What to stash this week: Scrappy and toasty

A purple patchwork tote.

Crista Jaeckel just updated her online shop with several colorful, summer-ready project bags of various sizes, including popular notion zipper bags and quilted tote bags that utilize fabric scraps to reduce waste.

Gray, purple and teal yarn with the words Sweater Quantity Discount.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co has opened signups for her July/August Sweater Quantity Discount colorway, in which she takes preorders for one colorway in order to offer a close to wholesale discount, making a hand-dyed garment more accessible. Called Black Magic, the latest colorway is a coal black with hints of purple and teal.

A twisted hank of rustic cream-colored yarn.

Monica of Gothfarm Yarn has introduced two more naturally-colored yarns: Arkose, a blend of Rambouillet Merino, white mohair and red Huacaya alpaca, and Muskeg, a mix of amber mohair and dark brown Rambouillet Merino.

What to stash this week: A woolly palette

Skeins of blue and silver yarn over a hand-dyed tote bag.

Tavolozza is a collaboration between Stefania and Giulia from Lanivendole and Sara from La Cave à Laine. Kits, which are available to preorder through June 26, include a full skein of A Heavenly Blend in the natural gray of Aquilana wool, Italian alpaca and Italian cashmere, three minis of A Chic Blend (Brogna wool, Italian alpaca and Italian mohair) in a range of color choices and either a hand-sewn zippered pouch or a hand-dyed organic cotton tote bag that Sara prepared especially for this collaboration.

Mountains in shades of blue and two skeins of dark to light blue hand-dyed yarn.

Celebrate summer with the Aleutian Fade, the colorway from Jenn of Cedar House Yarns based on a blue gradient forming the Kachemak Bay Mountains at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. This colorway is available to preorder through next Friday.

A portion of sales from this installment will support both the National Park Foundation and the NFC Momentum Fund, Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s donor-advised charitable fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation that will disperse contributions to a variety of organizations working for justice, empowerment and equality.

Clay sheep stitch markers in a rainbow of colors form a circle.

Jillian of WeeOnes‘ polymer clay stitch markers bring that extra bit of joy to your WIP. Her new rainbow sheep are at a special 15% off discount for the rest of June, and there’s a menagerie of adorable creatures.

A grey pullover with a purple and green variegated front.

Whether you hear Tiny Dancer or Tony Danza, you’ll want to sing along to Mary Annarella’s latest pattern. It’s designed to help you use up a skein or two of variegated sock yarn, minis, or even leftovers, and it’s 30% off through June 22.

Green, aqua and purple speckled yarn with the words Maelstrom Fiber Arts Barefoot in the Grass.

Jennifer of Maelstrom Fiber Arts‘ latest colorways, Barefoot in the Grass, Bourbon & Lime and Luminous are inspired by her patio garden. Looking ahead, she’s also taking orders for an October Mystery Gift Box.

Blue glass bead stitch markers on a silver pin.

Amy of Amy’s Trinket Shop makes her glass beads stitch markers at her kitchen table, surrounded by her kids, husband and dogs, all waiting to see the new trinkets she’s created.

What to stash this week: Rainier redux

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

Heather of Earl Grey Fiber Arts’ Mount Rainier-inspired colorway is back in the Indie Untangled shop as a rare preorder to coincide with this week’s Virtual Knitting LIVE! event. Heather will be joining me in my virtual shop tomorrow at 6 p.m. EDT to discuss her colorway! To join in, you can get marketplace tickets here. The colorway is available to preorder only until Monday, May 18 and then it will go back into the Knitting Our National Parks vault.

Pink and purple hand-dyed yarn.

Stephanie of SpaceCadet Yarns had been a little uncertain about the renewal for her InterStellar Yarn Alliance, which was scheduled to happen in mid-March. But, she began receiving emails from members asking if it was time to renew, and realized it was time to reopen sign-ups. 

Sign-ups for the club — which includes yarn in an exclusive colorway every other month, a special gift, a coupon and access to an otherworldly community of members cheering you on — are open only through this Monday, May 18.

A lilac v-neck sweater.

Selena of Sweater Sisters has collaborated with Tiam Safari of KNITSAFARI Designs on Viola, a modern V-neck sweater pattern. Tiam designed this sweater using Wayfaring Yarns Arcadia DK, a 100% Superwash extra fine Merino and there are kits available in four colors.

Skeins of pale purple yarn.

Session 2 of the Nutmeg Fiber Arts DyeSigner Alliance, which ships out in August, brings together Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep and Julie Robinson, AKA Julia At Work.

Blue and gray hand-dyed yarn and the words Sweater quantity discount.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. has opened up preorders for her May/June Sweater Quantity Discount colorway. She also has a few spots open for her very first literary Advent Calendar, “Dreaming of a Classic Christmas” inspired by the Penguin Clothbound Classics collection.

A green and pink lacy cowl.

Emily’s Foul Temptress cowl is made for those tempting skeins you just have to buy, and uses just 200 yards of sport or fingering weight yarn.

What to stash this week: simple beauty

Trios of peachy orange and gray yarn.

Caroline of The Noble Thread is embracing simplicity with her latest design, which she created with her very own naturally-dyed yarn. Bayou, inspired by the bayous of the Southern U.S., is a top-down sweater uses a bare neutral yarn for the body and a trio of coordinating skeins colored by the magic of natural dyes at the yoke, framed by rows of bottles. 

Dark pink, green, blue and orange yarn above a painting with the same hues.

Lisa The Knitting Artist is now dyeing her colorful yarn inspired by art on a new DK base. This DK yarn is a 100% Superwash Merino with 231 yards per 100g skein.

A cartoon Santa Claus knits on a beach.

7th Floor Yarn is holding its second annual 12 Days of Christmas in July with an advent kit. Treat yourself or a knitting loved one to 12 individually-wrapped gifts to open one each day at the beginning of July. The kits also come with a knit or crochet pattern from Michele Costa of 144 Stitches. Use the code EARLYBIRD to save $5 before May 17.

An orange-gold sweater with a lacy yoke.

Paula Pereira’s latest sweater design, Dandelion, has a textured stitch motif at yoke and sleeves that is inspired by Brazilian basketry, a traditional craft from Paula’s home country.

A triangular shawl with a fade of blue to gray.

Lena of Softyarn Designs’ Sparkling Water shawl is a soothing knit with easy-to-memorize repeats of simple lace and using a unique combination of three colors and different textures.

Christine of Skeinny Dipping has updated her shop with trunk show remnants and some of her new Merino DK and Sweet Hot Fuzz mohair/silk lace.

What to stash this week: A yarn and needle library

Navy blue and hot pink cases.

Stephanie Earp, a knitwear designer from Montreal, designed the ultimate interchangeable needle case. Handmade in small batches of 100% wool felt, the case has slots for up to 24 pairs of interchangeable needle tips up to 10mm in size — and they won’t budge from their suede pouches, no matter how much you shake them — four pockets for cables and a large zippered pocket for notions. The cherry on the stitcher’s sundae is a magnetized center panel to hold stitch markers, scissors and tapestry needles. 

A peach and forest green colorwork yoke sweater.

Each confined to their homes in coastal Italy, Stefania and Giulia of Lanivendole recently embarked on some “blind dyeing” and created three new colorways in their respective studios. The result is six subtly variegated shades that go together, and will be available in a shop update next Thursday, April 30, along with yarn for the Udo sweater by Orlane Sucche. The sweater was planned for an in-person release at the Knit Eat festival in Lyon, but will debut the day of the update on Ravelry.

A silver cabled hat with a gold pompom.

Designer Mary Annarella summed up her thoughts about 2020 with a new cabled hat pattern featuring a halo of fuzzy mohair to soften the blow. Omgwtf2020 is 30% off through April 28, no code needed.

An aqua to teal yarn fade.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks doesn’t have anything against neon speckles, but her fades are of the — surprise — murky variety. Her new fade sets use Deep Sock or Harbour Singles Fingering, with a total of 1600 yards per set. And until life gets back to some degree of normalcy, all items in her Etsy shop remain 15% off using code CXL15 at checkout.

A mint green knit shawl sits on a woman's shoulders.

Whether you’re in the mood for a mindless or complex project, all of Sara of La Cave à Laine’s patterns, from endless, comforting garter to challenging brioche, are buy one get one free, no code needed.

Yarn in bright colors.

7th Floor Yarn introduced a DK-weight 50/50 cotton/Merino blend that’s perfect for spring and summer projects.

A bell sleeve sweater in mint speckled yarn with a dark blue accents at the hem and sleeves.

Lena of Softyarn Design has released her size-inclusive Emmerly Sweater, and you can get 30% off the pattern through this Monday with the code springknitting on Ravelry and Etsy.

ReVe Design Co has created heel and toe-less socks for yoga, pilates and dance.

What to knit with stranded mohair — Olympic National Park edition

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A green speckled sweater with radiating textured stitches.

After years of declaring that I couldn’t tolerate mohair, I decided to take the plunge earlier this year and knit an As If Tee and Love Note sweater. I convinced myself that they were quick knits — the As If took me only one week, and the Love Note took me two — so if they were too itchy to wear, I wouldn’t have lost so much time. And do you know what? Those sweaters are some of the softest, and least itchy, sweaters I’ve knit!

So, when Kate of McMullin Fiber Co. showed me the inspiration photo for her installment of Knitting Our National Parks, I decided the yarn needed to have a complementary colorway in mohair/silk. Then when I saw the resulting colorways — the speckled Rialto Beach and a complementary mohair called Green Anemone — I knew just the pattern for it.

Sorrel from Wool & Pine — a design collaboration between Selena of Dank Fiber and Abbye of Abbye Knits, who are coincidentally from the Pacific Northwest — was already in my favorites on Ravelry, and I think it would be perfect for this color combination (the sample shown above includes a fade of colors, but it would look perfect in one speckled colorway). If you’re not a sweater knitter, Wool & Pine’s Calliope Nest Cowl would also be a great match.

As a bonus, Rialto Beach is available in both sock and DK, which increases the pattern possibilities!

Here are some more pattern suggestions for using the two colorways together.

Cowls

A red cabled cowl.

Indira Cowl by Vanessa Smith

Speckled Snow by Lucinda Iglesias

Hats

A silver cabled hat with a gold pompom.

Omgwtf2020 by Mary Annarella

Everyday Slouchy Beanie by Dragon Hoard Designs

úlfur hat by ash alberg

Kobuk by Caitlin Hunter (for DK)

Shawls

A lacy shawl in pale pink.

PRIMA by Shellie Anderson

Ambara by Paula Pereira

More Sweaters

A woman with purple hair models an orange and pink sweater.

My As If Tee, which could be knit with McMullin Fiber Co. Posh DK if you’re a loose knitter.

Diaphanous Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs

Susurrus by Joji Locatelli

Stardust Sweater by Dragon Hoard Designs

Gabrielle, a soon-to-be-published pattern from Geraldine Yang, for use with DK

See all the suggestions on Ravelry.

Knitting Olympic National Park: From a crafty park ranger’s view

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A beach alongside mountains on a clear day.

Second Beach at La Push, Washington, Olympic National Park

[Ed.’s note: This post coincides with the release of the Knitting Our National Parks colorway from McMullin Fiber Co., inspired by Olympic National Park. It’s available to preorder through May 1, 2020.]

There’s nothing quite like knitting in peace and quiet. And it’s a tough thing to find in our bustling world. But at Olympic National Park, it exists. And it’s not just any peace and quiet.

It’s complete silence.

In fact, some would argue the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park takes the cake as the quietest place in the United States — in one square inch of rainforest.

The summer I worked as a park ranger, I was told about this One Square Inch (and instructed to warn people to stay on trail if they were headed to find it). So naturally, I sought it out as a prime knitting spot.

The park is, without a doubt, the epitome of peace. Walking through the Hall of Mosses feels like sneaking through an empty home. And yet, there’s a buzz around you. A feeling of abundant life just beyond the boundaries of your senses.

And it’s a gorgeous destination for knitting. Later, I’ll list my favorite knitting spots around the park. But the one I visited most was just alongside the Hoh River. This was my chosen sanctuary for elk-watching, solitude, simply being — and of course, sneaking in a little crafting.

A tree arches over a forest trail.

Hall of Mosses Trail, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park. Photo by Amira Umphres

Living and Working as a Crafty Park Ranger

Working as a ranger came with feelings of great responsibility, pride and passion for untamed wilderness. It also came with a lot of time alone in a very small entrance booth facing the same two trees for hours at a time.

Eventually, I got to know and love those two trees (which turned out to be red alders). I started to notice little details, like their adorably tiny pine cones. Soon, I was reading about them. Apparently, after a wildfire, red alder trees are among the first to courageously repopulate the area, making way for new life. And the knitter in me was excited to learn that their bark could be used to create a natural, rusty red dye.

Suddenly, my nameless tree companions became a life form I was emotionally invested in.

This mirrored my experience as I got to know the park. Every lichen, wasp, bird and stone became a source of fascination until this place I called my “office” took root inside of me. And though I no longer work and live on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s part of who I am.

And it continues to inspire the patterns, colors and textures I choose for knitting.

A green handknit sweater and hat.

I often choose deep greens as I did for this Tin Can Knits Flax Sweater (left), or forest motifs like this Boyland Knitworks’ Faller’s Cap (right). Photos by Amira Umphres

The first time I saw Olympic National Park was the summer of 2013. It got under my skin and never left. Its enchanting landscape has a habit of taking hold of your heart. I dreamed of being a part of it.

I’d volunteered for the San Antonio Missions National Park, majored in anthropology as an undergraduate and worked for UT Austin’s computed-tomography lab in the Geosciences school. You could say I was a little obsessed with science, history and natural heritage.

But it wasn’t until I saw a documentary on national parks where an African American park ranger was interviewed that I actually felt I could take the leap. Seeing someone who looked like me in ranger uniform somehow melted away a lot of the doubts I’d had about becoming a ranger myself.

With this thought floating in the back of my head, and some helpful tips from a friend who’d worked as a park ranger, in the spring of 2015, I sent out applications to almost every national park in the U.S.

I only got one reply.

It was from Olympic. They had a spot for me at the Hoh Rainforest.

I said yes immediately and drove 1,900 miles from my home in Iowa with my family in tow. We rented a one-bedroom house connected to an old surf shop in Forks (the town of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books fame) and settled in for the summer.

Snow-covered mountains, an African American woman in a park ranger uniform holds a baby, purple flowers by a body of water.

From left to right: Hurricane Ridge, My daughter, Nora and I, Flowers in the park. Photos by Amira Umphres

Olympic National Park is an unparalleled protected wilderness. Not a single road crosses through the park. To get from one end of the peninsula to the other, you have to go the long way around (or, I suppose, you could hike!).

The peninsula has a population of around 378,000, spread out over 3,600 square miles. My fellow rangers were a tight-knit bunch. There’s not much choice when you’re living in such a remote place.

Though I was stationed at the Hoh, part of my job was to explore the rest of the park. We had work days dedicated to getting up close and personal with as many areas of the park as we could. It’s a very, very big park.

Life on the Olympic Peninsula

Not only is the park large in size, it’s large in biodiversity.

Olympic shelters an impressive range of flora and fauna. There’s a swift elevation change between the snowy mountain peaks and the sweeping coastal forests and beaches. These changes create precious and varied habitats. Olympic also houses the last stand of old growth temperate rainforest in the lower 48 states.

Like the landscape, the weather varies wildly. Olympic’s intense beauty is carved out by landslides, floods, wind storms, avalanches, heavy snows and wildfires.

Black bears, beaver, salmon, cougars, mink, whales, deer, marmots and otters (among many others) call the park home. And so does the largest herd of wild Roosevelt elk in the country.

Actually, the Roosevelt elk were the first to greet me on my first day at work. The Upper Hoh Road stretches roughly 18 miles from the main highway to the park entrance. It curves and bumps through towering hemlock, spruce and cedar trees, taking you around blind corners and sharp curves.

It was around one of these corners that I was welcomed — and stopped — by a herd of elk that had chosen the road as a spot for a nap.

I honked my horn. Nothing. Honked again. Got a few stares.

So I waited. No one was coming or going on the road that time of morning. I had no cell service.

After a couple of lazy minutes, they decided to move on. Slowly. I was late to work. And I learned to live a little more slowly in this place. Slowly, and far more connected to (and at the mercy of) nature than I’d ever been.

A Place of Connection

Knitting so often comes from a place of love and connection to the things we deeply care for. And Olympic is a living, breathing reminder of connection. I’ll share just one, small piece of that connection here.

Large tree roots.

A fallen tree showing its roots, Olympic National Park. Photo by Amira Umphres.

During one of those quiet times working the entrance booth, I came across a brief paragraph in a book. It was about the shallow roots of the rainforest’s trees.

With approximately 140 inches of annual rainfall, they have no reason to go far, which made sense to me. But I hadn’t thought about how these shallow roots played a role in the grand scheme of things.

Washington’s wind storms are notorious for blowing down massive trees, and the trees fall easily because of their shallow roots. And when they fall across a river, they create shelters — shelters where salmon can safely spawn, and where their tiny fry can grow and flourish. Once they’re old enough, after living in the safety of the fallen tree, they swim downriver, following it to the distant ocean, where they remain for several years.

But once they’re ready, they remember. They find their river. And not just any river — their home river. They swim with all their strength to get back. They jump as they go, fighting against the currents.

They don’t just return to the same river — they return to the exact place, the shelter, where they were born. And there they spawn… and die.

Their bodies become part of the soil, bringing rich nutrients from the ocean. Nutrients needed by — you guessed it — the trees that helped bring them safely into the world. They give back to the trees with their lives.

I’d sit alongside these rivers, watching the trees and, later in the fall, watching the salmon return. It was my favorite place to knit, because knitting for me is a way to connect, to make something I could use to give back to those who nurtured me with their love and kindness. Like trees and salmon.

A beach and a lake in clouds and fog.

Second Beach on a cloudy day (left) and Lake Crescent in fog (right). Photos by Amira Umphres

5 favorite knitting spots in Olympic

Second Beach at La Push: Second Beach doesn’t require a ton of hiking to get to the coast — which meant I could haul plenty of yarn. The beach is breathtaking and rarely overwhelmed with people. Driftwood from massive trees make perfect natural seating for crafting.

Lake Crescent: Lake Crescent is downright dreamy with crystal waters encased by mountains. One of my favorite knitting moments on Lake Crescent was watching a bald eagle float through the sky, then dive for fish.

Hoh River: It’s no surprise that the Hoh River was one of my favorite knitting spots. There was silence, beauty and serenity beyond compare.

Kalaloch Lodge: Kalaloch’s Creekside Restaurant — there’s no better place to catch a sunset. And no place better for public knitting than while watching the Pacific do its thing from an elegant dining room.

Ruby Beach: Low tide at Ruby Beach is an absolute must-see. And tide pools were the perfect place to have my kiddo entertained, searching for starfish and sea urchins while I kicked back on a beach blanket with my latest WIP.

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Olympic National Park is a stunning palette of colors — from pristine snow to blue glaciers, brilliant emeralds and deep mossy greens, dusky sand beaches and steely ocean skies, purple starfish and white foamy waves, slick black sea stacks and peach sunsets. I can’t think of a better place to knit — and to reflect on the people, places and moments that inspire us to keep creating.

What to stash this week: the new spring yarn lines

A woman models pink to blue faded socks.

Beckie of Shirley Brien Yarn is having a shop update Sunday at noon EDT, when she’ll introduce a few new sock lines, including these super cool Deconstructed Fade Sock Sets, as well as hugely discounted kits for her Sailing Sweater.

A lacy shawl in pale pink.

Heather of Sew Happy Jane collaborated with designer Shellie Anderson on her new PRIMA shawl pattern, inspired by the Sassy Ballerina and Ballerina colorways. The pattern debuts today on Ravelry and Heather has yarn bundles for it available in her shop.

Skeins of teal Merino and boucle yarn.

Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks is running a 15% off sale store-wide if you use code CXL15 at checkout. She’s also using her time at home on a personal “New Item of The Day” challenge, so keep your eye out for new creations!

An aqua drawstring bag with cartoon sloths.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios is offering a little snark and some swear words to help get you through this crazy time, with artist Cynthia Frenette’s best snarky and swear-y fabrics. This preorder goes live today at 9 a.m. PDT and closes on Monday at midnight.

A woman holds a gray and purple lacy shawl.

Selenaof Sweater Sisters just released a new shawl pattern called Saratoga Springs. It uses two colors of WayfaringYarns Shangri-La, a blend of 75% Ultrafine Superwash Merino and 25% Mulberry Silk.

What to stash this week: Updates and discounts

Gray and red yarn.

Stefania and Giulia of Lanivendole are having an update today with A Chic Blend, first yarn they created after starting their small Genoa, Italy-based company. The 17 bright hand-dyed shades coordinate well with their un-dyed grey shades of A Stormy Blend. Also today, designer Isabell Kraemer is releasing her Gianluca sweater, which uses both bases.

Bright blue and purple yarn.
Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeoworks was looking forward to showing off her newest base, Nautilus BFL Aran, at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut, this month. Currently available in 10 colors, Nautilus, as well as everything else in Debbie’s shop, is available for a 15% discount using the code CXL15.

Stephanie of Deep Dyed Yarns is a one-woman show offering vibrant and wild colors on a variety of bases. She was scheduled to vend at YarnCon at the beginning of April, so please consider supporting her through her online shop.

Purple and speckled yarn.

If you need some fairy tale escapism, Dawn of Fairy Tale Yarn Co. is introducing her Fairy Tale Ensembles. These are sets of matching colorways designed especially for projects, like sweaters or shawls, that require colorways two or more complementary colorways.

A collage of green yarn.

Sunshine of My Mama Knits is offering 20% off orders over £50 until the end of April, no code needed. The discount applies to everything: hand-dyed yarn, as well as sock rulers, bag pins, stitch markers, project bags and knitting needles.

Pink speckled yarn with fairy lights.

MJ of Cat Sandwich Fibers just had a shop update with a ton of sock yarn in her signature bright colors, as well as her much-awaited pink holographic bag.

Pink yarn in the shape of a heart.

Mary of Birch Dyeworks was also scheduled to vend at Stitches United. Visit her online instead of in person and use the code STAYHOME to get free U.S. shipping.

What to stash this week: Love knot for your knits

A purple shawl cuff with a silver Celtic knot.

Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has put her own spin on the shawl cuff trend. Michelle crafts them with colorful cork, which is both vegan and environmentally friendly, hand stitching Celtic knit charms onto each piece, which are secured with metal snaps. You can see the cuffs, along with Michelle’s assortment of accessories, in her booth at Stitches West next weekend (I’ll be there too!).

A snowy forest and green yarn.

Quiescence is Gabby of Once Upon a Corgi’s interpretation of Sequoia National Park after a snowstorm. This anything-but-quiet colorway is available to preorder through next Friday, with 10% of sales donated to the National Park Foundation.

A bag with birds and red and blue yarn.

Kate of McMullin Fiber Co is having a special Valentine’s Day shop update today at 11 a.m. Eastern time. It will include a special Lovebird collaboration with gingeroots bags, and two packages inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre available to preorder.

Gold stockinette stitch earrings.

Jen of Porterness Studio has restocked after VKL NYC, with tons of new jewels, including 14K Gold Stockinette Stitch Motif Minis and Short Row earrings.

A blue bag with white alpaca wearing red scarves.

Stephanie of Rock Solid Designs has debuted her new Grace bag. These spacious bags have a more classic style for use as an everyday tote.

A lacy aqua shawl on a dress form.

Marian of Marianated Yarns is debuting several new designs at Stitches West, collaborating with designers including Katy Carroll, Deb Gerhard, Romi Hill and Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits.

A bag with conversation hearts fabric holding purple yarn.

Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has once again collaborated with artist Cynthia Frenette for a special V-day update that will drop today at 9 a.m. Pacific.

Plum and pink solid and speckled skeins of yarn.

Julia of Pandia’s Jewels will have several kits for Wool & Pine’s Sorrel Sweater available for preorder starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern through Friday, February 21 until 8 p.m. Eastern.

Blue and white fuzzy yarn.

Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns will have an update on Saturday at 3 p.m. UK time with plenty of Coniston Fingering, a single-ply yarn with extra fine Merino and luxurious superkid mohair.