Last week was a busy one over here at Barrett Wool Co. headquarters as I'm sure it was for you all as well. It's that time of year. Last week mailed off our first kits and released another new pattern. The Wrap-Me-Up Toys pattern and kits are off to great start. If you missed the kits (they sold out so fast!) we will be bringing them back again in the new year and we'll announce it when they are available again.
The Wrap-Me-Up series of toys were inspired by my own children when they were little. All of them loved putting their toys to bed and it always included wrapping them up in blankets. I first designed a version of this toy with a designated blanket in my book, Itty-Bitty Toys. The Wrap-Me-Up Puppy was a big hit from the book. Since then I have always thought about redesigning the toy so it was seamlessly knit in a worsted weight yarn. And on top of that I wanted to add in some new friends to go along with the puppy.
Here we are today with the new pattern. I hope you'll check it out and if you knit any of the wrapped up toys please let me know how it goes. Also, if you post about your Wrap-Me-Up Toys anywhere like Ravelry, Instagram or Facebook be sure to tag @barrettwoolco so we can see them, too!
Click here for more information on the Wrap-Me-Up Toys or to purchase the pattern! (All of our patterns are available for purchase on our website here or on Ravelry. If you check out any of our patterns on our website there is always a link to the Ravelry pattern page for you.)
If you already purchased the pattern, thank you for the support.
The back ends are as cute as the front!
The great thing about making all four of the animals is that the body, legs and face is the same for all of them. Once you make one you're good to go!
The other new thing in the shop began with the sketch above. I met a wonderful young knitter and graphic artist in one of the classes I was teaching at the Fibre Space last spring. Her name is Aleks Byrd. She gave me a gift where I saw her wonderful illustrations. When I got home I contacted Aleks to see if she could create an illustration for me. We went back and forth quite a few times until we landed on the final design. There is a more graphic version but I fell in love with the final sketch version. I think it looks a little messier and imperfect and that's exactly what the knitting life is at times.
Our first product using the sketch is.....
Knitting Life Notecards! And we put them in our brand new Mercantile. This is the spot where we will be adding lots of fun products for knitters.
Here is some information about the cards:
The blank cards are printed on sturdy matte 15 pt. velvet cover paper.
Each set contains five 6 by 4.25-inch cards along with five matching envelopes. The sets are tied together with baker's twine.
Lastly, we are in the final stages of getting the Hiking Hat pattern up and available. This is a versatile and fun hat to knit and wear. I have the perfect instructional video to go along with the hat showing how to make the color block pom-pom on top!
I'll be back soon with more.