What to stash this week: Last call

Three skeins of orange yarn

Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks is sadly closing the doors on her indie dyeing operation after 18 years (!). She’s having one final shop update that’s going on now. The skeins are going fast, so head over to her site ASAP!⁣

A grey T-shirt that says K1FU in aqua with a stockinette stitch pattern

Fellow sailors, Cooperative Press made a thing for us. A few things, actually. Their K1FU T-shirt, which particularly comes in handy when you’re counting, is available to preorder through August 31, along with two other fun designs. T-shirt sales go toward helping indie publishing thrive.

A skein of orange red yarn

Judging by Heather of Sew Happy Jane’s dye pots, which are full of cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, red wine, pumpkin, crunchy leaves and golden light, she’s ready for fall!

Three skeins of dark green and blue variegated yarn

While we’re a ways off from Mardis Gras, Mardi Gras Nights is one of IU newcomer Jennifer of Bugbear Woolens’ favorite colorways. It’s available on any of her yarn bases or spinning fiber.

A collage with a snow-covered mountain and purple sky, and pale purple yarn

You have one more week to preorder Earl Grey Fiber Company’s peak purple colorway, inspired by Naches Peak at Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park.

Christmas lights and the alphabet and the words Fabric by the yard and the Stranger Things logo

Join Slipped Stitch Studios in the Upside Down today at noon Pacific time. Four indie-designed tributes to Stranger Things will be available for preorder through Monday only.

Four golden skeins of yarn

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels is also in a fall state of mind and her Fall into Halloween Collection will debut on her website starting today at 10 a.m. Eastern.

A white mug that reads, I turn coffee into sweaters with a teal sweater and cup of coffee pictured

Amanda of Handmaine Knits has debuted yarn and knitting-inspired mugs in three exclusive designs with original artwork.

Skeins of plum and orange variegated yarn

Patricia of BeesyBee Fibers had her first shop update in a while with plenty of hand-dyed yarn and spinning fiber.

A picture of a downtown street and the words Hometown Comfort MKAL with Crafty Flutterby Creations and Destination Yarn

Join Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations for a Mystery Knit A Long inspired by a few favorite locations in her hometown. The KAL, which runs from September 2-30, includes cables, lace and slipped stitches.

Skeins of solid purple and blue and orange and pink, blue and yellow variegated yuarn with the words Back to school sale, 20% off entire store

As Lisa The Knitting Artist begins her fourth year of teaching art, she’s celebrating with a back-to-school yarn sale! All yarn and prints in her Etsy shop are 20% off through the end of August, no code needed.

Preorders for Stash Yarn Club’s September shipment, which features Forbidden Fiber Co., are open now.

Preorders for the Lambstrings Yarn Spooky Holiday Advent Calendars are now available.

What to stash this week: stashing for a cause

A collage with a snow-covered mountain  and purple sky, and pale purple yarn

I have a soft spot for Mount Rainier in Washington State as it’s the first national park I ever visited, almost exactly 10 years ago. Fittingly, Heather of Early Grey Fiber Company, based in the Pacific Northwest, chose this photo of a purple-y winter sunrise over Naches Peak, taken by parks volunteer JD Hascup. The Highest Peak will be dyed on Darjeeling Sock, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Merino and nylon that comes in generous 463-yard skeins. It’s available to preorder on Indie Untangled through August 23 and will ship at the end of September. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation. 

Pink and purple skeins of yarn

Here’s another cause worth stashing for: Christina has channeled her feelings of frustration about current events into two a new collection called Meaningful Action. 25% of sales of these two colorways, Bleeding Heart and No More Thoughts and Prayers, will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Presents wrapped in brown paper and the words Knit Yourself A Merry Little Christmas BigFootFibers 2019 Advent Calendar

Advent calendars from BigFootFibers are available to preorder now! They come with 24 individually-wrapped and numbered minis, one full-sized skein to open December 25, a Christmas-themed, shawl-sized bag by SouthernSparrowHandmade, and more!

Aqua bags that say Knitting is my happy place

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is having a ready-to-ship shop update today at 9 a.m. Pacific with some old favorites, including her exclusive Knitting is my Happy Place design and Knitmare on Elm Street. 

A gray hat with an orange accent and an orange hat with a gray accent

Amy of Summit Rd. Fibers has special fall knit kits available for preorder through August 12. The kits feature the Archer’s Beanie design by Lacy from Two Arrows & Co. There are two colorways to choose from and enough yarn to make two beanies!

A baggy purple long-sleeve T-shirt with a purple lace trim

Joan of White Lies Designs has created unique kits for those of you who don’t want to knit a whole sweater. Hybrid Tee kits come with a 100% cotton, A-line tee and organic cotton yarn. Choose your color and then decide which style to knit.

Inspired by her latest infatuation with A Court of Thorns and Roses, Gabby of Once Upon a Corgi presents An Advent of Wool and Minis.

What to stash this week: summer sparkle

Silver pendant with stockinette stitch

Jen of Porterness Studio’s popular sterling silver Stockinette Stitch markers are back in stock, and she also has fun new items like 3D-printed Knitting Needle Hairpins and a sterling silver Shawl WIP necklace. Use the code IndieSU20 for 20% off everything until August 6.

Skeins of variegated, red and gray yarn from Murky Depths

Debbie of Murky Depths has a soft spot for lace weight. She’s one of very few dyers to offer it, so if you’re itching to cast on a feather-light shawl (or sweater, if you’re daring) she offers three different bases: Harbour Lace, a Merino singles; Siren Lace, a 80/20 Merino silk 2ply; and Yakima Lace, a super luxurious Merino, silk and yak blend.

Rainbow mini skeins

Sue of Invictus Yarns is making a comeback on IU to announce her move to a new standalone website! She’s having a 10% grand opening sale through August 4 with no coupon code needed.

Bags in a red batik print

Listings for a special Slipped Stitch Studios line of project bags and accessories with batik fabric go live today at 9 a.m. Pacific!

A blue mini turtleneck sweater

If you don’t think you have time for a you-sized sweater, try a mini! Selena of Sweater Sisters is hosting her third annual mini sweater challenge starting on Monday. Each week you’ll receive a new PDF mini sweater pattern, each with a different construction method. There are also prizes!

A purple box with two muslin bags with the numbers 21 and 22 and the words Advent Calendar 2019

Karen of Round Table Yarns has opened sign-ups for her 2019 Advent Calendar, featuring 24 mini skeins and one full-size skein. Sign-ups run through the end of August.

A woman wearing a green and gray shawl.

I cannot wait until it’s cold enough to cuddle up in my Andrea Mowry Untangled shawl. There are only a few bundles left in the shop featuring some free Indie Untangled yarn ball stitch markers from Katrinkles!

Two project bags with a watermelon print

Shannon of Woodsy and Wild has a new line of colorful prints in her new summer collection of project bags. The collection features her Birch Bag, the perfect take-everywhere project bag with plenty of room for shawls and light sweaters, and the Maple Tote for your bigger WIPs.

A speckled lace shawl with a silver shawl pin

Take A Look at Michelle’s latest design, a lacy crescent shawl featuring knitted butterflies. Indie Untangled readers get 50% off the Take A Look or the Go Anywhere collections through the end of the month with the code INDIEAUGUST.

A project bag slung over a knitter's arm

Melanie of Baad Mom Yarns now has Japanese Knot Bags in her shop, in two whimsical designs. The reversible bags are large enough to hold one to two balls of yarn or a small wallet, keys and your mobile phone. She’s also added some lavender sachets.

What to stash this week: planning ahead

Gray yarn with green, gold and aqua speckles

In time for fall knitting, the Indie Untangled exclusive Hudson and Kingston colorways are now available to preorder on La Bien Aimée Merino DK, squishy 100% Superwash Merino, and Super Sock, with 75% Merino and 25% nylon, for socks and sweaters that require something more lofty than singles. They will ship at the end of September, in time for sweater weather. Of course, if you want to plan ahead, there’s some quick-knitting Merino Aran still in stock.

An amber semicircular shawl

K.M. Bedigan of the Sweater Sisters design team has just released a new shawl pattern, Antenor, a half circle shawl with yarn-over increases and knits and purls forming a gentle textured fabric. Kits with WayfaringYarns Shambhala, luxury blend of 50% baby yak and 50% mulberry silk come in five hand-dyed color choices and are on sale through Saturday, August 3.

Alice in Wonderland bags

Go down the rabbit hole of a Slipped Stitch Studios Alice in Wonderland Bag of the Month extras update today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

Black, white, purple and aqua butterflies

Michelle’s Flutterby holders have undergone a colorful metamorphosis, with three new colors joining the lineup. These 3D-printed notions can be used to mark stitches, track your progress, mark pattern repeats, hold other stitch markers, count rows, mark the right side and hold dropped stitches.

Skeins of golden yarn

Just in time for fall knitting, Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn has debuted a new colorway called Apothecary.

Pandia’s Jewels will have new Regency Collection colors in the shop today.

Eternity Ranch Knits is having a Christmas in July sale.

A note from Indie Untangled

Thank you in teal and the Indie Untangled logo

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show, a small event I dreamed up as part of one of my favorite weekends, and that has grown in popularity each year. Tickets to the marketplace sold out in minutes today as we had to balance incredible demand with the capacity of the venue.

The ticket sale page was viewed more than 40,000 times. Unfortunately, our venue cannot hold tens of thousands of people. I’m very sad to have to turn people away from the show.

We have searched long and hard for a big enough indoor space to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend, but unfortunately haven’t found one. Using an outdoor venue would require much more bandwidth and funds than I can provide. We are incredibly fortunate to have found a home as warm and welcoming as Saugerties, and to also have a wonderful fiber festival that can accommodate huge crowds.

At the moment, we are at full capacity for the event. As we work with our partner businesses, both vendors and sponsors, we are going to recheck capacity and we will inform everyone if we are able to make more tickets available.

Even if you can’t attend the show, you are welcome to come to the Indie Untangled after party/Rhinebeck kickoff at the Dutch Ale House in downtown Saugerties, enjoying food and drinks, as well as live music during the later seating, and, of course, crafting and fun with fiber friends old and new. Tickets are still currently available.

And a huge thank you to the vendors and sponsors for helping me create an event that so many people want to attend.

What to stash while you wait to buy Indie Untangled tickets

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A skein of olive green yarn

Have you decided what to wear to Indie Untangled and Rhinebeck yet? You’ve got plenty of time — at least that’s what I’m telling myself since I want to knit three sweaters! — but if you want more instant gratification there’s still some of Aimée’s Indie Untangled exclusive Kingston and Hudson colorways on Merino Aran in the Indie Untangled shop. If you’re the ambitious type, I’m also taking preorders for the colorways on her Merino DK and Super Sock bases to ship in September.

A rectangular wrap with cream, blue and yellow stripes

Mary Annarella’s latest shawl, Square Root, looks complicated, but it’s actually the perfect summer vacation knitting — a completely seamless shawl in three colors that begins with three separate squares that are gradually connected to each other. It’s also 30% off with the code takethesquareroute through July 22.

A skein of green yarn

Liz of HighFiberArtz is getting ready for cooler weather with some new colorways and kits, including the Spooky Donuts Halloween Kit and the 12 Days of Seuss Winter Holiday Kit, which include goodies from two other makers, Charmed and Dangerous and One Sock Wonder Bags.

A black, blue and purple triangular shawl

Stephanie of frabjous fibers & Wonderland Yarns also has some fall colors that are perfect for her own Secret Staircase Shawl pictured above, and also some that are perfect to fade.

Pink macrons

Heather of Sew Happy Jane’s delicious 2019 Holiday Gift Sets are inspired by the patisseries of Paris. Both Hannukah and Advent sets will be available today on her website.

Bags with orange Golden Girls fabric

For the latest Slipped Stitch Studios update, which goes live today at 9 a.m. Pacific, Laura’s making you choose: Friends or Golden Girls? (That’s easy: Sofia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose!) In a fun twist, every order of a Friends or Golden Girls item is a vote and Laura will announce on Tuesday who the winner is. Everyone who ordered an item from the winning team receives a free gift!

Game of Thrones Advent 2019

Winter holidays are coming and Marietta of Inner Yarn Zen has Game of Thrones and Outlander Advent calendars and Hanukkah sets available for preorder. Kits include 24 mini skeins, a themed project bag and other surprises sprinkled throughout.

Dark blue, bright pink and speckled yarn with pink peonies.

I’m giving Sandra of Duck Duck Wool back her Glacier National Park-inspired yarn for her to bring to a trunk show, so if you don’t want to miss out on Glaciers & Wildflowers or her new Night Hike, grab them by Sunday, when they’ll be gone from the shop forever!

Colorwork detail in purple, green and blue yarn on a beige background

Mona’s Frida Kahlo-inspired For Frida pattern, originally published in the February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting magazine, is now available for individual sale in her shop. Enjoy 25% off the pattern through July 24, no coupon code needed.

Skeins of various shades of naturally-dyed pink yarn

Seathra of Stravaigin Yarn Co. dyed up some summer-inspired colors using Quebracho Red, Cochineal and Hibiscus. They are dyed on her Auchentoshan (OKH-en-TOSH-en) base, a 100% Canadian Rambouillet yarn that hails from the fields of Alberta.

Channypeascorner has super cool Queen of Yarn enamel pins.

Indie Untangled by the numbers

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Rhinebeck trunk show illustration in coral, navy and mustard

Illustration by Eloise Narrigan

When I organized the first Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show in 2014, I got together the group of a dozen vendors by asking dyers and makers who had posted to the online marketplace if they wanted to bring a suitcase of their products to a meeting room at the Best Western. Since I started organizing this in June of that year, only four months prior to the festival, I even post-stalked them on Ravelry to see if they were already going to be at Rhinebeck.

This year, starting in March, I received more than 100 applications — 105 to be exact — for roughly 36 spaces. I had a jury of 10 people, plus my co-planner, Petrina, helping me make this incredibly tough decision. We wanted to make sure we had varied styles and a selection of non-yarn goodies, and that we brought in some new faces.

Here’s a look at Indie Untangled by the numbers:

36 spaces, including in the lounge at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, where Candice of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and designer Caitlin Hunter will be debuting an exciting new project

32 yarn companies (plus three others — The Blue Brick, Gauge Dyeworks and Onyx Fiber Arts — who will be providing exclusive colorways for the Indie Untangled booth)

9 bag and accessories makers/designers, bringing project bags, enamel pins, stitch markers, buttons and more

2 fiber-themed jewelry makers — that you can actually wear, not just for your projects!

1 needle vendor — after the past few years of sponsoring, Signature Needle Arts will finally be at the show!

Of these vendors, 25 of them are new (four of them — Julie Asselin, Twill & Print, La Bien Aimée and Nerd Bird Makery — had a presence at last year’s show, but now they will be bringing a full line-up) and they are marked with an asterisk on the event page.

If that all seems a bit overwhelming, ticket holders will receive a PDF guide prior to the show, so you can strategize your shopping.

What to stash this week: geeking out over yarn

Gray, red and blue variegated yarn

If you’re an NPR fan, you can get more than just a tote bag. Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeoworks’ latest colorway, Wait Wait!, is vailable on her Deep Sock and Neptune Merino DK bases, and 25% of all sales will be donated to NPR on a monthly basis.

A promotion for the Yarnover Truck's Super Nerdy Yarn Club featuring Forbidden Fiber Co.

Maridee of the Yarnover Truck is teaming up with Leann from Forbidden Fiber Co. for the Super Nerdy Yarn Club, which is open to new members until this Wednesday, July 17! This yarn-only club is an exploration into six characters from Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Untwisted hanks of colorful yarn.

IU newcomer Christina of Teal Torch Knits is having a shop update with speckled colorways as well as some bright gradients. This will be her only large shop update for the summer, so act fast!

A skein of beige yarn.

Meg of Nutmeg Fibers is making room for some lighter bases, so her Aran/chunky-weight Hearth base is 40% off until July 31.

Bags with black and purple fabric

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has once again teamed up with IU vendor Julia from Pandia’s Jewels. There will be ready-to-ship project bags and other accessories with fabric that features Julia’s Yarn Goddess and Mystic Knitter artwork in the shop at 9 a.m. Pacific today.

A knitter models a purple shawl

There are still spots for the half-day shawl design class that designer MK Nance is teaching on Saturday at the festival. She is also celebrating the release of her 96th pattern!

An orange sweater with a purple daisy pattern and a green accent at the neckline.

Try to resist the beauty of Mona’s new top-down raglan tee with sweet stranded colorwork, called Pleasure of a Daisy. It’s also 25% off in her Ravelry shop through July 17 with the code Daisy25.

Installment No. 3 of the Despondent Dyes Faux Holiday Club marks National Kiss and Make Up Day.

What to stash this week: Last glass of rosé and Rambouillet

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A woman models a pink shawl.

The crew behind the Rosé and Rambouillet kit was waiting to unveil these gorgeous photos of Tamy Gore’s Dusky Rose shawl from Cat Reading. Kits with the Rambouillet yarn from The Dye Project, a digital copy of Tamy’s shawl pattern and a rose gold and glitter sheep pin from Nerd Bird Makery are available to preorder on Indie Untangled only through today!

Cream speckled and gold socks.

Heather Jane of Sew Happy Jane has a knack for combining colors and this week she is featuring the Walking On A Dream sock pattern from Kalurah Hudson of While They Play Designs. There is a fresh batch of sock sets perfect for knitting this, or any pattern that uses contrast, all ready to go in her shop.

Cartoon character figuers in front of red and green packages numbered 21 and 16.

Dawn of Fairy Tale Knits is embracing that throwback with the “Christmas In July” version of her yarn Advent-style calendar. The set includes a full-sized, 463-yard skein skein Dawn’s 75/25 Superwash Merino/nylon Pegasus base and 24 92-yard speckled Pegasus mini skeins, all individually wrapped and inspired by a different cartoon character or show. They include the aforementioned Alvin & the Chipmunks and Muppet Babies, and a mix of other classics like Bugs Bunny, Sylvester & Tweety, the Jetsons, Care Bears, Smurfs and Rugrats.

Steampunk-inspired project bags.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is shipping out her Steampunk-inspired bag and accessories preorders and so the extras will be live in her shop and ready to ship today at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

A green tote bag with the image of a turquoise backpack with the words Indie Untangled Knitting Our Natl Parks

Happy birthday, America! Indie Untangled is celebrating this nation’s natural beauty with a Flash Sale! Get 15% off Knitting Our National Parks tote bags and Glacier National Park-inspired yarn from Duck Duck Wool through midnight EDT tonight with the code AMERICATHEBEAUTIFUL.

A white basket of purple yarn.

The next Eden Cottage Yarns update takes place today at 7 p.m. UK time and feature Titus Lace, a Superwash Merino/silk yarn that’s perfect for summer weather. It also includes the second release of the Four Seasons Collection, a collaboration with designer Jaya Lakshmi.

Gold flower stitch markers.

Augusta of adKnits has new gift tags infused with a little fiber-related snark, as well as new notecards, including those with her popular knitted mountains illustration. Plus, she’s also released the first two sets of her new line of stitch markers.

To celebrate Fourth of July, Pancake and Lulu is having a giveaway on Instagram.

Preorders are open for Stash Yarn Club’s August installment.

My Mama Knits’ Advent set is inspired by the mythology and folklore of Scotland.

Nutmeg Fibers is offering 15% off all yarn orders over $50 through tomorrow.

Indie Untangled Obsessories: Project bags

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A plum waxed canvas drawstring bag with brown leather handles.

I don’t know about you, but my project bag stash is starting to rival my yarn stash.

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But I definitely have more bags than I have WIPs at a given time (projects in my queue is another story. There are not enough bags in the world for those).

Each of my bags has a specific purpose and advantage, and so I thought I’d round up some of my latest project bag “obsessories,” plus a favorite from one of my friends.

For stowing in a large purse

A small zipper bag with a red and pink palm tree print.

My go-to travel packing includes a backpack with my water bottle and a knitting project or two. This Sapling bag from Shannon of New Hampshire-based Woodsy and Wild is roomy enough for a large shawl and can easily fit inside my 16-liter Fjallraven Kanken backpack, with plenty of room to spare.

For sweaters and travel

A large drawstring bag with a lilac, gray and gold print.

I’ve used this Edin bag from Anette of Netherlands-based Pink Hazel — which I snagged at this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival — as a purse when I want to tote my sweater WIPs around. Aside from the fashion-forward fabrics and leather straps, I love that it has a zippered pocket inside for storing valuables.

While I’m a huge fan of their everyday bags, Arounna of Toronto-based Bookhou has become known for her waxed canvas project bags, including their large drawstring Project Tote in the gorgeous plummy red above that I got for my birthday last year. It’s also a great size for sweaters.

For not just knitting

A navy tote with a Macbook inside.

I fell for this Twig & Horn canvas crossbody tote while at The Knotty Lamb in Oregon, but I have to admit I haven’t used it for knitting yet. It was the perfect bag for attending a conference for my day job, holding my laptop inside, plus my phone, digital recorder, business cards, notebook and pens in the four roomy outer pockets. And I definitely appreciate the zippered inner pocket for my wallet and keys. The zippered pocket also has holes for separating your yarn in colorwork projects but I haven’t used it for that purpose — yet.

For toting on your back

A salmon colored bag next to an aqua wing chair.

A yellow canvas backpack.

At The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Montana Mountain Retreat last month, I finally caved and treated myself to a Knitter’s Backpack from Ritual Dyes. The salmon-hued canvas definitely swayed me. While I wouldn’t use it as a purse because of the lack of a zipper or a pocket (though Rachel’s Moon Pouch is nice for storing things you need easy access to) I like that the handles can be configured to use as a backpack or a tote and that it stands up perfectly straight to sit next to me and feed me my yarn. I take this along with another purse, like my beloved Bookhou mini bag.

My friend Thao of Nerd Bird Makery loves her backpack from Norway-based Plystre. It’s roomy, has comfortable leather straps lined with webbed fabric and comes in a variety of fun colors — if you can snag one.