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Sonora is here!

Sonora Shawl

Hi, Knitters,

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.

Click here to see all of Kirsten's designs on Ravelry!

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! 

Meet Sonora! 

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.)

Peppercorn and Ellie Gray

Snowy Pine and Marmalade

Peppercorn and Snowy Pine

Ellie Grey and Red Flannel

Field and Pepin

Bear and Picket Fence

Grassland and Snowy Pine

Ellie Grey and Priscilla

Ellie Grey and Humble Gold

Wood Violet and Snowy Pine

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 

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Baker's Hat Now Available and a Special Offer!

Hi Knitters,

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.

Baker's Hat

 Baker's Hat

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.

-susan

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Baker's Hat Coming Soon and Shop Updates

Hi Knitters,

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.

Baker's Hat

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!

Baker's Hat

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
  • Peppercorn
  • Red Flannel
  • Bluff
  • Ellie Gray

We are currently out of stock in these colors in Home Fingering Weight:

  • Picket Fence
  • Ellie Gray
  • Peppercorn
  • Bluff

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.

Much love to you all.
xo ~ susan

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