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I achieved STABLE long ago (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy). If I stopped buying yarn now I’d have enough to knit with for years. The problem is, yarn is pretty and soft and colorful, and I am absolutely not going to stop buying it. Yarn is my happy place…er, thing.

Yarn makes me joyful. I like knitting with it. I like squishing it at the yarn store. When I need to relax mentally, I look at yarn on Instagram.

That’s exactly how I found these indie dyers that I absolutely love. These dyers are so cool that I just had to share them with you.

My favorite find from last year is Mitchell’s Creations and her unicorns collection. Check out this amazing rainbow yarn:

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On the left we have Drunken Unicorns and on the right, Unicorns Unite.

I love Mitchell’s Creations use of rainbows in their variegated yarn. It’s happy and fluorescent and harkens back to my 80’s childhood. Their other colors are also stunning. I picked up this set to make a fade shawl:

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Left to right the colors are: Funky Cold Patina, Under the Willow Tree, Oh Marie and Crab and Corn Bisque.

I might also try Tunisian crochet for the first time and attempt this Entrelac and Key shawl. Part of the fun of buying new yarn, for me anyway, is trying to find the best pattern for it.

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After the Neflix series Bridgerton came out, lots of indie dyers were inspired to make Bridgerton-themed yarns.

That’s how I ran across Teeny Button Studio and their gorgeous yarns. I gave into temptation and ordered these for myself.

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The skein on the left is Most Enchanting Indeed and the skein on the right is A Worthy Suitor. I knit a lot of socks and because these have such light, delicate colors they’ll go great with a lacework pattern.

I’ve also been working my way through 52 Weeks of Socks and I thought this yarn would make a great pair of Toivoharju socks.

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Speaking of socks and shawls, I really love fandom-themed colors which led me to Lady Dye Yarns. This indie dyer does tons of clubs for everything from Schitt’s Creek to Bridgerton to Anne of Green Gables. I just splurged on their Hight Tea Time Club which comes with yarn and a shawl patter, stitch markers, a shawl cuff, tea and a project bag. The yarn and pattern are a total surprise. The clubs sell out fast, but often include yarn (obviously) plus treats like stickers, stitch markers and bags.

I recently bought these two skeins from their Black Panther collection. On the left is Ruth and on the right is Lupita.

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I’m not gonna lie, I’ve also been thinking about this Bridgerton themed yarn called Penelope A LOT.

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I typically knit with fingering weight yarn because I make a ton of shawls and socks, but my holiday knitting needs sent me in search of a nice worsted weight yarn in Christmas colors. Neighborhood Fiber Co. had some gorgeous jewel-tones in a worsted base, so I snagged them right up and made these hats.

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The yarn I used for these is Organic Studio Worsted. The red hat is a heavily modified (I fucked up the pattern and improvised) Antler Toque in the colorway Station North. The green is Maldonado in the colorway Juneteeth.

Finally there’s Round Mountain Fibers. Their patterns are inspired by nature and they have a whopping five releases a month: botany, entomology, aquatic, geology and ornithology.

I especially love their aquatic colors and buy that release pretty much every month from my local yarn store. It has a lot of speckling and bright colors. It’s always fun to see the pictures that inspire the yarn as well.

Right now I’m working on a pair of basic socks in their bobtail squid colorway.

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These are my socks:

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Please note that if you order from these dyers (or any indie dyer) they are experiencing the same pandemic related stress and constraints as the rest of us, and the USPS is still having issues and delays. So please be patient (even though we all want our yarn right away!).

Have you find any cool indie dyers this year? Please share in the comments!

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