What to make with the Grand Canyon colors from Verse Yarns

The Grand Canyon with gray, aqua and red, with yarn in aqua and gray.

I was excited when Stephanie of Verse Yarns shared that she would be creating two colorways inspired by the Grand Canyon for the Knitting Our National Parks project. There are some great options for two-color patterns. Here are some that I think would be ideal for these lovely contrasting colors.

A cowl in a gray and aqua mosaic pattern sitting on a the neck of a dress form.

Desperado Cowl by Jennifer Weissman

A brown and pale peach striped shawl.

Coast Along by Samantha Guerin

A light gray and teal ribbed shawl.

Arrowleaf by Knox Mountain Knit Co.

An olive-skinned woman wearing a sweater with a grey speckled body and magenta sleeves.

Snowpine by Wool & Pine

Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review Part 2: Indie exclusives

Red, orange and pink yarn and the words Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review.

As I’m sure it has for you, knitting and yarn has helped ground me this year. Beyond the making, I’ve been especially grateful for the exciting collaborations I’ve taken part in, between the Where We Knit Yarn Club and the Knitting Our National Parks yarns.

Here are some projects using special Indie Untangled colorways that were finished in 2021, including one of my very own favorite FOs. (Some, including the TréLiz yarn, is still available, while others, like the Countess Ablaze colorways, will no longer be dyed again.)

A blue green triangle shawl on a wood floor.

Susan’s Wayfarer by Jen Lucas in Countess Ablaze Rebel Fingering, colorway The Last Yarn On Earth

A white woman wears a sweater with pink and teal variegated yarn and gold short sleeves and a hem.

Victoria’s That 70’s Tee by Janine McCarty in Huckleberry Knits Willow, colorway Going to the Sun.

A white woman in a pink and blue knit top with an aqua skirt.

Aya’s Knot Front Crop by Kerri Blumer In Countess Ablaze Rebel Fingering, colorway Hipster Yarn Is So Mainstream, Ironic, No?

A white woman wears a pink, orange and blue speckled hat.

Karen’s Warm the Line Beanie by Rosemary (Romi) Hill in Countess Ablaze Grande Merino DK, colorway My Swiss Army Knife Has a Crochet Hook

A blue and beige color work wrap.

Julie’s Humi by Camille Descoteaux in Humble Knit Humble Twist for the 2021 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club

A white woman wears a gray speckled wrap.

rvilkomerson‘s Primavera Capelet by Paulina Popiolek in Lanivendole A Chic Blend, colorway Home Blooms

Purple and blue striped socks.

Pat’s Lavender Fields Socks by Helen Stewart in AT Haynes House Yarns Bare Feet Sock, colorway I Have One Just Like It In My Living Room

A white woman wears a teal and gray speckled colorwork sweater.

Maggie’s Goldwing by Jennifer Steingass In La Bien Aimée Merino DK, colorway Automne à Rhinebeck

A pink knit tank top.

Jennifer’s Framework Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs in Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock, colorway A Post-Apocalyptic Life Skill

Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review Part 1: Show FOs

Colorful hand knits and the words Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review over a teal background.

I always enjoy seeing all the FOs during the Indie Untangled KALs. This year, we hosted a few different ones to celebrate both the online shows and our first in-person Indie Untangled in two years in October.

Here’s a roundup of the KAL entries that used yarn from vendors at Indie Untangled.

Sweaters

A white woman wears a green/blue tunic.

Remi’s Trifels tunic by Siga Lagamta in Murky Depths Deep Sock

A white man with a gray beard wears a blue and white color work sweater.

Nicole’s Harris by Meghan Babin in Hudson + West Co. Forge

A speckled sweater in blue and yellow.

Paige’s Flax Light by tincanknits in Mitchell’s Creations Lagniappe Sock

Shawls

A gray show with purple, pink and yellow speckled stripes.

Terry’s 2020 12 Days of Knitmas Shawl in Mitchell’s Creations Lagniappe Sock

A pink faded shawl.

Megan’s Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry in Crabapple Yarns Keen Sock

A colorful shawl.

Sandy’s Nightshift by Andrea Mowry in Leo and Roxy Yarn Co. Merino Worsted

A bright blue triangular shawl.

Sandy’s Sherbet Fizz Shawl by Ambah O’Brien in Leo and Roxy Yarn Co. Merino DK

A green shawl on a dress form.

Jess’s Coastal Walk by Joji Locatelli in AT Haynes House Yarns Community DK

Hats

A child wears a pink fluffy hat.

ReikosMom’s Oslo Hat – mohair edition by PetiteKnit in The Wandering Flock Fingering Singles and Mohair Silk

A red and white color work hat.

ReikosMom’s Night Blooms Hat by Espace Tricot in The Wandering Flock Worsted Merino and Mohair Fluff

A bright green and pink hat.

Coliva’s Barley Light by tincanknits in Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock

A gray hat speckled with pink and yellow with a white fluffy pompom.

Kate’s Anorack Beanie by Emily Marie Davies in Lambstrings Yarn Ewetopia Bulky

Cowls

A person wears a yellow, orange, purple and pink geometric cowl.

Beth’s Albers Cowl by Ann Weaver in Plied Yarns North Avenue

Socks

Pink speckled socks.

Maggie’s Diluvian by Hunter Hammersen in Lambstrings Yarn Tralala Sock

Indie Untangled 2020 Year In Review Part 2: Indie makers

Blue marled stockinette fabric and the words Indie Untangled 2020 Year in Review

There’s definitely nothing quite like showing off your latest FO, either at a fiber festival or online (and I’ve definitely spent this year trying to perfect the art of the knitwear selfie!). I really enjoyed seeing what people have finished in 2020 with yarn from Indie Untangled dyers.

Here’s a roundup of ones that caught my eye and that were also submitted by Indie Untangled followers.

Sweaters

A red colorwork sweater

Jeraldine’s Knitorious RBG by Park Williams in The Wandering Flock Worsted Merino and Mohair Fluff

A man with a dog wearing a colorwork sweater.

Spalding’s Noux by Suvi Simola in La Bien Aimée Cashmerino and La Bien Aimée Mohair Silk (purchased at IU 2019) and various other companies

A gray and purple colorwork sweater.

Danielle’s Junction by Andrea Mowry with Dark Harbour Yarn

A pink gradient sweater.

Maggie’s V-Back Tee DK by Jamie Hoffman in SpaceCadet Lyra Sport

A green sweater.

Stacy’s Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Vad in Murky Depths Harbour and Mirage

A gray speckled sweater.

Kathy’s Ursa in Lavender Lune Yarn Co. Bulky

A grey sweater with rainbow stripes.

Nathalie’s True Friend by Veera Välimäki in Canon Hand Dyes Bruce Yak Merino Fingering and Canon Hand Dyes Bruce Yak Silk Singles

An orange colorwork sweater.

Kim’s Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague in Astral Bath Yarns Astral Sport

Shawls

A brown red and blue shawl.

Stephanie’s Slipstravaganza in Undercover Otter, Three Irish Girls and various other companies

A purple striped shawl.

Alexis’s Edison in Birch Hollow Fibers Phillis DK

A large fuchsia shawl.

Donna’s Jolene by Bristol Ivy in Skeinny Dipping Journey Worsted

A purple lacy shawl.

Adrienne’s Paris Toujours by Isabell Kraemer in Astral Bath Yarns Tesseract DK

Socks

Purple striped socks.

Marie’s Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Canon Hand Dyes

Indie Untangled 2020 Year In Review Part I: Indie exclusives

Purple, pink and orange yarn and the words Indie Untangled 2020 Year In Review

It’s certainly been an… interesting year. Surreal. Heartbreaking. Challenging. But one of the things that has helped us retain a feeling of normalcy and comfort is, of course, our knitting. It makes me feel especially warm and fuzzy to see the special colorways that I worked with dyers to create, from the Knitting Our National Parks yarns to event exclusives, turn into beloved FOs.

Here are some projects using special Indie Untangled colorways that were finished in 2020.

A green lacy sweater.

Samantha’s Love Note by Tin Can Knits with Plies & Hellhounds Yarn Marie Cutie in Quiescence

A purple shawl.

Kathy’s Snowflake Party by Martina Behm with Earl Grey Fiber Co. Darjeeling Sock in The Highest Peak

A woman models knitwear.

svm’s Ande Donut Hat by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd) with Onyx Fiber DK in Cider Donut Dipped In Coffee
(Also pictured is the Zeen Top by Alisa Hartzel in Lavender Lune Yarn Co. Merino DK and the Hocus Pocus Cowl by Thea Eschliman Plies and Hellhounds)

A gray speckled cowl.

Diane’s Spring Thing by Espace Tricot with La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Hudson and Kingston

A gray speckled sweater with a teal trim.

Kathy’s The Traveler Pullover by Tif Neilan – tif handknits – with La Bien Aimée Merino DK in Automne A Rhinebeck

A purple, blue and gold textured cowl.

Annie’s Linen Stitch Cowl by Carly Stipe with Pigeonroof Studios American Sock in Mountains and Valleys

Yarn suggestions for Wool & Pine Book One

Six knitted sweater designs on a diverse group of models.

Pictured from left to right, top row and bottom row: Sorrel, Scotch Broom, Summer Sorrel, Wild Wind, Criterion and Broadleaf.

When Abbye and Selena of the design duo Wool & Pine asked if I was interested in carrying their new book in the new and improved Indie Untangled Shop, I didn’t hesitate. I had been a fan of their work and aesthetic before getting to know them better through their Untangling the Designer’s Studio session during Indie Untangled Everywhere in October, and am excited to get to work with them further next year (you’ll learn more in a few weeks!).

It also just so happens that I have stocked the shop with yarn that would be perfect for their designs. Here are some suggestions:

Sorrel and Broadleaf

Cakes of red and purple wool and mohair yarn knit together in a swatch.

The duo’s first sweater design features a blend of fingering-weight yarn and mohair. I recently opened preorders for Poseidon Mohair Silk from Greece-based dyer Lise of TréLiz. It’s available in her fiery Indie Untangled exclusive When You Play the Game of Indie… in Zeus Merino Single, as well as dark plum Bluebeard.

Both would look great together, but I love how the Bluebeard halo adds another dimension to the red/orange/pink fingering. It would also look lovely as the contrast in the brioche in Broadleaf.

Criterion

This elegant colorwork yoke sweater was inspired by Downton Abbey, so what better yarn to use than skeins from UK dyer Countess Ablaze? Selena gave these color combos of Rebel Fingering (Superwash Merino, silk and yak) and Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock (Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool and nylon) her seal of approval.

Green and pink yarn.

I Only Knit With Vintage Yarn and Stockpiled Yarn Stash

Pink and black and gold speckled yarn.

Stockpiled Yarn Stash and Make Do and Mend

Teal and orange yarn.

I’m So Indie I Buy Yarns That Don’t Exist Yet and I Crochet in the Coffee Shop

Teal and orange yarn.

I’m So Indie I Buy Yarns That Don’t Exist Yet and Rage Against the Knitting Machine

Blue and red yarn.

Knitflix-a-thon and Zoom Sweater

Scotch Broom, Summer Sorrel and Wild Wind

Green, orange, purple and blue variegated yarn.

When You Play the Game of Indie… in Zeus Merino Single would of course be perfect for these tops, which make great use of those precious skeins of sock yarn.

Any of these would also be ideal for one of the wilder skeins of Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock, such as Keep Calm and Knit On, Fun Fur Is Cool Again and I Like Yarn That Nobody Else Likes (pictured).

What to knit with stranded mohair — Olympic National Park edition

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A green speckled sweater with radiating textured stitches.

After years of declaring that I couldn’t tolerate mohair, I decided to take the plunge earlier this year and knit an As If Tee and Love Note sweater. I convinced myself that they were quick knits — the As If took me only one week, and the Love Note took me two — so if they were too itchy to wear, I wouldn’t have lost so much time. And do you know what? Those sweaters are some of the softest, and least itchy, sweaters I’ve knit!

So, when Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. showed me the inspiration photo for her installment of Knitting Our National Parks, I decided the yarn needed to have a complementary colorway in mohair/silk. Then when I saw the resulting colorways — the speckled Rialto Beach and a complementary mohair called Green Anemone — I knew just the pattern for it.

Sorrel from Wool & Pine — a design collaboration between Selena of Dank Fiber and Abbye of Abbye Knits, who are coincidentally from the Pacific Northwest — was already in my favorites on Ravelry, and I think it would be perfect for this color combination (the sample shown above includes a fade of colors, but it would look perfect in one speckled colorway). If you’re not a sweater knitter, Wool & Pine’s Calliope Nest Cowl would also be a great match.

As a bonus, Rialto Beach is available in both sock and DK, which increases the pattern possibilities!

Here are some more pattern suggestions for using the two colorways together.

Cowls

A red cabled cowl.

Indira Cowl by Vanessa Smith

Speckled Snow by Lucinda Iglesias

Hats

A silver cabled hat with a gold pompom.

Omgwtf2020 by Mary Annarella

Everyday Slouchy Beanie by Dragon Hoard Designs

úlfur hat by ash alberg

Kobuk by Caitlin Hunter (for DK)

Shawls

A lacy shawl in pale pink.

PRIMA by Shellie Anderson

Ambara by Paula Pereira

More Sweaters

A woman with purple hair models an orange and pink sweater.

My As If Tee, which could be knit with McMullin Fiber Co. Posh DK if you’re a loose knitter.

Diaphanous Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs

Susurrus by Joji Locatelli

Stardust Sweater by Dragon Hoard Designs

Gabrielle, a soon-to-be-published pattern from Geraldine Yang, for use with DK

See all the suggestions on Ravelry.

What to make with Magpie Fibers Swiftcurrent

A collage of variegated yarn with complementary orange and purple.

One of the things I love about Magpie Fibers is that Dami has so many colors that work beautifully together. When I first saw her yarn in person at the very first Knot House Maryland Sheep & Wool Indie Pop-up back in 2015, I was struck by how cohesive her color palette was.

Swiftcurrent, Dami’s Glacier National Park-inspired colorway for the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks, is no exception and I easily found at least two colorways that would look perfect with it: Mesa and Linger.

I decided to put together some pattern suggestions for those pairings. Some use two and some use all three. And a couple are designed by Dami herself!

Swanky Sock

A cream colored shawl with red loops

Loop by Casapinka (I made mine in Swanky Sock!)

A striped wrap

Something Gradient This Way Comes by Dami Hunter (can use both Swanky Sock or Swanky DK)

Friend by Debra Gerhard

Summer Camp by Laura Aylor

Salt Point by Dami Hunter

Zweig by Caitlin Hunter

Swanky DK

A multicolored triangular shawl

Milu by Tamy Gore

A woman models a purple speckled striped shawl

Mirla by Lynn Di Cristina

Hediye by Ysolda Teague

Rhinebeck Hat by Woolly Wormhead

Old Pine by Melissa Thomson

More suggestions will be added to my Ravelry bundle!

What to make with SpaceCadet Gunnison

I’ve enjoyed working with Stephanie of SpaceCadet Yarn on the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks. If you haven’t already, read her hilarious story about her last trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which inspired her Gunnison colorway.

Stephanie has also collaborated with several knitting and crochet designers who have transformed her yarns into lovely garments and accessories. Here are some pattern suggestions for Gunnison — only available to preorder until Friday, February 15. They were designed especially for the bases the colorway is being offered on.

Lyra

Darlina by Corrina Ferguson

Mauna Kea by Mel Ski

The Old Man & The Sea by Mel Ski

Drizzle by Mel Ski

Oriana

Tantamount by Hunter Hammersen

Ianthine by Hunter Hammersen

Aurora

Crisp Cables Hat by Lindsey Stephens

See some more pattern ideas in my Gunnison Ravelry bundle.

2018 Year In Review: IU dyers and yarns

I get so much inspiration from the knitters who find wonderful things to make with hand-dyed yarn — especially when they get creative and combine yarns from different indie dyers in colorwork projects, or find the perfect pattern for that semisolid or speckled colorway. Here’s a compilation of my favorite projects using yarn from Indie Untangled artisans.

Above is perhaps my favorite project of the year, Vicki’s All Points South with Dark Harbour Yarn Starboard, Duck Duck Wool Silky Singleton and The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady. I love how the four colorways from three different dyers look meant for each other (and I definitely looked to Vicki’s pullover shawl, as the designer Casapinka calls it, as inspiration when knitting my version with Duck Duck Wool.

Mary’s Heart of Glass with Duck Duck Wool 80/20 Merino Silk Fingering

Carol’s Tulle Shawl with Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20

Lavanya’s Rue St. Antoine with Astral Bath Yarns Astral Sport

Amanda’s Beeline with Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT

Karen’s Yin & Yang Loop with Middle Brook Fiberworks Vintage No. 3

Jenn’s Stripey Cowl with Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock

Elizabeth’s Sunset Highway with Hue Loco Single Sock, Skeinny Dipping Merino Single and Voolenvine Yarns Nouveau

Kate’s Guthrie with Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool and The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Juicy DK — which won the 2018 Indie Untangled KAL