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.
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.
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!