- Red Barn updatesby Catherine PetittiWe are still enjoying, our move from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, to the peaceful surroundings of Palm Springs, CA, sunny skies, tennis and spending time in my studio. Since we last sent out a newsletter, I wonder how I found time to work at all. My true passion is all things fiber, textile, color, fabric, and not so much social media administration. Towards that end, I am condensing my social media tools to the wonderfully expanded options provided by Facebook. So, you can find us there, and oh yes, it is so much easier to use, and fits my yarn company so much better. The studio is open by appointment, so just reach me through the website and email, or you can actually set up your own appointment right through Facebook. I still offer the service of knitting help if it is needed, as well as shopping for the yarns that are created and finished, waiting for new homes away from the studio. I still have just those 70 or 80 production colors that you can find on the website, and the standard variegated combinations, also on the website, but the fun ones are those “Uniquities”, the one-of-a-kind, paintings on a skein of yarn, inspired by nature, that you can only purchase in the studio. So, feel free to reach out to me by email, if you would like an appointment. These beauties, one of my coordinated bundles, which are usually two or three uniquities and one tonal solid, recently went to their new home in Canada, along with some mink, done in the colorway Acorn. Lucky knitter! Happy knitting, crocheting, quilting or whatever your passion of the moment is, Painted with Passion, Catherine Red Barn Yarn
- News about Red Barn Yarnby Catherine PetittiWe are so happy to announce our move from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, to the peaceful surroundings of Palm Springs, California. Many changes have occurred. I am no longer working a 9-5 job that takes me from my true love and passion, all things fiber, textile, color, fabric, to name a few. We have completed renovating the home we are living in, and I am in a position to devote all the time I want to my beloved yarn company. I have the ability to open my home studio, by appointment, for now, and for open knitting, crocheting, or any form of hand sewing in the near future! I still have just those 70 or 80 production colors that you can find on the website, and the standard variegated combinations, also on the website, but the fun ones are those ” Uniquities” the one-of-a-kind, paintings on a skein of yarn, inspired by nature, that you can only purchase in the studio. So, feel free to reach out to me by email, if you would like an appointment. I was happy to look at the Pantone Colors for 2017 and to learn that what is “new” for 2017 are colors from within my existing palette of production colors, whoo hoo! Apparently the 2017 ” color of the year” is our color Peridot, introduced about 3 years ago. ( I like to plan ahead!) My plans for new colorways, center around team colors. I have long wanted to do something in this vein, and for now, the first one will be to honor one of my favorites, the Ohio State Buckeyes and do a red and gray combo. In RBY-speak that would be Holiday Red and Charcoal. I plan to do my 2 color skeins, so you will knit or crochet starting with one color, ending with the second color. Does that look like those Buckeyes, or what? You can order now, if you like, just by emailing me, email@example.com or stay tuned to find this on the web site. You may also place requests for your favorite team colors. Happy knitting, crocheting, quilting or whatever your passion of the moment is, Painted with Passion, Catherine Red Barn Yarn
- Name the Yarn Winners!by Catherine PetittiRed Barn Yarn® is absolutely thrilled with the response of our friends and fans when we put out the call to help us name our new yarn. We would like to take an extra moment here to say Thank You again to all the podcasters and bloggers that helped us to spread the word about the newly developed yarn in the Red Barn Yarn® line. Please do check out their podcasts and blogs!
- Two Tangled Skeins
- Stockinette Zombies
- Revelations of a Delusional Knitter
- Subway Knits
- Hops and Hanks
- Commuter Knitter
- Grand Prize Winner: Denise, with “Creekside“, wins a 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting magazine, 7 skeins of our new yarn and for the first year of sales the yarn will have a special tag with her name on it!
- Second and Third Place: Annette, with “Zen“, and Ruth, with “Allure“, each win a 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting magazine and 2 skeins of the yarn!
- New Patterns in Red Barn Yarnby Catherine PetittiThe holiday season is starting to pick up speed and Red Barn Yarn® hopes that you will be able to carve out some time to cast on a new project or two. Are you looking for a great gift idea or maybe a special project for yourself? In this blog post we wanted to share with you a bit of project inspiration! The Winter 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting includes 2 patterns that call for Red Barn Yarn®! You don’t have to make a special trip to the shop to pick up your copy (unless you want to, of course!), you can click here to purchase the digital edition! The Angela Jacket, designed by Therese Chynoweth, features an on-trend chevron stitch pattern. Knit in Red Barn Yarn® Bulky, the resulting toasty fabric is perfect for chilly winter days. Easily dressed up or down, this beautiful tailored cardigan will knit up faster and easier than you’d ever imagine. Click here to purchase the Angela Jacket pattern! Layers are perfect for transitioning from fall into winter. The Moroccon Spice Set, designed by Jill Wright and Tina Jackson, is knit in Red Barn Yarn® Powder River. The vest features a cabled back and lacy front, with elongated front pieces for a uniquely fashionable look that complements the simple and chic skirt perfectly. Click here to purchase the Moroccon Spice Set pattern. Which projects are making it onto your hooks and needles? Let us know in our Ravelry group or share your project on our Facebook page!
- Diva Bundles and Small Swatchesby Catherine Petitti
Red Barn Yarn® Diva BundlesDiva Bundles are designed to give you a tidy grouping of Red Barn Yarns for a quick project or gift item. Diva Bundles are also just enough to use to make braids, tassels, fringes or embellishments to other projects. The Diva Clutch and Diva Clutch 2 are each available as free downloads on Ravelry and each project can be made with just one Diva Bundle. To order a Red Barn Yarn® Diva Bundle, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify your color preference of reds, blues, or greens. Each bundle includes 70 yards of Red Barn Yarn plus fancies for $10 plus shipping.
Name the Yarn UpdateWe are past the mid-point in the Red Barn Yarn® Name the Yarn promotion! Hopefully you have received your sample and have been inspired with a name idea. If you’re still swatching and letting the yarn speak to you as you work with it, that is OK. Name submissions will be accepted until November 15,2014. In the Red Barn Yarn® Afficianados, our Ravelry fan group, we have set up a thread in which you can share what you made with your sample! Share your photo for a chance to win a skein of newest Red Barn Yarn®! To further inspire you to work up the Name the Yarn sample, we have created a Pinterest board devoted to projects that can be knit or crochet with minimal yardages! Be sure to keep an eye our Facebook page and Ravelry group for more as-it-happens Name the Yarn information and Red Barn Yarn® news and events!
- Falling for Fallby Catherine PetittiWe have fallen for fall – the colors, scents and even the chill in the air that makes you pick up the needles and hooks after the summer hiatus. Red Barn Yarn® is ready to be the yarn in your next project! Autumn Inspirations immediately comes to mind. This pattern is available for you to purchase on Ravelry and add directly to your library. Memories of growing up in Ohio, and watching the Maple leaves turn each year was the genesis for this design. The shawl uses one Uniquity and coordinating colors: Plum Rosa, Liquid Amber, and Coral Bells on the Red Barn Yarn® Worsted base. Part of the fun of starting a new project is selecting the colors! These patterns are not only fun to knit or crochet, but also allow for creating a truly one-of-a-kind item! The Fall 2014 Love of Knitting included the Letterman Scarf in Red Barn Yarn® Powder River. On Ravelry, we spotted the Crystalline Cowl project knit by angrymeerkat with Red Barn Yarn® Chunky Sparkle. What a great use for any of the variegated colorways! The Mountains Cowl, a free crochet pattern available via Ravelry download, would also nicely showcase your favorite base and colorway(s) of Red Barn Yarn® Worsted. Please enjoy shopping through our website. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Catherine 626-221-8817. On RedBarnYarn.com shop our entire collection of bases and colorways for the yarn of your heart’s desire, add it to your cart and check out via PayPal.
- Accessories & Name the Yarn Updateby Catherine PetittiThe calendar says that fall is officially here, but you might not be ready to fully embrace sweater weather if your local weather is still holding on to summer. In this blog post we want to share some project inspiration for accessories that would be simply fabulous when paired with Red Barn Yarns®. Barley, a tincanknits design, has sizing for babies through adults. The simple change in this hat’s stitch texture is pleasing especially when working with hand-painted yarns such as Red Barn Yarn® Worsted. The Campside shawl, a free pattern from Pompom Quarterly calls for a DK weight yarn, we would guide you to Red Barn Yarn® Powder River, our Raw Wool & Silk and our newest yarn that you could help us name! Keep your hands warm on your morning walks or when you’re working online with the Autumn in the Ozarks fingerless mitts. Any of our DK weight yarns would be a great choice! We’re very excited about the flurry of activity that has come with the kick-off of the Red Barn Yarn® Name the Yarn Promotion! That post was our introduction of the yarn and blog tour, and today we have an update! We’d like to thank the following podcasts and bloggers for helping us spread the word about the new yarn:
- Two Tangled Skeins Podcast
- Revelations of a Delusional Knitter
- Subway Knits
- Stockinette Zombies
- Megan (of Stockinette Zombies) included a photo on Instagram
- iknit2purl2 blogged and shared a photo on Instagram
- Hops & Hanks (and another Instagram photo!)
- Commuter Knitter
- Name the New Red Barn Yarn!by Catherine PetittiRed Barn Yarn® and Love of Knitting will be launching an exciting contest this fall to name a brand-new yarn which will be joining the Red Barn Yarn® lineup!
New Yarn DetailsThe new yarn is a 2-ply worsted weight yarn spun from 45% merino, 40% alpaca, and 15% mohair with 225 yards per skein. It is incredibly soft with a lovely halo, and it will be available in the vibrant dyed colorways for which Red Barn Yarn® is known. This yarn would be beautiful in sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves and even shawls!
Name the Red Barn Yarn® Blog TourWe’re sending our new yarn on a tour of sorts to assorted bloggers and podcasters, starting September 15. We will be posting on our Facebook page and in our Ravelry group the different tour stops as they happen, so be sure to like our page and join the group! We appreciate their help in getting the word out about our new yarn. Within their posts and episodes you will find the details on how you can get a free sample of this yarn and what you’ll need to do to enter your yarn name idea.
We’ll be awarding prizes for the top 3 submissions:Grand Prize: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine; a sweater’s worth of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (7 skeins, 1575 yards), and a special tag with their name on it for the first year of sales following this promotion. Second & Third Place Runners-Up: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine and 2 skeins of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (enough to make a shawl). Our panel of judges will include:
- Jennifer Burt, editor of Love of Knitting magazine
- Catherine Petitti, owner of Red Barn Yarn®
- Mystery Celebrity Judge to be announced soon!
- Red Barn Yarn Project and Pattern Inspirationby Catherine PetittiThough the weather outside may still feel like summer, the magazines that come to the mail box and the popular patterns on Ravelry are showing the early signs that fall is coming. Red Barn Yarn® would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few patterns that we think would look particularly nice in our yarns. Accessories are a great choice to work on this time of year. If the weather is still hot they do not create a large pile of yarn on your lap and they work up quickly! The Age of Brass and Steam shawl and Autumn in the Ozarks are each currently available on Ravelry as a free download. Red Barn Yarn® Powder River is a perfect dk-weight choice for these patterns and one skein of yarn (with 260 yards in a skein) would be enough to make a small shawl or the fingerless mitts! Sweater weather is sure to be here before you know it, so if you prefer to start on a sweater here are a few we think are fantastic! Pepper, Salt and Chili is a easy-to-knit seamless top down sweater. The semi-solid grey with the pop of red is wonderful; we could see this in Red Barn Yarn® Worsted! The Lady Sunnyside is another choice for our Worsted in a simple yet detailed and very classy cardigan. The Fretwork Pullover, in the new Vogue Knitting, took our breath away with the cablework. This design calls for a dk yarn – Red Barn Yarn® Powder River maybe or our Raw Wool & Silk would create a showstopper of a sweater. How are you knitting your way through the end of summer and start of fall? Let us know on our Facebook page, share your Red Barn Yarn® projects with us on Ravelry or leave us a comment here!
- Spotlight on Red Barn Yarn Powder Riverby Catherine PetittiUnlike other bases, which start out basically a soft white, Powder River yarn starts as a lovely two-ply of soft, natural colors (camel and soft gray). The colorways translate into wonderful gray tones of the Red Barn Yarn colors, creating a totally different palette from which to work, and knitters will love the lofty, soft hand of this Mountain Merino and Alpaca blend. Each skein of this dk weight yarn has 260 yards in 3.5 oz, presenting plenty of yardage for use in a variety of projects. A perfect one skein project is Jill Wolcott’s Limestone Scarf, available as a Ravelry download. Just click here to purchase the pattern and add it to your Ravelry library! In the current issue of Love of Knitting (Fall 2014), you’ll find the Letterman Scarf, by Jennifer Burt. The sample shown above is knit with Chambray and Water Sapphire. Choose a pair of team or school colors, or your favorite color combination and cast on today! Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it! Recently Stephanie, of Hot Pink Socks Reviews, took a closer look at Red Barn Yarn Powder River and shared her review on her blog. We’d love to hear your thoughts in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page. If Red Barn Yarn Powder River isn’t available at a store near you, please contact email@example.com to purchase directly.
- Skill Building Shawlsby Catherine PetittiIn the recent Love of Knitting: Knit Accessories issue, the collection of patterns allows for the knitter to use a small project to learn new skills and techniques. Click here to purchase your hard copy or digital edition of the magazine. Three of the patterns use yarn hand-painted by Red Barn Yarn! These shawl patterns are great summer projects as they are portable, lightweight, and can be put to use right away to keep summer breezes or air-conditioning chills at bay. The Wimbledon Shawl is a wonderful introduction to incorporating texture in your knitting. The shawl is knit in two sections – a cabled section to represent the racquets, and a lace section to represent the netting. The instructions include both written and charted directions. Don’t let the cables or lace intimidate you – each technique is an intentional manipulation of your knitting. Cables are simply switching the location of stitches and lace can be thought of as intentional holes! Red Barn Yarn is pleased to offer yarn kits in Wimbledon and U.S. Open colorways, click here for the details! Peaches and Cream is a lace shawl pattern in Llama Sparkle. This worsted weight yarn beautifully sets off the Lily of the Valley lace pattern. Working lace in a heavier weight yarn can be great as a first lace project as you’ll be able to really see your progress! Stitch markers are a key material in the making of this shawl; they are used to mark each side of the center back stitch. If you are ready for a more involved lace project, consider the Colliers Wood Shawl. This pattern is worked in the round and the clever trick of changing needle sizes creates a flutter at the edge. The yarn is Black Pearl Fingering, hand-painted by Red Barn Yarn, a luxurious 50% pearl, 50% Tencel blend. In creating this shawl, you will have the opportunity to use lifelines, work from written or charted instructions, and finish with a picot bind off. We’d love to hear about your experiences with these skill building shawls this summer! Let us know how it is going for you by leaving a comment on this blog post, over on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group. We’ve also put together a Pinterest board of “Helpful Advice” you will want to check out!
- Game, Set, Knitby Catherine PetittiOver the last few years, knitting has been brought up in tennis conversations; did you notice? In 2011, Conor Niland of Ireland, served up a few caps for the innocent hat project. A woman was spotting knitting at a center court match during Wimbledon in 2012. This year, Red Barn Yarn is happy to continue this trend with the Wimbledon Shawl! Found in Love of Knitting’s Knit Accessories issue, the Wimbledon Shawl is composed of three sections. Each represents a different element in a tennis match, making this piece a creative way to show your love of this classic sport. Click here to be taken to Love of Knitting’s website, where you can purchase the issue that contains the Wimbledon Shawl.This shawl can also be done in red, white & blue, if your tournament of choice is the US Open! Red Barn Yarn has put together kits for this pattern (yarn only!). If you are interested in ordering a kit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is processed through PayPal at this time. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided in the order. Each kit includes 2 skeins of Red Barn Yarn Worsted (1 each Amethyst and Tennis Net, or 1 each Holiday Red and Flag Blue) and 20 yards of the “net strap” yarn. The kit price is $55.00, S&H is $5.00. We hope you enjoy the tournament, indulge in strawberries and cream with Pimms, and enjoy building your skills while you knit the Wimbledon Shawl! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
- A New Love of Knitting Mystery KALby Catherine PetittiDo you enjoy a good mystery in the summer? Red Barn Yarn has teamed up with Love of Knitting once again in a Mystery Knit Along! Last year’s mystery involved Red Barn Yarn Worsted in variegated colorways and cables; click here to view the project. This year, these exclusive kits contain our lovely Lace yarn and the beads you will need. The pattern is revealed as the mystery unfolds. Each clue is sent to your inbox in the Love of Knitting newsletter starting June 10; we hope you will join in the adventure! The goal of the mystery knit along is to have fun, try something new, and ultimately end up with a wonderful finished object! The clues are sent out every other week, so you can work at your own pace. Maybe this will be your first time to work with laceweight yarn or beads? Over on our Pinterest boards we have gathered a few tips, tricks, and advice for working with lace and beads that you might find useful as well as boards full of project inspiration. As you work through each of the clues, we would love to hear about your experience and see photos! We welcome your pictures and posts to the Red Barn Yarn Facebook page, Red Barn Yarn Afficianados Ravelry group, or even tag @RedBarnYarn on Twitter! Enjoy the mystery!
- Light Layersby Catherine PetittiThis year, the Spring season has brought with it highly changeable weather across the country! This can sure wreck havoc on planning your outfit for the day! A smart and fashionable move can be to dress in light layers and Red Barn Yarn is happy to bring you an assortment of project inspiration! Cables are not just for heavy winter sweaters! The Sideways Cable Vest, in Red Barn Yarn Worsted, will keep the Spring breezes at bay when you go out for a walk or to run errands. If you prefer a non-wool option, you might be drawn to Red Barn Yarn Llama Sparkle in the Women’s Open Vest pattern. We’ve also been keeping an eye on the Ravelry to see what other knitters are making. We would make the following pairings: Brightwood (from the latest Twist Collective) in Raw Silk & Wool, Hitofude Cardigan in Sock Sparkle, and Watson in Lace Glow. Let us know what makes your list of light layers – comment here on the blog, over on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!
- Red Barn Yarn Presents Shrugs for Springby Catherine PetittiAre you as ready to welcome Spring as we are? Changing out the winter woolens is as refreshing as feeling the sunshine again. Spring can still have chilly moments and shrugs are perfect accessories for this time of transition. Do you have a shrug in your wardrobe yet? Cozy yet versatile as it can be dressed up or dressed down, a shrug is perfect over a shirt, tank, or dress. It has the comfort of a shawl but it stays on without a pin and keeps your arms warm also. It’s also a great gift because the sizing is very forgiving. Here we have shared a few of our favorite shrugs in Red Barn Yarns. Don’t forget, Red Barn Yarn participates in Ravelry’s In-Store Pattern Sales program! If your local yarn shop has opted-in to this feature, you can buy it through them and the pattern will be added directly to your Ravelry library! Shrugs are great portable projects that take less time than a sweater, or even a vest! We took notice of these free patterns on Ravelry and think they would look great in one of your favorite Red Barn Yarn yarns. We wouldn’t shrug off a chance to see your shrug projects! Share your work with us and other Red Barn Yarn fans in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!
- Embrace Colorby Catherine PetittiWhat 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. Variegated 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 Colorsby Catherine PetittiHigh 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! Here 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. Recently, 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! Stay 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 Galoreby Catherine PetittiRed 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. 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 Seasonby Catherine PetittiSparkle 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!by Catherine PetittiToday 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 Abundanceby Catherine PetittiDid 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. The 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. Variegated 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. Combining 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! How 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!
- Beautiful Boucleby Catherine PetittiHave you had the chance to experience a boucle yarn yet? Boucle comes from the French word “boucler” meaning “to buckle or curl”. This type of novelty yarn is one you recognize when you see it; you can observe loops of similar size, ranging from tiny circlets to larger curls, along the length of the yarn. To make bouclé, at least two strands are combined, with the tension on one strand being much looser than the other as it is being plied; the loose strand forms the loops and the other strand is the anchor. Red Barn Yarn offers a variety of boucle yarn: Loopy Mohair, Curly Locks, Big Boucle, Boucle Sparkle, and Silk Boucle. Boucles are great for adding texture and interest to your projects, where simple stitch designs will allow the natural beauty show. When held together with another yarn, you will find it is a bit easier to work the stitches. Perhaps these projects will inspire your next project. Bunnyknitter’s Miffy bunny, above left, looks cute and cuddly and just ready to be pet. In the center are czernakralik’s Fluffy Bunny Slippers that truly capture a vintage feel. You can also use boucle as an accent on your colorwork in a pattern, in a manner similar to embroidery, shown above right. Boucle is not limited to small projects such as those, here are a few that caught our eye on Ravelry! The softness of this yarn is perfect for next-to-skin garments and accessories. Cuddle your little one in a sweet little bear jacket like Cubby. As the holidays get closer each day, why not take care of a few special people on your gift list with a luxurious scarf similar to sarahmontie’s Italian Scarf? This Tomtom Jacket knit by dalynn1997 is just precious and so cozy! Love of Knitting has a great new kit for sale for the new “Under the Mistletoe” stole pattern and the Red Barn Yarn Big Boucle and Silk Ribbon with which to make it. This is a wonderful accessory to make now and be dazzling at your holiday parties! How have you brought boucle into your projects? We would love for you to share them with us on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!
- Mystery Knit Alongby Catherine PetittiRed Barn Yarn is pleased to share with you a new partnership we have started this year. Together with Love of Knitting, Red Barn Yarn has created kits containing our specially dyed Worsted Weight yarn to use in a brand new Mystery Knit Along! The clues to help you knit (and solve) the mystery are sent directly to your inbox in the Love of Knitting newsletter. The first clue has been sent out, and it is an easy introduction to the project. The vision for this is based in nature and started as a complete mental image for Designer Catherine Petitti, which she then sketched on paper. This pencil drawing was shared with Molly Conroy-Ungerecht who took it from paper to yarn and three dimensions. Molly is a fabulous designer / knitter / part-owner of the Hands on Knitting Center in Redlands, CA. The yarn has been specifically hand painted to maximize the impact of the design. Kits are available in three colorways: (shown above from left to right) Charcoal and Vintage Leather, Birch, and Tanzanite. Of course, it is possible to participate in the Mystery Knit Along using your own choice of Red Barn Yarn Worsted Weight and you will get a nice finished product, but without the WOW factor. We would love to hear from you as you work on this project! We’d love to see your project progress and invite you to share with us in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even tag us in a Tweet!
- Southern California Quilter’s Run, June 16-19 and 23-26by Catherine PetittiFor all you knitter/quilters in the area, Red Barn Yarn will again be at Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe, in Upland, Ca. during this furious quest for fiber in the form of yardage. www.redbarnyarn.com Ginger’s is stop # 9, 1120 Dewey Way, Suite B, Upland. 909-920-3099. http://gingersquiltshoppe.com/ We will feature our one of a kind skeins, and the perfect pattern, Lace Rim Shawl by Lorna Miser, designed and released in celebration of her newest book, The Knitter’s Guide to Hand Dyed and Variegated Yarns. http://lornamiserdesigns.com/ We will also share our newest goodies shown at TNNA just yesterday! See you there, Catherine
- Headed to TNNA, Booth 255by Catherine PetittiWell the last goodies are drying, or getting finished, last edits to patterns, price lists, and oh, yes, packing some clothes, then off we go in the morning to fly all the way over to Ohio. I grew up in Ohio, so this is always a little bit of a homecoming trip for me. Last year we drove up to Akron and Cleveland to revisit some of those old familiar spots. This year we will be introducing two absolutely new favorite colors in honor of my Grandmother, Marie Sholes Stavely. The color names are Marie’s Purple and Marie’s Rose. There is a story, and the reader’s digest version is “that afghan” that my grandmother knit for me when I was 12, all bobbles, in three shades of rose and purple. I have it and use it to this day. Marie was born in 1895, in Sterling, Kansas, and achieved a Master’s Degree in Voice from Northwestern University in Chicago. Although her BS was in Chemistry, her dad would only agree to the Northwestern idea if she agreed to take a degree in music. So, off she went, where she met my Grandfather who has his own very interesting story. That is for another post. Photos are of the newest colors, shown in Bulky, palette, is shown in worsted weight. See you soon, Blessings, Catherine
- The Hen House, Spring, Texasby Catherine PetittiRed Barn Yarn just returned from Spring, Texas, where we had lots of fun and the privilege of sharing our newest ideas for TNNA with the ladies of the “Block of the Month” group. We had a great time, shared new designs, ideas, yarn bases and colorways that are now re-packed and headed to Columbus. Stephanie and Ralph selected our bulky yarn for their tried and true Block of the Month Program. The ladies meet monthly for a pattern overview, show and tell, drawings, and receive their yarn for the new month. The program is a great opportunity to learn new stitches, try new yarn, and have a morning away, just for knitting. Catherine
- StevenBe, Minneapolis, MNby Catherine PetittiHere we go, my first blog, not done by those with more tech saavy than me. Time to join the crowd and communicate in the way of the day. Red Barn Yarn is happy to announce a new stockist, StevenBe, in Minneapolis, MN. We just shipped off a beautiful selection of llama sparkle about a week ago, in the most favorite colors that we do. Mauve Mist, Terra, and Pine Forest, to name a few. Use your imagination, or run by the shop to touch and feel. We included a pattern for a fun to knit shawl that will take you anywhere. Dress it up, down, add beads, fringe and you have a versatile wardrobe piece. Steven, thank you for sharing our yarn in your shop, we look forward to working with you. See you all at TNNA in just a few short days. Catherine, Red Barn Yarn
- Catch Red Barn Yarn in Pasadena!by Catherine PetittiHi there everyone, Red Barn Yarn will have a booth at the Annual Holiday Gift Boutique, that is part of the Ladies Night Out program in December. As I understand from the schedule, shopping begins on Thursday afternoon, December 2 from 4:00-7:00 PM and 8:30-10 pm, just after the dinner and speaker. On Friday, shopping begins again at 4:00 and is open until 10:00pm. Can’t wait to see you there! We will have yarn and patterns for those holiday gifts to knit or to give for you on both of those evenings. If you have something special that you are looking for, please let me know in advance so that I can have it for you if possible.
- RBY Sock Yarn Now Availableby Catherine PetittiHi there, many of you have been asking for sock yarn for a few months. It is now available, colors have all been tested and come up beautifully on the raw materials. The photos attached, are in the colorway, Inca Lily, Summer Night Sky, Winter Sunset in LA, and Acorn. Sock Sparkle is really my favorite. This one has a bit of silk in it, so the colors are really rich. The specs about the yarn are as follows, and I named them, Sock, and Sock Sparkle. This pricing will be good through 12/31/10, you may anticipate an increase at the first of the year. SOCK: 420 yds 100 grams 80 merino 20 super fine nylon 7-8 sts/in needle size 1-3 SOCK SPARKLE: 420 YDS 100 GRAMS 63 merino 20 silk 15 nylon 2 silver 7-8 sts/in needle size 1-3
- Sock Yarn now Availableby Catherine PetittiWild Wooly & Wonderful, 50 yds of a lumpy, bumpy texture for accenting garments, edges, etc. Blend is mohair and alpaca, 80/20 all domestic. Cashmere Blend, approx 75 yds, aran weight. Alpaca, any weight you want, sport weight, 150 yards, worsted weight , 100 yards, these will be the standard offerings, additionally available from this mill, is fingering weight, a 2 ply bulky and a singly ply bulky this is a Product of the USA. Red Barn Yarn is the domestic distributor for this mill, and all product is available in 15 natural colors, approximately 16 blended colorways, and in the weights shown above. Colorcards will be made available for you. In the interim, available sock yarn is 75% washable wool, 25% nylon, put ups will be 420 yards, wholesale will be about 11.50 all the colors are available. Needlepoint yarn, this is a three ply, “light weight bulky” each of the three plys is a two ply itself. Content is 100% wool, 162 yards, 4 oz. If you were to knit with it, gauge is 3.5-4 sts per inch, using 10.5 needles. Also available in 8 yard hanks, specifically for the needlepointers,