What to stash this week: simple and whimsey

Stephanie of Asylum Fibers put together some yarn sets for Michele Costa of Stitch and Hustle’s Unicorn County (crochet) and Unicorn Kounty (knitting) shawl pattern. Grab one and take part in the Unicorn Along, which will culminate in a fun group photo at Rhinebeck.

Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks has travel knitting (or Knitflixing, or soccer game knitting) in mind with her latest design. Stream of Consciousness is comfort knitting at its finest, a scarf designed in garter stitch, with sections of textured stitches mixed in. It’s knit on the diagonal, so Jennifer says the only “hard” part is remembering to increase on one side and decrease on the other, every other row, with textured sections requiring slightly more attention.

Jennifer also has a new batch of subscriber inspiration colorways for August, based on a photo her newsletter subscriber, Melanie, sent her of a gorgeous Autumn-hued mandala. There are three tonal colors plus a speckle that pulls from the others. They are available to preorder only through the end of the day today!

Rebecca of Fuse Fiber Studio recently had a shop update with sweater quantities of her Fuse Luxury Fingering base. For this update, she focused on neutrals and colors that can be combined to make the perfect Rhinebeck sweater.

Suzanne of Groovy Hues is going goth for Halloween. Her You Can’t Take the Goth Outta the Girl colorway is available on a variety of bases and is the perfect colorway for the upcoming fall holiday — and the rest of the year.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels is also ready for Halloween and just added lovely new fall and Halloween inspired colors to the shop. The slight chill in the air also means she’s brought back her tweed yarn bases. There are lots of new colors, tonals, OOAKs and a few favorites.

Michelle has a new collection of shawl pins crafted from bronze, with designs including Dragonflies and Frosted Oceans, with rich, warm colors to show off on your fall knits.

What to stash this week: Ready, set, GAL!

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I’m so excited about the 2014 Indie Design Gift-A-Long, particularly as I embark on Cowl Quest 2014.

The Indie Design GAL is a two-month-long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by nearly 300 indie designers — AND, all those patterns are 25% off through Nov. 21 with the coupon code giftalong2014. To top it all off, there’s the opportunity win more than 1,800 electronic prizes and more than 70 physical prizes, including an original yarn ball Snapdragon pouch from Indie Untangled and That Clever Clementine.

So get ready to gift!

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Planning enough projects for a trip around the world would be very tough, so let Wild Prairie Knits do it for you (figuratively, of course). Sign-ups are open for the 2015 Wild Prairie Knits Mystery Club. There’s a Mystery Shawl Club, a Mini Mystery Club for accessories with new techniques, and a Project Bag Club, with bags in exclusive prints to match your project colors and size. Members can also purchase eBooks for the Shawls and Mini Mysteries clubs.

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The new Methera Lace base from Sylvan Tiger Yarn sounds heavenly (and, like all of Katie’s bases, is named after the Yan Tan Tethera sheep counting system traditionally used by shepherds in the British Isles — so cool!). The mix of 55% British BFL and 45% silk is available in nine colors and is in the shop now.

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If you’d love to crochet a hand-dyed blanket, but are daunted by taking it on all it once, then the Cuddlebums Shades Blanket Club is for you. Each month during 2015, club members will receive 100 grams of yarn split up into four small skeins, in four different shades of one color. Add to the blanket throughout the year, and be prepared for Winter 2016!

Getting crafty for fall

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A couple of months ago, as I was starting to pull together the vendors for the pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show, I was thinking about how I needed to get a banner and whether I should try out VistaPrint, when this crazy idea came to me somewhere around 1 in the morning (yes, I tend to be a night owl). I had actually seen twine used to spell out Home Depot when I’d taken a trip there for dishwasher shopping, and I realized there was an opportunity to bring the Indie Untangled logo to life.

So, I contacted Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings, and she kindly sent me a skein of her chunkiest yarn in the Indie blue that she had dyed up for the giveaway we did a few months ago. I found some lovely aqua quilting cotton on Hawthorne Threads, where I also got the accent fabric for the yarn ball bags (and let me just say, if I was more adept at using my sewing machine, that site would get me in a lot of trouble).

I decided that this would be one of my projects for the Time for Harvest Craft-along that A Playful Day is doing on Ravelry and social media.

Banner stencil

Last week, I blew up the letters of my logo using a combination of PicMonkey and Microsoft Word. I cut them out, traced them on some card stock, and then cut them out again.

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Then, I cut around my card stock stencil to make the letters in grey felt.

My mom came over this past weekend to help, and we hauled out the sewing machine she had gotten me for Chanukah something like four years ago (eep!). I got a refresher in winding the bobbin and threading the machine, and she generously helped me hem the cut sides of the fabric and create a small tube at the top so I can thread through yarn or string to hang it.

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I also picked up some fabric glue, since I figured my hot glue gun wasn’t the best idea for this material. It was also a lot easier to position the yarn and the letters without having to worry about the glue drying right away.

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I also blew up the script Indie, put the paper underneath and just followed the letters with the glue before laying down the yarn.

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I set it out on the dining room table to dry for a few hours, and that was it! (I also text my husband, “Take a look at banner, Mitchell!” which you Arrested Development fans will appreciate.) It’s currently draped over one of my snack tables, and I’m trying to figure out how best to store it before the show. Maybe I’ll pick up a mailing tube of some sort and wrap it around.

Of course, I could have used VistaPrint or my local Staples to print out a banner very easily and inexpensively, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to do some non-knitting crafting.