, near Mount Rainier in Washington State.

A collage with winter flowers, cherry blossoms, a blue put over a campfire and the Manhattan Bridge.

You have until the end of 2019 to sign up for next year’s Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club and sample from among several talented indie dyers (including yours truly!) and four designers.

Purple yarn

Sue of Invictus Yarns is bidding farewell to 2019 with an automatic 20% discount on all in-stock items through December 31.

What to stash this week: yarn by the sea

White hands hold blue and gray colorwork knitting.

If you’re interested in getting a sample of one of my favorite discoveries from Barcelona Knits, Stefania and Giulia of Lanivendole are opening preorders today for a special yarn club called BY THE SEA. For this one-package club, they are dyeing 200 grams of a new blend of Italian Wool and alpaca in an exclusive colorway, and including two accessories, from Marianna of isewsoidontkillpeople and Alice & Eleonora of Last One Stones. 

The kits will be listed in the Lanivendole shop at 5 p.m. CEST (that’s 10 a.m. Eastern) and will be open until January 20, or until they’re sold, with shipping in early February.

A pink drawstring bag with Mister Rogers quotes and images.

We need a little Mister Rogers in our lives, now more than ever, so it’s fitting that Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is ending the year with one of her most requested fabrics of 2019. This tribute to our favorite neighbor will go live in the Slipped Stitch Studios shop today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time and orders will ship today and Monday.

A dragonfly in amber in a silver shawl pin on a skein of gray yarn.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is celebrating the new year with dragonfly shawl pins in new colors.

A Hanukka menorah with rainbow skeins of yarn.

The Indie Untangled Eight Nights of Hanukkah Kits have shipped, which means there are some extra goodies available! Shop the Indie Untangled Hanukkah shop before the first candle is lit on Sunday. Orders made today through Sunday will ship out on Monday and should arrive before the end of the holiday, depending on where you’re located. (If you purchased a kit, don’t click the link and spoil your surprise, though there are Spoiler Alert photos just in case!)

An otter with gray and brown yarn.

Today is the last day to preorder the otterly adorable Knitting Our National Parks colorway from Kim of The Woolen Rabbit.

Skeins of pink wool and mohair yarn.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns is having a special update planned for this Tuesday, with some Titus 4ply, a Merino and silk blend, Eldwick Lace mohair and silk and some Hayton DK MCN. This random assortment supports an upcoming pattern release that is expected to be quite popular.

First quarter signups are open for October House Fiber Arts’ 2020 Sock Club and the theme is “Souvenir de Paris.”

What to stash this week: The fifth element

Water with ripples and a reflection.

Christy of Les Belles Lainages loves seeing a person’s interpretation of color from a photo brought to life in fiber, and she is doing just that with her Elements yarn club. She’s using colorful photos of the four elements — air, earth, water and fire — as inspiration for a four-month club starting in January. Each month subscribers will receive two full skeins of extra fine Merino fingering, one that’s a variegated/speckled colorway and a coordinating tonal/solid, along with a fun gift.

Sign-ups are open until January 10 or until the club sells out.

A pattern wallet with cartoon sheep.

Set your alarms for today at 9 a.m. Pacific time, to snag products from a special re-release of Slipped Stitch Studio customer-favorite knitting and sheep-y fabrics!

A yellow crocheted shawl with the words Shawls on the side.

It’s time that you learned to crochet. And if you’re going to the Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat (formerly Madrona) in February, Karen is teaching six crochet classes!

An otter with gray and brown yarn.

Kim of The Woolen Rabbit’s otterly adorable Everybody Otter Knit colorway, inspired by an otter in the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, is available to preorder online until next Friday, December 20. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

2019 Indie Untangled Holiday Newsletter Giveaway

13

Indie Untangled tote bag

Continuing an Indie Untangled holiday tradition, I am thanking those of you who invite me into your inboxes each week with a special holiday giveaway.

For the 2019 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 Tuesday and running through Christmas Day. There’s also a new twist!

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.

On Friday, December 20, I will select five winners from a list of people who open the newsletter between the time it’s sent out to 5 p.m. Eastern time that day. Those people will win a swag bag from this year’s Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

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:

Skeins of tan, blue, green and yellow yarn

December 17: A skein of the winner’s choice from Birch Hollow Fibers

Congrats to winner Teri!

Silver knit stitch earrings in front of orange and yellow yarn.

December 18: A pair of sterling silver medium K1P1 Michelle earrings from Birdie Parker Designs

Congrats to winner Killy!

A skein of yellow and orange yarn.

December 19: A skein of Mulled Citrus Cider in sport weight, 100% Superwash Merino from Pancake and Lulu

Congrats to winner Rhona!

Silver shawl pins.

December 20: A shawl pin from Crafty Flutterby Creations

Congrats to winner Dayna!

A skein of grey, green and red yarn.

December 21: A skein of Sandy Claws from Once Upon a Corgi

Congrats to winner Stephanie!

A mug that says Sweater Weather Is Better Weather.
December 22: A mug of the winners choice from Handmaine Knits

Congrats to winner Heather!

A skein of gray and amber yarn.

December 23: A skein of Strange Brew (a non-repeatable colorway), in MCN fingering weight from Moondrake Co.

Congrats to winner Alejandra!

A hand holds a skein of rose gold yarn.

December 24: A skein of sock yarn in Rose Gold from The Wandering Flock

Congrats to winner Beth!

December 25: A project bag from Rock Solid Designs, an exclusive colorway from Indie Untangled, pins from Channy Peas Corner, end minders from Crafty Flutterby Creations and stickers from adKnits.

Congrats to winner Abbey!

What to stash this week: Otterly adorable yarn

An otter with gray and brown yarn.

This month’s Knitting Our National Parks colorway from Kim of The Woolen Rabbit is inspired by this adorable photo of an otter at the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. Everybody Otter Knit — which is much easier to pet than an actual otter! — will be available on two bases: Pearl, an 80/20 blend of Merino/nylon, and Wren, a DK-weight Superwash Merino.

You can preorder the yarn here through Friday, December 20; it will ship the last week of January. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

A hand holds a white plastic bunny and silver and yellow plastic sheep.

Speaking of animals, Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has added some sparkly friends to her menagerie of creature-shaped “end minders.”

A cake of blue gradient yarn with patterns.

The Yarnover Truck Happiness Gradient Yarn Club is open to new members. The second half of this club includes three packages with a gradient colorway from Apple Tree Knits, knit and crochet patterns and fun themed extras.

A maroon and taupe colorwork beanie.

Welcome the colder weather with Mona’s new Let It Snow hat pattern! This colorwork pattern is available in both tammy and beanie style.

Fuzzy teal yarn.

IU newcomer Lester of Prosper Yarns is obsessed with Goddess, her laceweight Kid Mohair/Merino.

White yarn speckled with green and red.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns has a new colourway called Festive Fun that is available to preorder.

Tahoma Vista Fiber Mill has a selection of mill-spun alpaca yarns in natural colors.

The FunHouse Cowl is a new customizable crochet design from ReVe Design Co.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Yarn Sales 2019

A skein of black yarn and the words indie Weekend Deals.

This post includes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals from a whole bunch of Indie Untangled artisans. The list will be updated through the weekend.

A collage of a turquoise bag and yarn and the words SALE UP TO 20% OFF ALL IN STOCK ITEMS.

The Indie Untangled shop is stocked full of exclusive goodies from Twill & Print, The Blue Brick, Onyx Fiber Arts, Julie Asselin and others, and the more you buy, the more you save:

Use the code INDIEHOLIDAYS10 for 10% off your order of $25-$49
Use the code INDIEHOLIDAYS15 for 15% off your order of $50-$99
And use the code INDIEHOLIDAYS20 for 20% off your order of $100 or more

The sale runs through Monday at midnight Eastern time. Codes will not be applied retroactively, so please make sure your discount has gone through before placing your order.

Brown and orange single-ply yarn.

All in-stock yarn from Skeinny Dipping is on sale through Sunday with the code INDIE15.

Skeins of red yarn.

All yarn in the Murky Depths Dyeworks shop, including her popular and perfect-for-winter projects Neptune DK, is 20% off through midnight Sunday.

A silver u-shaped necklace with stockinette stitch markers.

Jen of Porterness Studio has tons of new shiny goodies up in her shop, including the new stitch marker necklace seen above. Use the code JewelsIU15 for 15% off through Monday.

A black drawstring bag with yellow cabs.

Spend $45 and get an automatic 20% off everything in the KnitSpinQuilt shop, plus free U.S. shipping and comparable international shipping discounts if you spend $55.

Silver and purple variegated yarn.

Everything in the Treasure Goddess Yarn shop is 20% off through Sunday and it all ships free in the U.S. In addition, there’s a super sale selection of OOAK skeins at 40% off.

A collection of colorful yarn.

All ready-to-ship yarn from Sew Happy Jane is on sale from 9 a.m. MST today through Monday at midnight. Fingering weight, Sport, DK and Worsted are all $22.40 per skein and Bulky is $19.60 per skein, no codes needed.

A selection of holiday yarn.

Most items in the McMullin Fiber Co. shop, including Kate’s holiday collection, are 30% off this weekend, plus you get a free enamel pin with every order over $25.

A cake of blue to red ombré yarn.

Save 20% on all sport weight yarns from Wolle’s Yarn Creations.

Tournament of yarns.

Karen of Round Table Yarns is hosting her annual Tournament of Yarns, which is a mystery bag sale. It will run from 9 a.m. tomorrow through the end of the day Monday, or when all bags have sold.

A bee and honeycomb on a silver shawl pin.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is celebrating the unique aspects of our wonderful community with the Charmed collection. And you can take 20% off with code SHOPSMALL2019 through Monday.

Chalkboard with Thanksgiving sale.

Get 20% off This Craft Or That’s entire site through Wednesday.

Bright yarn with Cyber Sale.

Lisa The Knitting Artist is offering 20% off a purchase of at least $25 through Tuesday.

Use the code peaceloveknit to take 40% off any and all patterns in the Lyrical Knits shop through Tuesday.

Get 45% off all purchases over $50 from Nutmeg Fibers until December 2.

Summit Road Fibers is having a yarn sale this weekend with 30% off all yarn.

Holly berries with the words Secret Santa.

Want a Christmas gift from Spain? Jackson and David of El Robledal de la Santa have a Secret Santa kit, which includes a skein of fingering weight yarn in a surprise, unique colorway.

Icy blue fuzzy yarn.

Eden Cottage Yarns had an update with a new base, Coniston Fingering, a blend of extrafine Superwash Merino with Superkid Mohair spun as a single-ply yarn. 

Dark blue yarn with the words Blackbird Beatlemania Series.

Come together, right now: Robin of October House Fiber Arts’ newest series is a yarn-y tribute to the music of the Beatles! The first three song-inspired colorways are available now.

A pink colorwork yoke cardigan.

Mona’s newest cardigan pattern, Joining Bees and Things, is 25% through Monday through the Indie Design Gift-A-Long with the code giftalong2019.

Gray and pink colorwork headbands.

Joan of White Lies Designs’ Fair Isle kit comes with hand-painted yarn for two headbands. This week, get the “My Fair-Isle” eBook free with the purchase of the kit.

New Yorkers: Join Knitting Around NY for a knit-a-thon December 8.

What to stash this week: Places you can knit

A collage with winter flowers, cherry blossoms, a blue put over a campfire and the Manhattan Bridge.

I’m thrilled to open sign-ups today for Where We Knit 2020. This quarterly club, which will begin shipping in February, brings together four dyer/designer dream teams: Wobble Gobble Yarn and Veera Välimäki, bleu poussière and Paula Pereira, Earl Grey Fiber Co. and Vanessa Smith, and Indie Untangled X The Wandering Flock and Geraldine Yang.

Each pair will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and an accompanying accessory design inspired by their favorite spots to whip out their WIPs. Their inspiration photos are shown in the image above, clockwise from top left.

Aside from the yarn and pattern, each shipment will include a surprise gift from a third artisan. You have the option of a one-time payment for a discounted price or payment each quarter. Spots are limited and sign-ups run through Dec. 31, 2019, or when the subscriber cap is reached.

I hope you join us on this journey next year to get a small sampling of all the indie goodness out there!

Fuchsia and purple yarn.

Meet and get to know IU newcomer Christy of Les Belles Lainages and her bright, bold colorways with pops of earth tones, and snag one of her sock kits.

A blue to teal and green gradient cake with tweed flecks.

Elisabeth of Wolle’s Yarn Creations has fingering weight cotton/silk yarns with a tweedy look.

A woman models a thick, white, lacy shawl.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has created some kits for her Winter’s Moon shawl with her Delight DK base in four colors (she will also take custom orders).

Untangling Tamy Gore of Narrow Path Designs

Tamy Gore of Narrow Path Designs

Tamy Gore of Narrow Path Designs

Earlier this year, I had the honor of collaborating with Tamy Gore of Narrow Path Designs — along with Sarah of The Dye Project and Thao of Nerd Bird Makery — on the Rosé and Rambouillet kit.

Tamy published her first design, the Out of Winter shawl, on Ravelry in May 2016, and it shows off her skill at combining speckled and semisolid colorways of hand-dyed yarn. She also creates lovely garments with just semisolids. Her Dusky Rose shawl, which is now available individually as well as with the kit (of which there are only a few left), is one of those stunning shawl designs, and uniquely combines garter, brioche, short rows and slipped stitches in an elegant garment.

How did you decide to become a knitwear designer?

I really just decided to try my hand at it. I had modified a few cowls before but never really designed anything on my own, and so I figured I take the plunge and I haven’t stopped since.

How did you come up with Narrow Path Designs and why do you use it as your business name?

The name was actually chosen by my husband and it stems from Jesus’ words in the Bible in regards to entering by the narrow gate, meaning that He is the only way to salvation and so calling all people to come to Him. I love and am thankful for that and so I kept the name and added Designs to it.

A woman models a pink shawl.

Tami’s Dusky Rose shawl for the Rosé and Rambouillet collaboration.

When and how did you learn to knit?

I was taught in 2013 by my goddaughter and her siblings. I smile each time I think of those days and the many mistakes I made and how extremely patient these children were with me. 🙂 It took a while for me to understand (especially purling!), but I finally got it.

Do you do any crafts other than knitting?

Not at this moment, but I would like to start using my sewing machine. I got a vintage machine from a sweet friend, but haven’t really buckled down to use it yet.

Tell me about what inspires your designs.

Nature. Birds and other animals, plants and changing seasons. I love playing with different colors, and yet there are a few colors that always seem to end up in most of my designs.

What’s the first thing you do when you start designing a pattern?

I draw. Sometimes that means I’m drawing on a napkin if we’re out for dinner, or I have my handy notepad and pencil with me. 🙂 The design starts to form in my mind and then I start playing around with it on paper. I usually change the design as I’m knitting it and rarely ever stick to the original idea.

A multicolored triangular shawl

Tamy’s Milu shawl.

Do you think you’ll ever design sweaters or will you stick to accessories?

It’s definitely in the plan, but we’ll see what happens. 🙂

What are your favorite colors and have they changed at all since you started designing?

My favorite colors are yellow, rusty orange and shades of pink and peaches. They haven’t really changed since I first started and I would be surprised if they did, but you never know. 🙂

What to stash this week: Yarny holidays

Hanukkah collage with orange, purple, pink and gray yarn.

The dyers collaborating with me on this Indie Untangled Eight Nights of Hanukkah Kit all have their own beautiful aesthetics: Spencer and Reggie of The Fiberists create vibrant semisolids, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has a talent for subtle speckles and Raya of Blissful Knits is known for her colorful mini skeins. While their full skeins/mini sets for the kit will be a surprise, here is an example of their talents.

Preorders are open only through the end of the day today. I hope you celebrate with us!

Pink, green and blue yarn.

Sue of Invictus Yarns is also getting ready for the holidays (it’s not too early!) and has been adding to her collection of holiday colorways, restocked some that had sold out and have added gift cards to the shop.

A beige oversized cardigan

Issue 4 of the NF Magazine comes out today and is filled with fall warmth. It includes four knitting patterns and three cold-weather recipes.

A pink scarf that looks like leaves.

Andi Smith’s newest book for Cooperative Press, called Scarves Two Ways, will make you a scarf knitter again. The book, released at Rhinebeck, includes a dozen new scarf designs using a variety of techniques. The patterns are both charted and fully written out, hence there are two ways you can create them. The motifs from scarf to scarf also riff off each other. You can save $6.95 through the end of 2019 by using the code STARGAZER on Ravelry.

Post-Rhinebeck Untangling: Debra Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs

Debra Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs in gray sweater with a pink and red geometric yoke

Debra Gerhard models her Once Again sweater.

This is the 17th in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of the 2019 Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

Debra Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs has a background as a designer, but not in fashion. For years she worked as an environmental engineer, addressing environmental impacts. These days, her design work involves taking hand-dyed yarn and turning them into colorful geometric sweaters and shawls with stripes, lace, cables and other textured stitches.

How did you decide to become a knitwear designer?

I was never one to follow a pattern exactly as written. I would usually use the pattern as a “guide” and then add my own shaping, motifs, edgings or other personal touches. A number of years ago after I left engineering to be home with my son, I started sample knitting for a few yarn companies which subsequently lead to technical editing of patterns. Around this same time, I took a few knitwear design classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.

I released my first design, Checks Mix Cowl, which was based on a swatch I had done for one of my classes. However, I didn’t release anything else for about two years after this initial design and instead spent my time doing more technical editing for a number of designers and yarn companies. I finally made the leap to mostly designing around 2017 and now I find myself struggling at times to turn out all the ideas I have in my head. I love the process, and I especially enjoy seeing knitters’ interpretations of my patterns and their use of color combinations and various yarn bases.

How has your background as an environmental engineer informed your work?

As an environmental engineer, I would be charged with designing and applying the best remedy for addressing environmental impacts. And just as each impacted site presented a unique set of issues, I find that the processes I used to identity these issues and form a solution are very similar to the processes I use in my designing. I have also found that my love of math is deeply ingrained in designing and grading. I love to see the numbers unfold, and I enjoy applying geometrical concepts to some of my shawl designs.

Tell me about what inspires your designs.

I take my inspiration from a variety of sources: an architectural detail, a colorful sunset, a spider web I may spy when out for a hike, bark on a tree, nature, found objects and many other sources. I have been known to tell my hubby to “pull over” so that I can take a picture of something that inspires me. I am drawn to color and patterns. I like to create colorful knits that fuel the imagination of each knitter and hopefully inspires them make my pattern their own.

When and how did you learn to knit?

My mom taught me how to knit when I was 10. My mom knits continental style, which suited me fine as I am left handed. I started with the garter stitch scarf and seamed hat as my first knitting items and continued with more hats and a few mittens. I didn’t knit much during junior high and high school, but in college I picked it up again and knitted the “boyfriend” sweater. I started to seriously knit in my late 20s after getting married, and I haven’t stopped since that time.

A pink speckled lace shawl.

Sunrise Over Bryce for Knitting Our National Parks.

What’s the first thing you do when you start designing a pattern?

After deciding on yarn, I will make a large swatch of the design/motif that I have in mind to see how the colors play together and to get gauge. Once I’ve gotten gauge, I will work up the numbers and write out a draft of the pattern, including any charts, if needed. I like to have the pattern completed as much as possible before I begin knitting so that I am in a sense, “testing” my own design and I have the ability to make edits as I knit.

What are your favorite colors and have they changed at all since you started designing?

My favorite colors are purples, reds and other rich, saturated colors, and that hasn’t changed much. I also like the playfulness of speckled yarn with the surprising pops of color. Additionally, I am just starting to explore the color and textural effects of working with two strands of yarn, specifically a mohair/silk base coupled with a Merino base.