Red Barn updates

We 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!

 

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Happy knitting, crocheting, quilting or whatever your passion of the moment is,

 

Painted with Passion,

Catherine

Red Barn Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!