Back in March, I decided back to launch the Indie Untangled Super Special KAL so we’d have some fun knitting incentives. Not that we really need prizes, let alone a pandemic, to inspire our crafting mojo, but it is nice to have deadlines.
Over three months, there were 70 total entries, including 16 in the sock category and 15 in the sweater category (but only one in the new bralette category, which surprised me!). Last week, I selected 15 winners in eight categories via random number generator. Here are the winning FOs (please note that the links go to Ravelry).
The 2019 Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show seems like it was ages ago, and also like it was just yesterday. For the second time, we organized a massive KAL with eight separate categories, which brought in more than 200 entries! I thought it was appropriate to share the randomly-selected winners as part of a Year In Review post. Hopefully some of these FOs will inspire your 2020 projects.
I loved that Stephanie of Asylum Fibers dyed her Acadia Lights Knitting Our National Parks colorway on two bases, as it provides multiple project options for those of us who aren’t always in the mood to take on a fingering-weight project (though I’m still going to get both bases!).
Stephanie sent my several good ideas for both her Solitary fingering and Golden Goose DK.
Considering the year we’ve had, most of the looks back at 2016 are not going to be likely to lift your spirits. My hope is that this roundup of Indie Untangled FOs will be the exception.
For my Year in Review, I’ve culled a list of several FOs using yarn and/or patterns from Indie Untangled dyers and designers — or both, in the case of the photo above of my Drops of Honey shawl. Designed by Janina Kallio for the inaugural Where We Knit yarn club, it used Silk Single Fingering in an exclusive colorway from Lakes Yarn and Fiber (the photo above is from fellow knitter Carolina of Triple C Photography, taken for an upcoming blog post).
I hope these projects serve as an inspiration for your 2017 knitting.
Mindy/knitwithhappiness’s Goldfinch in Magpie Fibers Swanky DK
If you’re still bummed over the cancellation of Firefly, then smuggle this yarn into your stash. The inaugural Third Vault Yarns yarn club has quarterly packages of yarn and goodies themed around fandoms that knitters vote on, with the first inspired by Joss Whedon’s space western.
Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings has not one but two kits to tempt you. One is a Rainbow kit with a 463-yard skein of 12-color self-striping sock yarn and a handmade zippered project bag. The other is the fourth installment in Michelle’s popular Potterful series. It contains a three-color self-striping yarn in Ravenclaw house colors and a drawstring project bag.
Down in Australia, Mitenae is suffering through a heatwave, so she did what any knitter would do — she designed and knit up a set of hat and mitts. The Callistemon Beanie and Mittens both have a tiny bowknot pattern, with two cuff options for the mitts. Both patterns are 20% off on Ravelry through midnight AWST Feb. 17.
Add some rainbows to your winter accessories. Mothy and the Squid has a DK-weight version of her popular Summer Skies Rainbow Brite colorway. Available in 100% Merino, it’s made for self-striping hats. The colorway has a background of blue skies, with the stripes emerging in clouds and a rainbow.
In time for Valentine’s Day, KarenDawn’s latest hat and cowl design is inspired by star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe, with the tall, skinny cables resemble the crack in the wall through which they communicated. Both call for sport-weight yarn and the instructions are written and charted.
I usually don’t go crazy with holiday gift knitting deadlines (my husband and my mom, the two people I’ve knit gifts for that were Official Holiday Gifts, haven’t minded getting them a little late, as long as they can wear them when it’s cold!). This year, my gifts are a little more time sensitive, as I decided to knit a cowl for my hair stylist in lieu of a traditional tip, and then realized I can use the remaining yarn, Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport, to make some mitts for my sister-in-law.
Along with hats, or bulky cowls, mitts are a perfect gift knit as they can be completed relatively quickly, can often use a partial skein and are useful even when it’s not bitterly cold. Here’s a curated list of patterns — some from IU designers and others that I’ve favorited — that I think you can easily add to your holiday gift-knitting list:
Designer Lara Smoot has had some really fun Game of Thrones-inspired collaborations with Tennessee-based indie dyer Babs Ausherman, better known as Miss Babs. Lara’s latest designs are inspired by none other than Babs herself, whose “likeableness and charm come out in the beautiful yarns that she dyes,” Lara says. The three-piece set includes mitts, a cowl and boot toppers, which can all be made from just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! The simple cable pattern on each of the pieces can work well with fun variegated colorways, such as Zombie Prom and Funny Papers or semisolids like Vlad’s Red and Blackwatch. All three patterns in the Babalicious set are available on Ravelry for the introductory price of $5.99.
If you’re going to make a cowl, mitts and boot toppers, why not make a hat? Brangien, a new pattern from KarenDawn Designs, is inspired by a character in the medieval love story Tristan and Isolde. The hat is knit in fingering weight yarn and features a cable panel on a background of textured moss stitch.
Karen, a veteran knitter, works full time on her small business Hemlock Springs Soaps, crafting goat milk soaps in fun-sounding scents like Dazzleberry and Sexy Man, as well as lotions and potions — including an Arnica Muscle Rub for your tired knitting hands — out of her farmhouse in the New Hampshire woods. The products are made in small batches with ethically-sourced ingredients.