What to stash this week: A gripping yarn Advent

Blue and gold books, a pink flower and the text Dreaming of a classic Christmas yarn advent.

McMullin Fiber Co.’s popular Advents have been inspired by classic novels. While this year’s Advent, inspired by covers of classic novels from the MacMillan Collector’s Library, filled up quickly, Kate has graciously saved 20 spots exclusively for Indie Untangled readers! If you don’t want to know the ending, you can sign up for this year’s box. If you aren’t a fan of mystery yarn, you can also sign up for last year’s Advent, which was based on the colorful covers of Chiltern Classics. Act fast!

Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.

Crystal’s latest shawl design, Chiffon, is perfect for cool nights and overzealous A/Cs. It’s knit with fingering-weight yarn held with a fluffy laceweight.

Fall colors of brown and apple green skeins of yarn.

The most recent Cashmere & Coconuts shop update featured several of Anastasia’s new Outlander-themed colorways, and she’s also opened preorders for an Advent inspired by Downton Abbey: A New Era.

A skein of multicolored yarn and the text Dragonflight yarn club May box May flowers Available now dragonflightyarns.com.

Indigo of Dragonflight Yarn has a monthly subscription box and this month’s colorway is called May Flowers. The box comes with a choice of yarn weight, exclusive stitch markers and discounts on the entire site.

Coiled skeins of brown yarn on Polaroids and the text Crème Brûlée, Salted Caramel, Pecan and New dyed to order colors.

Are you looking for that perfect color for your next project? Jenna of Southern Skeins now offers dyed-to-order colors.

What to stash this week: the Advent of travel

Photos of BB King, Elvis Presley. Teddy Roosevelt, Kermit the Frog and Coca Cola bottles with a multicolor yarn background and the text Mississippi Tells All Advent.

Judy and Emily of Jems Luxe Fibers take us to Mississippi for their 2022 yarn Advent. Their name, Jems, comes from the the first letters of their first names and MS for their home state. You’ll learn everything you did or didn’t know about Mississippi. For example, did you know that bluesman BB King and Elvis Presley, the King of rock ‘n’ roll, were both born in the state, as was Muppets creator Jim Hensen? And that Coca Cola was first bottled there?

You’ll discover these stories and much more via 25 mini skeins and some extras, including a limited-edition Christmas ornament. You can choose between a knit or crochet box and between Jems’s Luxe Sock, Luxe DK and Classic DK bases.

Snowy mountain backdrop with the text Winter in Minnesota - A Yarny Countdown Calendar in large pink font.

Liz of Knitting Lizard Fibers is taking us to a much colder place for her December countdown. Each Winter in MN Countdown Calendar will come with either a single skein, weekly sock sets or 20 minis plus one full skein. Sock or DK options are also available.

Circle image including slate dinosaur with flowers upon its back on a peach background, circle image with floral buds on a branch, and text on a gray background.

If you’re looking for a treat to open a little sooner, Maggie of Yarnaceous Fibers and Sarah of Charmedology have collaborated on a Cast On Set to celebrating spring. Each set includes a 100-gram skein of yarn or 120-gram sock set and a special-edition themed dinosaur polymer marker.

A light-skinned woman in a mint peacoat holds a long and short version of a knit colorwork cowl. The long cowl is light pink with blue, orange and purple contrast colors and the shorter version is peach with blue, orange and purple contrast colors.

Jill of Beach House Knits used A Heavenly Blend yarn from Italian indie Lanivendole — which she picked up at last year’s Indie Untangled show! — to design the Little Frannie cowl. The four-color cowl comes in two sizes and Lanivendole has kits.

An enamel pin shaped like a sock with daisies inside it.

Shelly of Daisy Stitch Co is having a spring sale! Use the code 20OFF for 20% off your purchase until this Monday. To sweeten the deal, all orders over $100 after the discount include an enamel pin designed by Allison Clark of Stitchery & Co!

Pink variegated skeins containing deep blue and green accents, beside semisolid purple skeins.

It’s David of Crafter Gamer Geek’s birthday, which means you get presents! He’s created some new fingering-weight sets, each with one variegated skein and one to two semisolid coordinating colorways.

Copper daisy stitch markers on a skein of teal yarn.

Mother’s Day is a few weeks away. If you need a gift for a crafty mama in your life, check out some of adKnits’ stitch markers, pins, stickers, tote bags and more.

 

What to stash this week: A garden becomes a park

Yellow and orange foliage and a mountain reflected in a lake, with skeins of yarn in yellow, orange and gray.Tammy of Wing and a Prayer Farm, who focuses on breed-specific fiber in Vermont, chose the above photo of fall foliage reflected in the water at Oxbow Bend at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, captured by photographer Vishpala Kadam. To create Teton Sunset, Tammy used marigolds and weld to get the yellows, alkanet and logwood to create the grays/purples and, finally, coreopsis flowers to get the orange-y shades — “the whole garden and then some!” Tammy says.

Her canvas was The Happiest Yarn, a light worsted-weight blend from Tammy’s Shetland, Clun Forest and Cormo fleeces. The yarn, which comes in 300-yard skeins, has an incredible bite to it, and would make a lovely and hardwearing hat or mittens (it’s been featured in Mary Jane Mucklestone’s The Happiest Hat and Thea Colman’s Blended Scotch Mitts).

This yarn is available as a very limited preorder starting today and will ship at the beginning of January.

Skeins of white speckled, teal and pink, purple and green variegated hand-dyed yarn.

Today is the Christmas shipping deadline for Woolen Women Fibers! Make sure to get your orders in for seasonal colorways and celebrate vlogmas with Andrea and the Woolen Women crew.

Skeins of hand-dyed yarn in shades of green and red.

Teresa of Sunny Day Fiber has a variety of hand-dyed holiday colorways and knit kits for knitters of all levels.

A tall sequoia tree and mini skeins of blue, green, red and brown yarn.
For December, Sarah of the Teton Yarn Company is traveling to the southern Sierra Nevadas to explore the sequoias of Sequoia-King’s Canyon National Parks. The giant trees will be represented on a six-skein set of Mountain Sock Superwash Merino minis, available only through December 31.
Skeins of bright fluorescent hand-dyed yarn.

Aiden of Undercover Otter is debuting a brand new base that uses biodegradable nylon! The nylon breaks down (only in waste processing facilities) over three years instead of 40. It’s called BIOSOCK, a name inspired by the Bioshock video games, and is available in this month’s UO update.

A box of colorful semisolid mini skeins of yarn.
Try out cowgirlblues’ semisolid color palette with the Merino Twist Mini Collection, a set of 30 ~32-yard Merino twist mini balls.

Snowflake stitch markers with pink beads on a large safety pin.

Amy’s Trinket Shop is loaded with tons of stitch marker sets, which would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for your fiber friend.

What to stash this week: Happy knits

Purple and gray yarn on a floral knit.

Before Rhinebeck, I called on Sophie of Botanical Yarn to put together some bundles for Amy Christoffers’ Pressed Flowers shawl in her DK weight, because what more appropriate yarn could I use for a flower-themed shawl? There are still a couple of bundles in three very floral color combinations available.

A brown leather pouch with scissors and metal circular knitting needles.

Sadie, who began sewing and designing small handbags for herself at the age of 16, creates leather bags and notions pouches with gentle lines and curves from New York’s Hudson Valley, under the name Her Hands Atelier.

An image collage with red and green yarn and a photograph of the exterior of a toy shop.

The Woolen Women crew has been making room for their brand new winter collections, including Vintage Toy Shop, pictured here.

Blue, purple, pink and gray yarn.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarn just had a large shop update featuring lots of Keld Fingering, a Merino/linen blend, in lovely autumnal colors.

A purple and gray brioche shawl with tassels.

The Cyclone Shawl is Amanda of Handmaine Knits’ newest design featuring a garter and syncopated brioche pattern. Yarn kits are available.

A lake and mountains and purple, blue, green, orange and pink yarn.

The next stop on the Teton Yarn Company’s National Park Mini Skein Tour is Glacier National Park. There are four limited-edition Mountain Sock Mini Skeins sets with four color palettes from the parks.

A red bow on a box and the words Happy Knitting Boxes.

La Cave à Laine’s Happy Knitting Boxes are back with a revamp. They range from Lite to Deluxe and include various combinations of patterns, notions, bags, accessories, yarn and a surprise gift.

If you’re looking to make some quick gifts, Melissa of Dye is Cast has plenty of Plum Squishy Bulky yarn in stock.

Arella Seaton’s Meelespea cowl is 20% off with the coupon code Sweets until midnight UK Time on Sunday, November 7.

What to stash this week: The perfect fall bag

Purple, teal and green tweed bags with rose gold zippers.

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.

Purple, green, orange and gold mini skeins held in a light-skinned hand.

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.

A collage of scenes from Scotland.

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.

A stack of colorful bags.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.

Yarn in black and white surrounded by stickers.

If you need a little treat to celebrate Halloween, Kate of Bad Lux Designs is offering a limited-edition, mystery DK sock set inspired by werewolves and the full moon.

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.

Pre-Rhinebeck Untangling: Three Irish Girls

A light-skinned woman with light brown hair wearing a gold sweater holding yarn.

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of Indie Untangled, taking place from October 15-24, 2021. Tickets are now available!

Three Irish Girls is a well-known name in the yarn world. In operation for more than a decade, it’s currently run by Duluth, Minnesota-based Erin McFarland, who creates bright, cheerful colors inspired by, among other things, pop culture — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Beatles — and nature.

We’re excited to have Erin at the in-person event as well as the online show!

Tell me about how you got started dyeing yarn.

I started dyeing yarn in 2009 when my childhood friend, Sharon McMahon was moving back home with her yarn-dyeing business, Three Irish Girls, to our hometown in Minnesota at the same time that I was moving home from New Zealand.

Skeins of yarn in a rainbow of colors.

The Love Is Love mini kit.


What inspires your colorways?

This is a loaded question!

Anything from inspirational photos, artwork, nature, color palette photos from Pinterest, but sometimes from a feeling transposed into color.

Do you have a favorite color or colors, and have they changed since you became a dyes?

Currently, anything in the mustard realm and cool fuchsia like Midge from my Mrs. Maisel collection. Truly my favorite color changes frequently as is is sooo mood driven for me to which color I am attracted to…

I just say rainbow 🌈 most of the time.

Is there a color that you would love to dye, but that is challenging to create?

It is so funny, but a proper camel tan is extremely hard to get just right… still haven’t figured it out yet — but I will someday!

A white yarn speckled with gold, pink, teal and aqua and corresponding coiled skeins of yarn.

The Mrs. Maisel collection.

What are some of your most popular colorways?

I feel my top 10 include:

Space Oddity
Rocket Man
Fireside Chat
Everlasting Gobstopper
When Doves Cry
Magnolia
Bless Your Heart
River Delta
Skinny Jeans
Guinness

Can you share some of your plans for Indie Untangled?

I am featuring:

Designer Lisa Ross and her work with coordinating kits
Knitrino samples with coordinating yarn
A featured colorway from Northern Minnesota called Lake Superior Agate
My Mrs. Maisel collection of coloways

NEW, YET-TO-BE-RELEASED COLLECTIONS:

Across The Universe/Beatles Inspired
Anne of Green Gables
Fall
Spooky Halloween

Expect sweater quantities and a wide variety of variegated colorways in our custom base, Adorn Luxe fingering; Springvale DK, Worsted and Bulky; Dubliner Silk; Alpaca Merino DK and Claddagh Silk Mohair in semisolids and speckles.

A collage of colorful yarn.

The Beatles collection

When and how did you learn to knit?

When I was living in New Zealand, a kind woman at the local yarn shop showed me a few things. Then I used YouTube to keep learning as I tried different patterns.

What are some of your favorite FOs you or your customers have made with your yarn?

There are so many but if I were to choose one I love the Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter that we had made with our yarn for a show sample and my Throwback Cardigan by Andrea Mowry that I made.

A rainbow striped shawl.

The Happy Thoughts Shawl.

What’s currently on your needles?

I am currently working on Hearthstone pullover by Ysolda Teague in our colorway Arroyo (go figure — mustard gold and pretty speckles!).

What to stash this week: summer into fall

Skeins of purple, gray, red and blue yarn.

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.

An illustration with green hills and red mushrooms and the words Gamer Days of Summer.

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.

A collage with gold, red, gray and brown yarn and beer pint charms.

Beer me a skein! The WoolenWomenFibers crew created this “flight of beer fade” mini set with beer progress keepers for BostonJen’s Pigskin party KAL.

Skeins of pink, purple and yellow speckled yarn.

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).

A collage of national parks photos with purple, blue and orange tones and the words A National Parks New Year

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!

Lit caves under a purple sky and purple, orange and green yarn.

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. 

What to stash this week: A detour to Mesa Verde

Lit caves under a purple sky and purple, orange and green yarn.

For the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks, Faery of Apothefaery Luxury Fibers takes us to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features hundreds of cliff dwellings once occupied by the Ancestral Puebloan people. Inspired by the photo above, captured by Steven Yabek, Faery created two colorways — the variegated Luminaria and the semisolid Spruce Treehouse. They will both be available on four bases, from lace to DK, plus Luminaria will be dyed on U.S.-grown Rambouillet spinning fiber.

These colors will be available to preorder on Indie Untangled until Friday, August 27. As always, 10% of all sales will be divided between the National Park Foundation and the Native American Rights Fund.

A woman holds up a gold and turquoise triangular shawl.

Ashleigh Wempe’s San Angelo shawl is inspired by her former Texas home and its mesquite artwork inlaid with turquoise. This triangular shawl features short rows, wrapped stitches and mosaic colorwork. Use the coupon code MESQUITE to get 10% off this pattern until midnight on August 16.

A collage of national parks photos with purple, blue and orange tones and the words A National Parks New Year

Preorder A National Parks New Year

I’ve brought together 27 dyers and four makers for A National Parks New Year, a month-long journey through the U.S. national parks in wintertime! Preorders for this New Year countdown box will be available through the end of August or until they sell out (and it’s already more than half sold!).  

What to stash this week: Plan your holiday crafting

Gold, pink, red, white, brown and green yarn in a flat basket.

As people who make clothing from string, we do have to start our projects early. Fortunately, Kate of McMullin Fiber Co is having a special update for all of you getting a head start on holiday crafting! It includes lots of ready-to-ship mini skein collections in holiday colors, preorders for full-sized holiday colorways and a handful of remaining spots in her Christmas Countdown for 2021. Celebrate with collections inspired by the Nutcracker, the Rocky Mountains, a cozy Farmhouse Christmas and the bright and cheery colors of the 1950s.

Kate is closing up shop Saturday for an extended (and I’m sure much-needed) family break, so she has a special coupon for Indie Untangled readers that is good today and tomorrow only: use the code VERYMERRY for 15% off your entire McMullin Fiber Co purchase.

A four-skein fade set of red-orange yarn.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks is being inspired by the heat wave to dye up some hot colors, including her Fire Festival fade set on Harbour Singles fingering.

A white mini plastic alpaca with green knitting.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has added some Adaptable Alpacas 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.

A bear constellation and the words Bad Lux Designs 2021 Advent Calendar
The Bad Lux Designs’ Advent calendars are available for preorder. Each of the 24 DK-weight mini skeins plus one full skein is inspired by a constellation in the night sky.

What to stash this week: Yarn with a side of sass

Skeins of mossy green yarn.

Lakisher’s journey to becoming the dyer behind Sassy Black Yarns began more than 20 years ago, all the way back in 1998, when she was serving in the U.S. military and stationed in Seoul, Korea. She had the opportunity to tour a fabric mill and fell in love. Fast forward nearly 10 years to when she learned to crochet to make her newborn son a blanket. And then speed ahead to last year, she decided to turn her love of hand-dyed yarn into a business.

A model plane, a map, passport and sunglasses.

Preorders are open for Un Besito Fibers’ 2021 Advent Calendars, which celebrate travel around the world.

A copper swirl with a pearl on a cake of turquoise yarn.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has brought her unique Twirl shawl pin design out of retirement and added an elegant freshwater pearl.

A white t-shirt with a horned sheep that reads Gothfarm Yarn.

Monica of Gothfarm Yarn has a Top 6 list of summer picks, including her Gothfarm Yarn t-shirts, made from 100% cotton and screen-printed locally in Austin, Texas.

Pink and purple yarn.

The latest installment of the Teton Yarn Company’s Full Moon Color Series celebrates the Strawberry Moon, the last Super Moon of 2021. It’s dyed on Denali Fingering, a luxurious blend of Merino/yak/silk.

A gradient of purple yarn.

Natalie of Fiberdog Fibers, who creates spinning fibers and yarn from the raw fleece, is having an Independence Day sale. Through Sunday, there are automatic discounts ranging from 10-20% off.

Pink, yellow, purple and brown speckled yarn.

Sharon’s naturally-dyed yarn is far from boring. You can explore the colors of nature through Flora Adora Fibers and get free Shipping with the code INDIEUNTANGLED through July 6.

Preorder WoolenWomenFibers’ masquerade ball-themed mystery box for Halloween that includes 13 minis and treats, or wait until December for the Enchanted Christmas box.

Boxes with yellow tissue paper labeled summer fun box.

The first ever installment of the Jilly & Kiddles Summer Fun Boxes are almost gone! Grab your box of summery fingering weight mini skeins and extra-special extra goodies.

The Forbidden Fiber Co. 2021 Advent theme is Random Acts of Kindness. The calendar features 25 wrapped gifts, including 18 25g skeins of Fortitude DK Superwash Merino yarn.