Untangling Christine of Skeinny Dipping

Skeinny Dipping was one of the first yarn companies to advertise on Indie Untangled, way back in 2014. I was smitten by Christine’s glowing colorways, particularly her rich reds and complex browns and greens (and I am generally not a brown or green person) and learned a little more about her when she vended at the first-ever Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show that same year.

Christine’s background includes working in East Africa with the Peace Corps, which has inspired some of her colorway names (Malaria Dreams and Vervet), as have SNL (I Need More Cowbell and Space Pants) and food (Brown Butter and Blue Raspberry Slurpee).

When she’s not dyeing or traveling around the world with her husband and their adorable Chihuahua, Gracie, Christine knits incredible colorwork sweaters. Her yarn is currently available in the Indie Untangled Virtual Trunk Show.

Tell me about how you got started dyeing yarn.

Dyeing yarn was never on my radar. Like many dyers I had gotten to a point in my life where the normal job wasn’t possible and I had to find something to do.

Christine with a “mama” from her village in Kenya.

What did you do in the Peace Corps?

I was an agroforestry extensionist in the Peace Corps. This was my primary assignment through the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. I worked with other local Kenyan extensionists in my location (similar to a county) providing technical assistance to subsistence farmers in my region.

My area of expertise was agroforestry, which is a multi-purpose land use system that promotes fuel wood security and improved crop yields on subsistence-sized plots. Together with my Kenyan counterparts we also addressed water and sanitation issues, health education (such as HIV prevention) and any other issues that farmers encountered. I also had some secondary projects like teaching how to bake without an oven, which was a project that happened by accident.

What inspires your colors?

Sometimes it’s a word or phrase that inspires the color (Space Pants from SNL). Other times, it’s the parasitic diseases of tropical Africa or the nut sacks of Kenyan monkeys (Malaria Dreams and Vervet). If it’s disturbing, I’m pretty sure I’ll get a good colorway out of it.

Tinsel-ectomy on Journey Worsted.

Which of your colorways are you most proud of?

I’m proud of them all in their own way, but my favorites are the ones that glow even though they’re extremely saturated and dark. Those take a lot of experimentation to get right, and I have to redo the recipes for each base since different fibers take the dyes differently.

Do you have a favorite color or colors, and have they changed since you became a dyer?

My favorite color has always been green, and there were a lot of colors I didn’t like before I became a dyer, like yellow and red. But I found that I started to like them if I could get them murky and saturated, so I’ve come around to those colors. I still don’t like pink, though, except for Adobe Wan Kenobi, and that’s only because I’ve pushed that colorway to the line between coral and red. I love gray and black, too.

Christine knit Sweaterfreakknits’ Birch Sap shawl in a colorway called Adobe Wan Kenobi.

When and how did you learn to knit?

My grandmom first taught me to knit when I was seven. I only knew the knit stitch, and I had some horrid pink acrylic from Woolworths. Like a lot of kids, I was interested for 10 minutes and then put it aside till I was much older. I picked it up again during my pre-service training in the Peace Corps. We get three months of intensive training in-country before our service officially begins, and it was during this time that our trainers encouraged us to develop another hobby other than reading. We managed to cobble together the rest of the knitting basics like casting on and binding off from within our group. I made a lot of scarves and potholders until the next extension group of volunteers arrived. There was a hat knitter in that group and luckily she was based near me, so I learned how to make Anna Zilboorg’s hats. Aside from when I was in grad school and working full time, I haven’t stopped knitting since then.

Is there a color that you would love to dye, but that is challenging to create?

I cannot dye less saturated colorways to save my life. I do have Salt Marsh, Zingbat, Vintaged and Blue Raspberry Slurpee but I hated all of them when I came up with them. But everyone else liked them, so they got to stay.

Olives on Journey Worsted.

What are some of your favorite projects that you or your customers have made with your yarn?

It’s not so much that there are certain projects that are my favorites, but moreso when my customers make something with a colorway they say is not from a color group that they normally like. Those are my favorites — if I can get you to be open to a color group that you didn’t like before, that is the ultimate compliment.

What to stash this week: wrapped up in wool

Woolly Wormhead’s latest collection of hat designs, called Inversion, features stitch patterns that manipulate the fabric across or via the rows, instead of manipulating the stitches within the row. The result is five two-color hats that are reversible, but with each side showing off a different look.

Today is your last day to preorder Stephanie’s stunning interpretation of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado, available on four different bases, from fingering to worsted.

The Akerworks Butterfly Kate serves multiple purposes: while you’re knitting, it holds balls and cakes and feeds your yarn consistently and evenly — almost like a combination swift/ball winder. Its “wings” have a magnet that can hold metal stitch markers (no more digging around in your bag!) and a notch that holds your pattern. For spinning, it can be used along with other Kates for plying.

Jeanne of Destination Yarn’s latest destination-inspired collection of yarn is based on Paris. The eight colorways are deep, moody and rich, inspired by impressionist paintings, old postcards and modern photographs. They’re available in full skeins as well as a miniskein set.

Alisa of Knitspinquilt is heading off to England for three months to do archival research. So, if you want to get your hands on any of her yellow taxi or manatee bags, or rainbow llama stitch markers, get your order in by February 22.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. has updated her shop with new Rainbow Bright Minis. The sets, which have a total yardage of just under 550, are perfect for colorwork, scrappy socks, heel/toe color pops or scrappy shawls and blankets.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has shipped out all of the Cute & Sweary preorders, so the limited extras are available for sale today at 9 a.m. PST.

Skeinny Dipping’s Adobe Wan Kenobi colorway looks incredible and oh-so-Valentine-y in Sweater Freak Knits’ Birch Sap shawl, which takes two skeins of fingering-weight yarn. The base shown here is the super-soft Mericash Fingering, a 70/20/10 MCN that has been added to Indie Untangled’s Skeinny Dipping Virtual Trunk Show.

Eden Cottage Yarns is having a shop update tomorrow at 8 p.m. UK time featuring Merino in its many glorious forms: Pendle 4ply and Pendle Chunky (both 100% Superwash Merino), Brimham 4ply minis (85% Superwash Merino, 15% nylon) and Nateby 4ply rainbow minis (75% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 5% silver Lurex).

Lori of Abstract Fiber hand dyes colorful yarns out of her home in Portland, Oregon. She also offers various types of spinning fiber, much of it containing silk, including Mixed Merino Silk, BFL/silk, Targhee/bamboo/silk, 50/50 Merino/silk, as well camel/silk and yak/silk.

Mona is holding a Big Bunny BOGO sale. From February 14-24, buy one of her patterns and get one free, no coupon required.

Dye Is Cast Yarn has a new base and colorway

What to make with SpaceCadet Gunnison

I’ve enjoyed working with Stephanie of SpaceCadet Yarn on the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks. If you haven’t already, read her hilarious story about her last trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which inspired her Gunnison colorway.

Stephanie has also collaborated with several knitting and crochet designers who have transformed her yarns into lovely garments and accessories. Here are some pattern suggestions for Gunnison — only available to preorder until Friday, February 15. They were designed especially for the bases the colorway is being offered on.

Lyra

Darlina by Corrina Ferguson

Mauna Kea by Mel Ski

The Old Man & The Sea by Mel Ski

Drizzle by Mel Ski

Oriana

Tantamount by Hunter Hammersen

Ianthine by Hunter Hammersen

Aurora

Crisp Cables Hat by Lindsey Stephens

See some more pattern ideas in my Gunnison Ravelry bundle.

What to stash this week: go Skeinny Dipping

Christine of Skeinny Dipping is debuting her newest base, Merino Silk Single, in the first ever Indie Untangled Virtual Trunk Show! The idea behind the Virtual Trunk Show is to introduce you to indie dyers you may not know about and let you snag some of their beautiful skeins — no travel, tickets or lines required. In lieu of samples, I’ve linked to project ideas on Ravelry.

As a bonus, the trunk show has some skeins from Fuse Fiber Studio, including a limited number of kits for Catherine Clark’s Ixchel sweater that include dyer Rebecca’s popular Black Pearls colorway. 

Vagabondo is Sara of La Cave à Laine’s latest hat pattern. Filled with wandering cables, it is what she calls a “playful investigation into asymmetry within symmetry.” Enjoy 25% off this pattern with code VAGA25 on Ravelry until the end of February.

If you couldn’t tell from her business name, Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is into butterflies. Her new Flutterby stitch marker and holder sets are available online, or you can see them in person in booth 513 at Stitches West.

Project bags and accessories in this colorful Knit Happens design from artist Cynthia Frenette are on sale today at 9 a.m. Pacific time from Slipped Stitch Studios. There are a limited number of ready-to-ship items, but there will be the option to preorder should something sell out.

Be on the lookout for new items from Jenn of Porterness Studio. All Indie Untangled readers get 20% off with the code SelfLove20.

Amy recently debuted her newest Row House Collection, plus 10 other new colorways and OOAKs. Inspired by colorful row houses in America and around the World, the Row House Collection features five coordinating semisolid colors and two speckled colorways.

Sunshine of My Mama Knits offers more than just hand-dyed yarn. Her shop also has hand-sewn project bags made especially for her by Amelia X Joy, stitch markers in singles or themed sets and hand made birch wood Socker’s Rules by Fleece Loved Products.

Meet Debi of BaaBerry Farms, a shepherdess who specializes in project bags and hand-dyed yarn. Bags are fully lined, with interior pockets and wrist straps, and yarn is mill spun from her flock and then hand dyed.

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn just had a shop update, which includes some brand new colorways and a revamping of some old ones on Sadie Singles, Tralala Sock and Ewetopia DK. Her shop also now has mini skeins.

Going to Stitches West? Learn all about the Witherbottoms, a story woven by Leann especially for the show.

Learn more about Australia’s Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill.

Just in time for V-Day, the Every Rose Has Its Thorn colorway is available from MollyGirl Yarn.

What to stash this week: canyon of yarn

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For this round of Knitting Our National Parks, Stephanie of SpaceCadet Yarns was drawn to the gorgeous browns, greys and oranges of the canyon that appear to be reflected in the hazy sky, with the shock of turquoise of the Gunnison River running through it. Her Gunnison colorway is available on not one, not two, but four different bases, from fingering to worsted! You can preorder the yarn on Indie Untangled through Friday, February 15 and will ship the last week of March. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation — the last round provided more than $800, which will go to the parks that need the most help after the recent government shutdown. 

Once Again, a collaboration between Marian and designer Deb Gerhard, features a Fair Isle yoke combined with simple cables, showing off either a gradient or a subtle variegated colorway. The yarn is available via Marian’s website and the pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Knit Collage creates unique handspun yarn, as well as yarn that is made from fabric. It is true art yarn, enhanced with flowers and ribbons or spun into interesting textures with fun colors. 

February’s installment of the McMullin Fiber Co. Literature Society is inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma. Act fast if you want a yarn that is “handsome, clever and rich,” as signups close February 5.

For The Indie Project, Sam of Lavender Lune Yarn Co. is teaming up with a new indie dyer each month, and each of them will dye a colorway inspired by the same photo. For February she is teaming up with Joyce of The Flying Kettle. The two-skein kit is available to preorder through February 7.

Designer Kelly Sandusky of Aspen Knits has designed the Pinnacle Shawl with two DK-weight skeins of dyer Heather’s favorite colorways, Sassy Ballerina and Honey Mead. The shawl has a variety of stitch patterns and the heavier weight helps this project fly off the needles. You can use the colors in the sample or create your own from the selection of Delightful DK in the Sew Happy Jane shop.

TGIS: Thank Goodness It’s Sheep! Laura and Co. have bags in three fun fabrics, a limited-edition “Woolfred” Yarn Sock and a new wider medium-sized project bag. All of it is on sale today starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time and until Monday at midnight.

Last chance for Margarita Day, the first installment of Despondent Dyes’ Faux Holidays Club.

Cog Yarns has openings for a February Mystery Sock Club.

Eden Cottage Yarns is having a DK update and a Yarnuary sale.

What to stash this week at VKL or not

At this year’s VKL NYC, MollyGirl Yarn is part of what has been dubbed the Megabooth, a collaboration between Angela, Woolyn, One Geek To Craft Them All, Yarn Over New York and Wee Ones Creations. Highlights include the City Windows kit, which includes a pattern by Rachel of Woolyn, and skeins from MollyGirl and Yarn Over New York, a new base called Boogie Woogie comprised of 85% Italian Superwash Merino and 15% nylon, Rock Star Sport for all those new sportweight patterns, signups for Volume II of Mollygirl’s Spotlight club, which is themed around the musical Wicked, and a new set of fun enamel pins featuring artwork by Xandy Peters — one of the folks Angela met during that first VKL four years ago. 

But if you’re not in NYC this weekend, don’t sweat it — everything shown on Angela’s Indie Untangled post will be available online on Monday, January 28!

Liz of HighFiberArtz, an Oregon-based IU newcomer, dyes colorways inspired by things around her, on high-quality bases in weights from lace to worsted.

Sew Happy Jane has a new base for the new year: Springy Sport, because sport is the new fingering. And get 10% off when you spend more than $100 with the code OVER100.

In plenty of time for V-Day, the Pandia’s Jewels Romance Collection features new colors, stitch markers and kits. There are several yarn bases to choose from, from fingering to DK weight.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is opening sign-ups for her Enchanted Forest Shawl Pin Club. It includes a monthly shipment of an exclusive shawl pin, notions, as well as yarn, pattern and book suggestions.

Despondent Dyes is introducing the Faux Holidays Club.

Lambstrings Yarn just had a new beginnings-themed shop update.

The Indie Untangled shopping guide to VKL NYC 2019

It’s that time of year again, when Times Square gets overtaken by knitters on a mission, dodging tourists and glaring at the Starbucks line, hoping to make it to their 9 a.m. brioche class on time — or just to the Marketplace to shop for yarn.

The Marketplace at this year’s VKL NYC — taking place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square from January 25-27 — looks to be the busiest it’s ever been. To help you prepare, I’ve put together a guide to the Indie Untangled vendors that you need to visit. Each vendor has introduced themselves and is offering a sneak peek at some of the yarns and products they’ll be bringing.

Will you be there this weekend (and on the subway Saturday)?

Asylum Fibers

Fifth Floor, Booths 314 & 316

Asylum Fibers focuses on in-your-face, vibrant tones and one-of-a-kind colorways on over 15 bases, both versatile and luxurious. The brand name was thought up in order to incorporate the playfulness of horror flicks while leveraging the other meaning of the word “asylum,” acknowledging that crafting is such a wonderful, meaningful form of therapy and comfort.

Stop by to “embrace your crazy” with a photo shoot and check out some new 2019 colorways. Available will be an event colorway called Sidewalk Reflections, a new base called Brainless Bulky and The Brainless Beanie, a free pattern corresponding with the release of this new base, and a 2019 mini set featuring new colors, including I’m Alive, inspired by the Pantone color of the year.

Cat Sandwich Fibers

Fifth Floor, Booth 321

I dye everything out of my home’s basement in New Jersey and I’m inspired by all things cute and pink.

I’ll be bringing more than 20 new colorways, some of which are one-of-a-kinds and will never be repeated again. A ton of new colors are inspired by Sailor Moon, which is a show I religiously watched growing up.

Dragonfly Fibers

Sixth Floor, Booth 907

Dragonfly Fibers has been dyeing high-quality yarn and fiber in suburban Washington, DC, for more than 10 years. We’re known for our vivid and saturated tonal and variegated colorways, and we have gorgeous neutrals, too! Come see all that’s new and beautiful in booths 807 and 809!

Pictured above is the Plumpy Shawl by Andrea Mowry. Sample shown in the Starry Night colorway of our Traveller Fade Color Pack (plus one additional skein of Starry Night). Four other fade packs are available — Fade to Back, Reds to Browns, Blues to Browns and Blues.

Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry. Sample is shown in one of two kit options of six two-ounce skeins of Traveller: Jocelyn, Mossy Glen, Into the Woods, Hot Pants, Arya, and Limelight The other kit is Cheshire Cat, Airport Hot Sauce, Titania, That Ol’ Chestnut, Silver Fox, Velvet Underground.

Garment District, our show exclusive colorway! Shown in Djinni, our fingering weight MCN. It will be available in multiple bases but supplies are limited.

Eternity Ranch Knits

Fifth Floor, Booth 118

Most of my dying revolves around themes. At VKL in NY I will have Disney Men, Disney Villains as well as a few added colorways to series I currently have, plus many new semisolids in fingering/DK and worsted weights.

Pictured are Pittsburgh Steelers, Cast Iron, Hyacinth and Beth.

Katrinkles

Fifth Floor, Booth 100

Katrinkles makes buttons, wearable accessories, tools for fiber artists and custom products out of durable wood. Each piece is lovingly designed, carefully crafted and hand-finished in our Providence, RI, studio.

[Editor’s note: You can preorder some special VKL items (not the stitch marker pins, unfortunately) to pick up at the show on the Katrinkles website through the end of the day today.]

Kim Dyes Yarn

Fifth Floor, Booth 117

Kim Dyes Yarn is an indie dyer from the beautiful state of Virginia. Kim offers hand-dyed luxury yarn and spinning fibers in unique colorways.

Lady Dye Yarns

Fifth Floor, Booth 541

Lady Dye Yarns has specialized in hand-dyed, vibrant and saturated yarns since 2010. I believe in promoting a more diverse crafting community through my actions and building collaborations with others.

In addition to tons of new colorways, I will have my limited-edition Fingering Merino Cashmere yarn just for VKL in my Black Panther colorway and in all of my new colorways. Also in my booth will be Alex Creates, Crochet Luna, Fully Spun and Alasdair Post-Quinn, all representing diverse backgrounds culturally, but also in their work.

Little Fox Yarn

Fifth Floor, Booth 119

Aimee and Brian are the dyers of Little Fox Yarn, based just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Their beautiful, wearable colorways are inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains where Aimee grew up.

Magpie Fibers

Fifth Floor, Booths 600-610

Magpie Fibers specializes in hand-dyed luxury yarns, saturated colors and distinctive accessories.

Mollygirl Yarn

Fifth Floor, Booth 418

MollyGirl Yarn is a rockin’ yarn company featuring exclusive yarns inspired by music! Their Vogue lineup includes 2 new yarns, tons of new mini bundles, new enamel pins featuring art from designer Xandy Peters and signups for Volume II of the Spotlight Club!

mYak

Sixth Floor, Booth 914

This is mYak: Born in Tibet, Crafted in Italy.
A natural fiber unique in the world.
Born in one of the world’s most extreme locations.
Made with Italian artisanal quality.

At VKL we are going to present our line of Baby Yak and Tibetan Cashmere in both kits and single skeins with the beautiful designs created for us by incredibly talented designers.

Nice & Knit

Fifth Floor, Booth 408

We’re Katie and Kara of Nice and Knit — sisters, best friends, knitters and color enthusiasts. We work hard to bring you the very best of what we love, from our creative patterns to our quality hand-dyed yarns. We love working together in our light-filled Connecticut studio, dyeing yarn, shipping orders, and brainstorming our next big idea. Thank you for being a part of our dream!

We’ll be featuring an VKL color way called Times Square and custom City Lights bags from Sandy by the Lakeside.

One Geek To Craft Them All

Fifth Floor, Booth 412

One Geek to Craft Them All makes stitch markers, notions pouches, project bags, and jewelry for all crafters. Inspired by music, movies, books, history, and more I bring a nerdy flair to all I make. My designs are to inspire everyone’s inner geek.

[Editor’s note: Marsha will have exclusive Indie Untangled yarn ball earrings in her booth!]

Ritual Dyes

Sixth Floor, Booth 1015

Ritual Dyes is an independent Dyehouse out of Portland, Oregon, that focuses on wearable, subtle colorways of hand-dyed yarn. We also offer a line of modern project bags including the Knitter’s Backpack.

We will be bringing along kits for Caitlin Hunter’s Alyeska pattern, kits from our new, sign-specific Zodiac Collection, an exciting version of our popular Knitter’s Backpack – the Knitter’s Sling Bag (in leather!) as well as our new American Rambouillet line.

Shelli Can

Sixth Floor, Booth 1107

Shelli designs enamel pins, apparel, and other accessories for fiber lovers. She’ll be releasing an exclusive VKL design (pizza!) on a variety of items along with some collaborations by Tuft Woolens, Havirland, Katrinkles and Bunny & Toot.

Wolle’s Yarn Creations

Fifth Floor, Booth 116

Wolle’s Yarn Creations — the original gradients. Our cotton and cotton/silk yarns are skin-soft luxury, feeling is believing.

Yarn Culture

Sixth Floor, Booths 711-719

Based in Rochester, N.Y., Yarn Culture brings yarn, inspiration and designers from around the corner and around the world.

Meet Åsa Tricosa and see her beautiful collection of Ziggerats Sweaters.

Participate in a VKL-NYC exclusive preview of Rosy Green Wool’s new Manx Merino Fine collection and be the first to see Melanie Berg’s newest shawl design, Glückauf.

We’ve got a gorgeous selection of garments and yarn from Rochester, N.Y.’s own Renee from Spun Right Round, including the exclusive colorway ROC City Blooms.

Youghiogheny Yarns

Fifth Floor, Booth 108

Youghiogheny Yarns, pronounced “yock-i-gainey,” is the creation of husband and wife team, Todd & Keri Fosbrink. Color is everywhere in the Youghiogheny River Valley no matter the season, and Youghiogheny Yarns wants to help you bring some of that color into your life and projects.

Pictured above are their colorways Blueberry Lemonade, Coral Cove, Chinese Fireball and a preview of their 2019 show exclusive, I Beg Your Pardon!

Zen Yarn Garden

Fifth Floor, Booth 421

Zen Yarn Garden’s dye studio is based is Ontario, Canada. Our yarn is special. We take pride in providing the most luxurious fibres and dyeing them in a range of beautiful semi-solid, splatter and one-of-a-kind colourways. We know every yarn you buy is destined to have many hours in your stash and on your needles. With each skein we strive to reflect the same passion that you have for your projects and craft in our yarns.

We will have a myriad of colourways available in several bases and will be offering free patterns with yarn purchases. Be sure to check out our Lux Blanx which knit up and express colours in unique ways!

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.