I could not say it any better! Thanks, Tracie, for sharing. I may have to join you.
We are having a fun Mercantile Bundle discount starting today, May 16th and going through Friday, May 19th, 2017. Use the code BUNDLE to get 20% off your Mercantile purchase of $18 or more. You can do any combination of scissors, Knitting Life Notecards and stitch marker tins. The magazines are not included in the discount.
Enjoy and take advantage!
The next thing is that I want to share a couple of upcoming teaching dates. On June 17th, 2017, I will be teaching right here in Madison at the KnitCircus 5th anniversary event. The event is only one day and I am teaching two classes. One is a Smooth Operator Sock class and the other is a Little Hedgehog class. I taught last year for KnitCircus and we had such a great time.
The next event is the Zombie Knitpocalypse in Rochester, Minnesota. For this event I am speaking on Friday night and on Saturday Barrett Wool Co. is going to be vending! This will be our first vending event and we are so excited about it. The dates are June 23-24, 2017.
I am working away on my Sonora shawl and I have a lot to say about it. I think I will save that for a separate post. I will say, very briefly, that it is one of the best patterns I have ever had the pleasure to knit, and that's saying a lot.
I hope you are all doing well and I'll be back with more very soon!
xo ~ susan
Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge for Making Magazine
I'm so excited to share an upcoming pattern release with you today and our first PRE-ORDER for.... anything! Or to be more specific for our upcoming Little Giraffe Kit! The kit and magazine are due in our shop on May 19th, 2017! So right after that is when you would receive your magazine and/or kit! You can pre-order the magazine by itself, too.
The Little Giraffe kit will include:
~ The yarn (there are two color choices!) for one Little Giraffe and one scarf (three color choices here!) both in our Home Worsted Weight yarn.
~ The magazine (optional), the safety eyes, a tin of stitch markers, and a hand-stamped cotton project bag. I will happily sign my pattern in the magazine on request, too!
~ The magazine (optional). I will happily sign my pattern in the magazine on request!
~ The safety eyes, 10mm with a plastic washer
~ A tin of stitch markers
~ Embroidery floss for the nose
~ A hand-stamped cotton project bag.
Read on to find out a bit more about the pattern information.
Little Giraffe is not only a super-sweet knit toy but it is also a clever new toy construction that I am planning on using a lot in the future. The limbs, horns, and ears are knit first. The body is started at the bottom and then as you work your way up you knit in the appendages as you go! It works out so well, there is absolutely no guesswork for placement and everything is neat and tidy and super-secure. The only seam in the entire toy is to attach the head to the body with a quick whipstitch. It only takes a minute or two to get this done.
by Susan B. Anderson
Published in: Making No. 3 / DOTS
Published May 2017
Suggested yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight
Yarn weight: Worsted
Gauge: 24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inchesin Stockinette stitch
Needle size: US 5 - 3.75 mm for the Giraffe
US 11 - 8.0 mm for the scarves,
Yardage: 200 yards (183 m)
Sizes available: One size.
Tags: Chart, in-the-round, one-piece, stranded, stripes-colorwork, worked-flat, written-pattern
Finished measurements: 10” (25.5 cm) in height when seated and including the horns
Yarn: Home Worsted Weight by Barrett Wool Co. (100% American Wool; 100 grams / 230 yards)
- 1 skein in Picket Fence (MC)
- 1 skein in Bluff (CC)
Also shown in Snowy Pine (MC) and Grassland (CC)
OR Approx 140 yards (128m) in MC
60 yards (55 m) in CC
(Made with worsted weight held doubled): Marmalade (MC) and Ellie Gray (MC), or Field (MC) and Priscilla (CC), or Priscilla (MC) and Grassland (CC)
I think you will just love knitting the Little Giraffe for a little one or not so little one in your life.
Have a great weekend ahead and I'll be back soon with more!
xo ~ susan
We are thrilled to announce the release of Barrett Wool Co.'s newest shawl pattern, Sonora, designed by the one and only Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops. This happily coincides with our Home Yarn Collection being back and fully stocked!
I want to tell you a little backstory to start off. I contacted Kirsten Kapur quite a few months ago. I had recently finished a project for Kirsten's first book called, Drop Dead Easy Knits. You can see all of the projects for this fantastic book right here. I have been a big fan of Kirsten's inspiring work for years, especially her gorgeous shawl designs. When she and her fellow authors, Gale Zucker, and Mary Lou Eagen, invited me to design for their book project I was really honored. All three of the authors were wonderful to work with on the project.
One of Barrett Wool Co.'s goals is to slowly invite other designers into the fold to work with us. I was so excited when I talked to Kirsten about designing a shawl for BWC and she said yes! Her shawls are not only fun to knit, but they are beautifully executed and always thoughtfully designed. She is such a huge talent in the knitting industry.
Kirsten selected two colors of our Home Fingering Weight, Bluff and Morning Sky, with the thought that these would be perfect "any season" colors, but would be especially good for spring. I agree! I waited with great anticipation to see what Kirsten would come up with for her BWC shawl design.
I wasn't disappointed, to say the least!
The Grand Canyon was the perfect backdrop for photographing Sonora, both are exciting, calming, and extraordinary in beauty. With bold slip-stitch bands of diamonds running across the long, drapey asymmetrical triangle-shaped shawl and paired with simple garter stitch blocks, the Sonora shawl is nothing short of stunning. I love everything about this cozy, oversized shawl, the drape, the textures, the simple lace border, the two-color contrast, the practicality of it... everything! Kirsten smoothly excels at walking that fine line of just the right amount complexity, which keeps interest high as you work, combined with a bold dose of simplicity, which is what every knitter seeks. She succeeds on all levels with Sonora.
See those bands of diamonds? Those look complicated, but you are only using one color at a time. The slip stitches give it the appearance of a more complicated colorwork stitch pattern. I love that kind of trickery.
Sadly, I have to return Kirsten's shawl sample that you see here but I literally am compelled to knit a Sonora for myself this summer. It is a must-have wardrobe item for me and hopefully for you, too. You will love knitting and wearing Sonora. I promise.
To help you make color selections for your Sonora in our Home Fingering Weight, I have paired up some lovely combinations (eleven to be exact) from which to choose. You need three skeins for Sonora, two skeins of one color, and one skein of a contrasting color. Any of the pairings below could be reversed, as well.
Bluff and Morning Sky (Kirsten's choices for the sample.)
I hope this helps a little when making your choice. Let us know if you need any further assistance with anything. The pattern for Sonora is available for purchase here on our website or on Ravelry if you prefer to purchase over there.
Click here to see more or to purchase the pattern for Sonora on Ravelry!
Click here to see more or to purchase the pattern for Sonora on Barrett Wool Co.!
We are having a special offer for FREE SHIPPING on all U.S. purchases of three or more skeins of any of our yarns starting today, April 28th, 2017 and running through the end of the day (CST) on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Take advantage, especially for your Sonora Shawls.
Let me know if you are interested in a Knitalong for Sonora. I am considering starting one while I knit my own Sonora. I'd love to have some company.
xo ~ susan
As promised, here is a recipe for adding short rows to your sweater!
Adding Short Rows to the Lower Back of a Sweater
A General Recipe for You
You know how a sweater can ride up in the back sometimes and it needs a constant tug to keep it down? By adding a few short rows into the backside of the sweater and just above the bottom edging you can remedy this issue. Adding short rows can be done on a top-down or bottom-up sweater. And this same technique can be used at the back of the neck, as well.
I am not using any specific numbers but instead just giving a general recipe that could be used on any sweater pattern. This is exactly how I added the short rows to the lower back of my Branches & Buds sweater (shown in the photos), designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Branches & Buds is worked from the top-down.
I added the short rows just before the bottom ribbing started. You can see in the photo how the sweater swoops down slightly on the lower back. I worked down to the start of the rib and began the short rows. If you add short rows to a bottom-up sweater you would begin the short rows right after the bottom ribbing is finished.
I added 6 short rows into my sweater which turns out to be about an inch of added length. You can add fewer or more rows depending on how much length you want to add to the backside.
Steps for Lower Back Short Rows:
- Place stitch markers at each side to mark the front and the back of the sweater.
- Begin the first short row by working across the back of the sweater to the stitch marker. Knit 10 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or do any short row method of your choice).
- Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Purl 10 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
- Knit across the back to the stitch marker. Knit 5 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
- Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Purl 5 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
- Knit across the back to the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
- Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
Work one more round in knit and tidy up all wraps as you come to them.
Then begin the lower edging for the sweater. In the Branches & Buds I continued on with the ribbing.
If you need help with how to do the actual wrap & turn, or how to tidy up the wraps, or if you want to check out some different short row techniques here are some good links for you:
Carol Feller’s Free Craftsy Class on Short Rows:
Eunny Jang showing 4 Ways to Wrap Short Rows:
Carol Sunday’s Sunday Short Rows (I like this technique a lot!)
German Short Rows
I hope this helps! I really like the finished look of the sweater with the added length on the lower back.
Just a quick announcement that our Wisconsin Woolen Spun fingering weight is back in stock in the 7 natural colors. We are now offering big, huge, bouncy 100 gram hanks. This yarn is so squishy and springy, you will just love it.
Now is a great time to place an order as we are offering free shipping on all orders of 3 or more skeins! The free shipping deal ends tomorrow, February 5th, so act fast if you would like to take advantage of this offer. Click here if you are interested in taking a look at the new Fingering Weight!
Susan B. Anderson
Size: About 2 ¼-inches wide and 2-inches in height after felting
Yarn: 10 grams of worsted weight wool.
Needles: US size 7 or 4.5mm, set of 3 double-pointed needles or long circular for Magic Loop.
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch before felting
Scrap yarn to hold stitches
Wool wash soap
Basin or sink
String or baker’s twine to make a garland (optional)
K2tog Knit two stitches together.
SSK Slip two stitches separately as if to purl. Knit the two slipped stitches together through the back loops.
Dpn(s) Double-pointed needle(s)
M1 Make one stitch by inserting the point of the left needle from front to back, under the strand running in between the stitches. Lift the strand onto the left and knit it through the back loop.
Starting at the bottom of the heart, use 2 double-pointed needles to work in the round (use a third dpn to knit onto) or one long circular needle for magic loop.
Cast on 6 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method, placing 3 stitches on each of two needles. Join to work in the round. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1, knit to last stitch, m1, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have 15 stitches on each of the two needles. End after a Round 2. 30 sts total.
Divide for the Top of the Heart
Next Rnd: K7, place the next 16 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn, k7. 7 sts per needle, 14 sts total. 16 sts being held on scrap yarn.
Rnd 1: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total.
Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
Place the end from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Take some stitches to close the hole at the bottom of the heart. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
Stuff the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff.
Place the stitches being held back on the needles. 8 sts per needle. 16 sts total.
Reattach the yarn to start working at the center of the heart.
Hold the needles parallel. Bring the yarn under the back needle and to the back. Knit the first stitch on the front needle together with the first stitch on the back needle. You will now have one stitch on the right needle. Place this stitch back on the front left needle. Begin working in the round.
Rnd 1: K2tog, knit to the end of the round.
Rnd 2: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total.
Cut the yarn leaving a 12-inch end and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Leave the end out.
Finish stuffing the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff. There will be some gaps in the center where you divided the stitches. Pull the end through and use this end to stitch up and close the gaps. It doesn’t need to be perfect because the heart will be felted. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
Fill a basin with hot water (not too hot, of course, but as hot as you can stand) and add some wool soap. I used the brand Soak for the soap. Submerge the heart in the water and get it soaked. Rub the heart vigorously in the palms your hands and turn it in all directions. Don’t worry if it gets misshapen, just stop every once in awhile and reshape it to see what it looks like. Keep dipping the heart in the soapy water and keep rubbing it in your hands until it gets felted. My hearts still have the stitches slightly visible after felting. When the heart gets felted to your preference squeeze out the excess water and reshape it into the final heart-shape. Lay the heart flat to dry.
Put a cut length (the length will vary with the number of hearts) of string or baker’s twine on a yarn needle and pull the end through the series of hearts either vertically or horizontally. Make a loop or loops for hanging at the ends of the string.
I hope you enjoy the Little Hearts pattern! Spread the love and we are wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day.
Susan B. Anderson
©Barrett Wool Co. 2017
I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far. We have some exciting news to share with you as we welcome 2017. First and foremost, we have a new hat pattern available now in our shop as well as Ravelry. It is called Baker's Hat and it was designed with my son in mind who needed a new hat to wear indoors while he is working. It is a fun one skein hat that is knit in our Home Fingering Weight. The hat my son is wearing is in our Bluff colorway.
To celebrate both the New Year and the release of Baker's Hat, we are excited to offer $2.00 off all orders that contain at least one skein of Home Fingering Weight and a copy of the Baker's Hat pattern! During checkout use the promo code THEBAKER to receive this discount. The offer is good today January 2nd through Friday, January 6th. Thank you to everyone who participates.
I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season. We have a couple of updates and announcements to share with you.
First, we have a new hat pattern coming very soon to our shop. It is called Baker's Hat and it is inspired by my son who needed a new lightweight hat to wear indoors while he worked.
It is a fun one skein hat that is knit in our Home Fingering Weight. The sample is knit in the Bluff colorway, I have also knit another in the Pepin colorway which I will share soon. Look for this pattern soon in the Barrett Wool Co. pattern shop!
Now for the shop update. I am also excited to announce that we have placed a new order with our mill and are planning on having all of our colors back in stock in the near future. We have been receiving many questions on the availability of certain colors, so I thought it would be helpful to give a quick summary here:
We are currently out of stock in these colors in Home Worsted Weight:
- Picket Fence
- Red Flannel
- Ellie Gray
We are currently out of stock in these colors in Home Fingering Weight:
- Picket Fence
- Ellie Gray
We still have many beautiful colors left to choose from in both of our weights. However, if you are waiting for one of the colors listed, our new yarn order is in motion and should be ready soon!
I want to thank everyone for the all the support we have received in our first month of business. All of the kind words and encouragement mean a great deal to us and definitely make all of the hard work worth it! We have many fun ideas planned for the new year, so we hope you stick with us to see what we have in store.
As we were packing up the Sheep! Kit orders we discovered one extra kit. We have decided to give it away to one lucky winner! The kit includes the Sheep! pattern (digital copy with a code for the Ravelry download), enough yarn to knit all three versions of the sheep (colors are Ellie Gray, Red Flannel, Priscilla and Bear), black embroidery floss, and a Barrett Wool Co. tin with 20 colorful pear-shaped stitch markers inside. The kit is worth $40.00.
To be eligible to win the kit here is what you need to do:
1. If you haven't already, please follow us on Instagram
2. Please sign up for our newsletter. At the bottom of the page on our website there is a box to enter your email to sign up!
3. Leave a comment on the giveaway Instagram post. It is a must to include your Ravelry username so we can contact you if you win.
We want to thank you so much for the successful start of Barrett Wool Co. We are very grateful.
Good luck if you enter to win! We will be back on Monday to randomly select one winner. If you win we'll be in touch via Ravelry to gather your mailing address.
One last note, don't forget we have added digital Gift Cards as an option for Barrett Wool Co. if you are still looking for that perfect knitterly gift.
Today is the last day to take advantage of our free U.S. shipping offer. All of the three color combinations below are available in our Home Worsted Weight and will be enough to make three adult-medium sized Hiking Hats. Feel free to be creative and make your own combinations as well!
Our free U.S. shipping offer pertains to orders of three of more skeins. This can be in either Home Worsted Weight or Home Fingering Weight. For example, you could make a three-skein Snowy Pine Shawl or an adorable Baa knit lamb in our Home Fingering Weight. I hope you take advantage of this fun offer!
Have a great weekend and we will see you right here next week!