2018 Indie Untangled holiday newsletter giveaway

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

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

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

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

Here’s the schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 24: A Birds of a Feather kit from Junkyarn

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

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

What to knit with fingering yarn and stranded mohair

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

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

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

Hats

Sparkling Cider by Voolenvine

Azurine Hat by Ambah O’Brien

Hyde Park by Dragon Hoard Designs

úlfur hat by ash alberg

Cowls/ponchos

Ballerina by Julie Knits In Paris

Azurine Cowl by Ambah O’Brien

Speckled Snow by Lucinda Iglesias

Shawls

Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry

Fallen Leaves by Justyna Lorkowska

Growing Lilies by Webster Street Knittery

Merino & Mohair Shawl by Sarah Punderson

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

Sweaters – Pullovers

Chelsea Sweater by Nancy Ricci

No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit

Ambient by eri

Sweaters – Cardigans

Scapa by Alma Bali

Elton by Joji Locatelli

See all the suggestions on Ravelry.

What to stash this week: yarn wizardry

Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks was inspired by the photo to create not one, but two colorways for the latest Knitting Our National Parks installment, including one that debuts a new base. Her speckled Winter Wizardry will be dyed on Aurora, a 100% Superwash Merino single-ply fingering, while Wizard Sky will be dyed on Flou (which means fluffy in French) a laceweight mohair/silk blend that would be perfect to carry along with Aurora.

Both colorways will be available to preorder on Indie Untangled through Friday, December 21. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, Nancy of Tika Bags is holding her first ever Facebook Live sale! There will be special products just for the sale, including her Deja Vue clear box bag in new fabrics, matching Zippity Vue mini bags, mega-popular sweater-sized Zippity Vue large bags and a few Tika Bags kits that include a Deja Vue project bag with skein of Twisted Owl Studio sock yarn.

Miranda’s new Frail scarf is a garden of elegant brioche. Indie Untangled readers get 30% off until December 14 with the code INDIEFRAIL, with the pattern including a discount for the gorgeous recommended yarn.

Just in time for sweata weatha, Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks is debuting newest base, Neptune DK. It’s a 100% Merino that’s perfectly squishy and is available in seven saturated colors, including a new hauntingly beautiful gray called Ghost Rider.

Sign-ups are open for the Little Women installment of McMullin Fiber Co.’s Literature Society. Get a single or double dose of yarn in an exclusive colorway that celebrates the March family and their friends.

Slipped Stitch Studios has a winter collection of yarn socks and project bags available and Llamicorns will be back in the shop today at 9 a.m. Pacific. As part of the December fun, orders over $50, instead of $100, get free U.S. shipping.

Heather’s Yarn Barn has some new colorways in addition to crocheted velvet hair scrunchies with free domestic shipping. You can also spin the wheel when you visit her store and get the chance to win discounts from 5% to 25% off.

October House Fiber Arts has a new colorway called Social Graces, the perfect neutral, dyed on Robin’s incredibly soft and silky MCS Fingering.

Buy one skein from the Pandia’s Jewels Jane Austen-inspired Regency Collection and get a set of stitch markers free with the code JANESBDAY.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations’ new Warwick Reflections shawl is inspired by Warwick Castle and the River Avon. A Warwick Reflections kit includes yarn from Why Knot Fibers and a Celtic Shawl Pin.

Signups for the Yarnover Truck’s Yarn Club is open to new members until Wednesday.

Once Upon A Corgi has new enamel pins with doggies and yarn.

What to stash this week: geek out with your knitting

Carrie of Alpenglow Yarn has released her awesome new BitMarkers! These eight-marker sets are made from circuit board material and feature gold-plated binary numbers, with the corresponding decimal number covered by purple soldermask underneath. Carries says they’re great for anyone who wants to learn binary, or for anyone wanting to show off their nerd cred.

These awesome AF custom mugs from JaMpdx sold out at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show, so I’m placing another order with Jenn and Meghan. You can preorder a mug and guarantee your preferred level of profanity only until this Sunday, December 2 so the ladies can get to making!

Mona is teaming up with Elevate Fibers to say “Aloha” to the new year with a fun KAL inspired by California’s Lake Aloha. Aloha Tahoe is a half circle shawl with optional beading knit in two skeins of Elevate Fibers Silky Merino, or any fingering-weight yarn you have on hand. Elevate Fibers has some beautiful kits, and if you buy any yarn from them you’ll receive a code for $2 off the pattern.

Celebrate the 12 Days of Knitmas with a limited edition kit from Marianated Yarns with either a shawl or a poncho from Katinka Designs. Each kit is available in five different color choices and in true Knitmas spirit come with notions, treats and fun extras.

Sheila is having her last Big Foot Fibers shop update of the year tonight at 7 p.m. Central. The update will include two Christmas-themed, five-skein mini sets: Gingerbread Men on SuperSparkle Sock, which is 75% Superwash Merino/20% nylon/5% Lurex, and Peppermint Mocha (pictured) on on Divine Sock, which is 85% Extrafine Superwash Merino/15% nylon.

This Craft or That has Superwash New Zealand Polwarth wool in DK weight.

What to stash for your holiday knitting

It’s official: holiday knitting season is now upon us! Bronwyn of Casapina has you covered with her gorgeous Winter Light collection. It includes six patterns — two cowls, two hats, a set of mitts and a pair of socks — that are for sale individually or together for a discount in an e-book. There’s also a freebie that’s perfect for your leftovers. And, in true Casapinka style, each pattern is paired with six winter cocktails or mocktails to warm you up during your knitting breaks (though she’s not responsible for any dropped stitches this may cause).

Tamy just released a set of new accessory patterns, Inseparable and Ravenhill (pictured here), designed with the gift-giving season in mind. Both use yarn from Lolodidit and she has lovely kits on her website. You can also get a discount on both the kits and the pattern this week.

You can’t resist some sparkle around the holidays! Big Foot Fibers’ Gingerbread Men is a mini skein set of five colors inspired by the best Christmas dessert. The first update sold out, so grab yours during round two, going on now.

Sign-ups for next year’s Indie Untangled yarn club are open through the end of the year or until the club sells out. Grab your spot now! There’s also an option to give the club as a gift to your favorite knitter. 

IU newcomer Humble Bumble Fibers Company has sock blanks.

Eden Cottage Yarns is having their next update on Wednesday featuring Pendle Chunky.

Your 2018 indie Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals

Here’s a list of 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.

For the first time, Jen of Portnerness Studio is having a sale on her Stitch Marker Necklaces and Double Sided Yarn Tag Necklaces. Get an additional 20% off with the code IndiePJ20 (because you can shop in your PJs!) through November 27. There’s also free USPS Priority Shipping on orders of $130 or more.

Slipped Stitch Studios has a new discount each day:
Today, get $5 off ALL small and medium project bags
On Saturday, get $10 off all large project bags
On Sunday, get $15 off ALL XL totes and hybrid bags
On Monday, get $5 off ALL needle nooks, zipper pouches and Tots

All weekend, get double reward points and free shipping on orders over $100.

Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks is making all week Giving Tuesday. Through November 30, she’s donating 25% of all sales in her shop to suicide prevention, in memory of her daughter’s friend, Emma. This 25% will be split equally between five organizations: the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Trevor Project, the National Veterans Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Alliance of Hope.

Sew Happy Jane is offering 15% off from tomorrow through Monday with the code SEWTHANKFUL.

Now through Monday, McMullin Fiber Co. is offering 25% off any order over $50 in her shop with the code 25THANKS. She’ll also be updating the shop Monday with a new mohair/silk base and bringing back her much requested Fiber Balm.

Use the code INDIEEVERYDAY for free U.S. shipping on orders of $100 or more in the Indie Untangled pop-up shop through November 27.

Get 10% off fingering weight cotton yarns from Wolle’s Yarn Creations plus free domestic shipping through Monday.

Pandia’s Jewels has three days of deals: Today, there’s free U.S. shipping on orders of $100 or more and free international shipping on orders of $150 or more. Tomorrow is a free gift with a special collection purchase. On Monday, get an additional 15% off sale items. Click for the codes.

Through November 26, Knitspinquilt is offering free domestic shipping on all orders and discounted shipping on international orders. But that’s not all: if you buy four or more items, you get 25% off your order. This includes large and medium bags, box bags and DPN cases.

Buy three items from Baad Mom Yarns, get one free, plus get free shipping on all U.S. orders through November 26. There are also some special colorways.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is offering 20% off two or more items from her shop, including shawl pins and progress keepers, with the code SHOPSMALL2018.

Use code SHOPSMALL18 for 15% off everything in the Lavender Lune Yarn Co. shop. The first 10 orders will also get two free mini skeins.

Use code CYBERSALE for 15% off everything in the Winemakerssister shop, including stitch markers and Knitter’s Chatelaines.

Cedar Hill Farm Company has a weekend full of sales, including free shipping to U.S. and Canada on orders of $40 or more through Sunday, 20% off all in-stock project bags through Monday, 15% off all in-stock Chiaogoo Red Lace circular needles on Saturday and 15% off all in-stock yarns on Monday. Also, get 20% off Keya’s patterns on Ravelry through Monday.

The Golden Purls are offering 25% off all yarn and kits through Monday.

All of Lisa The Knitting Artist’s yarn and prints are 20% off with free shipping, no code needed, through Monday.

Get 15% off today only from the The Humble Bumble Fibers Co. with the code HUMBLEBLK18.

Skeinny Dipping is having a Cyber Monday 20% off sale on all in stock yarn with the code CYBER20.

Round Table Yarns is holding a Tournament of Yarns with 26 mystery bags.

Farm Girl Fibers is offering 10% off orders of $75 or more through November 30 with the code SWEATERWEATHER10 and a 20g mini skein with every skein purchased today, plus free shipping on all U.S. orders for the rest of 2018.

Get 20% off all purchases from NanoStitch Lab through Monday with the code SHOPSMALL2018.

Enjoy free U.S. shipping on all orders from Dye is Cast Yarn through Monday.

Treasure Goddess Yarn is offering 25% off everything plus free U.S. shipping through Sunday.

Buy three skeins of yarn or art batts, or a combination of both, from Purple Lamb Fiber Arts and get one for free.

Into The Whirled is giving 30% off yarn and fiber with the code THANKFUL through Monday.

Get 15% off your entire purchase of Little Fox Yarn through Tuesday with the code SOTHANKFUL.

Today, order 1-3 Skeins from Once Upon a Corgi and use Code “YARNGIVING15” for 15% off your order. Tomorrow, orders 4+ skeins and use code “HOLIYAY” for $25 off.

Untangling C.C. Almon of Javapurl Designs

C.C. wearing her A Walk in the Park Cowl.

Knitting and caffeine seem to go together like, well, yarn and needles. C.C. Almon of Javapurl Designs takes that to the next level with her designs, many of them coffee related, or with a geeky twist. There’s also a bit of Gilmore Girls thrown in (again, coffee) as she often collaborates on collections with her daughter, Dami.

C.C. also often works with dyer Julia of Pandia’s Jewels, and for this year’s Where We Knit yarn club, she created two items: her Brackett’s Landing socks and cowl are now available to purchase.

When and how did you learn to knit and how did you decide to become a designer?

I’ve always been crafty having grown up with a great-grandmother who did needlework, a grandmother who painted and sewed and a momma who did lots of crafts including cross stitch. I dabbled in lots of crafts over the years, but had always wanted to learn to knit. Why? I’m not sure. I didn’t know anyone who knit. It was just always calling to me.

So I finally answered the call in 2005 when I purchase a Learn to Knit kit from a big box store. I was instantly in love! The first few years, I knit mostly blankets and hats.

Things exploded in 2012 when I took a sock knitting class. In 2013, I released my first big pattern (Rescue Me, Chin Boy, & Show Me the Stars – a Doctor Who-inspired Socks) after I was gifted a gorgeous skein of yarn that I knew needed to be a certain pattern, but I couldn’t locate one, so I made it up.

Since then, I’ve designed 60 patterns (mainly socks, but also shawls, cowls, and a few miscellaneous things).

What did you do before becoming a designer and how does it inform your design work?

My final job before I became disabled was as a hospital chaplain. My primary unit was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I desperately miss working with those wee babes and their families. As a way to continue to bless them, I designed my Top Down Preemie Hat pattern (free on Ravelry) with seven sizes from 24 weeks to full-term. Since 2014, I have knit one preemie hat each week which I then donate to a local hospital.

How did you decide to team up with your daughter, Dami, and how do you work together on your designs?

My Dami (she’s 19 years old and a freshman in college) is a prolific knitter. For a couple of years, she helped me by knitting the samples for my designs. In 2016, she had an idea for a pair of socks inspired by the TV show Elementary. Once she designed those, she continued with eight further patterns and she is now working on a collection of patterns inspired by one of her favourite musicals, Hadestown. We haven’t both collaborated on singular designs, but rather design our own things that then come together in a collection or book.

Tell me about what inspires your designs.

Our pattern design inspirations range from geeky things like Doctor Who and Elementary, to TV shows such as Gilmore Girls and Outlander, to coffee, to colourways that demanded to be something, to locations such as the city of Edinburgh, and more.

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

I need to connect to the specific thing that inspires me (whether it’s a TV show or a colourway or a location or a coffee drink) first and then the design flows out of that.

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

PINK!!!!!!!!!! Always PINK!!!!!! (Although I have surprised some people recently by sharing that my second favourite colour is orange, not bright orange, but rather that autumnal burnt orange.) I love PINK so much that we designed an entire book inspired by the colour (Tickled PINK ~ two designers, four indie dyers, eight PINK-tastic patterns).

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Where is your favorite place to knit?

In a coffeeshop with a cuppa coffee (what kind varies by the season, pumpkin spice lattes are my absolute favourite) with either a good friend to chat with or a good book to read or an intriguing podcast to listen to.

What to stash this week: a knitting journey

I’m thrilled to open sign-ups today for the 2019 Where We Knit Yarn Club. This quarterly club, which will begin shipping in February, brings together four dyer/designer dream teams: Life In the Long Grass and Cassondra Rizzardi of Rizzaknits, Martin’s Lab and Justyna Lorkowska of Lete’s Knits, Asylum Fibers and Woolly Wormhead and Fuse Fiber Studio and Mina Philipp of Knitting Expat Designs.

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; both cozying up with a tasty beverage and travel knitting are represented. (I also got a little peek at the cocktail-inspired colorway that Caroline of LITLG has been working on for the first installment, and can honestly say you do not want to miss getting your hands on it!)

Speaking of awesome yarn clubs, here’s one not to be missed. Diane is collaborating with Louis of Brooklyn Boy Knits, Amanda of Brown Gyrls Knit, Thao of Nerd Bird Makery and Coffee by Kee — all amazing men and women of color who have been dedicated to promoting diversity in craft — for a Winter Solstice Yarn Club. You’ll receive a skein of worsted weight yarn dyed by Diane, an exclusive knitting pattern by Louis, stitch markers by Amanda, an enamel pin by Thao and a choice of coffee or tea, plus a surprise item. Sign-ups close this Wednesday, November 21.

A beloved fabric from Slipped Stitch Studios’ past is back, with a new spin. The Ghastlies have returned, and this time they have yarn! Bags and accessories in these two fabrics, along with yarns from Skeino, vintage embroidery scissors and stitch kits, are available starting today at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Every day is Small Business Saturday at FiberCrafty! The fiber marketplace is having a full weeklong frenzy, with plenty of shops offering coupon codes, free shipping and other goodies.

Stephanie of Rock Solid Designs did an awesome collaboration with Jenna of Fiberrarium for Knitter’s Day Out in Harrisburg and there are a few of these Sloth sets still available. They include a medium project bag and a skein of Fiberrarium Conservatory Sock (a 90/10 Merino/nylon blend).

‘Tis the season for Julia of Pandia’s Jewels to create another seasonal sock kit based on C.C. Almon’s Peppermint Mocha Sock pattern. Each kit includes a skein of Julia’s Snug base in the Peppermint Mocha colorway, a Ravelry pattern download code and this cute hand-stamped progress keeper.

Victoria has released two new patterns for her lovely yarns. Above is the Laverton shawl, which brings together three Eden Cottage yarns to create a beautiful, wearable piece. There’s also the Gatekeeper cowl, a simple, quick-to-knit cowl designed to make the most of a single skein of Pendle Aran. 

No need to be afraid of these three ghostly colorways from Holly and Ivy, inspired by A Christmas Carol. Ghost of Christmas Past is a golden yellow that captures the warm glow of a candle, Ghost of Christmas Present is the rich pine green of the second spirit’s velvet robes and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is a dark blood red.

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn also has some holiday colorways, and they are far from traditional. Her two holiday sock sets are mystery packages inspired by either Krampus or Saint Nick. Each set will contain a full skein of Tralala Sock and two mini skeins in contrasting heel/toe/cuff colorways. Preorders close next Friday.

Purple Lamb Fiber Arts has created Twelve Days of Christmas mini skein sets.

What to stash this week, while it’s still fall

You still have time to snag Mudpunch’s Tavern Fall, an autumnal palette featuring broad stripes of orange, gold, turquoise and burgundy. It’s available (until sold out) on 385 yards of 80/20 Superwash Merino/nylon 4-ply sock yarn. Also in Chantel’s shop is Black Razzleberry, featuring city blues and purple which gives a preview of the winter to come.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks is preparing for winter on the horizon with bold, saturated hues. Colorways like Turmeric, Sirocco and Lucia are inspired by her prized collection of silk saris and family photos.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations will be hosting her first ever Facebook Live sale tonight at 9 p.m. EST! This fun event will include shawl pin styling tips, stories from Michelle’s fall events and the chance to snag Rare Breed shawl pins that have only been available at her shows.

Brooke of Fully Spun has new seasonal colorways of her millspun that looks like handspun, along with new bulky and aran weight bases. Kits for Francoise Danoy’s Icescape and Phlegethon shawls are also back in the shop.

Laura is back from Stitches SoCal and has plenty of goodies for sale. The shop will be stocked with new, never-before-sold items today at 9 a.m. PST.

Attention dyers: Carrie is gearing up for another production run of SkeinMinders and SkeinTwisters and both are discounted through Sunday, November 11 with the coupon code SMDISC.

Robin of October House Fibers has opened preorders for her Christmas Sweets Sock Sets, and there are several color combinations available. Orders close on November 25 and will ship out the first week of December, giving you plenty of time for holiday knitting.

Shauna of Farm Girl Fibers just updated her shop with a variety of fall- and winter-inspired colors, including red, green, blue, brown and plum tonals. There are plenty of sweater quantities available on fingering Merino/nylon and worsted Merino.

In celebration of her two new pattern releases, A Foxy Frolic and Snowflake Man, Mona of bunnymuff is having an exclusive Indie Untangled promotion! Use the code SnowyFrolic in her Ravelry shop and receive an automatic $2 off each pattern through November 19.

Indie turns 5 at Rhinebeck

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Organizing each year’s Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show is like completing a new knitting project. With nearly every one, I learn something new that makes me a better knitter. I get a little help — sometimes a lot of help — from my fellow stitchers. And I have late, often sleepless nights coming up with solutions to tricky problems.

And, as much as I knit, my stash continues to grow…

There were a lot of changes this year. The show moved to a new venue in Saugerties, which provided much more space, and natural light, for shopping than our previous home at the Best Western. We expanded the hours. It was also, for the first time, a fully ticketed show, and we utilized shuttle buses to ensure the venue’s parking lot wouldn’t be overtaxed. After the unprecedented crowds, long lines and parking issues of last year, these were things that had to be done, though I regret this meant that not everyone who wanted to come was able to.

While many shoppers were anxious about this new system, it was, overall, a relaxed and celebratory atmosphere — with a little bit of that festival frenzy thrown in.

My fellow helpers and I — including Petrina Hicks, a knitting friend who I discovered, via Instagram, lives across the street from me and is an event planner! — learned a lot from this year’s show. I know it will help ensure that future Indie Untangled events, whether it’s a kickoff to Rhinebeck or special event in Brooklyn, become my, and your, favorite FO yet.

And speaking of knitting friends, here are some photos of Indie Untangled 2018 taken by my talented friend Carolina of Triple C Photography.

Working the Night Shift at the Spincycle Booth.

Designers Catherine Clark and Caitlin Hunter pose for one of many pics.

A shopper spotted with multiple Indie Untangled bags.

A wall of color at the Hue Loco booth.

More beauties at Junkyarn.

Checking out the colors from IU newcomer Hu Made.

Taking a (short) break from shopping in the MDK Lounge.

Colorful project bags from That Clever Clementine and wooden goodies from Katrinkles.

Showing off my All Points South while taking in my other indie FO.