Think Mink!

Today we’d like to tell you a bit about Red Barn Yarn’s Mink yarn. Mink yarn is different than any other fiber you may have tried. As a gentle introduction we have a few one-skein project suggestions to inspire you!

A mink ranges in size from 12-18 inches in body length, with a tail that is 6-10 inches long and they weigh between 1-3 pounds.  They are smaller than an otter and look similar to a ferret. Mink hairs are short, but soft and warm. Their fur is brushed and then gathered to be spun into yarn, much like angora from rabbits.

Red Barn Yarn’s Mink is a light fingering weight yarn with a generous 325 yards per 50 grams. That’s plenty of yardage for multiple projects.  We are looking forward to working with more local yarn shops to host Minkstravaganza, an exclusive and exciting trunk show centered on our 100% Mink yarn. Shown above is a peek at the Flamenco Shawl, designed by Therese Chynoweth,  is a great one-skein pattern that is offered free with purchase. This small lace pattern is great for new lace knitters.

We recently spotted these new patterns on Ravelry, all of which call for Red Barn Yarn Mink.  Sharon Mooney has three patterns for purchase, the Mink & Pearls ornament, Gather Ye Rosebuds cowl, and the Luxury Beaded Pocket Square. The Dew On the Vine cowl is a Cassie Ogel design, also available for digital download via Ravelry.

As we mentioned, the yardage is generous in each skein. Ravelry user jewels9’s Tourmaline Mink Shawl used one skein of mink yarn with Lorna Miser’s Lace Rims Shawl pattern to create a gorgeous project! We encourage you to share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even tag us in a Tweet!

Color Abundance

color-card-fan--021Did you know when Red Barn Yarn began, only 24 colors were offered? Now, we have over 60 different colorways, not including the one-of-a-kind “Uniquities” that are available at events and workshops. The colors are inspired by nature and the world around us. Some names will make you chuckle, others may help you dream; they will definitely encourage you to create.

rainbow-cardi--back-view-2The Rainbow Cardi #209  by Helen Hamann is comprised of squares in 20 different colors, knitted in intarsia in a full circle of hues. The sample shown here was knit in Red Barn Yarn Raw Silk & Wool.

Gems-and-Jewels-January-201Variegated yarns, and many of our Uniquities, are so pleasing because they combine a number of different colors within one skein. There are many simple stitch patterns that result in high impact garments and accessories because they allow the colors of the yarn to really take center stage, for example the chevron pattern combined with our variegated yarn shown above. Below is one of the Uniquities knit in a simple eyelet lace scarf.

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Chevron scarf  raw silk and wool  v1 DSCF0142Combining a tonal solid with a variegated colorway is another way in which to make the most of our fabulous colorways. Chevrons Galore by Sarah Bradbury is the pattern shown here and is knit in Raw Silk & Wool (Coral Bells) combined with Uniquities. This is a great pattern as you just knit until the yarn runs out!

WWcolorbasketHow do you “Paint with Passion” with our yarns? Do you like to mix and match colors or do you prefer more tonal and solid colored projects? We encourage you to share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even tag us in a Tweet!