Embrace Color

What colors catch your eye? If you are drawn to subtle semi-solids, bright, intense colorways or fun variegated colors there is a Red Barn Yarn colorway for you. In today’s blog, we’d like to share a few thoughts for working with those colorway variations while making the yarn work for you and your project.

ScarvesVariegated yarns are so tempting with all the colors they contain, but what works best to show off those colors? Your choice of knitting pattern and stitch pattern can make all the difference. Here we have shown a selection of scarf patterns designed by Tanis Gray; each are worked in Red Barn Yarn Worsted. From left to right: Pamplemousse, Fluvonia, Tobermory Bay, and Petipa.

Keep in mind that Red Barn Yarn yarns are uniquely hand crafted and even  skeins of yarn that are dyed in the same dye pot can end up with different saturations of color. To help avoid unwanted pooling or flashing, you may want to alternate skeins while knitting or crocheting. Of course, you do not have to do this. You may find you love the results! Ravelry and Pinterest provide great visual inspiration; we were quite taken with jdeshera’s Lace Cap and CottageYarn’s Totally Biased cowl. How have you embraced color with Red Barn Yarn in your projects? We look forward to hearing about it and seeing your results!

Presenting the 2014 Colors

High quality, hand painted yarn, in luxurious, richly saturated colorways, is the passion and the mission of Red Barn Yarn. We embrace color and understand how it can draw you in, change your mood, and inspire. Each season we look to the color trends forecast by Pantone; the 2014 colors do not disappoint with the interesting mix of softer pastels and vibrant brights!

new colorwaysHere is our group of yarn representing the latest color trend report. From left to right: Hot Orchid, Olympia, Imperial Orange Topaz, Coral Bells, Yellow Yellow, Peaceful Green, Ash, and Tanzanite. Placid is shown at the bottom of this blog post, in the skein. Hot Orchid, Yellow Yellow, and Peaceful Green are new colors for Red Barn Yarn this year.

YarnThingRecently, Catherine was interviewed by Marly Bird on The Yarn Thing podcast. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Hear Catherine talk about the early days of Red Barn Yarn, working with designers and more!

placidStay tuned for our next blog post, as we have plenty of inspiration for colorwork projects! If you just can’t wait, check out our Pinterest boards, or offer your own ideas by leaving a comment on this blog post, on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!

Shawls Galore

Red Barn Yarn recently participated as an exhibitor at The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) Winter trade show in San Diego, California. This is an industry event which allows us to have some face-to-face time with local yarn shop owners and designers. Our booth featured “Shawls Galore” and we’d like to take a moment here on the blog to give you a peek at the designs.

There is something truly special about shawls. Shawls can be created in a seemingly endless combination of stitch patterns, colorways, shapes, and sizes. It is this flexibility that makes them a wonderful learning project! For a touch of warmth around your neck or shoulders, shawls are equally welcome during winter snowstorms, cool summer nights, and air-conditioned offices.

RBY Swallow's Wings front Wisteria shawl (2)

Shown here on is the front of the Swallow’s Wings Shawl (left) and the back of Wisteria (right). These two patterns are free with purchase of our Mink yarn during a Minkstravaganza trunk show (ask your LYS for details!).

Shawls are also wonderful items to work up in heavier weight yarns! Each of these shawls are knit in Red Barn Yarn Worsted. At left is the Two Skein Shawl shown in the Acorn colorway and on the right is Belle Haven by Tanis Gray in the New Green colorway.

Do you have a favorite shawl pattern? We’d love to be inspired by your pattern choice! Let us know in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!

Sparkle Season

Sparkle season is here, be it in glitter that decorates ornaments and cards, sugar crystals on cookies, twinkling lights, or even the sun shining on freshly fallen snow. We love a little bit of sparkle in our yarn too, and we want to share a few projects and patterns that use the sparkle variations of Red Barn Yarn yarns.

Wraps and shawls are wonderful accessories during the cooler seasons. From left to right: Flit & Flutter by Anne Kuo Lukito, Pinwheels & Vines Wrap by Catherine Pettiti, and Hartigan Wharf by Tanis Gray. Each of these use Llama Sparkle; Hartigan Wharf also uses our Worsted and Loopy Mohair. You can purchase these patterns via Ravelry download.

We love seeing our yarns worked up for yourself or as gifts.  Here are a few that caught our eye, and are certain to be eye-catching with the subtle sparkle! From left to right: Mori-neko’s Sparkly Mitts in Sock Sparkle, lvs2run’s Holiday Cowl and SmileyMuffin’s Sparkle Fingerless Gloves, both in Llama Sparkle. The patterns that are used in all three of these projects are available for free.

Most of all, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday full of sparkle and shine! Cheers to a wonderful New Year and many more wonderful projects! Please feel free to share your projects in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page and inspire others.

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!