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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Scotch Broom, Summer Sorrel and Wild Wind
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).
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.
Speckled Snow by Lucinda Iglesias
Everyday Slouchy Beanie by Dragon Hoard Designs
úlfur hat by ash alberg
Kobuk by Caitlin Hunter (for DK)
Ambara by Paula Pereira
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.
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!
Friend by Debra Gerhard
Summer Camp by Laura Aylor
Salt Point by Dami Hunter
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Hediye by Ysolda Teague
Rhinebeck Hat by Woolly Wormhead
Old Pine by Melissa Thomson
More suggestions will be added to my Ravelry bundle!
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.
Mauna Kea by Mel Ski
The Old Man & The Sea by Mel Ski
Drizzle by Mel Ski
Tantamount by Hunter Hammersen
Ianthine by Hunter Hammersen
See some more pattern ideas in my Gunnison Ravelry bundle.
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.