Pre-Rhinebeck Untangling: Yarncentrick

This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of Indie Untangled, taking place on October 14, 2022 and online. Tickets are now available!

We all know that yarn festivals are made even better with our friends, delicious food and… more yarn! Earlier this year, Mary of 29 Bridges Studio, a vendor at this year’s Indie Untangled, and Valerie the Knitting Fairy Godmother, began organizing Yarncentrick, a new indie pop-up/pre-game event for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. It featured more than 20 indie dyers, bag makers and creatives. Here’s a little behind the scenes look at the event.

What inspired you to organize Yarncentrick?

Maryland is a destination for the first weekend in May. We wanted to create an event that celebrates our diverse community of indie fiber dyers, artisans, and small creative businesses. Yarncentrick is a small and indie-focused with about 30 creative vendors.

How did you come up with the name?

Yarncentrick was in the making for quite a while. We talked and dreamed every time we got together. We both have the same memory of how we decided on the name. We were on a road trip coming home from a yarn festival and tossing out ideas for this new event we wanted to create, as we frequently did. Mary said, “I want it to be yarn-centric.” And Valerie, said, “Did you just name our event?!” From there, we did name and domain research and Yarncentrick evolved. Ending with -ck is meaningful – the “C” represents crochet, the “K” represents knitting.

Mary, you’ve done a lot of shows as an indie dyer. What did you learn from being on the organizer’s side?

Seeing an indie fiber event from both sides has been really interesting. I appreciate how important these events are for small businesses. In addition to being a financial necessity, it gives the opportunity to grow your business through advertising, networking and collaboration. I think being an organizer will help me be a better vendor. It’s a lot of work — year round, not just on the day of the event!

Do you have anything new planned for the next event?

We’re moving! Spring weather in Maryland is notoriously unpredictable. We’re moving to a more comfortable facility (with indoor plumbing!). It’s still very accessible with plenty of parking but our customers and vendors will be protected from the elements. Also, new this year, we’ll be accepting donated knit or crochet items that will help keep people warm this winter.

Mustard project bag, skeins of gold and coral yarn, pink speckled yarn.

When and how did each of you learn to knit?

Valerie: Many knitters I talk to have a similar experience. I have knit and crocheted on and off for my whole life. As an adult, I came back to knitting during a time of loss and sorrow. I needed something to keep my hands busy and pass the time.

Mary: Learning to knit and sew was inevitable for me. My grandmother was an amazing seamstress and quilter, learning to upcycle and mend during World War II. My mother added knitting to their repertoire of shared skills. When I was 5, I figured out that if you were sick, you stayed home from school. I wanted some mom time, so I pretended that I was sick so that I could stay home her. That day she taught me to knit with some mustard gold 1970s yarn. Mustard is still my favorite color.

Do either of you do any crafts in addition to knitting?

Valerie: I have tried and dabbled in almost every single craft hobby. For me, nothing else stuck like knitting and crochet.

Mary: I love to try new things! Sewing, visible mending, weaving, and spinning are among my favorites. But like Valerie, knitting is my go-to. I love to make sweaters and knitting is portable.

What are each of your most memorable FOs?

Valerie: My most memorable FO is the Brambles Beret by Amanda Muscha. We were traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast on a non-stop flight. I started casting on as we took off. Joking, my partner “bet” me that I couldn’t finish the hat by the time we landed in the West. It was a non-stop flight and I triumphantly bound off before we touched down.

Mary: It would have to be my honeymoon sweater. My husband and I got married in my favorite city — Florence, Italy. I don’t know what the process is like now, but when we got married we had to check in the consulate first, and then there was a waiting period — I think it was five days — so we drove all over Tuscany. One day we ended up in Siena. After we had a picnic in the Piazza del Campo, we found a little yarn store where they kept all the yarn behind glass — no squishing. I bought a sweater quantity, made a sweater, and have a wonderful memory.

What’s currently on your needles?

Valerie: I’m working on a franken-sweater mashup. The finished sweater will have a solid bodice and bright striped sleeves.

Mary: I’m making the Trelawny Top by Tamy Gore. I’m a sucker for leaves!

What to stash this week: Big sky yarn country

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co was inspired by the vastness of the western skies for her Big Sky Collection, which debuts just in time for fall. There are 12 colorways that reflect the ever-changing skies of Yellowstone Country. They’re available on several bases, as well as mini skein sets on Kate’s Squishy Sock base and half skein sets in her Posh DK base. This weekend Indie Untangled readers — that’s you! — get 15% off your entire order with the code 15INDIE15.

Black with orange spotches and the words Boo for Ewe Halloween Mystery Treat Box.

Carolyn and Michelle of Olive & Two Ewe Studios have opened preorders for their Boo for Ewe Mystery Halloween Treat Box. This spooky box includes two hanks of Halloween yarn on your choice of base, creepy treats, a few pattern suggestions and a playlist.

A gold lobster clasp stitch marker with a pale pink maple leaf charm and yellow and orange accent beads, surrounded by illustrations of orange and yellow leaves and the text Make like a tree and get outta here!

Though Bonnie of Yank Your Yarn doesn’t see much fall weather in Arizona, she’s embracing the upcoming season with her Limited Edition September 2022 Clippy, “Make Like a Tree … and Get Outta Here! Orders over $20 will get 15% off and the special monthly marker for free.

A quilted patchwork bag in gold and brown tones featuring a drawstring closure.
Michelle of SquareKnot Handmade is celebrating pumpkin spice season with a fall-themed shop update of her patchwork quilted bags.

What to stash this week: Wild horses couldn’t drag you away

If you’re both a horse person and a yarn person, you’ll love the latest collection from WoolenWomenFibers. Woolen, Wild & Free is inspired by the beauty, freedom and ruggedness of horseback riding trails and wild horses. The yarn comes in deep, autumn-appropriate wood tones, with hints of leather. There are customizable horse fiber arts jewelry sets from SamsTinyTrinkets and a “feed bag” sock sack.

Multiple hanks of multi-colored yarn and the text Socksy Ewe Monthly Sock Club Subscription.

Carolyn and Michelle of Olive & Two Ewe Studios are opening additional slots for a limited time for their Socksy Ewe Sock Club subscription. You’ll get a new sock set to your door each month in your choice of either their Fitzgerald or Twain sock yarn, along with premium swag.

The text Knit stitch tees, T-shirt subscription for knitters.

If your T-shirt drawer rivals your yarn stash, then Jenna of Souther Skeins’ new subscription, launching in October, is for you. It will feature super-soft tees all designed by Jenna, that won’t be available anywhere else on the site. Get on the waiting list if you’re interested.

Mountains in the backgrop with pink text: Winter in MN, A Yarny Countdown.

​​​​​​​​There are still a few of Knitting Lizard’s December sock set boxes, inspired by winter activities in Minnesota and the Twin Cities, available for preorder.

A set of purple and red gradient yarn.
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The Stuffs of Stitch Stuff Yarn have 10-skein mini sets that are truly one-of-a-kind as there is only one per set available. They come on a Superwash sock base perfect for a variety of projects.

Five pale pink skeins of yarn with bright pink splashes.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns had an update of Titus Lace, her popular blend of Superwash extrafine Merino and mulberry silk. There are also new four-color sets perfect for Casapinka’s Sharon Air MKAL.

What to stash this week: Knit, purl and soul

For this year’s Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club, Crystal of Milly’s Knit Designs and Gabby of Plies & Hellhounds were inspired by a photo Gabby captured on holiday with her husband in Paris. They named the resulting colorway and cowl design Meraki (mA-’rak-E), a noun which means the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work. The yarn is dyed on Gabby’s Marie Cutie, a unique fingering-weight base that is comprised of 75% Superwash Corriedale and 25% nylon.

You can now preorder this special colorway for a limited time on Indie Untangled and add a little Parisian flair, and travel memories, to your fall wardrobe.

Fall leaves and the text Ewe Crew in the Woods Falloween Retreat.

Carolyn and Michelle of Olive & Two Ewe Studios have a few spots left in their first ever Ewe Crew in the Woods Falloween Retreat, taking place from October 28-31 in a rustic, yet luxurious, resort in north Georgia. If you’re not able to join them, they also have Stellar Sock Sets in the shop.

Sand art themed yarn, variegated with pops of bright yellow, orange, green and blue, a beach-themed project bag and blue and pink sand art charms.

Andrea of Woolen Women Fibers is getting ready for sweater weather and making room for new yarn, so enjoy 15% off using the code INDIE15 at checkout on select summer collections.

Large skein of yarn in light blues and greens, five small skeins in blues and greens.

The Daisy Stitch Co Zen Moments Collection includes calming gray, blue, green and pink, in full and mini skeins and sock sets. It’s also 15% off with the code 15OFF.

A group of patchwork project bags.

Crista Jaeckel’s new Clematis Collection of project bags, named after one of her favorite flowers, are sewn from her studio scraps. These OOAK bags come in bright, cheerful color combinations.

This month’s colorway from Dragonflight Yarns is called is called N-ewe-tral.

What to stash this week: Mini skein season

With the arrival of mini skein season, Stephanie of SpaceCadet thought it was the perfect time to reintroduce you to her Striad Wrap. Stephanie came up with the idea for this clever design while sitting in her knitting chair and noticing how her new lampshade incorporated strips of joined-up triangles to form a globe shape. The Striad Wrap is made up of a series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together with absolutely no seaming. It was designed for SpaceCadet gradient mini skeins, but would also look great in blocks of color.

The Striad Wrap is 50% off for a limited time when you join Stephanie’s email list.

A light-skinned hand holding three skeins of red and green variegated yarn.

The Olive & Two Ewe Studios Christmas in July colorway this week is Reindeer Droppings. It is inspired by the, ahem, bodily functions of the magical, mystical creatures that lead Santa’s sleigh. Two coordinating colorways, Games Reindeer Play and Nose So Bright, are also in the shop.

A skein of orange and pink yarn.

The WoolenWomenFibers Woolen Moon collection is inspired by the power of the full moon. Grab the Strawberry Moon, which just passed in June, or prepare for the Harvest Moon in September. Pictured above is the Moon Bath Ritual.

Three Reversa-Clippy double sided markers used in a knitted piece of light green yarn.

Meet the Reversa-Clippy, Bonnie of Yank Your Yarn’s exclusive “two stitch markers in one” design. One side of the marker has a lobster clasp and the other has a round closed stitch marker that will fit up to a size US8/5mm knitting needle.

A quilted patchwork zipper pouch in cream and blue tones featuring a sleepy owl.

Michelle’s latest SquareKnot Handmade shop update includes zippered notions pouches that are approximately 7″ tall by 10″ wide, perfect for keeping all of your notions organized within a larger bag.

What to stash this week: Crafting by the lake

For their first club installment of 2022, Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole are creating a bundle that evokes a perfect summer day out at the lake — actually, the end of that day, “when both the water and the sky around are painted in delicate pinks that slowly turn into faded lavender greys.” The bundle includes three skeins in a surprise shade of their new Aestiva base, which is a light fingering blend of 70% Abruzzese wool and 30% unbleached French linen, a delicate hand-embroidered and sewn bag from Ilaria of In Bottega in your choice of two colors, and a scented creation from Alice of Lunaria Candles. You can add on extra skeins of Aestiva and get an additional surprise.

Subscriptions are open until tonight at midnight Pacific Time and packages are scheduled to ship around July 8.

Four skeins of variegated yarn that transition from deep purples to warmer colors in lighter shades.

Purple lovers, mark your calendars: David of Crafter Gamer Geek is having a very purple shop update on June 29! It includes two new colorways, Seirei Skyline and Loquacious Fungus, dyed with a slight watercolor effect, debuting on a Polwarth DK base.

A white woman holding a shawl with both hands. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.

Paola’s latest pattern, Delicate Balance, features an unusual “half donut” shape and a graceful leafy lace border that Paola says is much easier to make than it looks. The pattern is 20% off until Sunday with the code delicate.

Skeins of hot pink and orange yarn with small, speckled mini skeins in between.

Just in time for summer, Courtney of Silly Goose Yarns has tons of fingering-weight yarn in stock for your light, quick summer projects. Use it for a tank, shortie socks, or a lightweight beanie.

A collection of four folded needle roll cases in a variety of floral prints.

Michelle of SquareKnot Handmade has padded canvas knitting needle rolls that are available in coordinating fabrics to her canvas drawstring project bags, to protect and store all types of needles. 

A braid of grey wool roving gathered by a thin black ribbon.

Natalie of Fiberdog Fibers is now a Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em provider, offering a naturally-colored CVM/Romeldale roving as part of an effort to get endangered breeds into the hands of fiber artists.

What to stash this week: Skein-o-saurus

Six skeins of yarn in a khaki green, cream speckled with orange and pink, a dusty yellow, orange and brown, cream layered with orange and brown, a teal blue variegated and a soft pink layered with blue and tan.

Maggie of Yarnaceous Fibers is celebrating this weekend’s release of Jurassic World: Dominion with a special collection of her already dinosaur-themed yarn! Preorders hatch today at 10 a.m. Mountain Time. The collection includes six colorways and is available on four bases.

A skein of rainbow speckled yarn with a rainbow layered cake stitch marker.

Celebrate Pride with this month’s club colorway from Dragonflight Yarn, called Love Wins. There is also cake, in charm form. A portion of sales will be donated to The Trevor Project.

Skeins of bright pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple and pink yarn next to ice cream cone stitch markers.

The special Summer Sorbet collection from Southern Skeins is in the shop for a limited time. The bright colors are reminiscent of beach and pool days, and of course the feeling of getting your first ice cream of the summer.

A canvas drawstring bag with grey and taupe branches and a pink bird. It has a solid grey bottom with matching grey handles.

Michelle of SquareKnot Handmade crafts her two-skein project bags from canvas in a variety of prints and lines them with a natural canvas to make it easier to see the bottom. The come with a drawstring closure and plenty of pockets.

What to stash this week: smell the yarn and flowers

Skeins of brightly colored yellow, purple, pink and orange yarns. A flower patterned project bag and varying brightly colored flower charms.

The new WoolenWomenFibers collection is called Darling Dahlias and it’s made up of vibrant colors with a hint of elegance. Colors include Dahlia Fields Forever, Pink Perception and Bloom Where You Are Planted, and there’s the option of adding on colorful flower progress keepers from SamsTinyTrinkets and a Darling Dahlia Sock Sack from Aggie’s Bags.

Mohair yarn dyed blue to match an image of a stormy ocean.

Trudie and Tony of Posh Yarn have been dyeing yarn from the peaceful Welsh countryside since 2006. They recently introduced commissioned colorways, such as the one pictured here, which a customer wanted to look like a stormy sea. If you have an idea for a colorway that you just can’t get out of your head, get in touch to make your dream a reality.

A pile of variegated and semisolid skeins of yarn in a variety of colors.

David of Crafter Gamer Geek is having a shop update tomorrow with DK-weight yarn inspired by the game Horizon Forbidden West. In addition, all OOAK skeins are 15% off from May 21-27.

A flamingo sticker, bag and stitch marker and the text May sock box sneak peek!

The Southern Skeins May Sock Box is perfect for pink lovers and the start of summer. Jenna’s boxes feature two colors of hand-dyed yarn as well as a couple of tropical treats.

Skein of yarn in aqua blue and light green.

Spots in the June edition of Daisy Stitch Co’s That Sock Set Box are open. All subscribers get access to exclusive yarn colors from Shelly in a sock set with a full skein and two minis.

An album cover featuring a yellow and black banana and the text Andy Warhol, next to a yellow skein of yarn with black speckles.

Peel slowly to see Lisa The Knitting Artist’s May Andy Warhol Yarn Club colorway, inspired by the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico, VU’s debut album that Warhol produced.

A light-skinned woman dancing with a white and blue shawl.

Paola’s latest release, Dancing with Galaxies, is a top-down half circle shawl with an intricate and fun mosaic border.

What to stash this week: summer yarns

Skeins and cakes of pink, white, red and orange yarn and knitted fabric on needles spread on a table.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole have launched Aestiva, their new wool and linen yarn. This light fingering-weight yarn is comprised of 70% Abruzzese wool and 30% French linen which, like all their bases, is spun in a mill in Piedmont. It comes in 13 gorgeous hand-dyed hues and the natural color, and with a generous 328 yards per 50g skein.

A flower shaped soap, a lotion bar, bird and flower charms, yellow yarn skein with speckles and a floral bag with butterflies.

The WoolenWomenFibers A Woolen Mystery yarn club heads to Key West next month. Boxes include your choice of a sock set or a single skein, a project bag to carry it in, handmade soap or lotion bar, a handmade candle and charms.

Mustard project bag, skeins of gold and coral yarn, pink speckled yarn.

Are you heading to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend? Kick off your yarny trip with a visit to Yarncentrick, a new indie pop-up, taking place on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Mt Airy, Maryland. This one-day event will feature more than 20 indie dyers, artisans, and small creative businesses in an outdoor setting under covered pavilions.

A knit shawl in gold, magenta and brown draped over a dress form showcasing a cable down the spine and along the border.

Crystal’s latest design is the Marmalade Shawl, a basic triangular-shaped shawl with a center cable that adds a little flare. It’s knit with fingering-weight yarn held double along with mohair/silk and is perfect for using up leftovers.

What to stash this week: Creative challenge

A blue and pink tote bag.

Sara of La Cave à Laine recently embarked on a creative challenge in which she published one bag a day on both her Instagram profile and online shop. There is a beautiful variety of colors and fabrics, including printed linen and hand-dyed cotton (and Day 30 — wow!), as well as different styles, with drawstring or magnetic button totes and zipper bags. There is only one of each bag made, so if you see one that makes your heart go pitter-pat, make sure to snag it. It might be a perfect match for your own truly unique handmade item.

A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple. She is holding a bouquet of wildflowers.

Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in Paola’s brioche illusion series. This shawl features an illusion of circles that morph into squares, which broken up by simple garter stitch sections.

A screenprinted blue and yellow artwork featuring an electric chair paired with a yellow, blue and green skein of yarn.

Preorders for the April colorway in Lisa The Knitting Artist’s monthly Andy Warhol Yarn Club are now open to those who are not subscribed. This colorway is inspired by a silk screen series titled “The Electric Chair.”

Four skeins of yarn in shades of grey and purple.

Eden Cottage Yarns just had an update featuring Carlisle Fingering, a 100% Superwash Extrafine Merino yarn, which is ideal for garments, shawls and accessories, including Victoria’s Buttermere shawl.

A mint green, white and red patterned crocheted handbag.

Issue 2 of the crochet magazine Moorit and I have a small number of issues in stock! The issue features 12 patterns inspired by the sea, including several tops and this incredibly gorgeous colorwork bag designed by Fay Dashper-Hughes.