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

 

 

 

 

 

Skill Building Shawls

In 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!

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.