What to stash this week: Indie Goes West

If you’re local to Portland, Oregon, and free on February 2 from 5-8 p.m., then you should snag tickets to Indie Untangled’s first West Coast event! I’m teaming up with Thao of Nerd Bird Makery and we’re bringing together a select group of Northwest dyers and makers and also introducing a few indies from the East Coast. Click here for all the info. 

If you miss summer camp, there are still spots open for the Pacific Coast Handmade Craft Camp taking place September 12-15 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Activities include knitting, sewing, embroidery, dyeing, block printing, weaving, mending and more. The fabulous instructors are: Sonya Philip (100 Acts of Sewing), Simone Kereit (Owlcat Designs), Michelle Russell (Left Coast Dyer), Cleo Malone (co-owner of Cast Away yarn shop) and Sarah Pedersen (The Dye Project).

Class up your 2019 with these elegant bags from Slipped Stitch Studios. Their New Year Elegance Party kicks off today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time and includes a limited number of ready to ship bags in sparkly fabrics.

Sign-ups for the 2019 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club close this Monday, December 31! Don’t miss out on this quarterly club that brings together four dyer/designer teams that will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and accompanying accessory design inspired by where they knit.

Clockwise from top left are inspiration photos from Life In the Long Grass and Rizzaknits, Martin’s Lab and Justyna Lorkowska, Asylum Fibers and Woollywormhead and Fuse Fiber Studio and Knitting Expat. 

Zen Yarn Garden is having a massive Boxing Day sale. Use the code 25OFF to get… 25% off yarn and knitting kits, including their lovely kit for Andrea Mowry’s What the Fade. There’s also free U.S. shipping on orders of $99+ and free international shipping for orders of $299+.

Learn more about Marissa of The Spun Bunny, a “bunny shepherdess” and creator of color for yarn and a variety of spinning fiber, which of course includes angora from her adorable bunnies. Marissa is offering 35% off items in her shop, excluding calendars, through December 30 with the code THANKYOU.

Patrick of yarn company Rosy Green Wool and designer Melanie Berg have teamed up to raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation, a charity that saves lives. Only $2-3 buys a bed net treated with insecticides that can protect two people from malaria for up to four years — much less than a skein of hand-dyed yarn. Please join me in making a donation. Additionally, I will be donating 10% of all sales of in-stock items in the Indie Untangled shop through January 31, 2019 to the campaign. 

2018 Year In Review: IU exclusives

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One of the best things about running Indie Untangled is getting to work with talented dyers to come up with exclusive colorways, whether it’s for the Rhinebeck Trunk Show, the Knitting Our National Parks project or the Where We Knit yarn club. And while I love collecting hand-dyed yarn as much as the next knitter, I truly enjoy seeing those colorways put to use in beautiful sweaters, shawls, cowls and more.

For the 2018 Indie Untangled Year In Review, I’ve compiled some of my favorite projects that use Indie Untangled exclusives.

Pictured above is Cecilia’s Sunset Highway with La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Automne à Rhinebeck, Asylum Fibers Solitary in Rhinebeck’s All The Craze, Dark Harbour Yarn Port in Davy Jones Locker and La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Yellow Brick Road

Aimee’s Rainshadow in La Bien Aimée Merino Singles Kingston and Hudson

Janet’s Local Yarn Shawl with The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady in Kiowa

Kelly’s Glaciers and Wildflowers Pullover with Duck Duck Wool DK Limited in Glaciers and Wildflowers

Tawana’s The Doodler with La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Automne à Rhinebeck and Asylum Fibers Solitary in Rhinebeck’s All The Craze and Sleepless

Deborah’s Do It Up with Gauge Dye Works SHAWL: MCN Fingering in Hudson Valley

Jerrill’s Birds and Ships with Little Fox Yarn Vixen in Birds and Ships

Amy’s Close To You with Asylum Fibers Solitary in Acadia Lights

Abigail’s Concentra Cowl with Backyard Fiberworks Terrain in North Cascades Night and Merino 2/6

Maggie’s Lemon Pie with La Bien Aimée Merino DK in Automne à Rhinebeck

See many more FO’s using yarn from Indie Untangled dyers here.

What to stash this week: the great North American yarn road trip

Colorways in the bi-monthly Dragonfly Fibers yarn club for 2019 will be inspired by North America’s unique landmarks and people — and YOU can help by sending photos of places that you find special! Each shipment will include suggestions for patterns to use with the yarn. You can also choose a subscription with or without swag, which in the past has included such amazing goodies as a shawl pin from IU maker Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations and a project bag from That Clever Clementine. 

Do not throw away your shot at this amazing set of Hamilton-inspired goodies from Slipped Stitch Studios. Sales start today at 9 a.m. Pacific time and are open until December 26. Laura’s also made up a little certificate that’s perfect for gift giving. 

Lovers of cinema and/or horror, this yarn club is for you: Petra of Undercover Otter has created a wonderful adventure for her 2019 club that is inspired by the horror flick Igor, the awkward henchman to the mad and power hungry. Each shipment of this monthly club contains one or two skeins of a unique colorway exclusive to members for six months, a lesson on how that month’s Igor relates to cinema and some fun extras. Movies include Frankenstein, Manos: The Hands of Fate and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Just in time for winter, Kristi of Shalimar Yarns is updating her shop with Breathless Cush, her luxury bulky base that’s a blend of 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% silk. Use the code INDIESNO to receive 10% off your order and knit up two new accessory designs, including a quick colorwork hat called Snoflinga and a free two-skein cowl pattern.

Preorders for the Sorting Hat Kits, a magical collaboration between Nichole of One Sock Wonder Bags and Caitlin of String Theory Colorworks, are coming to a close. Claim your spot in the Yarnwarts School of Fibercraft and Yarnery and receive a custom-dyed self-striping colorway, a complementary mini skein in the House Color chosen for you by The Sorting Hat, WIPQuidditch and Sorting Hat Sheep Squeezers and an Accio Yarn! enamel pin. All will ship out on January 15.

Today is the last day to order Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ stunning Crater Lake-inspired colorways, with 10% of all sales donated to the National Park Foundation.

It may be too late to get actual indie-dyed yarn shipped in time to put under the tree, so consider an even better gift — a subscription to the 2019 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club. This quarterly club will begin shipping in February and brings together four dyer/designer teams that will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and accompanying accessory design inspired by where they knit.

Clockwise from top left are inspiration photos from Life In the Long Grass and Rizzaknits, Martin’s Lab and Justyna Lorkowska, Asylum Fibers and Woollywormhead and Fuse Fiber Studio and Knitting Expat. Sign-ups are open through December 31 — give a gift that lasts all year long! 

What to stash this week: smuggle some yarn

Rebecca of Fuse Fiber Studio has stocked her shop full of colors that can chase away the winter blues. And as a special thank you to Indie Untangled readers, use code “COZY” for free domestic shipping on all orders over $100 from now until December 31.

Next year, Countess Ablaze is launching a bi-monthly yarn smuggling operat-, I mean, a subscription club that is gloriously subversive. Inspired by the nickname the Countess’s postie gave to her — Pablo Yarnscobar — the Yarn Cartel features some incredibly tempting themes, starting in January with Prohibition and ending in November with The Opium Den. 

To get in on this, all you need to do is decide between one or two skeins of fingering or DK, choose where you will be accumulating your stash of goodies (which includes a broadsheet newspaper to hide behind as you talk up Yarn Cartel to potential Yarn Mules) and then begin stalking your package delivery person. 

You have until December 31 to accept the Countess’s offer. 

Nichole of One Sock Wonder Bags is pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Yarnwarts School of Fibercraft and Yarnery. Your list of all necessary yarn and equipment includes a full skein in the colorway Chrysopoeia by String Theory Colorworks and a coordinating mini skein in a house color chosen for you by The Sorting Hat, an Accio Yarn! sheep enamel pin and Sorting Hat and Yarn Quidditch Sheep Squeezers. You must confirm your acceptance by December 31.

Sign-ups for Round 2 of Inner Yarn Zen’s Outlander Unclub are going on, so if you’re a fan of Jamie and Claire you should snag your package. The kits contain exclusive project bags that will not be reproduced.

If you’re looking for a gift for that extra special knitter in your life, or just looking to do some December retail therapy/self care, Jen of Porterness Studio is offering sales throughout her site in addition to 20% off through December 18 with the code LastIndie20.

Robin’s new simple and elegant sock pattern, Bijou Socks, will be the jewel of your sock drawer.

Christine of Skeinny Dipping has added last of this year’s yarn to her shop, including a fun new holiday colorway, Tinsel-ectomy. Get free U.S. shipping with a $50 minimum purchase, no code needed.

Here’s another view of Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ stunning Crater Lake-inspired colorways, available on a single-ply Merino fingering and a laceweight mohair (read on for how to pair them together). Both are available to preorder only through next Friday!

For those of you who don’t know, Knitting Our National Parks brings together several talented indie dyers to create exclusive-to-IU colorways inspired by photos of U.S. national parks. And it’s a yarn purchase you can feel extra good about, since 10% of all sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

The last Eden Cottage Yarns update of 2018 is now live and includes her Titus 4ply (75% Superwash Merino, 25% mulberry silk) and sparkly Nateby 4ply minis (75% Superwash Merino,20% nylon, 5% silver Lurex).

Pandia’s Jewels has new Holly Jolly Sheep pins.

Purple Lamb Fiber Arts is doing another Choose Your Yarn Adventure giveaway.

2018 Indie Untangled holiday newsletter giveaway

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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.

Congrats to winner Donna!

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

Congrats to winner Kathy!

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

Congrats to winner Janet!

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

Congrats to winner Natalie!

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

Congrats to winner Cheryl!

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

Congrats to winner Rhianna!

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

December 24: A Birds of a Feather kit from Junkyarn

Congrats to winner Shelagh!

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.

Congrats to winners Jody and Patricia!

What to knit with fingering yarn and stranded mohair

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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.