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Into the Weekend :: Introducing Vidar!

Vidar
Hi, Knitters,
I hope you all had a good week. We are ending with a bang around here.
We are thrilled to announce our newest pattern release, Vidar, by the one and only Tanis Gray! I have known Tanis for about 10 years now, first meeting her in New York City where she was an editor for Vogue Knitting and other Soho Publishing magazines. Since then we have always stayed in touch and I consider her a dear knitting friend. She is the author of many beautiful knitting books, and she has designed so many fantastic projects spanning over many genres, and she is also a Craftsy instructor. 
Here are some places to find Tanis Gray on the interwebs:
Tanis is an expert on colorwork and I love her color choices and pattern creation. When I asked if she would design something for Barrett Wool Co. she asked if I would want some colorwork hats and of course, I said yes!
Today is the first of several Tanis Gray designs for Barrett Wool Co. and I absolutely love it. Vidar (pronounced Vee-dar) and it comes from Norse mythology. One definition of Vidar that I found in Norse is: Tree Fighter. The name Vidar suits the hat perfectly, it is a strong and graphic design. 
The hat is knit with 2 contrasting skeins of our Home Worsted Weight. The sample is knit in the colors Peppercorn and Field. It's a beautiful combination. There are so many contrasting color combinations of Home Worsted Weight that would work well. 
The hat starts at the brim with a corrugated rib and moves into the stranded colorwork for the body. The entire hat is charted, with a few written instructions, which makes it so simple from start to finish. This is truly my favorite type of hat pattern. The pattern is so clear and easy to read. You'll love it and it will fly off the needles.
Pattern Deal:
We are offering a special deal for the release of Vidar! If you are interested in purchasing the pattern only, starting today and ending Monday, June 19, 2017, the pattern is priced at $3.50. No code is necessary for the special $3.50 price as it is already set. On Monday the price will be set at $5.00.
Free Pattern with Yarn Purchase:
You can get the pattern for free by adding two skeins of Home Worsted Weight and the pattern to your cart. To get the pattern for free enter the coupon code: VIDAR when checking out. 
Enjoy! I hope to see lots of Vidars out there fighting to save trees in the near future! Thanks to Tanis for sharing her talent with Barrett Wool Co.
Into the weekend we go!
love, susan

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Snapshot: June 15, 2017

Hi, Knitters,
I have been working on one of the sweetest projects that I have designed in a long while. I am so crazy about it that I am having a hard time putting it down. I am almost done with the last piece.
This morning I stitched on three of the tiniest handmade buttons from Remembrance Pottery, and it was the perfect touch. The yarn is our Home Worsted Weight in the Snowy Pine colorway. The color of Snowy Pine is a little hard to capture in photos sometimes, but it is the lightest kiss of mint green you'll ever see. I love it.
See you here tomorrow for a new pattern release and more...
love, susan

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Wednesday Share-Day!

Hi, Knitters,

Today I have to share an absolutely beautiful photo of Amy Beth or you may know her as The Fat Squirrel, and her gorgeous shawl. I have followed Amy Beth for quite a few years now, and I've met her in person, and she is so likable and fun. She sews, she bakes, she knits, she spins, she podcasts, she loves apples and nature, and she is super-duper smart. You can't go wrong with that!

Anyway, when she knit the Interlude Shawl in our Home Worsted Weight in the colors Peppercorn, Bluff and Field, and then she posted this knockout photo on Instagram, I couldn't resist sharing it with you. I fell in love with this photo. 

Click here for the pattern information for the Interlude Shawl! What a great design and a perfect match for 3 skeins of Home Worsted Weight.

Click here for Amy Beth's Instagram @thefatsqurrl! She's a good one to follow.

Click here for The Fat Squirrel project bag shop! These are some of my favorite project bags. In fact, I carry several of Amy Beth's project bags with me when I teach. They are well made, sturdy and lovely. 

Click here for The Fat Squirrel Speaks podcast! I subscribe and love this one.

Click here for our Home Worsted Weight yarn! Peppercorn, Bluff and Field make a fantastic combination.

Okay, that's it for today! I'll be back tomorrow with more. If you post a photo on Instagram or Ravelry that includes any of our yarns or products, please tag me or send me a message so I can be sure to see it. I love to see what you are all working on.

love, susan

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The Week Ahead / Plotting & Planning

Hi, Knitters,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We certainly did around here. My youngest graduated from high school and it was quite an event. There are lots of changes on the horizon around here. I am trying to embrace it all.
As far as the knitting goes, I have so many new designs lined up. I am working away on those. In the photo above I am using our squishy Home Worsted Weight in the Snowy Pine and Wood Violet colorways to get going on a little something sweet. Have you ever done checkered garter stitch using two colors? It's pretty fun.
The side cake of yarn in the photo is the Grassland colorway in Home Fingering Weight. I'm going to be whipping up a fun little toy over the next couple of days with that! It's exciting to start new projects as we all know.
In the shop later this week we have a beautiful new hat pattern being released that uses two skeins of Home Worsted Weight in contrasting colors. I can't wait to share it with you. I'm in love and I think you're going to like it, too.
In the meantime, there are a few Butterfly & Cocoon Kits left, but not many. Thanks for the wonderful response. It has been pretty incredible and it made last weekend even more special. Be sure to sign up right on the product page to get an email notice if something is out of stock. Then as soon as it is restocked you get an automatic email to let you know. Works like a charm.
I'll be back on Wednesday with a new Journal entry. This Journal is starting to feel like home and that's a good thing.
I'll be back soon with more...
love, susan

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The Long Weekend

Hi, Knitters,
Well, it's been quite a week around here and I'm so ready to head into the weekend. We have another busy one ahead with our youngest graduating from high school. It's the end of an era for us which is a little bittersweet. But the future looks full and bright so that takes out some of the bitter and leaves a lot more of the sweet. What does your long weekend hold for you? I'd love to hear.
Well, onto some business now. We are so excited to introduce our newest kit for one of my favorite patterns, Butterfly & Cocoon, which was originally published in Making Magazine No. 2 / Fauna. It is a pretty adorable kit and such a fun way to try out our squishy Home Fingering Weight in a bunch of beautiful colorways.
Home Fingering Weight, 8 mini-skeins (each about 25 grams) which is enough yarn to make at least three butterflies and three cocoons, colors are Priscilla, Wook Violet, Bluff, Picket Fence, Grassland, Field, Marmalade, and Ellie Grey.
A muslin hand-stamped project bag.
A stitch marker tin filled with 20 lightbulb detachable stitch markers. 
Six 6mm safety eyes with washers.
Black Pearl cotton for the mouth embroidery.
Pattern options ~ You can purchase the kit without the pattern (if you already have it), or with a Ravelry download code for the pattern, or with the Making Magazine No. 2 / Flora
The butterfly and cocoon are completely seamless and both are worked from the bottom-up. They are such a fun knit. The original samples were knit in a sport weight yarn so when I knit the new samples with Home Fingering Weight I went down a needle size for both the cocoon and butterfly and it worked out great!
Here are a couple more photos of the lovely little handknit butterflies. 
I especially love the butterflies all nestled into their cocoons. They are super sweet. I hope you enjoy the kit if you purchase one. If you purchase the magazine I have to say it is really top-notch. It is a high-quality treat that you will enjoy, I promise. 
One more thing happened just as I was writing this blog post! 
Vogue Knitting Early Fall
Photo from Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2017
I was sent an email announcing that the patterns are up for Vogue Knitting Magazine's Early Fall issue! I am thrilled to be included. I'm going to talk more about all of this later but I just have to let you know that I have a fantastic hat in issue. I knit the Strata Hat in one skein of our Home Fingering Weight in the color Wishing Well and I am so proud of how it turned out. The stitch definition is so crisp and beautiful. Anyway more on this one soon!
Anyway, much more on this one soon!
Okay, Knitters, off into the long weekend we go! 
I'll be back soon with more.
love, susan

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Snapshot

Hi, Knitters,
Today's quick snapshot is of my work table filled with butterflies and cocoons. I am knitting up new samples for a kit that's being released tomorrow! I'm having so much fun with the Home Fingering Weight yarn. It is lovely.
Until tomorrow...
love, susan

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Wednesday Share-Day!

Hi, Knitters,
Do you remember the Mason-Dixon Knitting March Mayhem? One of the sweaters in the bracket was the Little Gigi by Devin Ventre. It is just an adorable little cardigan and I can see why it was nominated. 
Well, now Devin is designing an adult version using our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted and it is turning out just beautifully. The pattern isn't available yet but I am waiting on pins and needles to see it. I will post again about this one when Devin publishes The Gigi Cardigan pattern so we can all get it! Thanks for sharing, Devin. 
Pattern: The Gigi Cardigan by Devin Ventre... coming soon!
Lori Wagner's (@sunny_shine_bird on Instagram) Astoria shawl took my breath away! She used our Home Fingering Weight in Field and Ellie Gray for a beautiful combination.
Field is such a sophisticated colorway and it looks great paired up with the creamy sweet Ellie Gray. I love this so much I may have to knit one for myself. Thanks for sharing, Lori!
Pattern link: Astoria by Lori Wagner (check out her other photos of the shawl ~ gorgeous!)
Yarn: Home Fingering Weight, 2 skeins of a main color, 1 skein of a contrast color. 
I'll be back tomorrow with my Snapshot feature of the week!
love, susan

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The Week Ahead

Hi, Knitters,
I am happy to be finishing up a couple of projects today. I am at the crown of my second Wildflowers Cap by Mary Jane Mucklestone. This hat is a gift and I can't wait to finish it and pass it on. She is going to love it! 
There are still Wildflowers Cap Kits available in the kit section of the shop. I highly recommend this pattern with this yarn. The yarn makes the hat super squishy even before blocking. And with the Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted, the wool really relaxes and blooms with a good soak.
The Wildflowers Cap pattern originally appeared in the first issue of Making Magazine. And we happen to have all three issues of Making Magazine currently in the shop! This magazine is a beautiful collector's item and I hold my copies very dear. 
In other exciting news, I have finished knitting the Sonora Shawl! I absolutely love this shawl and I am actually a little sad that it's over. I will be blocking it tomorrow and I'll share some photos and tips along the way. I knit mine in Pepin for the main color and Ellie Gray for the contrasting color. 
Click here for the Sonora Shawl pattern on Ravelry! (Remember you can always purchase any of our patterns on Ravelry or right here on BWC!)
Click here for Home Fingering Weight! You need 2 skeins in a main color and 1 skein in a contrast color to make the Sonora Shawl.
Now that I am getting these two projects off the needles I am ready to move on to some new designs that I have bouncing around. I can't wait to get started. We have a couple of new hats coming around the bend here really soon, too. Lots in store!
One more thing, I am teaching at Knit Circus right here in Madison on June 17th! I think there are still a few spots open in my classes. If you are in the area, please pop over and join the fun! I'd love to see you in class. Click here for more information!
Take care, Knitters. I'll be back on Wednesday with more. 
love, susan

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The Long Weekend

Hi, Knitters,
Even when the weekend isn't officially long I like to make it long by including Friday in the making. What are you up to this weekend? I will be finishing my Sonora shawl and then I'll get to blocking it next week. I will share the process with you.
I will be spending some time with a new "uncorrected proof" preview copy of an unpublished book by none other than Clara Parkes. Clara is one of my favorite wool experts and knitters in the industry and I have a bit of a vested interest, let's say, in her upcoming book called, A Stash of One's Own. I'm pretty excited about it. I can't say much more about it at this point but I can say that the book is really good and it includes some incredibly interesting contributors. 
The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon and it will be published this coming fall. Click here to find out more about Clara's new book! (To clarify, this isn't an affiliate link.)
Have a great looong weekend ahead. Sending much love to you.
xo ~ susan

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Snapshot

Hi, Knitters,
I have reached the garter lace border on my Sonora Shawl! I am four rows into the border right now and the excitement is running high at the thought of finishing. It's going to be a really good sized shawl and I can't wait to wear it.
I knit my shawl in Pepin (2 skeins) and Ellie Grey (1 skein) in the Home Fingering Weight. If you want to see more color combination suggestions click right here!
Okay friends, today is a quick snapshot post so I'll keep it short.
I'll be back soon with more...
xo ~ susan

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Wednesday Share-Day!

photo and shawl by @salmonberryknits

Hi, Knitters,
Wednesdays are now the day that I search through #barrettwoolco on Instagram and find fun photos and projects being worked on in our Barrett Wool Co. wools. It's always fun to see what people are knitting!

I absolutely love the Nordic Wind Shawl knit in four shades of Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted knit and photograph provided by @salmonberryknits on Instagram. Sarah has a fantastic Instagram feed that features a lot of her beautiful knits. Sarah used the colors Birch, Rainshower, Stone and Hawthorn. 

photo and shawl by @salmonberryknits

Here is what Sarah had to say about her gorgeous shawl and the WWS yarn:

"Your Woolen Spun is a pleasure to work with. Such beautiful yarn!"

Thanks, Sarah! I love that you included your throat lozenges in the photo above. It shows how you carried right on even being under the weather. Good work and thanks so much for sharing your fantastic knitting and photos. 

photo by @pacashayounger

Pacasha Younger shared this photo on her Instagram and I love what she had to say:

"Have you seen the Three French Hens Kit by Barrett Wool Co.? The yarn was so scrumptious I had to ball it by hand. It feels how yarn SHOULD feel. Lofty, crisp, not too soft and of actual sheep. Not a single itch. With a sturdiness that promises no pills and a squish that says hold me close. A perfect knit for a chicken mama. And a perfect gift for the little ones in my life. I have to finish two by Sunday night. And I have a trip to Albuquerque to fit in on Saturday. Think I can do it? 

AND, pardon my fangirl moment, Susan B. Anderson signed my receipt! She's the best!"

First, click here to see Pacasha's beautiful finished chickens!  I love them.

Second, pardon MY fangirl moment, Pacasha, when I saw your finished hens and your kind words for BWC. You are very sweet and I am so glad you enjoyed your kit. Thank you for sharing.

And just so you know there are currently a few of the Three French Hens Kits available in the shop right now. Click here to find out more information or to purchase!

One last thing, if you are working on your Sonora Shawl in any of our Barrett Wool Co. yarn please post with #sonorakal so I can see your photos on Instagram! I am selecting weekly winners for a few more weeks and the next winner will be chosen tomorrow.

I'll be back soon with more...

xo ~ susan

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Wednesday Share-day

storhedder
Photo from @mjmucklestone
Hi, Knitters,
I am starting a Wednesday Share-Day on the blog (and I know it's Thursday). I am going to sift through Ravelry and Instagram to find fantastic postings and projects of anything and everything Barrett Wool Co.!
To start, the talented Mary Jane Mucklestone posted her Storhedder Hats in our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted in Hawthorne, Blushing and Rainshower. 
Click here for Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted yarns! Lots of colors are in currently in stock!
Wisconsin Woolen Spun
Photo from @just_tracie
Here is what my buddy, Tracie, from the Grocery Girls Podcast and Off Our Needles Podcast, had to say about her plans for our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted in the Wild Plum colorway: "My @barrettwoolco Wisconsin Woolen Spun in Wild Plum for my Knit City Sweater! I'll be casting on the Timber cardigan by @soveryshannon!"

I could not say it any better! Thanks, Tracie, for sharing. I may have to join you.

Sonora
Photo from @wingy57
And our prize winner for the #sonorakal this week is @wingy57! I have messaged her through Instagram to gather her mailing address to send out a prize. LeoneMarie is making her Sonora in Home Fingering Weight in Red Flannel and Ellie Gray and it is lovely. 
Okay, Knitters, I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

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