Happy Wednesday everyone! How are you all doing today? I'm sitting happily typing up posts and pinging back and forth emails with so many awesome giveaways and features right now. I love it when a winner sends a lovely message about the moment they realised they'd won- it leaves me smiling all day. It keeps me motivated to keep finding more and more people to share with and for you to enjoy.
Well, I have another feature and another giveaway for you. Remember the Love Our Indies post from Lisa of Indie Untangled? I thought it all sounded really interesting so I invited Lisa to share some more insight into her knitting world and she threw in a giveaway for good measure. Don't you just love it when people share?
Over to Lisa...
I grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, which is also where I went to college before moving to the city and starting my journalism career. I’ve always loved reading and writing, as well as crafting (the box of childhood mementos at my parents’ house is filled with projects from the Girl Scout troop that my mom helped lead). For more than ten years, I commuted from the city — the two hours on the train each day gave me a LOT of knitting time — and covered local communities in coastal Connecticut for a few daily newspapers there. About a year ago, there were staff cuts, and so I started working as a freelance writer. During that time, I was hearing from some of my knitting friends, who are also dyers and crafters, about how it was getting harder and harder to stand out on Etsy. That gave me the idea for Indie Untangled, and I set about launching it late last year.
When I’m not knitting or writing about yarn, real estate or health care, I like going to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, finding cool new restaurants and trying craft beers. I love to travel when I can, and I spent the fall semester of my senior year in London through a program called Friends World, now LIU Global, which has small centers in several countries.
What IS Indie Untangled?
Indie Untangled provides one place to go to discover new fiber artists and find out when your favorite dyers are updating their shops. The Marketplace acts like a blog, and artisans post there when they’re coming out with something new, like a special series of colorways or a collaboration with a designer, and if they’re having a sale or opening yarn club sign-ups. Every Friday, I send out an e-newsletter and blog about all the things that you should stash that week. I also run Q&As with the artisans.
I love Ravelry, and the dyer groups are a wonderful resource, but I think it gets a little overwhelming to keep up with what’s new on there. Indie Untangled will tell you about all these new products so you can spend more time participating in KALs and other fun discussions, and working on projects.
You're a native New Yorker, who are your local artisans that you love to support?
There are SO many, but if I had to narrow it down to a few… First would be Wabi Sabi Brooklyn. She’s the artisan who created decoupage jewellery out of coins and paper that I mentioned in my blog post. MaryAnne Loverme no longer lives in New York, but she moved to L.A. and I learned that she recently opened a gift shop there that, appropriately, sells locally-made artisan goods!
I also have a couple pairs of earrings from Amy Lapierre of Birdhouse Jewelry, who I discovered at the Brooklyn Flea, one of the city’s best handmade and vintage marketplaces. The Flea also has some great food vendors, and I occasionally treat myself to fennel olive oil cookies or cardamom marshmallows from Whimsy & Spice. I’ve also become addicted to all the jams from The Jam Stand. I’ve also purchased many cards from Seltzer Goods. Their products used to be sold at a small mom and pop card store across from my apartment that’s sadly closed, but they’re available at other non-chain book and stationary stores around the city.
As for New York fiber artists, the skein I bought from dyer Lisa Roman of Roman Hills, with a colorway inspired by the character Bates on Downton Abbey, and which I got at the BUST Holiday Craftacular, is one of those treasured skeins in my stash. I’m probably going to make Beth Kling’s Momijigari with it.
What's your favourite non yarn knitting/ craft treat? It can be a notion, tool or other...
Definitely my drawstring project bags and notions pouch from Vicki of That Clever Clementine (and I’m not just saying that because she made the yarn ball pouch for the giveaway!). I have a small bag made out of fabric with a map of New Orleans that was part of a limited-edition shawl kit she collaborated on with Margaret of French Market Fibers and that I was lucky enough to score. I also have another bag with fabric that has Nancy Drew from the old books. And my Snapdragon notions pouch is probably the most awesome of all: the fabric has devils knitting and the phrase “Idle Hands.”
You can read more about the exclusive bags that Lisa has developed with Clever Clementine here. Fancy winning this bag? Well you can! Please leave a comment below telling me one Indie you just love from Lisa's cohort, along with your Ravelry ID by midday Monday 23rd June 2014 and I will select a winner by random number generator. Good luck!
ppppsssstttt I'm also guest blogging over at Indie Untangled today about why I love Indies and my job so much. Thanks for the invite to be part of it all Lisa!