What to stash this week, from VKL NYC or home

A woman models an oversized gray sweater.

Selena of Sweater Sisters is going to be at the Marriott Marquis for VKL NYC this weekend debuting a bunch of new products. Among them are new alpaca, alpaca blend and extra fine untreated Merino bases available both hand dyed by Selena in Wyoming and au naturale.

Selena also offers kits featuring yarns from other small businesses and patterns from indie designers. Pictured above is the Fluffy Bell Sweater by Tiam Safari in Fleece Artist Wisp, a blend of mohair, wool and nylon. And if you want to dye your own sweater quantity, Selena is also bringing dye kits with of Landscape Dyes of Australia (she’s one of only two licensed retailers in the U.S.

Skeins of blue, purple and yellow yarn.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels debuted 2020 with preorders of a new colorway called Moonlight Maze. You have the option of ordering this color on a variety of bases from fingering to worsted through this Sunday, January 19.

Skeins of pink, purple, green and orange yarn in front of a painting with the same colors.

Lisa The Knitting Artist also has a new colorway. Beneath Wandering Thoughts is inspired by a bright pink and green painting of the same name, with pops of purple and yellow to help you dream of spring.

Skeins of brown variegated yarn.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. is celebrating 2020 with lots of new colorways. Monthly and three-month subscriptions to her La Societe D’Orsay club have also opened up. IU subscribers — that’s you! — enjoy a special 15% discount off everything in the shop with the coupon code IUNewYear.

Lambstrings Yarn has opened sign-ups for the Gothic Color of the Month Club.

The Indie Untangled Guide To VKL NYC 2020

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Brooklyn Bridge

New York City is what I like to think of as a big little town, where it’s not that surprising to run into people you know in the most random places. This weekend, you can think of Times Square as a big little fiber festival, as fiber folks will be taking over the area for the 10th anniversary of Vogue Knitting Live NYC.

To help you prepare for the marketplace, which is so epic that it spills outside of the hotel’s two ballrooms, here’s a guide to several Indie Untangled vendors and a sneak peek at what they’ll be bringing.

Asylum Fibers collage

Asylum Fibers

Fifth floor, Booth 411-413

Asylum Fibers brings you versatile and luxurious yarns, hand dyed in New York City. The brand is best known for bold, unapologetic colorways and tongue-in-cheek inspiration. For 2020, AF is bringing 20 brand new colors and a batch of handmade project bags created by the dyer’s mother. Progress keepers by Samantha Decarlo and a new sweater pattern by Casapinka will also be featured. This year, the entire booth is inspired by Wonderland.

A collage of yarn.

Birch Hollow Fibers

Fifth Floor, Launch Pad Booth

Birch Hollow Fibers is a small batch hand dyed yarn company located in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Our yarn is inspired by nature, books and the whimsical moments in life.

Pictured are the colorways Moss Matched, San’layn, Dahlia and Dryad.

Knit stitch jewelry collage

Birdie Parker Designs

Fifth Floor, Booth 118

Birdie Parker Designs offers knit and crochet inspired jewelry and accessories to complement handcrafted garments. Our items are small and they aren’t yarn, so they don’t count as stash!

Yarn collage from Destination Yarn

Destination Yarn

Fifth floor, Booth 214

Destination Yarn is an independent, hand dyed yarn company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded by a former architect, we believe in the power of place to inspire creativity in all forms. Through a passion for travel, color, and the fiber arts we create unique & vibrant colorways just for you.

For our third year at Vogue Knitting Live we will be bringing our brand new Italy Collection – 5 tonals, and 4 variegated colorways designed to work together and inspired by Italy. We will also have with us our very popular New York colorways including last year’s huge hit Brooklyn, along with Grand Central Terminal.

Spun yarn collage.

Fully Spun

Fifth Floor, Booth 407

My mission with Fully Spun is to encourage and enable people to express themselves through color. We are featuring our new DK weight base, Sock Fingering and a sweater surprise!

Collage of dark yarn.

Fuse Fiber Studio

Fifth Floor, Booth 120

Fuse Fiber Studio is all about creating colors to spark your creativity! We are a boutique yarn dyeing company focusing on carefully curated, ethically sourced bases and one-of-a-kind colors. I keep my batches small so that I can explore unique and unexpected color combinations and treat each skein of yarn like its own work of art. You can count on every skein being dyed with care and attention to detail from start to finish My goal as a dyer is to create wearable colors that look as beautiful in the skein as they do in your finished projects.

My VKL 2020 collection is one big love letter to New York City! I’ve created tons of new colorways celebrating the city and all of its glorious contradictions, from elegant tonals on luxury bases to the more complex and moody speckles. Don’t miss our signature event colorway — Central Park and our new Comfort DK, locally sourced and spun New York state!

Collage of speckled yarn

Fuzz Family by KraeO

Fifth Floor, Booth 1000

KraeO’s Fuzz Family is a line of yarn hand dyed with love, in Chicago. They create beautiful colorways with complex neutrals and a color pallet that is both vivid and wearable.

Collage of bright yarn

Hellomello Handspun

Sixth Floor, Booth 1015

Hellomello Handspun’s limited-edition, small batch mill spun yarns are created seasonally using the highest quality hand-selected fine wool fleeces. Cleaning, carding and spinning is done at a family owned and operated mill located in New York State. Each skein is lovingly dyed by hand at our studio in Brooklyn, NY.

In addition to Hellomello Handspun’s signature neon colorways and seasonal mill-spun yarns, our first booth at VKL will feature beautiful Shibori and eco-dyed silk scarves, mending kits and luxury handspun.

Shoppers can help us raise money for those affected by the bushfires in Austrailia. For every skein of undyed “naked sheep” yarn or preorder of our Kangas and Koalas colorway purchased during the event, we will donate $10 to @blazeaid (an organization that helps Australian farmers recover from natural disaster) or @wildlifevictoria (a non-profit wildlife emergency response organization based in Victoria, AU).

Selection of Katrinkles

Katrinkles

Fifth Floor, Booth 100

Katrinkles makes buttons, wearable accessories, and tools for fiber artists out of durable and sustainable wood. Each piece is lovingly designed, carefully crafted and hand-finished in Providence, RI. Our products are made in house on our studio’s four laser-cutting machines. Katrinkles makes tools for knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, embroidery and needlepoint as well as stitchable ornaments and buttons to decorate your work. Pictured are our new Adjustable Mitten Blockers and some items from our Vogue Exclusive collection.

A yellow sweater.

Knit Collage

Fifth Floor, Booth 527

Here at Knit Collage, we create unique yarns to inspire your creativity and to get your needles humming!

After about seven months in the making, finally we releasing the Shakespeare in the Park pattern, here at Knit Collage. This design is a dramatic yet easy to knit colorwork sweater, designed by one of our most favorite designers, Park Williams. Check out the kits in our booth at Vogue Knitting Live! The pattern comes free with yarn purchase through VKL weekend only.

A selection of pastel yarn and buttons.

Little Fox Yarn

5th Floor, Booth 522

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.

We will have our usual favorites: Little Mo (lace), Vixen (fingering), Linea (sport), Bōsa and Vulpine (DK). We will also be introducing our new Bulky Base, Tod, and we will have new buttons and shawl pins (in wood, clay and antler) by Idlewild Pottery & Notions.

A selection of knitting patterns

mYak

Sixth Floor, Booths 1009-1013

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

This year, we will bring our new Tibetan Cloud DK line as well as our Baby Yak with many new wonderful designs, kits and bundles.

We are thrilled to host Jonna and Sini of Laine magazine, Jennifer Steingass, Olga Buraya Kefelian, Kirsten Kapur, Thea Colman and Susanne Sommers at our booth throughout the weekend.

Portnerness, with her amazing line of jewelry, will joining us as a guest brand and for the first time we will bring an incredible selection of Temaricious embroidery and crafting floss, naturally dyed in Japan. We will also offer Laine magazine’s Knitting Journal and pins, and Indie Untangled Fiber Friends pins.

Bright yarn and two shawls.

Sweater Sisters

Fifth Floor, Booth 208

Sweater Sisters out of Alta, Wyoming offers kits, yarns hand-dyed in the Tetons and professional Landscape Dyes from Australia. They’re dedicated to offering luxury fibers to elevate your crafting experience.

Pictured are the Crystal Meadows Shawl and Ramalina by Susanne Visch.

A collage from TreLiz

TreLiz

Fifth Floor, Booth 111

TreLiz hand-dyed yarns are here to remind you that: Color is Power, Fiber is our Weapon.

Hands hold up pastel skeins of yarn.

The Wandering Flock

Sixth Floor, Booth 1101-1103

Drawing from my experience in fashion, I approach dyeing with a lot of intention, and focus on the final product your creations. While a skein of yarn is where my process ends, I think about what you will make with it. My hope is to create a line of yarn and classic, yet contemporary, knitwear patterns that will fit into your everyday wardrobe.

I will be presenting my line of yarn and patterns, including the Arete sweater I designed for Pom Pom Quarterly’s Winter 2019 issue.

A selection of blue and gold yarn.

Zen Yarn Garden

Sixth Floor, Booth 1006

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. 

Our booth will be filled with NY-themed colourways available exclusively at Vogue NY. We will also have hand-dyed, ready-to-wear scarves in our custom colours.

Food guide

When you find time to tear yourself away from the marketplace, or if you need sustenance between classes, here are a few of my favorite food recommendations in the Times Square area.

If you want…

A quick bite, head to City Kitchen, a gourmet food court with a selection that includes Luke’s Lobster and Dough donuts.

To relax with a pint, try Beer Culture, a cozy bar with a rotating selection of craft beers on tap and fridges filled with microbrews. They also serve wine and whiskey if beer’s not your thing, along with a menu of creative pub food.

Dinner with a small group of friends, I highly recommend The Marshal, a farm-to-table restaurant with a brick oven.

A bistro brunch, hit up BXL Cafe, a low-key place with great egg dishes and delicious Belgian waffles.

What to stash this week: Join the flock

Hands hold up pastel skeins of yarn.

Geraldine, the dyer behind new indie dye company The Wandering Flock, dyes yarn with intention and an eye towards knitting it into fashion-forward garments that you’ll want to wear. If you’re headed to Vogue Knitting Live NYC next week, stop by Booth 1101-1103 to see Arete, her design in the Winter 2019 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, and the rest of her flock of hand-dyed yarn.

A skein of taupe yarn and a silver necklace.

Jennifer of Porterness Studio will also be headed to VKL NYC next week, as a guest brand in mYak’s Tibetan Fibers booth. You definitely have to check out her stylish jewels in person!

A bag in yellow and orange floral fabric.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is launching several vintage designs, along with a snarky Yarn Sock, in a limited and ready-to-ship update that goes live today at 9 a.m. Pacific.

Skeins of white, tan and gray yarn.

Like many of you, I have felt gutted by the destruction caused by the massive bush fires throughout Australia. Along with having family in Victoria, I have also had the fortune of working with Isabel and Nick of the Great Ocean Road Woolen Mill, who sent a batch of their yarn over for last year’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show. ⁣

Aside from sourcing their fiber from farmers roughly one hour from the mill, Isabel and Nick keep their carbon footprint low: 95% of their power comes from solar, they wash their fiber only using rainwater and a low phosphate detergent and use the waste water to keep their orchard green and healthy. ⁣

I have finally had time after the holiday season to add their yarn to the Indie Untangled shop, including a kit for Truly Myrtle’s Bobby beanie and Eva DK, which can be used for Thea Coleman’s Shandy sweater (there are only five skeins left!). ⁣

Along with making a personal contribution to wildfire relief efforts, I am donating 15% of ALL sales in the Indie Untangled shop through the end of January to the Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund.

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

If you’ve been enjoying the Indie Untangled Knitting Our National Parks series, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to step inside one of the inspiration photos and create your own parks-inspired colorways!

At this first Indie Untangled retreat, taking place near Mount Rainier in Washington State, we’ll let you be a dyer for the afternoon. After touring Mount Rainier and taking in all its natural beauty, we’ll provide the supplies and equipment for you to hand dye personalized souvenirs, under the expert guidance of Heather Pleva from Earl Grey Fiber Company, who created The Highest Peak, pictured above. We’ll also explore the best patterns for using your kettle-dyed, variegated or hand-painted yarn.

Register by February 15 to secure your preferred accommodations. I hope you can join us!

2019 Year In Review: Indie Untangled KAL

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A lilac sweater with a lacy yoke.

The 2019 Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show seems like it was ages ago, and also like it was just yesterday. For the second time, we organized a massive KAL with eight separate categories, which brought in more than 200 entries! I thought it was appropriate to share the randomly-selected winners as part of a Year In Review post. Hopefully some of these FOs will inspire your 2020 projects.

Pictured above is KnitCosette’s Love Note by tincanknits, which was one of the winners in the sweater category.

Shawl

Hat

Cowl

Poncho

Cables

Socks

Mitts/mittens/gloves

What to stash this week: winter mystery

A white flower in snow for the Crystalline Snowdrop mystery knit along

If you’re in a casting on state of mind, and also want to enter to win some free yarn, join in on Mona Zillah’s Crystalline Snowdrop MKAL for February.

Crystalline Snowdrop is a semicircular shawl featuring a lace and mesh motif. It can be knit in two sizes with one or two skeins — the mystery samples use Lunaris, a sparkly Merino/Cashmere/Stellina yarn from Anzula Luxury Fibers. If you join the KAL and post your FO on Instagram or Ravelry, you can enter to win Anzula yarn!

Silbia Ro of Camellia Fiber Co. and designer Dawn Henderson.

Meg of Nutmeg Fibers is launching the DyeSigner Alliance, a tri-annual collaboration between her, a dyer and a designer. Session 1, which ships in April, features Nashville dyer Silbia Ro of Camellia Fiber Co. and Denver-based designer Dawn Henderson, who goes by dawn.landix on Ravelry and Instagram.

2019 Year In Review: IU exclusives

A cream and brown shawl.

When it comes time to decide on my next project, I sometimes tend to want to save the special yarn, such as the Indie Untangled exclusive colorways that I’ve had dyers create for the Rhinebeck Trunk Show, the Knitting Our National Parks project or the Where We Knit yarn club.

One of my new year’s resolutions has been to put that yarn to use. To inspire you to do the same, here’s a look back and knitters who put some Indie Untangled exclusives to use for projects.

Pictured above is a sample of Ritual Shawl by Marceline Smith that Susan/knit4u created with the Onyx Fiber Arts IU exclusive Cider Donut Dipped In Coffee (along with Adria’s Coffee Grounds and First Cup, which are available on her website). There are only a dozen or so skeins of DK left in the shop, and it’s a fast knit to have in time for winter.

A purple shawl.

Amy/k1teach2’s The Sweetest Berries by Justyna Lorkowska in Martin’s Lab Comfy Merino Leszcz

A green and gray cowl.

Danielle/bi0chemcrazy’s Mohonk Delight by Kirsten Kapur in La Bien Aimée Merino Aran Kingston and Hudson

A gray and green colorwork sweater.

@bethmacdonaldstone‘s Paleta by Caitlin Hunter in La Bien Aimée Merino Singles Kingston and Hudson (also with Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation Haiku)

A pink cabled hat.

margaretdecker’s Pathfinder by Woolly Wormhead in Asylum Fibers Merino DK Welcoming

An aqua and red chevron striped scarf.

Michaelene/bookwormmike’s Happy Magic Scarf by Heather Hill in SpaceCadet Oriana 8-ply Gunnison

See more FOs using Indie Untangled exclusives here.

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

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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!