What to stash this week: Sound travels

A snowy forest and green yarn.

I’m excited to debut the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks from Once Upon a Corgi. Gabby was inspired by a photo of a snowstorm at Sequoia National Park taken by Ian Beckley. She calls her colorway Quiescence: the state of being temporarily quiet like the forest during and after a fresh snow storm.

Quiescence will be dyed on Marie Cutie, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Corriedale and nylon, and available to preorder on Indie Untangled until February 21. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation. Gabby is dyeing a limited number of skeins, so make sure to order early if you want to snag one!

Handspun look yarn with shades of purple.

Spots are open in Brooke of Fully Spun’s 2020 REMIX subscription club. For this club, Brooke takes an existing colorway of Fully Spun Sock Fingering, which is hand dyed and custom milled, and gives it a remix to make it look like new!

Purple yarn.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole are having their first shop update of 2020 and have their web shop stocked with skeins of A Heavenly Blend. The appropriately-named base is made with Giulia’s own homegrown Cashmere, along with Aquilana wool and Italian alpaca. The update also includes two new colorways: Zafferano, a dark caramel, and Scirocco, a cold slate blue.

Purple, pink, green and yellow yarn.

Selena of Sweater Sisters has listed 17 colors of her Wayfarer fingering (80% extra fine Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% nylon) and nine colorways of Snow City Yarns SOCK (60% extra fine Merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% nylon) in her shop.

Bags with Wonder Woman fabric.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is celebrating her birthday with a collection of superheroes! The update goes live today at 9 a.m. PST.

Gray and teal tweedy yarn.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels is having a shop update tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST with a variety of Outlander-inspired colors both new and revised, available on several different fingering bases and a few on DK. These are limited-edition colors, with only a few in stock.

Skeins of green yarn.

The next hand-dyed yarn update from Eden Cottage Yarns goes live tomorrow at 5 p.m. UK time. The update will include Bowland DK, Pendle Aran and the final installment of the Four Seasons Collection, a collaboration with Jayalakshmi of Apoorva Designs.

What to stash this week: Showing love

 An African American, plus-sized woman with curly hair and a petite Caucasian woman with a pixie cut model matching navy T-shirts.

This Valentines Day, let’s celebrate our fiber friends! ⁣

Many of us got into the fiber arts because of our love of pretty yarn and all the things we could make with it. But we stayed for the friendships. They’re the friends who don’t roll their eyes when you decide to drop $40 on yet another skein of hand-dyed — in fact, they’ll buy one too so you can save on shipping — and who will literally give you the shawl off their back when you’re going through a rough patch. ⁣

To celebrate our fiber friendships, I’m offering a B2G2 deal: buy two Fiber Friends Selfie T-shirts — one for you and one for a friend — and get two Fiber Friends Selfie enamel pins free! ⁣

Sizing runs from XS-4X. The promotion runs until February 14 or while supplies last.

Dyesigner Alliance promotion.

The first session of the DyeSigner Alliance brings together yarn in a custom colorway from Silbia Ro of Camellia Fiber Co., also of Nashville, and an original design from Colorado-based Dawn Henderson (Dawn.Landix on Ravelry and Instagram). There will also be a special gift from Nutmeg Fiber Arts. Sign-ups for Session 1 are open until February 7.

Sadly, Dawn recently lost her husband, Ahmad. If you’re not in a position to support her work via the DyeSigner Alliance, or would like to help further, the fiber community has come together to organize a GoFundMe campaign to assist Dawn and her family during this difficult time.⁣

Purple and pink yarn with the word love spelled in rope.

Aimee of Pancake and Lulu has been dyeing up some new colorways for Valentine’s Day, including Love Letter, a speckled pinks and fuchsia available on several bases.

An orange bag.

Sara of La Cave à Laine’s original Origami bags are back in her shop. These are incredibly light bags made of sturdy cotton that are completely washable. And there’s a special promotion for Indie Untangled readers: with each project bag you will receive a set of Sara’s skull stitch markers!

Gray yarn with pink, teal and yellow speckles.

Starting tomorrow, Heather of Sew Happy Jane is raising money for Down Syndrome International. $4 from the purchase of each skein of her Agate Beach colorway on any base will go to improving the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Outlander Unclub promotion.

Sign-ups for Round 1 of the Inner Yarn Zen Outlander Unclub are now open! These packages include one skein of hand-painted Superwash fingering weight yarn and a commissioned crafted Padded Zipper bag using Outlander Tartan fabric from Linda’s Thimble.

Pins that say Frog Queen and Yarnaholic.

Want to join the Purl Scouts? Augusta of AD Knits has designed a series of merit badges for knitters! Earn your Yarnaholic badge or your Frog Queen badge, plus check out some more new goodies in her shop.

Packages wrapped in pink and kraft tissue paper.

The first Crafty Flutterby 2020 Mystery Box is all about love. These kits include a charm bracelet, a Key To Happiness progress keeper set, and Flutterby stitch markers and end minders in exclusive colors.

What to stash this week: Two knitting needles old

A pink and black bag with pink yarn and knitting needles.

This month, Laura Lundy of Slipped Stitch Studios is celebrating 11 years in business. Laura, who collaborated regularly with indie fabric designers and yarn dyers, has grown her California-based business from a single project bag size, pattern magnets and needle cases, to seven sizes of project bags and all kinds of stitching accessories. 

This weekend, the Slipped Stitch crew is teaming up with the Yarnover Truck and jewelry maker Parlez Vous Crochet for a birthday party at their Huntington Beach studio. But if you’re not on the West Coast, you can still celebrate! Use the coupon code HAPPY11BDAY to get $11 off your order of $60 or more until Sunday at midnight.

A pink and white floral bag with pink and white yarn.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks and Alisa of Knitspinquilt have teamed up again for another irresistible, limited-edition kit! The Magnolia Kit is based on this Arts and Crafts Movement-style print and includes your choice of a medium or large project bag and one or two skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn. Preorders close on February 7, so snag yours ASAP. As always, a portion of the sales will be donated to a good cause, in this case Direct Relief, an international charity assisting with hurricane and earthquake recovery in Puerto Rico.

A dark blue and green yarn.

Heather of Sew Happy Jane’s newest colorway, Slo-pez, is a nod to a slower pace of life during her family’s trips to Lopez Island, Washington. Her shop will be updated with this soothing colorway today at 10 a.m. Mountain time.

A set of blue and yellow yarn.

Sue of Invictus Yarns is participating in designer Lisa K. Ross’s #LotsOfSocks initiative, which raises funds and awareness for Down Syndrome. Her #LotsOfSocks colorway, which will be used for Lisa’s soon-to-be-released featured design, is available in the Invictus shop and $3 from each set sold will be donated to the National Down Syndrome Society.

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.