I’m so excited to debut the Harris Sling Bag! Hand crafted in Brooklyn in three different colorful Harris Tweed fabrics from the Adabrock Weaving Company in Scotland, these bags are the perfect size to carry around a small accessory project, plus your everyday essentials, with one open and one zippered pocket — I’ve been using mine as a purse. It comes with a size-inclusive leather strap that can adjust from approximately 30″ to 48″.
I also collaborated with a third small business. Jewelry For Knitters created zipper pulls in the shape of the leaf that echoes the metallic floral lining. Each zipper pull comes with three combination stitch marker/progress keepers, so you can never be without one.
For a yarny taste of fall, grab one of these beautiful fall mini skein kits, which Sophie created for Indie Untangled. Each set comes with six 20g minis, perfect for shawls or accessories, or to add a pop of color to a sweater.
Speaking of Scotland, the Woolen Women crew has launched preorders for their Outlander-inspired winter solstice box. The full box includes seven days of 20g minis, seven days of SamsTinyTrinkets, one sock set comprised of a 100g skein and 20g mini, a set of solstice charms inspired by characters from Outlander and one Aggie’s bag notions pouch. Smaller options are available.
Sarah of La Cave à Laine has created a new collection of hand-dyed project bags to go with your hand-dyed yarn. Enjoy free shipping on all orders over 70€ with the code INDIE2021OCT through this Sunday.
Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn is offering 10% off a purchase of $100 or more for Indie Untangled Everywhere Virtual ticket holders! Use this link to purchase tickets. The discount is available until this Sunday.
Crystal of Milly’s Knit Desgins teamed up with Kimberly of Palmer Yarn Company for the Solitude cowl, which brings together six DK-weight mini skeins and a lace pattern that provides a subtle transitions between color changes. The pattern can be purchased as part of a kit from Kimberly or on its own from Crystal’s web or Ravelry shop, and Indie Untangled insiders receive a special 25% discount off the pattern with code SOLITUDE through October 29.
Speaking of Solitude… Kimberly of Palmer Yarn Company has three different custom color combinations. They’ll be available for a two-week preorder starting this Sunday at 2 p.m. CT, and mini sets will ship at the end of October.
Eve of Holly Dyeworks has new fall colorways up in her shop, including Fletcher, Asheville Estate and Asheville, pictured here as a trio. There’s also a Wicked Sock Set that’s part of the Backstage Lights Yarn Club and there are Sugar N’ Spice Blanket kits.
Ali of Explorer Knits + Fibers, who also loves the great outdoors, and donates a portion of every purchase of her yarn to the National Parks Foundation, was the perfect partner for this series and I’m so excited to finally work with her! Ali was inspired by the above photo of an adorable pika spotted along the Savage River Loop Trail at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska by wildlife photographer David Turko.
Two colorways — the speckled Mountain Floof and a semisolid pink called Rosehip — are available to preorder on the appropriately-named Denali Sock, a blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% nylon with a 2-ply twist, through Sunday, October 17, during Indie Untangled Everywhere, the online version. (Read on for more about show fun… and how to win some prizes!)
I’ve also been in touch with another national parks lover, designer Theressa Silver, who published her book Knitting Wild in 2019. It features 21 patterns, including shawls, cowls, hats, mitts and scarves, accompanied by descriptions about the place that served as its inspiration and exploring the issues of climate change, habitat conservation and endangered species protection.
Maureen of Charming Ewe has added new items to the shop, including The Cocoa Collection of solids and tonals.
Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has a new line of shawl pins that she crafted with vintage mother of pearl buttons from the 1930s through the ’80s, sourced from a vendor at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. She’ll be debuting them at SAFF, which is being held October 22-24.
Monica of Gothfarm brought together three different fibers — bay black alpaca, Shetland sheep wool and Jacob sheep wool — to form Terra Preta, a rich brown yarn named after a soil created thousands of years ago by indigenous farming communities in the Amazon Rainforest. It will debut next week at Indie Untangled Everywhere.
Michele of MAB Elements is marking the upcoming holiday with a Glitzy Witch Stitch Marker Set. It includes seven handcrafted markers made with faceted crystals, including one beginning of round marker with the witch, plus seven plain bulb removable markers that fit up to size US 10.5 knitting needles.
Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarn is back with some shop updates with British wool, including Bowland 4ply and Bowland DK (100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester), as well as yarn packs for various patterns, including Andrea Mowry’s Douglas Cardi and the Cumulo sweater by Lili Buce-Chmelko from issue 1 of crochet mag Moorit.
7th Floor Yarn has a new base. Twisted Aran is 50% Fine Merino and 50% Alpaca, with 191 yards per skein, perfect for winter projects.
Crista Jaeckel is having a shop update today at 6 p.m. ET with a few XL tote bags with XL shoulders straps, zipper bags, and large drawstring bags.
The holiday countdown calendars from the WoolenWomenFibers crew are inspired by Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. They include 25 individually-wrapped mini skeins from December 1-24 and a 100g skein, a handmade sock sack by Aggie’s Bags and bonus goodies to open on Christmas Day.
Though Stephen West didn’t set any stitch marker records with this year’s MKAL, Bonnie of Yank Your Yarn has you covered with her (Mostly) Magnetic MKAL Mix Box O’Notions. It has all the tools you need to tackle a complex project.
Aiden of Undercover Otter has created a special and spooky Halloween colorway, inspired by the original Halloween movies, and its many incarnations, especially the 2018 continuation of the original. You can choose from a Yarn & Swag Bag option or a Yarn Only option. Both include a “mask to bring out your inner beauty.”
Designer Soraya García is channeling autumn with one of her favorite designs to date. Sori’s Paradisia Wrap has a sagittal shape inspired by tree roots and the veins of leaves. It’s knit with a variegated and semisolid color in the same weight or a contrasting weight — she used a single-ply Merino and a laceweight mohair in the above sample. It’s knitted with sections of garter stitch and stripes and short rows, combining effortless knitting with a little bit of interest.
Maureen, a new business owner of Charming Ewe, has some fall colors in her shop, like this one called Apple Crisp, which is available on a variety of Superwash fingering and DK bases.
Jill has opened preorders for the Jilly & Kiddles Advent kit, and this year’s theme is Holiday Mix Tape, with 24 surprise mini skeins inspired by her family’s favorite holiday music. The kit also includes an exclusive xix tape-inspired project bag and extra themed surprises.
For this year’s Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club, Giulia and Stefania of Italy-based Lanivendole partnered with designer Soraya García. Their inspiration was one of the photographs Soraya took when she arrived at her new house in Amsterdam, just before the first lockdown. Giulia and Stefania created Home Blooms, a silvery gray with pops of orange, pink and gold, which they dyed on their A Chic Blend, which is comprised of 60% Brogna wool, 20% alpaca and 20% mohair, bred and spun in Italy.
Soraya used a skein to design her New Age Mittens, which she says are “inspired by the idea of the home as cage and refuge during the days we would soon understand as a new era.” Soraya and I are both fans of the Velvet Underground and the mittens are named after one of their songs.
Sara of La Cave à Laine’s latest pattern is Papirus, a classic triangle shawl with easy-to-remember lace and stockinette bands. It, along with all of Sara’s patterns, are 47% off throughout the weekend to celebrate her birthday! Use the code HBSARA47 at checkout.
Halloween is not just for the kiddles. Trick or treat yo’self with a special Trick-or-Treat Bag from Jill of Jilly & Kiddles. It includes one full skein of mystery yarn in your preferred weight and a treat, with a special prize thrown into every seventh one ordered.
Do you know about the Stashmonster? This creature flies between yarn lovers’ homes trading skeins and multiplying your stash when you’re not looking. Kate of Bad Lux Designs has captured the Stashmonster in enamel pin form.
Debbie of Murky Depths — part of the in-person lineup of indies at our October show in Saugerties — recently decided she wanted to knit a Stripes! Sweater by Andrea Mowry. She didn’t want to break into full skeins knowing she’d leave most of it over. Luckily, she had some 116-yard/50-gram skeins of her Superwash Merino Neptune DK base left over from a special project and has dyed up 15 colors! These would be perfect for Andrea’s cute sweater, or a colorwork project for fall.
Jackson and David of El Robledal de la Santa, based in Spain, have teamed up with their friend Soraya of Spanish magazine YedraKnits — all Indie Untangled Everywhere vendors this October! — for TRY, which stands for Together Robledal and Yedra. The first edition of this exclusive club includes yarn from Italy-based Dark Omen Yarn and a design from Antonino of Beagle Knits, also based in Spain, plus a surprise gift.
Sara of La Cave à Laine, also an Indie Untangled Everywhere vendor, is launching a bag club. The 2022 club is inspired by La Società delle Giardiniere, the female branch of Carboneria, a network of secret revolutionary societies active in Italy at the beginning of the 19th century.
Marny Kindness’s newest design, the Vineyard Bay Shawl, is a triangular shawl that can be made in any three colorways or one solid color of DK-weight yarn (you just need about 800 yards). You can try contrasting colors for interesting designs.
Jenna of Southern Skeins recently collaborated with designer Johanna Underwood on the Taste of Home Hat. The pattern is inspired by a line in a children’s book where a mother is speaking to her child, with a pie crust weave that brings to mind memories of fall and holidays spent with family.
Mary Annarella’s latest release is the perfect transition piece. Called Yellow Brick Rodeo, this is a quick knit that lets you take advantage of a show-stopping variegated colorway. The spiraling zigzag pattern is simple and worked with sporadic slipped stitches. Once the yoke is complete, the stockinette bodice and sleeves are easily lengthened. The pattern is on sale at a 30% discount through tomorrow with the code lionsandtigersandbears on either Ravelry or Payhip.
Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has added Sincere Sloths to her menagerie of end minders, which can keep your ends tidy, store yarn for repairs, tame your joins, or make a handy portable color swatch.
Soak is known for it’s amazing garment care products (it’s the only soap I use for my handknits and delicates) and they recently released hand sanitizer! They come in perfectly portable 3 oz. and 8.4 oz. bottles and are now available to preorder on Indie Untangled.
Get to know more about Zwartbles, the European breed that offers black wool with a red undertone. Monica of Gothfarm Yarn uses it for her Ultisol base, a 2-ply worsted weight that’s also available as spinning fiber.
Nikki and Jay of Laneras Yarn Company have released their new fall palette, available on wool yarn that is ethically sourced and sustainably produced in Uruguay and hand dyed in North County San Diego.
Wrap up your summer with Fairy Tale Yarn Co’s Gamer Days of Summer set. Dawn’s set comes with 12 individually-wrapped packages and includes 10 hanks of Dragon’s Magic 50 (Superwash Merino fingering weight) and three video gamed-themed extras.
Stitch Stuff Yarn is celebrating summer with a sale! Get 15% off all yarn with no coupon code required (the discount is applied at checkout).
You have until the end of the month — that’s this Tuesday! — to snag this December countdown box. It comes with mini skeins from 27 dyers and goodies from four makers interpreting wintertime images of U.S. national parks. A portion of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation and the Native American Rights Fund, so it’s a purchase you can feel extra good about. I hope you can join us on this exciting trip!
This park is also closing: Faery’s yarn and fiber, inspired by Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, is only available preorder on Indie Untangled through the end of the day today.
Recently, for the August installment of the Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club, which brought together Naomi of Humble Knit and designer Camille Descoteaux for a shawl pattern, I included a gift that’s my new obsession: Cucumber Melon Green Tea from Brooklyn Tea. They generously sent some extra pouches, and I realized: I have some fabulous custom mugs from Portland, Oregon-based JaMpdx, they need some tea to go with them!
Monica of Gothfarm Yarn is seeing red — natural red yarn, that is. She is currently well stocked with natural red yarns, including fibers that get their color from cinnamon red Huacaya alpaca fleece and from the aptly-named California Red Sheep.
We’re busy making plans for our October show in Saugerties and online. We are happy to announce that we have an outdoor picnic area, sponsored by Scratch Supply Co. and the Make Good Podcast, where you hang out with your fiber friends, craft and grab a bite to eat from food vendors.
To get ready, make sure you have all your indie supplies at hand. Aside from snagging your tickets, you can preorder your event tote bags (placing a bag order today guarantees you a bag, as there’s going to be a limited supply at the event). We also have hand sanitizer from our partners at Soak available to pick up at the show or to have shipped after the show. And I’m taking preorders for one last round of yarn ball masks, so you can show off your indie pride while staying safe.