What to stash this week: Yarny holidays

Hanukkah collage with orange, purple, pink and gray yarn.

The dyers collaborating with me on this Indie Untangled Eight Nights of Hanukkah Kit all have their own beautiful aesthetics: Spencer and Reggie of The Fiberists create vibrant semisolids, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has a talent for subtle speckles and Raya of Blissful Knits is known for her colorful mini skeins. While their full skeins/mini sets for the kit will be a surprise, here is an example of their talents.

Preorders are open only through the end of the day today. I hope you celebrate with us!

Pink, green and blue yarn.

Sue of Invictus Yarns is also getting ready for the holidays (it’s not too early!) and has been adding to her collection of holiday colorways, restocked some that had sold out and have added gift cards to the shop.

A beige oversized cardigan

Issue 4 of the NF Magazine comes out today and is filled with fall warmth. It includes four knitting patterns and three cold-weather recipes.

A pink scarf that looks like leaves.

Andi Smith’s newest book for Cooperative Press, called Scarves Two Ways, will make you a scarf knitter again. The book, released at Rhinebeck, includes a dozen new scarf designs using a variety of techniques. The patterns are both charted and fully written out, hence there are two ways you can create them. The motifs from scarf to scarf also riff off each other. You can save $6.95 through the end of 2019 by using the code STARGAZER on Ravelry.

What to stash this week: Eight crazy, yarn-y nights

Hanukkah kit collage.

The latest Indie Untangled project, the Eight Nights of Hanukkah Kit, is gratifying to me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I get to celebrate my Jewish heritage and share that joyful feeling of opening a gift each night with my fellow yarn lovers.
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The second reason I’m excited about it is that after taking a dyeing workshop with my friend Geraldine of the newly-launched yarn line The Wandering Flock, I’ve been inspired to add my own work to the kit. So, in addition to full skeins (or the mini set equivalent) from Blissful Knits, The Fiberists and Pandia’s Jewels, there will be a true IU exclusive in the package!

Preorders are limited and open only until next Friday, November 15.

Bunnies wrapped in yarn.

Bunny Hugs are a clever invention from Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations. She created these animal-shaped “end minders” earlier this year to solve the problem of cast on-tails getting tangled. While some knitting friends suggested using bread tags, they didn’t always do the trick and weren’t exactly an attractive fiber accessory. So, after Michelle’s family got a 3D printer for Christmas last year, and she set about building her menagerie, starting with what she named the Suavest Sheep and then bunnies.

A red polka dotted fabric case.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is debuting a brand new travel size needle and hook organizer. It will be available in several different fabric options today at 9 a.m. Pacific. 

Silver yarn with orange speckles.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns recently debuted her new Brimham High Twist base. It has the same 85/15 blend of extrafine Superwash Merino and nylon as the Brimham 4ply, but with two strands twisted tightly together.

Green, blue and gold self-striping yarn.

I was so excited to get to work with Catherine of Gauge Dye Works again on another special self-striping colorway. This is called Field and Pasture and is inspired by a fall colors on the horizon. It’s available on a Merino Worsted with generous yardage for those cozy winter scarves or baby sweaters.

In addition to being available in the shop, this colorway will also be at the Indie Goes West: Hollywood Edition popup in LA tomorrow.

What to stash this week: yarn to dye for

Red yarn

Elizabeth Colorful Eclectic has launched her Murderino Collection, inspired by the hit true crime/comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, and named for its adoring fan base. The collection includes nine colors with a black dappled effect. They include the signature red dubbed “Stay Sexy, Knit a Sweater,” and a chilling green called “Toxic Masculinity Ruins The Party Again.”

And perhaps the best thing about this collection? Through the end of the year, Colorful Eclectic is donating $2 from each skein of the Murderino Collection sold to End the Backlog, an initiative to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States.

A yarn skein menorah and the words Indie Untangled presents Eight Nights of Hanukkah.

I have fond memories of celebrating Hanukkah as a child, deciding which present to unwrap each night. Should it be the one that I know is a cassette I’ve been lusting after because of how it’s shaped and sounds when you shake it? Or the large package that has to be a Cricket doll?

With that in mind, I was inspired to collaborate with some fellow Jewish fiber friends — Julia of Pandia’s Jewels, Spencer and Reggie of The Fiberists and Raya of Blissful Knits — on an Indie Untangled Eight Nights of Hanukkah Kit! Kits will include individually-wrapped items from all of these folks, plus a few special surprises.

We’re partying like it’s the 5780s with an ’80s-themed palette inspired by the colors in the skein-menorah above. Preorders are limited and open only until November 15.

A drawstring bag with women scientist fabric.

Alisa is back after a semester in England for graduate school and debuted sweater-sized bags at Indie Untangled. They are now available in her Etsy shop! There are both drawstring bags and box bags in a size designed to hold a worsted weight sweater quantity of yarn. As always, Alisa will donate 15% of the sale price to RAICES Texas. 

Skeins of powder blue yarn.
Sue collaborated with designer Adrienne Fong, who recently lost her battle with cancer, on a special colorway called Wisdom. She will be donating $10 for each skein sold to the American Cancer Society in Adrienne’s memory.

Fall foliage and green to red ombré yarn.

Prior to this year’s Indie Untangled, Shireen of The Blue Brick embarked on a fall ombré colorway, taking inspiration from her own photo of fall foliage to create leaf peeping in yarn form. Autumnal premiered at IU and it is now available on the Indie Untangled website on Killarney Sock (regular and 800-yard Woolly Mammoth) and Manitoulin Merino Sparkle. ⁣

This colorway will also be at the Indie Goes West: Hollywood Edition popup in LA on November 9.

8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Set

Stephanie of Rock Solid Designs, who creates project bags, is collaborating with other makers for holiday gift sets. Her 12 Days of Christmas and 8 Nights of Hanukkah gift sets include items from Fairy Tale Yarn Co, TurtleMade, One Sock Wonder bags and Me Time Botanicals. Preorders are up now, and packages will ship in late November/early December.

A gift tag that reads "This gift is brought to you by Netflix."

Augusta of adknits just had a shop update filled with gift tags and festive stitch markers for your holiday knitting, new notecards and the latest sticker in the Knitional Park Series.

McMullin Fiber Co. Le Societe d'Orsay

Kate has opened sign-ups for her Le Societe d’Orsay, a yarn club where each month’s colorway will be inspired by art from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. She is also once again celebrating Socktoberfest with some amazing giveaways and a 24% off sale.

An aqua drawstring bag with pink yarn balls and the words Knit Happens.

Laura is once again collaborating with artist Cynthia Frenette on some knit-centric items! Orders open today at 9 a.m. Pacific time and close on Monday at midnight.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels is opening preorders for her Purple Magic yarn set today.

What to stash this week: Jump into the Leaf Pile

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.

Last year at VKL NYC, after taking a dyeing class with the duo, I was chatting with Julie Asselin about the upcoming Indie Untangled show and had one of those lightbulb moments that led to a question: would she and Jean-Francois be up for creating a custom Nurtured colorway for IU? They enthusiastically agreed and I requested a peachy pink with a hint of purple. The result is Leaf Pile, which reads purple from afar, but up close is incredibly nuanced. I’m so excited to debut the yarn in the Indie Untangled shop this week, along with some other goodies.

Pink orange and speckled yarn.

Heather of Sew Happy Jane is having a shop update today at 5 p.m. Mountain time that features “perfect pairing” yarn bundles and warm and toasty worsted weight yarn.

A collage with a night sky and purple yarn.

Today is the last day to preorder the Dragonfly Fibers Petrified Forest colorway, inspired by Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. As always, 10% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

Handmaine Knits has a Star Wars-themed Advent-style calendar called Holidays On Hoth.

What to stash this week: finally fall

Yarn socks in an orange fall pattern.

In time for cooler whether, Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is bringing back her original fall fabrics for preorder. The fabrics are knit and crochet themed, because we all know that fall is the best knitting time. Preorders go live today at 9 a.m. Pacific and end Monday at midnight.

Meg of Nutmeg Fibers now has expanded sizing for her Stella Crop Sweater.

What to stash this week: Autumn Light

Skeins of purple hand-dyed yarn

Anne of Little Skein In the Big Wool has opened preorders for Autumn Light, her show colorway for the upcoming Indie Untangled on October 18. If you have tickets to Indie Untangled, you can pick up your skeins at the show. If you don’t have tickets, you can preorder and Anne will dye and ship your skein when she returns to the West Coast to ship to you in November.

Advertisement for the 8th annual Kings County Fiber Festival on October 12, 2019.

For the past several years, I have also enjoyed attending the Kings County Fiber Festival, an annual event organized by my Brooklyn neighbor Maxcine DeGouttes. The backdrop is the historic Old Stone House of Brooklyn, located in the picturesque Park Slope neighborhood. The eighth annual event, which takes place on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes a variety of indie vendors, including dyers, felters, knitters, crocheters, quilters, spinners and weavers. This year’s event will also feature a talk and exhibit by crochet artist Nacinimod Deodee, moderated by textile developer Sahara Briscoe of Super String Theory Design. There will also be a collection for donations of handmade hats for the homeless.

An advertisement for preorders of Teal Torch Knits Advent calendar.

Christina of Teal Torch Knits has extended the deadline for her Advent calendar preorders to October 6. The 12-day and 24-day calendar options are inspired by her child’s favorite books. 

Skeins of peach yarn.

IU newcomer Dana of Un Besito Fiber has dyed up her Swoon DK base in time for sweater season. Swoon DK is a 75/25 Superwash Merino/Mulberry silk blend and it’s 15% off during the month of October with the code UNTANGLED.

Skeins of golden brown and pale pink yarn.

Rachelle of Moondrake Co. is also ready for sweater season with a variety of bases and weights for your sweater-knitting or crocheting needs. Rachelle is also available for color consultations if you need help deciding.

Skeins of bright blue, green and purple yarn.

Lisa The Knitting Artist is celebrating fall with a new yarn. Her Silky Single is a 70/30 blend of Superwash Merino and Mulberry silk in fingering weight, dyed in all of her painting-inspired colorways. She’s offering 20% off all Silky Single yarn through October 1.

A colorwork cowl made with purple, pink and aqua yarn.

Joan of White Lies Designs’ latest kit is a colorwork cowl with a stitch pattern taken from an antique book of Russian embroidery motifs that she translated into knitting charts. Her sample uses a solid cashmere with a hand-painted colorway, held double for a quick and cozy knit.

What to stash this week: A sweet end to summer

Colorful yarn cakes on a cake stand with the words The Great British Baking Shawl

The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL from Mary of Lyrical Knits is a homage to the lighthearted reality TV competition. And just like the show, Mary promises it will be “calorie free, campy and lots of fun!”

An ombre of 7 hanks of blue yarn on a piece of weathered wood.

Meg of Nutmeg Fibers is debuting Meadow, a 75/25 cotton/linen base that comes in a 3-ply DK weight and 2-ply sock/sport weight. You can preorder it until midnight Central time on September 25.

A silver stockinette stitch motif ring with a pair of wooden knitting needles.

Accessorize your fall outfits with some of Jen of Porterness Studios’ latest designs, including a yarn cake ring and yarn cake and knitting needle pendant. Take 20% off through Monday, September 23 with the code Rhinebeck20IU.

A bag with black, red and yellow Stranger Things fabric.

You thought you escaped the Upside Down? The Slipped Stitch Studios Stranger Things Bag of the Month extras are on sale and ready to ship today at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Skeins of purple and grey yarn.

The next Eden Cottage Yarns update will go live today at 7 a.m. UK time and will include yarn packs for the Woodbine pullover from Issue 9 of Laine magazine.

A pink lace scarf with beads.

The new beaded Faerie Fire scarf or stole from Joan of White Lies Designs is knit in 100% Mongolian Cashmere, and includes the addition of Czech glass beads.

Signups for October House Fiber Arts’ fourth quarter Sock Club are now open.

What to stash this week: Woolstock

Purple and gold variegated yarn.

Sam of Lavender Lune Yarn named her special Rhinebeck colorway Woolstock, “because basically that weekend is our version of Woodstock.” If you have tickets to Indie Untangled, you can preorder this year’s colorway for pickup from the Lavender Lune Yarn Co. booth until this Sunday, September 15. Preorders for those not attending will start on Monday, September 16 at 8 a.m. Central and those orders will ship after Rhinebeck weekend.

A silver Rhinebeck necklace

If you want to show off your love of the festival more overtly, Jen of Porterness Studio’s Double-Sided “Rhinebeck” Mini & Stockinette Stitch Motif Necklace will complete your Rhinebeck sweater (or shawl, or cowl). You can preorder the necklace to pick up at the show, OR to ship before the show, until October 6.

Purple, gray, pink, green and gold yarn.

Just in time for Sweater Weather, Rebecca has debuted her Fall 2019 collection. It’s full of earthy tonals designed with colorwork in mind, and comes in her non-Superwash Merino Studio Collection.

Green and pink yarn

Sue has created some new fall colorways for you, including Diwali Lights, Jack-o-Lantern Confetti Stripes, Fall Stripes and Carpe Fishem, to get you in a festive mood.

A woman models a pink shawl.

Wine-d down summer with the Rosé & Rambouillet kit, which features squishy Rambouillet yarn from Sarah of The Dye Project, the Dusky Rose shawl pattern from Tamy Gore (now available on Ravelry) and a rose gold glitter sheep pin from Thao of Nerd Bird Makery. A few kits are in the shop and ready to ship!

Patronus Mystery Kit graphic

Expecto Patronum in yarn form with this super awesome kit from Nichole of One Sock Wonder Bags!

Preorders of Lambstrings Yarn’s special Indie Untangled colorway, Spook Rock Rd., to pick up at the trunk show close tomorrow, and if you’re not attending, you can preorder your skeins starting on Sunday, September 15.

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.

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.