Have you guys heard about Indie Untangled?
It’s a gorgeously-presented blog/marketplace hybrid where you can discover all sorts of independent dyers, makers, and creators related in some way to yarn and/or knitting. In its own words: “Indie Untangled is the portal for discovering artisan yarns, fiber, notions and accessories. Be the first to know what’s new and in stock from your favorite fiber artists.” I came across it on the Knitty blog and was instantly in love with the idea. When I checked out the list of vendors in the marketplace, I was even more excited and had to try to get involved!
Lisa, who runs the website, was very welcoming and helped me get my vendor blog post in quickly and smoothly. I am so excited to be a part of this site! It’s really neat to get to read about the motivations and methods behind the making of some really gorgeous products, including yarn, fiber, bags, accessories, gifts, and notions. And it’s helpful to have shop updates and sales announced from a variety of sources all in one place. It should, perhaps, be named the Indie Enabler.
What’s pretty neat is I already had yarn and fiber stashed from a few of the vendors! Above is some BFL/silk/firestar that I had received for Christmas from Countess Ablaze. She has some really fun dark-and-moody colorways as well as bright multis in her shop right now.
This skein of Kettle Yarn Co. Westminster (50% silk, 50% camel) might be the prettiest skein in my entire stash (and that’s saying something). I forget exactly how I stumbled across Linda’s shop but when I did I couldn’t resist this skein as a ‘congrats for submitting your journal article’ prize to myself back in October. 🙂 It’s all wound up and waiting to be made into a scarf in the near future.
And let’s not forget Pigeonroof Studios, whose fiber I just discovered during last quarter’s Completely Twisted and Arbitrary group spin-along and turned into this pretty handspun. Checking out Krista’s site, she also has some gorgeous mini-skeins and really interesting yarn dyed in her ‘glow‘ series.
Last but not least is this braid of fiber I acquired 2 years ago from Dirty Water Dyeworks at the CT Sheep and Wool Festival, which became this pretty green handspun. I recently saw Stephanie’s gorgeous yarns at the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl and had an extremely difficult time restraining myself from buying an armful. I had already spent well beyond my budget by the time I saw her lovelies, unfortunately. However, I know she’ll be at the RI Sheep and Fiber Festival next month and I expect my willpower won’t hold up well there.
I’m excited to get to know the rest of the dyers and makers involved, too! There are all sorts of sales and giveaways happening to celebrate the launch of the site. I recommend you sign up for the newsletter if you’d like to be kept in the loop. You can also join the Ravelry group, where more details will be posted as well. I hope you check out the site, I (obviously) think it’s a really cool idea!
What’s been inspiring you, lately? Link along in the comments and let us know!