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What to stash this week: A heritage wool mood

A mix of mushroom images with shades of red, orange, purple, brown and green.

Gabby of Plies & Hellhounds has revealed her mood board for the first-ever installment of the Heritage Wool Collective hand-dyed yarn subscription! The theme is appropriately earthy and has Gabby’s signature moody vibe. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the yarn, which is a bouncy Corriedale DK from The Ross Farm, located in Pennsylvania, just a few states over from Gabby’s Connecticut studio. Sign up by the end of this month to become a member of our Founding Flock!

A neon pink and lime swift in motion with a grey skein of yarn on it with a small section of bright neon rainbow. It's outside clamped to a grey wood table.

Carrie of Alpenglow Yarn, inventor of ingenious tools for indie dyers like the SkeinTwister, has brought her talents to us regular crafters. Her new Glider Swift is a modern take on the traditional umbrella design, building on it with features like one-handed opening and closing operation, clamps that work with a variety of tables and super smooth and quiet operation (no more squeaking!). You get to choose your own color from a huge list that includes bright neon, vibrant matte, glittery Shimmer and Dazzle colors and sophisticated marbled Galaxy colors.

A collage of blue images, a brown-skinned woman wearing a blue-green lace shawl and a pile of blue-green yarn.

Designer Nidhi Kansal released her Nilay shawl pattern this week. Nidhi, based in India, collaborated with South Africa-based Karen of Miss La Motte Yarn to create a colorway inspired by the vast ocean and vibrant islands that lie between them. This colorway will be dyed on Lustre, a fingering-weight blend of 50% Superwash Merino, 15% Mulberry Silk, 15% kidsilk mohair and 20% polyamide. I’m doing a very limited preorder, for one week only, so that Karen can send me the yarn before she goes on holiday break.

A sketch of a Hanukkah menorah lit with tropical colors and a neon sign saying Tropical Hanukkah.

Happy Hanukkah! Carolyn and Michelle of Olive & Two Ewe Studios are doing live openings of their Eight Nights of Hanukkah box on their YouTube channel. If you want to get a head start on next year (mark your calendars: December 25!) they’re offering early bird pricing on their 2024 box themed around A Tropical Hanukkah. 

A pink-orange brick fireplace.

The second installment of the 2024 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club will bring together Terri of AT Haynes House Yarns and Lauren/Mother of Purl.

Wood stoves keep designer Lauren and her family warm in Wisconsin winters. Terri’s color and Lauren’s design will also take inspiration from the 1997 film Cinderella, in which singer Brandy performs “In My Own Little Corner” as the title character, imagining the lives she could live.

For the club, each team will collaborate on an exclusive colorway and an accompanying accessory design inspired by their favorite spots to whip out their WIPs. Sign up by December 31 to join us! Enjoy happy mail throughout the year.

A natural black yarn with white hairs.

Monica of Gothfarm Yarn has added some black sheep to her flock with two new natural black yarns, La Brea and Carbonado. La Brea, named for the famous tar pits in Los Angeles, is a rustic worsted-weight yarn made from 100% Navajo-Churro wool. Carbonado is a sportweight blend of black alpaca, Gotland wool and Coopworth-cross wool.

Black and navy variegated yarn with a mix of purple, green, and blue streaks, a polar bear and ice cube stitch marker set, and a Northern lights inspired boxy pouch bag in like colors.

For January’s A Woolen Yarn Box, Andrea of WoolenWomenFibers is journeying to Alaska for the aurora borealis. Themed boxes include yarn, a pattern, handcrafted progress keepers and stitch markers, a box bag, lotion, a candle and a mystery goodie. Preorders close December 23.

An image of a Christmas tree with 25 numbered QR codes in shades of green.

Stephanie of SpaceCadet has created an incredible free gift to help you celebrate Christmas: a digital Advent calendar with a link each day from December 1-25 to a free knitting pattern.

Large basket of yarns in varying colors, sitting on bale of straw.

Learn more about Flora Adora Fibers’ Tunis yarn, from a breed on the Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. The limited-edition yarn was grown and spun in Michigan, and has a chunky weight and lightweight woolen-spun construction that makes it great for winter garments.

Emily Wood’s new cabled shawl pattern, the Disconnect Shawl, is 25% off on Ravelry and Payhip through December 12.

Lisa

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