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: summer yarns

Skeins and cakes of pink, white, red and orange yarn and knitted fabric on needles spread on a table.

Giulia and Stefania of Lanivendole have launched Aestiva, their new wool and linen yarn. This light fingering-weight yarn is comprised of 70% Abruzzese wool and 30% French linen which, like all their bases, is spun in a mill in Piedmont. It comes in 13 gorgeous hand-dyed hues and the natural color, and with a generous 328 yards per 50g skein.

A flower shaped soap, a lotion bar, bird and flower charms, yellow yarn skein with speckles and a floral bag with butterflies.

The WoolenWomenFibers A Woolen Mystery yarn club heads to Key West next month. Boxes include your choice of a sock set or a single skein, a project bag to carry it in, handmade soap or lotion bar, a handmade candle and charms.

Mustard project bag, skeins of gold and coral yarn, pink speckled yarn.

Are you heading to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend? Kick off your yarny trip with a visit to Yarncentrick, a new indie pop-up, taking place on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Mt Airy, Maryland. This one-day event will feature more than 20 indie dyers, artisans, and small creative businesses in an outdoor setting under covered pavilions.

A knit shawl in gold, magenta and brown draped over a dress form showcasing a cable down the spine and along the border.

Crystal’s latest design is the Marmalade Shawl, a basic triangular-shaped shawl with a center cable that adds a little flare. It’s knit with fingering-weight yarn held double along with mohair/silk and is perfect for using up leftovers.

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: spring sales

Ten skeins of shiny yarn ranging from purples to red with A Very Murky Birthday Sale written across it.

Debbie is celebrating Murky Depths’ fourth birthday with a sale and a new base! All yarn, including her new Yakima Fingering, a Merino/silk/yak singles base, is 15% off through Monday, March 21, no coupon code required.

Four skeins of yarn, blush, grey, green and purple, laying on a cream linen fabric.

Gabby of Plies & Hellhounds is getting ready to administer Spring Finals. On Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern, she’ll be releasing the final set of colors to her seasonal collections. This update will include colors like A Blush Crept, a delicate pink peach with speckles of gold, saffron and warm greens and browns; a forest green called Opia; Deny This, a shadowy charcoal with brown to gold undertones; and Oh Darling, a smoky lavender.

A full skein of coral pink, deep blue, and navy yarn beside a slightly tonal lavender mini, a full skein tonal beige yarn with speckles of red, navy, and brown beside a marbled mini of yellows and brown, and a full skein of sea blue, purple, and dark blue yarn beside a semisolid sea green mini. Each set rests upon a full skein laid out.

David of GarmerCrafting is also celebrating spring with a sale! Get 15% off from today through Sunday on many items in his Etsy shop. He also has three new sock sets inspired by characters from role-playing game Genshin Impact.

A very pale green and orange brown skein of yarn.

Anastasia’s spring celebration (in Minnesota, so she really needs to celebrate!) includes several new Cashmere & Coconuts colorways, including a new Game of Thrones-themed line, which begins with Mother of Dragons, pictured above.

An artwork featuring a red and white soup can, next to a skein of yarn that features areas of red, white and gold.

Lisa The Knitting Artist has opened preorders for the March installment of her Andy Warhol Yarn Club, which highlights the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup can.

A light-skinned woman holding a half-circle shawl. The shawl has a dark bacground decorated with bright and colorful cables.

Paola’s Lightbeams Shawl features an intricate network of delicate cables on a dark background, reminiscent of light beams inside a gothic cathedral.

What to stash this week: A yarny assortment

A collage including a photo of orange, purple, brown, green, blue and pink minis, a sheep lotion bar, a bag with mushrooms on it and a set of five herb and alchemical-inspired charms.

Andrea and the Woolen Women are celebrating Women’s History Month with the Claire’s Cabinet box, inspired by Claire Beecham in Outlander and her pioneering of medicine in both the past and the present. Boxes include seven 20g minis and a sheep lotion bar, with options to add on a project bucket bag from Aggie’s Bags and herb and alchemical-inspired charms from SamsTinyTrinkets.

A shawl with bands of red, yellow, pink and multi yarns, draped over dress form.

Sharon of Garage Dyeworks has put together kits for the Sundae Funday shawl from Chic and Regal Knits. It uses four different colorways of Auto Sock and features sections of simple stockinette and lace with a picot edge.

A large progress keeper-style stitch marker, on an oversized golden bronze lobster clasp with a filigree bronze essential oil pendant. The text Li'l Smelly Ball Sack - Aromatherapy Big Clippy! Progress Keeper.

Keep your stitches smelling sweet and let your inner teenager chuckle with Yank Your Yarn’s Li’l Smelly Ball Sack (Bonnie means yarn balls, of course!). These progress keepers feature light bronze filigree “sacks” with a little ball of fluff that can accommodate your favorite essential oil.

Silver metal shawl pins and stitch markers on a background of blue-green yarn.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations is celebrating spring with new mini shawl pins and progress keepers featuring flowers, butterflies, songbirds and more.

Skeins of light purple, green, brown and white yarn.

Shelly of Daisy Stitch Co has kits for the Out-Stranding Shawl pattern by Christie Archer. Kits include one 100g fingering weight skein, one 50g fingering weigh skein and three 20g minis in your choice of three color palettes.

A stack of five pastel-colored mini skeins on a chair, with pale pink flowers in the back ground. Yarns are light green, cream, baby pink, lilac and sky blue.

Dyer Courtney launched Silly Goose Yarns just this week! She has a new Spring Collection featuring bright colors on a variety of bases from mohair to bulky, as well as a collection of limited OOAK colorways.

A pile of skeins of yarn in many different colours.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns just had an update of her popular Titus 4ply, a blend of extrafine Superwash Merino and mulberry silk. While some of the most popular colorways sold out quickly there are preorders available so you don’t miss out.

What to stash this week: Stitches of ivy

A light gray, pink and dark gray textured shawl.

The second issue of Yedra Knits launched around Indie Untangled last year and I’m thrilled to be a stockist! The issue is inspired by tarot cards, and is filled with patterns for shawls, sweaters and other accessories in vibrant colors, stunning and creative photography and features on Barcelona and Madrid LYS Miss Kits and a great interview with dyer Aimée Gille of La Bien Aimée.

Three skeins of a purple, pink, blue variegated yarn with multicolored speckles on top of solid skeins in two different blues and dusty pink.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks has new colors of her Caspian Fingering, a Merino, alpaca and nylon fingering that was a hit when she debuted it at the Indie Untangled show last year.

A purple slipped stitch shawl with stockinette flowers in gray on a background of aqua velvet.

I’ve finished and finally blocked my Pressed Flowers Shawl with Botanical Yarn and it’s easily become one of my favorite knits! There are still a few kits left with this beautiful color combination from Sophie, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her fund a new shop on wheels.

Pictures of salmon and gray and blue ribbed shawls.

Shellie has released two new designs, ZENA and LA GRAND, a shawl and wrap that create a cozy cocoon of slipped stitch broken rib.

Teal green yarn with orange speckles.

To get ready for warmer weather, Anastasia of Cashmere & Coconuts has released the Summer Lovin’ Collection, bright colors available as a set or individually.

An olive green long sleeve Purl Scouts t-shirt, worn by a light-skinned model.

Join the Purl Scouts! Augusta of AdKnits recently released a new collection of camping- and scouting-inspired products, including merit badges, stickers, T-shirts, totes and a knitter’s compass keychain.

An angled view of five moody red skeins with hints of silver and brass surrounded by greenery and laying against a blue book with the title "Botanical Curses and Poisons."

The Plies & Hellhounds Wicked Seeds monthly club is inspired by poisonous plants and their lore. The first colorway, Lily of the Valley, will be released and ready to ship tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

A mostly black skein of yarn with purple spots on a grey background.

Natalie of Fiberdog Fibers has released new fleece-to-skein yarns, including Purple Stars, a sportweight Corriedale that is part of what will eventually be a rainbow collection.

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: dreams, realized

A blonde woman sits in a chair looking to her side at an orange embroidered tapestry.

Photo by Mary McGraw

Earlier this year, I connected with bestselling fiction author Betsy Cornwell via a Facebook group for female-identifying, trans and non-binary freelance writers and editors to find homes for their stories. Betsy posted about her plan to turn an old home in Connemara, Ireland, into a childcare-inclusive arts residency for single parents like her. The turn-of-the-last century building had once served as a place to teach rural women to knit so they could support themselves financially, and Betsy is a longtime knitter herself, so I knew this was a story I wanted to share. Betsy wrote a blog post about the project in March, and she also gave a virtual tour of the space during the Indie Across the Pond event.

I’ve been following Betsy’s progress over the last several months, and watched with excitement as her dream came closer to reality, with a crowdfunding campaign that succeeded in raising enough money for the 20% down payment and to cover the monthly payments. Sadly, she hit a roadblock a couple of months ago when the bank denied her mortgage application. She now has until this Monday to raise enough money for the entire purchase price of the building. After looking at her business plan and feeling confident that she will create a wonderful and much-needed space to support creative parents, I’m hoping our community can help bring this dream one step closer. 

Skeins of orange, yellow and gray yarn.

Get cozy as the temperature drops with new colors on Murky Depths Dyeworks’ Sanctuary worsted, a 100% Merino, non-Superwash that provides great stitch definition for cables, stranded colorwork and mosaic knitting.

A mosaic shawl in red, orange and green.

Ashleigh Wempe’s Sedona Sunrise shawl is designed to evoke the image of a sunrise, with three colors of fingering-weight yarn worked in an easy mosaic pattern.

The phrase LOVE STORY viewed in a typewriter.

While you’re getting ready for the winter holidays, don’t forget about the one in February! This Valentine’s countdown box from WoolenWomenFibers is inspired by epic love stories through the ages and includes 14 days of luxurious Cashmere yarn, charms and a project bag.

Skeins of pink, purple, blue and pink and orange yarn.

The recent shop update from Sharon of Flora Adora Fibers includes Surprise! Sock, naturally dyed with plants and other botanicals. Use the coupon code BOTANICA for 10% off all items except gift cards from November 13-19.

Skeins of red and green variegated yarn.

In preparation for the holidays, Maureen of Charming Ewe has been creating tons of new colors and pictured here is one of them. Deck the Halls is a fun sock set of bright red and green with multicolored speckles.

If you’re in or near Columbia, MD, Sharnessa of Shar’s Purls is having a P.S. Love the Butterfly Trunk Show at the SO Original Yarn Studio.

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.

The 2021 KAL/CAL winners!

A collage of knitted items.

We’re so excited to share the winners of this year’s Indie Untangled make-a-long! Over three months, there were a total of 175 entries, including 21 in the sock category and a whopping 39 in the adult sweater category, and only one in the blanket category. This week, we selected 19 winners in 10 categories via random number generator. Here is their beautiful work.

Blanket

Cowl

A blue, green and orange striped and slipped stitch cowl.

Sandra’s The Shift (Ravelry link)

A gray and aqua cowl.

Jess’s Dioptric Cowl (Ravelry link)

Hat


A purple and yellow brioche hat.

Sharah’s Amber Duet Brioche Hat

Mitts/Mittens/Gloves

Poncho

Shawl/Wrap/Scarf

Linda’s Ziggy Shawl (Ravelry link)

Liz’s Ampersand Wrap (Ravelry link)

Socks

Megan’s Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Sweater – Adult

Sweater – Baby/Child/Pet

Erica’s Bean & Olive (Ravelry link)

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