What to stash this week: Creative challenge

A blue and pink tote bag.

Sara of La Cave à Laine recently embarked on a creative challenge in which she published one bag a day on both her Instagram profile and online shop. There is a beautiful variety of colors and fabrics, including printed linen and hand-dyed cotton (and Day 30 — wow!), as well as different styles, with drawstring or magnetic button totes and zipper bags. There is only one of each bag made, so if you see one that makes your heart go pitter-pat, make sure to snag it. It might be a perfect match for your own truly unique handmade item.

A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple. She is holding a bouquet of wildflowers.

Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in Paola’s brioche illusion series. This shawl features an illusion of circles that morph into squares, which broken up by simple garter stitch sections.

A screenprinted blue and yellow artwork featuring an electric chair paired with a yellow, blue and green skein of yarn.

Preorders for the April colorway in Lisa The Knitting Artist’s monthly Andy Warhol Yarn Club are now open to those who are not subscribed. This colorway is inspired by a silk screen series titled “The Electric Chair.”

Four skeins of yarn in shades of grey and purple.

Eden Cottage Yarns just had an update featuring Carlisle Fingering, a 100% Superwash Extrafine Merino yarn, which is ideal for garments, shawls and accessories, including Victoria’s Buttermere shawl.

A mint green, white and red patterned crocheted handbag.

Issue 2 of the crochet magazine Moorit and I have a small number of issues in stock! The issue features 12 patterns inspired by the sea, including several tops and this incredibly gorgeous colorwork bag designed by Fay Dashper-Hughes.

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: Grand Canyon serenity

The Grand Canyon with gray, aqua and red, with yarn in aqua and gray.

Stephanie of Verse Yarns chose a photo of Plateau Point at the Grand Canyon for her installment of the Indie Untangled Knitting Our National Parks series — coincidentally, scheduled to go live just after my visit! She captured this peaceful yet dramatic landscape, which she describes as a “living sculpture,” featuring a calm overcast sky and the flowing Colorado River, in the colorway Serenity. A second colorway, Grand Canyon Gray, reflects the steep, rugged walls of this natural wonder. 

Both colors will be dyed on Pirouette, a blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% nylon with a 2-ply twist, perfect for socks but soft enough for shawls and sweaters. These colorways are available to preorder on Indie Untangled through Friday, April 22. 

As always, 10% of the proceeds will be split between the National Parks Foundation and an organization that supports Native Americans. For this installment, I chose the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, which helps families from the nearby Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.

Peep colored yarn with matching peep charms.

Celebrate spring with the Woolen Women’s newest colorways — which includes Peeps-inspired colorways and charms!

A blue knit cowl with cables and yellow flowers.

Jennifer of Vermont LYS Must Love Yarn partnered with Kristie of Fiber Stash Dyeworks on the Sunflower Rising Cowl and Hat. All proceeds from the sale of the patterns and kits will go directly to humanitarian organizations aiding Ukraine.

One large multi-color skein in pale blue, pink, and green, two mini skeins in blue and pink.

Pinky up: the April release from Shelly at Daisy Stitch Co is inspired by tea at the Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre.

Three skeins of yarn in a mix of orange, pink, red and blue colors.

Natalie of Fiberdog Fibers has two new colors, Sunset Sky and Salmon, in yarn and fiber that’s washed, combed, spun and dyed by her.

What to stash this week: Yarn-centric

Purple and blue fiber, pink, black and gray yarn, blue and green stitch markers and the Yarn Centrick logo.

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival takes place a month from now (back in person after two years!), and there’s a new indie pop-up/pre-game show on the scene: Yarncentrick is taking place on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mt. Airy, Maryland. More than 20 indie dyers, bag makers and creatives, including several Indie Untangled online marketplace and show vendors that you may already be familiar with, will come together outdoors under covered pavilions.

A navy and pink skein of yarn, and the beginnings of a shawl to show how it knots with assigned pooling.

Anastasia of Cashmere & Coconuts recently discovered the joys of assigned pooling and has released two AP colorways. She’s also offering 20% off all her solid color Peruvian Highland Wool and 10% off all other yarn purchases.

Red, green and gray yarn arranged on a table.

Amy and the crew at Fort Worth, Texas, yarn shop West 7th Wool have their own hand-dyed yarn line and they’re mad for mohair! Their newest yarn base, 7th Street Singles + Mohair, is comprised of 56% extrafine (19.5 micron) Merino and 44% mohair. They’re offering a free keyhole scarf pattern that can be completed with one skein.

A skein of warm yellow yarn, with other shades in the background.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole recently dyed up more of their Twisty Chic base, a twistier version of their chic blend of 20% Mohair, 20% Alpaca and 60% Brogna wool. It’s perfect for lighter patterns to wear in the upcoming warm weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

A collage with various images in grey, gold, burgandy and white, with the text Not a Tame Lion: Sunday Yarn Advent

Get ready, Advents are coming. Holly Dyeworks’ Advent is inspired by Narnia, the magical world created by C. S. Lewis. It’s available to preorder now, shipping in November.

Fluffy cream yarn with black speckles.

Eden Cottage Yarn just had an update of Eldwick Lace, a fluffy superkid mohair/silk laceweight yarn. It can be uses on its own as well as held double with other yarns.

Gothfarm’s newest yarn is made of carbonized bamboo.

The next installment of Plies & Hellhounds’ Wicked Seeds, a monthly club inspired by beautiful but deadly plants, drops tomorrow.

What to stash this week: Explore natural wonders

A textured and eyelet shawl with fringe in orange, purple and blue faded yarn, worn by a light-skinned woman standing in front of a mountain.

I’m excited to debut kits for the Natural Wonders Shawl, designed by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich with full skeins of the A National Parks New Year trios. Each trio contains a speckled, semisolid and variegated colorway that fade together in a blend of textured stitches and eyelets to evoke the beauty of U.S. national parks in winter.

A pin in the shape of a hank of yarn with the image of an orange sunset over purple mountains.

Augusta of adKnits was inspired by sunsets at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, creating this pin for the A National Parks New Year box. I’m doing a preorder on Indie Untangled. It’s a great accompaniment to your Natural Wonders Shawl kit!

Four skeins of yarn in each corner with a purple banner in the middle with the text Spring is in the Air.

Maureen of Charming Ewe used the mild weather in Texas to get a head start on her spring colors. Because we’re still in winter, she also has a Valentine Bundle that includes five mini skeins and one full-sized skein inspired by the Sweethearts conversation heart candies.

A multi-colored fair isle star pattern infinity cowl draped over a person's neck set against a charcoal-colored shirt.

Debra of Spruce Lane Designs’ Astrum cowl provides a pop of springy color. Deb used Marianated Yarns for her sample of this Fair Isle pattern, which is 15% off on Ravelry and Payhip with the code “ASTRUM” until February 28.

Mood board for Victorian Week club-shades of pink, burgundy, and creams.

Eve of Holly Dyeworks has opened sign-ups for the next installment of her Great British Baking Show Yarn Club and it’s Victorian Week! The sets include a mystery skein of fingering-weight MCN and a matching progress keeper made by Little Bitty Delights.

C olourful tassels from middle-eastern markets, the logos of the makers, Penny Lane Yarns and La Cave à Laine.

Speaking of yarn that’s good enough to eat, Sara of La Cave à Laine is collaborating with Deborah of Penny Lane Yarns on a three-installment sock club that celebrates Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi. You can purchase one or all three of each box, which will contain a skein of yarn from Deborah, a sock pattern and bag from Sara and other surprises.

Yarnover Truck's Super Nerdy Yarn Club Featuring Forbidden Fiber Co. logo at top with image for six skeins of yarn. Three on the left are in full color of green yellow variegated, white and tan variegated and maroon and grey variegated, and three on the right are in black and white.

The Yarnover Truck’s Super Nerdy Yarn Club, which takes inspiration from strong female nerdy characters across a variety of fandoms, is once again open to new members.

A collage of brightly coloured peacock themed yarns with blues, greens, and yellows.

My Mama Knits’ latest colors take inspiration from peacocks and benefit an animal-assisted activity and crafting center in the UK where the colorful animals reside.

Silver shawl pins with pink rhodonite hearts and the MAB Elements logo, handmade in Ohio.

Celebrate all kinds of love this Valentine’s Day with the MAB Elements Love collection, which includes her original circle shawl pin adorned with a single rhodonite heart.

A set of four pictures showing the transformation from raw white locks of wool to a washed cloud of fiber to an un-dyed skein of yarn and finally two skeins of yarn dyed red and black.

Natalie of Fiberdog Fibers has introduced two new yarn colorways, both made from the same Corriedale fleece that she washed, combed, spun and dyed herself.

What to stash this week: The classics

Skeins of speckled yarn with floral covered books.

Today at 3 p.m. Eastern, Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. is opening up a small batch of preorders for full skeins from her Chiltern Classics Advent box. Colorways include Dracula, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Madame Bovary, A Tale of Two Cities, Frankenstein, Treasure Island and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. They’re available on Posh Sock, Posh DK (both Merino/Cashmere/nylon blends), Fluff (mohair/silk) and Classic Sport and Worsted (100% SW Merino).

A card with a teal stockinette pattern that reads I only stopped knitting long enough to send you this card.

I got to collaborate with the lovely Juliet of UK-based TillyFlop designs on this Indie teal version of one of her fun greeting cards for crafters. There are a limited number of them available and they would be a perfect pick-me-up for your fave knitter (or crocheter).

Amanda of Wild Hair Fiber is running a sale on Mystery Smidgens, which are mini batts for spinning, felting or other fiber arts.

What to stash this week: A yarny new year

A collage of images and knitting projects.

Here’s look back at the inspiration photos and collaborations from the 2021 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club from Murky Depths Dyeworks & Bristol Ivy, Humble Knit & Camille Descoteaux, Black Elephant & JimiKnits (which you can still preorder through the end of the day today before it’s retired forever) and Lanivendole & Soraya García.

You have until the end of the day today to sign up for the 2022 club, which brings together another set of four dyer/designer dream teams: Plies & Hellhounds & Milly’s Knit Designs, Émilia & Philomène & Marion Em Knits, Neighborhood Fiber Co. & Julie At Work and Kokon Yarn and Eri Shimizu. These colorways are completely exclusive to Indie Untangled, and aside from limited preorders six months after the packages go out, these yarns are not re-released. Signing up for the club introduces you to these talented makers, with their yarns, designs and a special Zoom session where you can meet them and learn about their process. 

I hope you will join us for this fabulous year of knitting!

A collage of colorful yarn and a project bag.

The Woolen Women crew is having a sale! Get 15% off mystery fiber retreat weekend packages, knit kits and more through tomorrow only.

A soup can illustration with the words Andy Warhol Yarn Club.

In the future, all yarn will be famous for 15 minutes. Each month of 2022, Lisa The Knitting Artist will be creating a yarn colorway inspired by one of Andy Warhol’s works, starting with his earliest and ending with his last. Join the club and get your choice of yarn base each month, along with a fun fact card, a monthly stitch marker and other items that are Warhol related.

Skeins of gray and light blue yarn.

Looking for a super soft splurge? Anzula’s Serenity is a 4-ply fingering-weight yarn made of 100% Cashmere, which dyer Kalliope says is “seriously the most decadent yarn we’ve ever created.” Use it to make basically anything worn against the skin.

A collage of gray and cream yarn and the number 2021.

Monica of Gothfarm Yarn released four new products – two naturally-colored yarns and two rovings – in 2021. Her Year In Review includes Karst, a whisper gray sportweight yarn; Cottontail, a soft, shiny white roving; Terra Preta, a rich brown, worsted-weight yarn; and a pencil roving called Cirrus.

Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review Part 2: Indie exclusives

Red, orange and pink yarn and the words Indie Untangled 2021 Year In Review.

As I’m sure it has for you, knitting and yarn has helped ground me this year. Beyond the making, I’ve been especially grateful for the exciting collaborations I’ve taken part in, between the Where We Knit Yarn Club and the Knitting Our National Parks yarns.

Here are some projects using special Indie Untangled colorways that were finished in 2021, including one of my very own favorite FOs. (Some, including the TréLiz yarn, is still available, while others, like the Countess Ablaze colorways, will no longer be dyed again.)

A blue green triangle shawl on a wood floor.

Susan’s Wayfarer by Jen Lucas in Countess Ablaze Rebel Fingering, colorway The Last Yarn On Earth

A white woman wears a sweater with pink and teal variegated yarn and gold short sleeves and a hem.

Victoria’s That 70’s Tee by Janine McCarty in Huckleberry Knits Willow, colorway Going to the Sun.

A white woman in a pink and blue knit top with an aqua skirt.

Aya’s Knot Front Crop by Kerri Blumer In Countess Ablaze Rebel Fingering, colorway Hipster Yarn Is So Mainstream, Ironic, No?

A white woman wears a pink, orange and blue speckled hat.

Karen’s Warm the Line Beanie by Rosemary (Romi) Hill in Countess Ablaze Grande Merino DK, colorway My Swiss Army Knife Has a Crochet Hook

A blue and beige color work wrap.

Julie’s Humi by Camille Descoteaux in Humble Knit Humble Twist for the 2021 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club

A white woman wears a gray speckled wrap.

rvilkomerson‘s Primavera Capelet by Paulina Popiolek in Lanivendole A Chic Blend, colorway Home Blooms

Purple and blue striped socks.

Pat’s Lavender Fields Socks by Helen Stewart in AT Haynes House Yarns Bare Feet Sock, colorway I Have One Just Like It In My Living Room

A white woman wears a teal and gray speckled colorwork sweater.

Maggie’s Goldwing by Jennifer Steingass In La Bien Aimée Merino DK, colorway Automne à Rhinebeck

A pink knit tank top.

Jennifer’s Framework Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs in Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock, colorway A Post-Apocalyptic Life Skill

What to stash this week: For the love of tomatoes

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A basket of tomatoes, a skein of bright red-orange yarn and a brown-skinned woman wearing a red textured cowl over a black leather jacket.
The debut of the May collaboration from this year’s Indie Untangled Where We Knit yarn club couldn’t have come at a better time. Petra of Black Elephant and designer Jimenez Joseph, both in England, based their collaboration on the promise of new growth, via gardening and visits to the local farmer’s market. Petra created this cheerful, complex tomato-inspired colorway called Pomme D’Amour, and Jimi used the squishy Superwash Merino DK-weight yarn to design a cowl of the same name, with twisted and slipped stitches echoing tomatoes on the vine and a woven basket.
This special colorway is available to preorder on Indie Untangled today through December 17 and it will ship in mid- to late January. Just in time to create and cozy up in your bright red-orange “love apple.”
A dark-skinned woman wears a beige sweater with olive green colorwork at the hem.
Crystal of Milly’s Knit Designs (a designer for the Where We Knit 2022 yarn club!) has new colorwork patterns out, The Hidden Falls Pullover and the Miss You More cowl. She is also donating a portion of her sales for the month of December to Sisters United, an organization run by Candice of The Farmers Daughters Fibers that supports indigenous communities.
A close-up of natural red yarn.

Monica’s current favorite yarn is her Gothfarm worsted weight, which is perfect for gifts and comes in four different naturally-colored bases, including Ultisol, an auburn brown that blends cinnamon red alpaca fleece and dark Zwartbles wool, and Terra Preta, a deep soil brown made from a tri-blend of dark Shetland wool, Jacob wool and alpaca fleece.

Untwisted hanks of yarn with blocks of bright colors.

Laura of Created 4 U By Laura has created hand-dyed yarns that are a perfect match for assigned pooling patterns like Calico by Dawn Barker, shown here, as well as her other designs, Float, Roam, Mend and Sprout.
A rainbow surrounded by smaller beaded charms.
Looking for small gifts for your favorite makers? Amy’s Trinket Shop is loaded with a variety of stitch marker sets. They’re available in both gold and silver tones and in closed and locking stitch marker options.

What to stash this week: Where We Knit 2022

A collage featuring a Parisian hall, colorful beach shacks, a portrait of a Black woman, Delft blue china and the sleeve of an indigo garment.

I’m thrilled to open sign-ups today for Where We Knit 2022. This quarterly club, which will begin shipping in February, brings together four dyer/designer dream teams: Plies & Hellhounds and Milly’s Knit DesignsÉmilia & Philomène and Marion Em KnitsNeighborhood Fiber Co. and Julie At Work, and Kokon Yarn and Eri Shimizu.

Each pair will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and an accompanying accessory design inspired by their favorite spots to whip out their WIPs. Their inspiration photos are shown in the image above, clockwise from top left, and you can read more about these in the listing.

Aside from the yarn and pattern, each shipment will include a surprise gift from a third small business. The Zoom interviews will take place after each installment ships out, with the live version and recordings open only to club members.

You have the option of a one-time payment for a discounted price or payment each quarter, and there’s also an option to purchase the club as a gift for a special knitter in your life, if you want to avoid the holiday shipping rush. Sign-ups run through December 31, 2021.

Hands in gray speckled mittens holding a golden beverage.

Starting next year, I’m planning to offer assistance to low-income members of our community, so that they can participate in the 2022 Where We Knit yarn club, while fairly compensating our participating dyers and designers.

If you feel you have enough yarn in your stash already, or would like to provide a holiday gift to a fellow maker, please consider sponsoring an installment. You can fund half of a one-month installment, a full month installment or a full year of the quarterly club. Contributions will be anonymous, though please note that they are not tax deductible.

If you’d like to apply for or nominate someone for a grant, you can do so here.

Pictured above are the New Age Mittens by Soraya García from the February 2021 installment of the club.

A gray hat with yellow slipped stithes.

Fans of the TV series Schitt’s Creek will get the name of Mary Annarella’s latest hat pattern, Fold in the Cheese. But you don’t need to have watched the show to enjoy this quick slipped-stitch hat. It’s also on sale for 40% through November 28.

An illustrated mug sits by a window surrounded by gray yarn and red and orange fall leaves.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole are celebrating autumn with warm yarn and hot drinks. Their Campfire “flash” club includes hand-dyed skeins of A Stormy Blend DK and an enamel mug featuring an illustration by Little Pine Alice. Sign-ups run from today, November 19 at 6 p.m. CET to November 23 at midnight CET.

Gifts wrapped in red and gold paper and the words Jilly & Kiddles Holiday Gift Guide.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for your favorite yarn lover, or need to give someone in your life some hints, Jill of Jilly & Kiddles has compiled a gift guide with ideas ranging from stocking stuffers to splurges.

A light-skinned woman wearing a black sweater with cream colored accents.

Tif Nielan just released the Sprout Pullover with 7th Floor Yarn’s Tweed DK. Amanda’s wearing the Onyx/Natural colorways and there are many more combinations in their shop.

A painting of people hiking in mountains.

Lauren of Miami Fiber Co. has opened preorders for her Witcher Sock Club, inspired by the Netflix series, and the Textures Sock Club, inspired by the unseen beauty in everyday objects/surroundings.

A collage with green hand-dyed yarn and winter images.

The Woolen Women Fibers Woolen Winter Picnic celebrates the warmth of winter with single skeins and kits.

A white linen tote bag with a panel of blue and purple fabric.

Sara of La Cave à Laine has a new line of hand-dyed project bags using lovely Lithuanian linen.

A green and purple shawl pictured with a cotton bag.

While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are readying for winter, the all-women team at Capetown, South Africa-based Cowgirlblues can help you get ready for spring. Their Joys of Spring shawl kit comes in three color combinations of Kidsilk mohair/silk and Merino Lace Single.

Piles of pastel-colored skeins of hand-dyed yarn.

Victoria and the Eden Cottage Yarns crew have a ton of news to share, including a new batch of Milburn DK, British Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool blended with silk, new batches of hand-dyed Brimham High Twist (85/15 Superwash Extrafine Merino/nylon) 20g mini skeins and Rosedale 4ply gold sparkle sock.

A light-skinned woman wears a blue cabled shawl.

Selena of Sweater Sisters is offering kits for Susanne Visch’s new Mossy Cables shawl pattern, which debuts tomorrow. Kits include three skeins of WayfaringYarns Arcadia DK and a free download code.

Skeins of hand-dyed yarn in pale colors.

Elizabeth of Knitting Lizard Fibers has been experimenting recently and has a bunch of one-of-a-kind skeins in her shop. There are also mini skeins in singles or sets and single skeins on various bases.