Pre-Rhinebeck Untangling: Pom Pom Quarterly’s Sea Change issue

An African American woman models a blue and sand textured wrap on the cover of Pom Pom Quarterly

The cover features Seelig by Katrin Schubert, modeled by Arrish Wol. All photos by Shingi Rice, with make-up by Eleanor Hammond.

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of the 2019 Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

Pom Pom Quarterly‘s autumn issue focuses on the conversations about racism and white supremacy in the fiber industry that have been taking place since January. Called “Sea Change,” it includes sand- and surf-inspired garments by designers and makers, including some who were brought to editors Lydia Gluck and Meghan Fernandes’ attention due to the movement for more diversity and inclusion in the knitting community.

Over its seven-year history, Pom Pom has featured models of diverse races and ages, and has plans to continue working with a larger range of designers. I asked Lydia how she and Meghan tackled this topic in the issue, which was released August 30, and how they plan to continue to address inclusivity going forward.

How did you decide on the sea as a metaphor for the ongoing discussion about diversity and white supremacy in the fiber industry?

We had been thinking about a sea-themed issue for a while, as it’s almost an obsession for me; I grew up on the Welsh coast and will always go for a salty dip if I can. The sea is also part of Meghan’s father’s background. He is from the tiny seaside state of Goa in India, and that heritage really resonated for Meghan at this time. I guess the sea has always been a source of solace and inspiration, but we hadn’t quite found the right time to do the issue. When we were thinking about putting together this autumn we realised it was the perfect time for the sea theme. We think that the outward-looking feeling that the shore gives, along with the place for reflection it provides is a great way to embody the expansive feeling of trying to create a genuinely inclusive and welcoming space. The sea is always changing, and we hope to carry on growing and changing too.

How was your approach to this issue of the magazine different than previous ones?

We had been spending a lot of time following and engaging with the racism, diversity, and inclusion conversations that have been more present online in the knitting world and felt that we had to start putting what we were learning into practice. We want to make Pom Pom a good option for people who feel that they aren’t represented in the knitting world at the moment. For this issue we put more time into making sure our line-up of contributors and collaborators was more diverse in various ways, and we hope that through diversity will come inclusion and we know Pom Pom will only be richer for it.

Our approach has also been different in terms of layout; we added pages to the magazine so that we could increase the font size – something we have wanted to do for a long time and finally have been able to because we have changed the way we ship the magazines (yay logistics!). We also added sizes to make our sizing more inclusive. We owe so much to the BIPOC and other marginalised voices who have been bringing to our attention what needs to change to make publications accessible and inclusive and we couldn’t be more grateful that they have done such difficult and dangerous work to make our world a better place. They are the heroes in this story.

A woman models a mosaic sand and blue sweater

Trove by Emma Ducher, modeled by Gina Patch.

What does diversity and inclusion look like for Pom Pom?

Diversity and inclusion looks like the magazine being accessible, welcoming to, and representative of anyone who wants to be part of our community. We want to work with and amplify the voices of people whose perspectives and experiences aren’t usually included in and reflected by the media.

Who has most inspired the Pom Pom team as you’ve taken on anti-racism work?

The team behind Unfinished Object have been particularly inspirational. Without those voices, we don’t think the movement would have burst forth in January in the way that it did. We are all making progress, and continuing to make progress now thanks to their work.

A sand colored cabled sweater modeled by the sea

Fata Morgana by Sylvia Watts-Cherry

What advice would you give to crafters and fiber business owners looking to take on anti-racism work?

Remember that whether racism exists in the knitting world is not a debate. That’s step one. Then educate yourself; we would say visiting Unfinished Object is a good place to start, and the anti-racist educators @rachel.cargle and @laylafsaad have plenty of resources. Make sure to be respectful when you are visiting spaces held for and by marginalised people, and check whether an answer to your question already exists before asking it.

The most important thing is to be ready to learn and get things wrong. There’s a lot of fear around saying the wrong thing, but we think it’s important to make sure that fear doesn’t come from a place of defensiveness or thinking that people will deliberately misinterpret you. If you get something wrong and receive critique from the community, it’s vital to listen and make sure you take feedback on board. No one is expected to be perfect, but we think it’s worth holding yourself to a high standard, while being kind to yourself. We can and must do better as a community, and in order to do that we have to be ready to rigorously examine our deeply embedded biases and our unequal societies.

And, if it’s possible for you, do pay people for the education you have received from them. Ko-fi is a great way to do that. Again we want to emphasise that we are following the lead of others in this regard, and we advise doing the same.

I’ve noticed this is the first published design for a few of the designers in the magazine. How do you work with designers who haven’t self-published a knitting or crochet design before? How are you finding new designers and dyers?

We have always worked with designers who haven’t been published or self-published before. Most issues of the magazine have had an open call for submissions because we are always interested in finding people who are not yet part of the knitting scene. We try and provide as much support as we can when we are working with new designers. We know there’s a lot about the process that might be new, so we are on hand to answer questions and can provide help with technical aspects, for example getting assistance with grading if needed. We are always honoured when someone entrusts their vision to us, whether they are a new designer or not, so our main concern is making sure we do their creativity justice.

We also spend a lot of time looking for new designers and dyers online through social media, and if appropriate reach out to people who we think would be interested in working with us. Sometimes people email us too! If we go to shows we make sure to go and check out stands that we don’t yet know.

A peach hat with cables

Timbre by Meghan Fernandes

Have either of you knit any of the designs from the issue (aside from Meghan’s Timbre hat, of course!) or do you plan to knit them?

I am working on Astragal by Ainur Berkimbayeva in some beautiful avocado-dyed yarn from Hey Mama Wolf, and I’m planning to make Eventide by Inyoung Kim next. Meghan is waiting to get her hands on some of Ocean Rose’s yarn to make Fata Morgana by Sylvia Watts-Cherry. If we had time we would make every pattern… but at least we get to live vicariously through our reader’s projects online!

Speaking of Timbre, how did you decide to include a pattern from Meghan in this issue?

When Pom Pom first started we both designed a lot of the patterns (we did all of them for Issue 1!) but as the business has grown we’ve had less and less time to design. Turns out running a magazine is pretty time-consuming! And of course we love making the patterns that we publish. But every now and then, if we have time, we like to design, and if we feel we have an idea that fits the brief then we’ll pitch it to the other and to the team. Meghan’s hat was perfect for this issue because the mohair cables skim over the surface and look like little rivulets, and the rhythmic quality of cables made us think of the sound of waves. I designed a sweater (Woodwardia) for Issue 28 this year which I loved, but we both feel that one design a year is probably plenty for us!

Are there plans for a plus size issue?

We don’t have plans for a specific plus size issue at the moment. We have increased our sizing, so we are intending for every issue to feature a larger range of sizes so that our patterns are accessible to more bodies. We plan to continue featuring a range of models of different sizes too.

The Knot House gets ready for Indie Untangled and Rhinebeck

A woman with light brown hair, pearls and a pink sweater takes a selfie with a woman with gray hair and a black shirt.

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of the 2019 Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

You can always depend on Heather and Cathy, the owners of The Knot House yarn shop in Frederick, Maryland, to stay on top of trends in the fiber world. Their shop always features the hottest indie dyers and they themselves are prolific sweater knitters.

I asked them to walk us through their preparations for Rhinebeck and Indie Untangled, and give a look at what’s new for their in-house yarn line.

Who are you both most looking forward to seeing at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show?

I don’t think there is anyone specific we look forward to seeing. The biggest treat is meeting the customers that don’t live locally that support us! We get to put faces with names and hopefully get to see some of their FOs. I love it when Mom and I are separated and people say, “Oh, hi, Heather, where’s your Mom?” Everyone loves Mom. We also love to see other LYS owners, indie dyers, podcasters and designers.

Tell me about some of the most recent dyers that you’ve stocked your shop with.

This past summer we added Hu Made, Lichen and Lace and Life In the Long Grass. Of course we have some new things we will be adding this fall such as a Western Sky Knits worsted, Skein and a few others we are working on.

Are there any indie dyers and designers that you think should be on knitters’ radars?

Yes! As for indie dyers, I think knitters should pay attention to Swamp Bunny and Murky Depths Dyeworks. There are so many talented dyers…

Designers: Tara-Lynn Morrison (I love her recent Frid Sweater). I like Tamy Gore‘s recent patterns. We also think Lily Turner of Wishbone Yarn creates magnificent yarns and designs. We are also watching others such as Denise Bayron, Handmade Closet, Christina Danaee and Camilla Vad.

Multicolored yarn in a large pyramid.

What’s new with your in-house yarn line?

Thanks for asking about our Knot House Yarns line! I have added La Di Da Worsted base for the 2019/2020 season. It is a 4-ply (plied twice) 100% Superwash Merino (same as the La Di Da DK). Mom and I are currently looking at new bases to add in the spring.

I should also add that Mom and I will be vending at the Black Mountain Indie Extravaganza the weekend following Rhinebeck! It will be our first event out of The Knot House and we are both excited and nervous. Dates for the event are October 25th and 26th it will be held during SAFF at Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

What are your favorite projects that customers have made with your hand-dyed yarn?

Oh my. There are a couple of favorites. I don’t know how many people have made the Ranunculus, but it has been a favorite this summer, along with the Soldotna Crop. It is so fun to see the color combos.

A link and taupe sweater in front of shelves stocked with a rainbow of yarn.

What are you each planning to wear to both Indie Untangled and the New York Sheep & Wool Festival?

Mom will be wearing her Black Thorn and Tweedside, both Lily Turner designs.

I will be wearing Andrea Mowry’s The Daydreamer, Thea Coleman’s Violet Aster and Caitlin Hunter’s Ghost Horse.

Tell me the projects that are currently on your needles.

Mom is working on Stonecrop and a couple of other test knits. I am working on the Feeling Groovy Cowl by JumperCables and Campside Drop by Alicia Plummer.

What to stash this week: come together

A maroon hat with a yellow geometric pattern

Woolly Wormhead, a self-proclaimed hat architect, has just released her latest collection that challenges the idea of how a colorwork hat is constructed. Called Convergence, the collection of six hat patterns brings together a range of creative techniques — short rows, mosaic knitting and all-over patterns — in Woolly’s unique sideways construction. Woolly covers the techniques in depth, with detailed photographic tutorials in the eBook, so you get a knitting lesson in each pattern.

Plum, plum and aqua and aqua skeins of yarn

The WayfaringYarns quarterly Yarn Grab is up on the Sweater Sisters site! Selena’s taking preorders for the fall palette colors on four different bases through Saturday, September 14, with free shipping in the U.S.

A green floral bag with a gray Downton Abbey lining

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has a ready-to-ship Downton Abbey tribute going live today at 9 a.m. Pacific. Bring your project bag and knit in the theater during the Downton movie!

Green, blue and plum hats with fur pom poms

Marian of Marianated Yarns has a new base, a 2-ply bulky Superwash Merino called Gusto. It’s currently available for preorder and is perfect for quick-knit accessories, like the Hunterdon Hat by Katy Carroll.

Blue, pink and yellow variegated yarn untwisted

Rachelle of Moondrake Co. is prepping for fall and winter with some rich and dark colors. This IU newcomer also takes requests for sweater quantities, so you can really get ready for sweater weather.

Orange and cream colored yarn

Heather of the appropriately-named Pumpkins and Wool has a new fall collection with five new colorways that are ready to ship.

What to stash this week: Fall and Frida

Gray yarn with gold and green speckles and olive green yarn labeled Aran, DK and Sock

If you want to get on the fall sweater train, tomorrow is the last day you can get on board and preorder La Bien Aimée’s Indie Untangled exclusive olive Hudson and speckled Kingston colorways on Merino DK and Super Sock. And as of “press time” there are only seven skeins of Merino Aran in Kingston and three in Hudson — enough for Andrea Mowry’s Untangled shawl and/or possibly one sweater.

Bag with Frida Kahlo fabric

A special Slipped Stitch Studios collection of bags and accessories in unique Frida Kalo fabrics and designs goes live today at 9 a.m. Pacific.

A cake of tweed blue to aqua to cream gradient yarn

Elisabeth’s new Wolle’s Yarn Creations tweed yarns are here! These 480-yard fingering-weight gradient cakes come in skin-soft cotton/silk.

Skeins of tan, blue, green and yellow yarn

Robin of Birch Hollow Fibers has debuted her super local Sojourner Sock, with U.S. Merino, New York Romney and a touch of nylon, milled at Battenkill Fibers. It will be listed in her shop today at 6 p.m. Eastern.

A drawstring bag with fall leaf fabric

Get your knitting ready for fall with Augusta of adKnits’ latest shop update! It includes a fall-themed project bag in an original fabric, new stitch markers and new stickers, including this adorable crafty bear.

A brown and purple variegated yarn

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn has a couple of new colorways, including OOAK Leaf Pile, which is just like jumping into a giant pile of yarn leaves.

Skeins of teal, hot pink, orange, red, bright yellow and light pink yarn

Aimee of Pancake and Lulu has a new website and is offering 20% off any orders placed through September 2 with the code INDIEFRIEND.

Yellow hand-dyed yarn

Robin of October House Fiber Arts has restocked Honey Jar, one of her most popular colorways, on several bases.

Pink yarn

Seathra of Stravaigin Yarn Co. is offering 25% off select naturally-dyed yarns with the code AUTUMN25.

Yellow and berry colored yarn

Shauna of Farm Girl Fibers has some new fall-inspired colors and a Halloween color available for preorder.

A lacy ivory shawl with a rainbow at the bottom

Stacey oF Fierce Fibers has kits for Carissa Browning’s Above the Fold shawl that are 15% off until September 6.

A lace scarf in lime green, purple and ivory

Joan of White Lies Designs’ Botanical Scarf Yarn Pack comes with three balls of 100% Cashmere in the three colors shown here and the “The Botanical Scarf Collection” e-book, which contains patterns for these lacy fall foliage-themed scarves.

Summit Road Fibers just released a new fall collection.

Handmaine Knits has enamel camp mugs for sweater knitters.

Wild Hair Studio has opened preorders for Hogsmead Treat Bags.

Pre-Rhinebeck Untangling: Stephen West

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Stephen West holds up a pink striped shawl

Stephen models his Mohairino Medley shawl. Photo by Darren Smith.

This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring the fabulous sponsors of the 2019 Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

If you were asked to compile a list of rockstar knitwear designers, Stephen West would most likely be at the top of it. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native, who has a background in dance, brings a performer’s creativity to his work, and has seen Bowie-esque transformations, starting with subdued designs like his Boneyard Shawl, transitioning to edgier pieces, such as Transatlantic from his Westknits Book Two, and then to Shrowls and Ribbed Dickeys, and more recently to incredibly complex brioche lace.

Recently, Stephen collaborated with Malia Mae Joseph, the co-owner of the Stephen & Penelope yarn shop in Amsterdam, which Malia originally founded, to release West Wool, a line of non-Superwash yarn comprised of Falkland Merino and Texel, a breed of domestic sheep originally from the island of Texel in the Netherlands.

We’re also excited to have Stephen as the special guest for the Indie Untangled after party at the appropriately-named Dutch Ale House in downtown Saugerties! He’ll be at the 6 p.m. dinner seating to hang out and take photos. Tickets are limited and available here.

How did you decide to become a knitwear designer?

I began designing knitting patterns ten years ago after the owner of my first local yarn shop, Klose Knit, in Urbana, IL, asked me to write a simple pattern during the local Boneyard Arts Festival. I named that first shawl the Boneyard Shawl and started designing simple hats and shawls during that first year of designing patterns. I love the interaction of sharing a design and seeing the colorful variations when knitters customize the patterns and make them their own. I began by modifying patterns which taught me a lot about construction and simple math modifications to existing patterns. Once I started to design my own patterns, my mind couldn’t stop racing with ideas so it was a great fit for me.

How does your background in dance inform your work?

I was very improvisational as a dancer and I also improvise most of my designs while I knit. Sometimes I start a piece thinking it will be a hat or a cowl and it evolves into a modular shawl or sweater. I always loved to create and compose my own dances and that joy and passion for creating something from scratch translated into all of my knit shawls and sweaters. When I was dancing and performing more, I always had down time between rehearsals and performances which I filled with knitting.

Stephen West models a multicolor striped shawl

A collage of Stephen modeling his Cozy Corner Shawl. Artwork by Stefan Gunnesch.

Your aesthetic has changed since your early days of designing, transitioning from neutrals, greens and mustards to bright pops of color. How did that transformation come about?

I have always been fascinated with color, but I started embracing more vibrant colors after I moved to Amsterdam and started collaborating with other artists like my friend Alexandra Feo, a talented photographer, dancer, and knitter from Venezuela. We began collaborating on Westknits photos and approached them with a more mindful planning process. We ebraced fashion, styling, and makeup combined with the knitwear to produce more dynamic images. That was around 2013. That year sparked a joyful shift in my approach to combining colors and I was also traveling much more after that collecting inspiration around Europe and during my visits to Iceland. Soon after, I encountered the work of Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck. He continues to be an inspiration to me with his vivid use of color and unapologetic style in the fashion world. Yarn companies and hand dyers are always coming out with new colors. I start most of my designs with the yarn first, so yarn heavily influences my evolving design style.

On a related note, what are your favorite colors and have they changed at all since you started designing?

I love yellow, especially golden yellow. Currently, my favorite color is anything fluffy. I love mohair and brushed alpaca yarns.

A model shows off a lacey brioche shawl.

Stephen’s Suriously Holey shawl. Photo by Yunfei Ren.

Tell me about what inspires your designs.

Yarn yarn yarn. I have a colorful cabinet of yarn at home where I start most of my designs. Quite often I’ll create the first prototype of a design with a dozen or more colors. Then, I’ll look at the design and rework it with a more focused color palette. I play a lot with theme and variation so many designs are based off of previous explorations in short rows, and graphic striped effects.

What’s the first thing you do when you start designing a pattern?

I try to write down the pattern while I knit. I used to not write my patterns down the first time so I always re-knit them a second time. I’m getting better at writing patterns down while I knit to save time.

West Wool Bicycle yarn in grey, light blue, gold, light pink and bright blue.

West Wool Bicycle yarn. Photo by Darren Smith.

How did the development of West Wool come about?

Malia and I wanted to create a yarn for our store in Amsterdam and one that we could take to shows as well and something missing from our shop collection was an extensive solid range of non-superwash wool. We wanted a soft fiber that maintains structure and stitch definition so we chose a Falkland Merino blended with 10% Texel which is a Dutch sheep breed. Texel wool is quite toothy and give a little bite and loftiness to the soft merino wool. We debuted West Wool earlier this year in Bicycle, a fingering weight yarn with two plies gently twisted around each other, and a more bouncy DK weight yarn called Tandem. I particularly love Tandem because the stitch definition is so crisp and squishy. We can’t wait to release more colors and bases in the future.

What are some interesting things you learned when creating your yarn line?

We learned that two people with totally different color tastes can put a beautiful collection of yarn together. Malia has a super sophisticated approach to color and loves gray so you will see six shades of gray and some subtle and saturated tones throughout the palette. I always love a vibrant color pop so we injected some statement colors to balance out the neutrals. We are excited to expand the color range to make even more complex color combinations for stranded knitting and striped projects. We both had some yarn production ideas years ago that were never fully realized so we’re glad we waited until now to create our dream yarn just the way we wanted to do it.

We’ve learned to be very patient and thoughtful throughout the process to not rush anything too quickly. I try to carry these lessons through into my design work these days too. I used to be more quick and immediate with my decisions and design process, but now I let ideas simmer and cook longer until they are more mature and developed. The end result is always something I’m more proud of and I have fewer regrets these days. I rarely regret not doing something these days. Developing big projects like West Wool together with Malia or creating my Westknits books is an exercise in patience because there are so many components that go into the final product, but the beautiful result is always worth it in the end.

When and how did you learn to knit?

I learned to knit when I was sixteen years old from some friends in high school while we were rehearsing a school musical. I carried knitting with me everywhere from the beginning and became the knitting guy in high school. I haven’t put my needles down since.

What to stash this week: stashing for a cause

A collage with a snow-covered mountain  and purple sky, and pale purple yarn

I have a soft spot for Mount Rainier in Washington State as it’s the first national park I ever visited, almost exactly 10 years ago. Fittingly, Heather of Early Grey Fiber Company, based in the Pacific Northwest, chose this photo of a purple-y winter sunrise over Naches Peak, taken by parks volunteer JD Hascup. The Highest Peak will be dyed on Darjeeling Sock, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Merino and nylon that comes in generous 463-yard skeins. It’s available to preorder on Indie Untangled through August 23 and will ship at the end of September. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation. 

Pink and purple skeins of yarn

Here’s another cause worth stashing for: Christina has channeled her feelings of frustration about current events into two a new collection called Meaningful Action. 25% of sales of these two colorways, Bleeding Heart and No More Thoughts and Prayers, will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Presents wrapped in brown paper and the words Knit Yourself A Merry Little Christmas BigFootFibers 2019 Advent Calendar

Advent calendars from BigFootFibers are available to preorder now! They come with 24 individually-wrapped and numbered minis, one full-sized skein to open December 25, a Christmas-themed, shawl-sized bag by SouthernSparrowHandmade, and more!

Aqua bags that say Knitting is my happy place

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is having a ready-to-ship shop update today at 9 a.m. Pacific with some old favorites, including her exclusive Knitting is my Happy Place design and Knitmare on Elm Street. 

A gray hat with an orange accent and an orange hat with a gray accent

Amy of Summit Rd. Fibers has special fall knit kits available for preorder through August 12. The kits feature the Archer’s Beanie design by Lacy from Two Arrows & Co. There are two colorways to choose from and enough yarn to make two beanies!

A baggy purple long-sleeve T-shirt with a purple lace trim

Joan of White Lies Designs has created unique kits for those of you who don’t want to knit a whole sweater. Hybrid Tee kits come with a 100% cotton, A-line tee and organic cotton yarn. Choose your color and then decide which style to knit.

Inspired by her latest infatuation with A Court of Thorns and Roses, Gabby of Once Upon a Corgi presents An Advent of Wool and Minis.

What to stash this week: summer sparkle

Silver pendant with stockinette stitch

Jen of Porterness Studio’s popular sterling silver Stockinette Stitch markers are back in stock, and she also has fun new items like 3D-printed Knitting Needle Hairpins and a sterling silver Shawl WIP necklace. Use the code IndieSU20 for 20% off everything until August 6.

Skeins of variegated, red and gray yarn from Murky Depths

Debbie of Murky Depths has a soft spot for lace weight. She’s one of very few dyers to offer it, so if you’re itching to cast on a feather-light shawl (or sweater, if you’re daring) she offers three different bases: Harbour Lace, a Merino singles; Siren Lace, a 80/20 Merino silk 2ply; and Yakima Lace, a super luxurious Merino, silk and yak blend.

Rainbow mini skeins

Sue of Invictus Yarns is making a comeback on IU to announce her move to a new standalone website! She’s having a 10% grand opening sale through August 4 with no coupon code needed.

Bags in a red batik print

Listings for a special Slipped Stitch Studios line of project bags and accessories with batik fabric go live today at 9 a.m. Pacific!

A blue mini turtleneck sweater

If you don’t think you have time for a you-sized sweater, try a mini! Selena of Sweater Sisters is hosting her third annual mini sweater challenge starting on Monday. Each week you’ll receive a new PDF mini sweater pattern, each with a different construction method. There are also prizes!

A purple box with two muslin bags with the numbers 21 and 22 and the words Advent Calendar 2019

Karen of Round Table Yarns has opened sign-ups for her 2019 Advent Calendar, featuring 24 mini skeins and one full-size skein. Sign-ups run through the end of August.

A woman wearing a green and gray shawl.

I cannot wait until it’s cold enough to cuddle up in my Andrea Mowry Untangled shawl. There are only a few bundles left in the shop featuring some free Indie Untangled yarn ball stitch markers from Katrinkles!

Two project bags with a watermelon print

Shannon of Woodsy and Wild has a new line of colorful prints in her new summer collection of project bags. The collection features her Birch Bag, the perfect take-everywhere project bag with plenty of room for shawls and light sweaters, and the Maple Tote for your bigger WIPs.

A speckled lace shawl with a silver shawl pin

Take A Look at Michelle’s latest design, a lacy crescent shawl featuring knitted butterflies. Indie Untangled readers get 50% off the Take A Look or the Go Anywhere collections through the end of the month with the code INDIEAUGUST.

A project bag slung over a knitter's arm

Melanie of Baad Mom Yarns now has Japanese Knot Bags in her shop, in two whimsical designs. The reversible bags are large enough to hold one to two balls of yarn or a small wallet, keys and your mobile phone. She’s also added some lavender sachets.

What to stash this week: planning ahead

Gray yarn with green, gold and aqua speckles

In time for fall knitting, the Indie Untangled exclusive Hudson and Kingston colorways are now available to preorder on La Bien Aimée Merino DK, squishy 100% Superwash Merino, and Super Sock, with 75% Merino and 25% nylon, for socks and sweaters that require something more lofty than singles. They will ship at the end of September, in time for sweater weather. Of course, if you want to plan ahead, there’s some quick-knitting Merino Aran still in stock.

An amber semicircular shawl

K.M. Bedigan of the Sweater Sisters design team has just released a new shawl pattern, Antenor, a half circle shawl with yarn-over increases and knits and purls forming a gentle textured fabric. Kits with WayfaringYarns Shambhala, luxury blend of 50% baby yak and 50% mulberry silk come in five hand-dyed color choices and are on sale through Saturday, August 3.

Alice in Wonderland bags

Go down the rabbit hole of a Slipped Stitch Studios Alice in Wonderland Bag of the Month extras update today at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

Black, white, purple and aqua butterflies

Michelle’s Flutterby holders have undergone a colorful metamorphosis, with three new colors joining the lineup. These 3D-printed notions can be used to mark stitches, track your progress, mark pattern repeats, hold other stitch markers, count rows, mark the right side and hold dropped stitches.

Skeins of golden yarn

Just in time for fall knitting, Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn has debuted a new colorway called Apothecary.

Pandia’s Jewels will have new Regency Collection colors in the shop today.

Eternity Ranch Knits is having a Christmas in July sale.

What to stash this week: a peony for your thoughts on a night hike

Dark blue, bright pink and speckled yarn with pink peonies.

Back by popular demand is Duck Duck Wool’s popular Glaciers & Wildflowers colorway for the Knitting Our National Parks project, available on a Merino/silk single fingering and Merino DK. This Glacier National Park colorway is joined by extremely limited amounts of two new complementary semisolids — Night Hike and Peony For Your Thoughts. I just finished a Tegna sweater in the original colorway and I am in love with it.

A model in a long gray dress wears a coral lace scarf.

Selena of Sweater Sisters knows what makes for the best summer project. Her Sedona Lace Scarf Kit, inspired by the red rock mountains in Sedona, Arizona, is everything a summer knitting project should be. Kits come with a generously-sized skein of WayfaringYarns’ Shangri-La Lace (75% extra fine Merino/25% Mulberry silk) to knit the squishy garter scarf with an easy-to-memorize lace pattern. And there are five color choices, including Apex, a bright coral inspired by Selena’s childhood home, and also Pantone’s color of the year.

A glass of ice, bottles of Wolffer Estate pink gin and Fever Tree tonic water and two skeins of pink yarn.

Speaking of summer knitting, here’s a bit of a more rustic project that also meets all the requirements, and comes with some bonus sparkle. The Dye Project’s Rosé On Rambouillet colorway is pictured here with the makings for my favorite summer drink. Rosé and Rambouillet Kits also include the pattern for designer Tamy Gore’s Dusky Rose shawl and a rose gold glitter sheep pin from Nerd Bird Makery. Preorder your kit by July 5.

A silver twisted necklace in front of blue yarn.

Jen of Porterness Studio has beautiful new sterling silver Yarn Twist earrings and necklaces inspired by hanks of yarn, plus a new Knit necklace if you want to be less subtle. Get 20% off your order through Monday with the code TwistedIU20.

A gray t-shirt with a black yarn pirate and the word yarrrrrn.

If you want to be really obvious about your fiber love, grab one of Christine of Treasure Goddess Yarn’s Pirate Sheep Shirts in charcoal gray or light teal, which are on sale for $20 through July 8. Have too many T-shirts? She also has pirate sheep pins and keychains.

Black and white plastic sheep wrapped in green yarn.

Joining her Suavest Sheep and Lovable Lambs, Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations’ new Sensational Sheep are ready to tackle your next colorwork project. These 3D-printed notions come in two sizes for 5 to 8 yards of fingering-weight or 5 yards of worsted-weight yarn.

A hand squishes red, white and blue variegated yarn.

Melanie of Baad Mom Yarns is giving her yarn a money-back guarantee with her new Wish To Squish Program. If you don’t think the color matches the photo or the yarn isn’t soft enough for your princess skin, you can send it back within three business days.

Pink speckled yarn.

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn has limited quantities of two new colorways available in her shop. Zodiac is a dark and moody colorway with pops of brightness and Petunia is a light peach speckle. Her shop is stocked with plenty of other lovely skeins.

The illustration of an armchair with the words Advent Calendar 2019.

Amy of Summit Road Fibers’ is taking preorders for Advent calendars that come with more than 2,500 yards of hand-dyed deluxe sock yarn, all individually wrapped and ready to count to Christmas, plus a full-size skein to open on Christmas Day.

Preorders for the Pandia’s Jewels Interstellar Yarn Travel Set close at 8 p.m. Eastern time today.

Sign-ups are open through today for the October House Fiber Arts Summer Camp Sock Club.

What to stash this week: Rosé and Rambouillet

A pink shawl and a glass of rosé wine.

Kick off summer with the Rosé and Rambouillet Kit, exclusively from Indie Untangled. Each kit includes a generous 470-yard skein of 100% Rambouillet wool from The Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California, dyed by Sarah of The Dye Project in the Rosé On Rambouillet colorway, a PDF of Tamy Gore’s Dusky Rose shawl (you’ll get it three months before it’s released to the general public!) and the utterly adorable Rosé and Rambouillet glitter enamel pin from Nerd Bird Makery. Preorders are open only until July 5.

A pink speckled handknit sock on a sock blocker.

Speaking of domestic wool, Heather of Sew Happy Jane has an update featuring her domestically-produced All American Sock base in collaboration with a new design called Wandering Lost socks from Lindsey Fowler of Lost and Fawned. They’re shown above in the Sly Fox colorway. Order the yarn today for a 10% discount!

Red and pink project bags for knitting.

Sara of La Cave à Laine has debuted new yarn baskets, spacious drawstring bags with double handles and three compartments to hold your next project.

Aqua, teal and sand-colored yarn.
Hazel Knits’ colors of the month — Breeze, Voyage and Castle — are designed to accompany you on your summertime adventures. These colors will be on sale for the month of June.

Blue mini skeins.

Get to know IU newcomer Seathra of Stravaigin Yarn Co., who named her botanical botanical dye studio after an old Scottish word that loosely translates to “having a wee wander aimlessly without intent or a set destination.”

An image of grey feathers and the words "Henrietta: The Colouring of Pigeons. August MKAL Crescent Shawl. A Bunnymuff Knit-Along."
Mona is launching a new MKAL on August 1 inspired by the coloring of pigeons. The pattern will be a crescent-shaped shawl with feathery lace and optional bead details. It was designed specifically for gradient yarn and uses one 150g cake of another IU vendor, Wolle’s Yarn Creations.

Check out IU newcomer Colorshow Creative, who is inspired by colors and textures of fabric and yarn.

Geraldine of Knitting Around NY is holding a dye workshop on Sunday in Brooklyn.