Circus Tonic Handmade is a new indie dyer based in Sydney, Australia. Hannah, a mother of three who took up dyeing after a stint as a molecular geneticist, works with bases of Australian Merino, which she has given such fun names as Fiesta Fingering and Carousal DK. Her semisolid and variegated colorways are inspired by, and named for, native Australian birds. If you’re worried about shipping costs, Hannah offers flat-rate international shipping, which works out to a little over $10.
As soon as I saw Janina Kallio’s newest design, Marrakesh, I knew it was going to be one of my next projects. The color possibilities for this crescent-shaped shawl, with squishy garter stitch and lacy chevron, are endless — and there are some beautiful combinations being posted on the thread for a Marrakesh KAL in Janina’s Ravelry group. The KAL runs through Dec. 13, and it’s pretty loose, but don’t let that stop you from casting on ASAP.
A little over a year ago, Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. released her first garment pattern, the Brynja cardigan, in Pom Pom Quarterly’s Winter 2014 issue. She is now able to re-release the pattern as a single download. To celebrate, Linda is offering a generous 15% off six or more skeins of her Waltham Aran to knit this cozy cardi until the end of November. Enter code BRYNJA at checkout to get the discount (which works out to one skein free in most sizes).
The third annual Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry — a fun KAL and CAL to carry through your end-of-the-year knitting — starts next week! Before the fun begins, the organizers are collecting donations of physical prizes for the event’s 5,000-plus participants. You can offer yarn, stitch markers, project bags and more. Just post on the GAL planning thread with the particulars of your donation and any shipping locale restrictions.