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.

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 while you wait to buy Indie Untangled tickets

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A skein of olive green yarn

Have you decided what to wear to Indie Untangled and Rhinebeck yet? You’ve got plenty of time — at least that’s what I’m telling myself since I want to knit three sweaters! — but if you want more instant gratification there’s still some of Aimée’s Indie Untangled exclusive Kingston and Hudson colorways on Merino Aran in the Indie Untangled shop. If you’re the ambitious type, I’m also taking preorders for the colorways on her Merino DK and Super Sock bases to ship in September.

A rectangular wrap with cream, blue and yellow stripes

Mary Annarella’s latest shawl, Square Root, looks complicated, but it’s actually the perfect summer vacation knitting — a completely seamless shawl in three colors that begins with three separate squares that are gradually connected to each other. It’s also 30% off with the code takethesquareroute through July 22.

A skein of green yarn

Liz of HighFiberArtz is getting ready for cooler weather with some new colorways and kits, including the Spooky Donuts Halloween Kit and the 12 Days of Seuss Winter Holiday Kit, which include goodies from two other makers, Charmed and Dangerous and One Sock Wonder Bags.

A black, blue and purple triangular shawl

Stephanie of frabjous fibers & Wonderland Yarns also has some fall colors that are perfect for her own Secret Staircase Shawl pictured above, and also some that are perfect to fade.

Pink macrons

Heather of Sew Happy Jane’s delicious 2019 Holiday Gift Sets are inspired by the patisseries of Paris. Both Hannukah and Advent sets will be available today on her website.

Bags with orange Golden Girls fabric

For the latest Slipped Stitch Studios update, which goes live today at 9 a.m. Pacific, Laura’s making you choose: Friends or Golden Girls? (That’s easy: Sofia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose!) In a fun twist, every order of a Friends or Golden Girls item is a vote and Laura will announce on Tuesday who the winner is. Everyone who ordered an item from the winning team receives a free gift!

Game of Thrones Advent 2019

Winter holidays are coming and Marietta of Inner Yarn Zen has Game of Thrones and Outlander Advent calendars and Hanukkah sets available for preorder. Kits include 24 mini skeins, a themed project bag and other surprises sprinkled throughout.

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

I’m giving Sandra of Duck Duck Wool back her Glacier National Park-inspired yarn for her to bring to a trunk show, so if you don’t want to miss out on Glaciers & Wildflowers or her new Night Hike, grab them by Sunday, when they’ll be gone from the shop forever!

Colorwork detail in purple, green and blue yarn on a beige background

Mona’s Frida Kahlo-inspired For Frida pattern, originally published in the February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting magazine, is now available for individual sale in her shop. Enjoy 25% off the pattern through July 24, no coupon code needed.

Skeins of various shades of naturally-dyed pink yarn

Seathra of Stravaigin Yarn Co. dyed up some summer-inspired colors using Quebracho Red, Cochineal and Hibiscus. They are dyed on her Auchentoshan (OKH-en-TOSH-en) base, a 100% Canadian Rambouillet yarn that hails from the fields of Alberta.

Channypeascorner has super cool Queen of Yarn enamel pins.

Indie Untangled Obsessories: Project bags

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A plum waxed canvas drawstring bag with brown leather handles.

I don’t know about you, but my project bag stash is starting to rival my yarn stash.

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But I definitely have more bags than I have WIPs at a given time (projects in my queue is another story. There are not enough bags in the world for those).

Each of my bags has a specific purpose and advantage, and so I thought I’d round up some of my latest project bag “obsessories,” plus a favorite from one of my friends.

For stowing in a large purse

A small zipper bag with a red and pink palm tree print.

My go-to travel packing includes a backpack with my water bottle and a knitting project or two. This Sapling bag from Shannon of New Hampshire-based Woodsy and Wild is roomy enough for a large shawl and can easily fit inside my 16-liter Fjallraven Kanken backpack, with plenty of room to spare.

For sweaters and travel

A large drawstring bag with a lilac, gray and gold print.

I’ve used this Edin bag from Anette of Netherlands-based Pink Hazel — which I snagged at this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival — as a purse when I want to tote my sweater WIPs around. Aside from the fashion-forward fabrics and leather straps, I love that it has a zippered pocket inside for storing valuables.

While I’m a huge fan of their everyday bags, Arounna of Toronto-based Bookhou has become known for her waxed canvas project bags, including their large drawstring Project Tote in the gorgeous plummy red above that I got for my birthday last year. It’s also a great size for sweaters.

For not just knitting

A navy tote with a Macbook inside.

I fell for this Twig & Horn canvas crossbody tote while at The Knotty Lamb in Oregon, but I have to admit I haven’t used it for knitting yet. It was the perfect bag for attending a conference for my day job, holding my laptop inside, plus my phone, digital recorder, business cards, notebook and pens in the four roomy outer pockets. And I definitely appreciate the zippered inner pocket for my wallet and keys. The zippered pocket also has holes for separating your yarn in colorwork projects but I haven’t used it for that purpose — yet.

For toting on your back

A salmon colored bag next to an aqua wing chair.

A yellow canvas backpack.

At The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Montana Mountain Retreat last month, I finally caved and treated myself to a Knitter’s Backpack from Ritual Dyes. The salmon-hued canvas definitely swayed me. While I wouldn’t use it as a purse because of the lack of a zipper or a pocket (though Rachel’s Moon Pouch is nice for storing things you need easy access to) I like that the handles can be configured to use as a backpack or a tote and that it stands up perfectly straight to sit next to me and feed me my yarn. I take this along with another purse, like my beloved Bookhou mini bag.

My friend Thao of Nerd Bird Makery loves her backpack from Norway-based Plystre. It’s roomy, has comfortable leather straps lined with webbed fabric and comes in a variety of fun colors — if you can snag one.

What to stash this week: indie yarn remix

Teal yarn with Remix Fully Spun printed on the photo

Brooke of Fully Spun has opened sign-ups for her super cool REMIX subscription club! For this quarterly club, Brooke takes one of her Fully Spun Sock colorways — hand-dyed and then millspun yarn with the look of handspun — gives it a… remix, changing up the third ply for a whole new effect. Each month you will receive the colorway of the month, exclusive for the club duration, and a mini skein to match. 

A woman in glasses wears a purple v-neck cardigan.

Mary’s latest sweater is an homage to our favorite neuroscientist, Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory. Farrah Fowler is a top-down v-neck cardigan with raglan stockinette sleeves and a simple cable pattern on the front and back.

Green yarn

The Murky Depths Relationships Matters set is a deconstruction of Debbie’s popular It’s Complicated colorway. The colorways — It’s Complicated, Opposites Attract, Have We Met and No More Shall We Part — are available on Deep Sock, including as a kit with one full 100-gram skein of each color.

A collage of yarn

Dawn of Fairy Tale Knits has partnered up with Tabitha’s Heart Design on an all-new Doctor Who inspired KAL! The pattern is a shawl inspired by the pan-dimensional surfboard from Doctor Who, and Dawn has four different sets of companion colorways ready to go as kits.

A toy knight figure stands on wood.

Round Table Yarns’ newest yarn club, the Knight with Two Sword Yarn Club, is open for sign-ups. Yarn club sign-ups through June 24. The club is based on the Arthurian legend of the Knight with Two Swords and you’ll receive part of the story in each shipment.

A collage with a mountain reflected in water and blue, purple and gold variegated yarn.

You have until next Sunday, June 23, to order Dami’s Glacier National Parks-inspired colorway. Swiftcurrent is available on two luscious MCN bases, Swanky Sock and Swanky DK.

For those of you who don’t know, Knitting Our National Parks brings together several talented indie dyers to create exclusive-to-IU colorways inspired by photos of U.S. national parks. And it’s a yarn purchase you can feel extra good about, since 10% of all sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

Farm Girl Fibers opens preorders for her Favorite Things Advent calendars on Sunday.

Preorders for Lambstrings Yarn’s spooky October “Advent” calendars are open until June 22.

Nutmeg Fibers is holding an online indigo dyeing workshop.

What to make with Magpie Fibers Swiftcurrent

A collage of variegated yarn with complementary orange and purple.

One of the things I love about Magpie Fibers is that Dami has so many colors that work beautifully together. When I first saw her yarn in person at the very first Knot House Maryland Sheep & Wool Indie Pop-up back in 2015, I was struck by how cohesive her color palette was.

Swiftcurrent, Dami’s Glacier National Park-inspired colorway for the latest installment of Knitting Our National Parks, is no exception and I easily found at least two colorways that would look perfect with it: Mesa and Linger.

I decided to put together some pattern suggestions for those pairings. Some use two and some use all three. And a couple are designed by Dami herself!

Swanky Sock

A cream colored shawl with red loops

Loop by Casapinka (I made mine in Swanky Sock!)

A striped wrap

Something Gradient This Way Comes by Dami Hunter (can use both Swanky Sock or Swanky DK)

Friend by Debra Gerhard

Summer Camp by Laura Aylor

Salt Point by Dami Hunter

Zweig by Caitlin Hunter

Swanky DK

A multicolored triangular shawl

Milu by Tamy Gore

A woman models a purple speckled striped shawl

Mirla by Lynn Di Cristina

Hediye by Ysolda Teague

Rhinebeck Hat by Woolly Wormhead

Old Pine by Melissa Thomson

More suggestions will be added to my Ravelry bundle!

What to stash this week: A sweater a day

Ambler colored skeins of yarn.

Sheila of BigFootFibers is taking custom orders for the Olive Knits Four Day Sweater KAL. She is offering orders on BrilliantBritFoot Worsted (Superwash BFL) SuperSquishy Worsted (Superwash Merino) and the new, rustic SassyLassy Worsted (85% Superwash Merino/10% Donegal tweed).

A collection of skeins of pastel hand-dyed yarn.

Welcome Indie Untangled newcomer Beckie! This Canadian dyer named her yarn company Shirley Brian Yarn after her grandmother, a prolific knitter, and her late father. Beckie just had a shop update with 23 new colorways and old favorites on her Sailor Sock base.

A pink skein of yarn sushi enamel pin.

Thao of Nerd Bird Makery, who aims to create inclusive products reflecting the multicultural diversity found throughout the fiber community, has a line of enamel pins that are a playful celebration of Asian culinary traditions (and if I were you, I’d grab one or two of those Woolsabi enamel pins, seen above posed with a certain La Bien Aimée exclusive colorway, before they sell out).

A collage of magenta yarn with various variegated skeins.

If you’re looking for a lightweight yarn to knit with this summer, try Fluffy U Fiber Farm‘s wool, linen and silk blend. 

Steampunk fabric

Preorders for project bags and accessories in steampunk designs from Slipped Stitch Studios go live today at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

A zipper bag with a green and blue bird fabric with the text The Hillary.

Talk about a grab bag: Maker Heather of Beautiful Syster has a fun mystery club, for which members receive a bag in an exclusive fabric as well as a mini skein in a coordinating color from one of her favorite dyers.

A set of purple, pink and aqua variegated mini skeins.

Shanna of Lambstrings Yarn just had a huge shop update with more than 200 skeins, including plenty of Singles, Sock, DK, Bulky, Mohair Lace and mini skein sets. Plus, preorders for Caitlin Hunter’s Navelli Tee kit are still open.

Check out the new Kindred Spirits colorway from IU newcomer DiamondDyeworks.

What to stash this week, online or at your LYS

A collage of yarn trios from Dragonfly Fibers

In honor of LYS Day tomorrow, April 27, the Dragonfly team has created kits for Casapinka’s new pullover shawl (not a poncho!) called Magical Thinking. The yarn is the squishy Superwash Merino Dragon Sock and you can see the sample that North Carolina LYS Friends & Fiberworks worked up here in that last color combo — Silver Fox, Kelpie, Sixteen Candles— which is exclusive to their shop. You can get a list of the dozen shops that are carrying the kit here. Dragonfly will have the first three combos, along with their festival exclusive Carroll Creek Park colorway at Maryland Sheep & Wool.

A woman models a fuzzy gray sweater with a branch motif at the hem.

Speaking of mohair, Mary Annarella’s latest sweater design, Branches In Bloom, calls for holding a strand of mohair-silk lace weight with a strand of single-ply fingering.

Pink mohair silk yarn paired with a beige yarn

Heather of Sew Happy Jane has a mohair/silk laceweight that she has dyed up in some spring-ready colors. 

A mini white sheep wrapped in teal yarn.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has debuted the newest must-have notion, the Suavest Sheep! 3D printed by Michelle using biodegradable polylactic acid, these cuties can be used to tidy your cast-on end, hold yarn joined in the middle of your project, act as a handy color swatch to carry with you, or make for an adorable display of your favorite yarns.

A woman wearing striped knee socks lounges on a fence with sheep.

Sweater Sisters’ newest team member, Dana Gervais, has released a new knee high sock pattern called Mojo. They feature 16 Bimini sparkle minis and Selena is offering the kits in two color sets. They are on sale through next Friday, May 3, only.

A woman models a pink and gray striped shawl

Kelly’s latest shawl design, Round the Mountain, has a combination of fun stitch patterns, color changes and shapes.

A trio of teal and gray yarn

Time for a DK spring sale! All DK in the Big Foot Fibers shop is 20% off through April 30 using the code DkSale.