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Updated: 2017-12-17T13:20:05.488-06:00

 



Isthmus Itty Bitty Article & Little Giraffe!

2017-12-17T07:11:22.795-06:00

photo by Sharon VanornyHi, Knitters,I hope you are doing well. December is going by quickly and there is still no snow in Madison. The temperatures have been pretty mild for the most part. I always love it when there is snow on the ground for Christmas so hopefully this week we will get some. Fingers crossed.I am fortunate enough to be featured on the cover (photo above) and inside the Madison weekly newspaper called the Isthmus this week. That has been a fun experience. And about that photo, I was actually sitting on that porch swing in a Madison neighborhood so that part is true. The little animals were also sitting on that porch swing with me, most of them are about 6-10 inches in height at best. So when I saw the photoshopped knit toys that were made huge it was a little startling. The photo has grown on me though, I love the playfulness and creativity the it evokes. It does catch your eye for sure and that is good for a cover photo.Click here to read the article and see more photos online from the Isthmus newspaper! The article is well-written by Linda Falkenstein and it includes interviews with Evan Anderson, Jaala Spiro of Knit Circus, and Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline. I met with Linda to for the interview in person and she had a lot of good and different questions for me. She is about my age and is also a lifelong Madisonian so I think in some way that added to the interview in a good way. It was fun going down memory lane and also talking about all of the recent developments in my knitting life. photo by Sharon VanornyI love it that Evan was part of the article, too, and that they featured Barrett Wool Co. We are actually sitting at my sister's table here. Anyway, check out the Isthmus if you are interested. It is a true Madison staple. photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge for Making MagazineNow for some knitting news. The Little Giraffe pattern is now available for individual download on Ravelry. The pattern was originally in Making Magazine No. 3 / Dots. To celebrate the pattern, I have set the price at a discounted $4.00, no code is needed, until December 22, 2017. Then the regular price will be $5.50. Click here to see the pattern for Little Giraffe on Ravelry! But even better, we brought the Little Giraffe Kits back to Barrett Wool Co. in some fantastic new color choices. The kits include everything you need to make the Little Giraffe except the stuffing. You get the yarn, pattern (if needed), safety eyes and black yarn to stitch the nose.  The Little Giraffe Kit is so sweet. Click here to see more about the Kit on Barrett Wool Co.!The kit above is in the Strawflower pink and Folkstone gray colors in Home Worsted Weight yarn.photo by Carrie Bostick HogeThe Little Giraffe measures in at about 10-inches in height. The toy is knit almost completely seamlessly. The feet, arms, and ears are knit first and then as you knit the body and head the appendages are knit right in as you go. There is no guesswork at all. The only seam is to stitch the head to the body. photo by Carrie Bostick HogeAnyway, it is an awfully cute toy and I love the size on this one (even though it isn't as life-size as in the first photo), it is kind of perfect for kids to snuggle and hold.Have a great day, Knitters, and I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan[...]



Merry, Merry Pattern Sale!

2017-12-10T08:19:09.304-06:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are all keeping warm. It has finally gotten cold around here in Wisconsin. We did our usual tree cutting and now wreath making outing right after Thanksgiving so I feel like the tree has been up for a while already which is nice. The season is going quickly and I have to kick up my gift knitting and my gift purchasing here soon or I'll be in trouble. I have ideas but not much in-hand yet.I have a couple of fun things going on that I don't want you to miss out on if you are interested. The pattern above is called the Holiday Charm Set and it is available at a discounted price of $3.50 (no code needed) right now through Dec. 24th, 2017. The pattern includes the tiny Tree, the wee sweater, the mini-mittens and the little sock ornaments all in one. None of these are new patterns but they have been revamped to all be worked in fingering weight yarn and some of the patterns have been slightly modified from the original patterns. The patterns all have new photos and layout, too.Click here for more information or to purchase on the Holiday Charm Set pattern collection on Ravelry!The other quick thing is that I am having a 40% off pattern sale on EVERY pattern and ebook in my Ravelry pattern shop right now through Wed., December 13th, 2017! Use the code: HOLIDAY2017 at checkout for the discount. Click here for the Susan B. Anderson Ravelry Pattern Shop!The Smooth Operator Socks pattern continues to be my number one selling pattern which is kind of fun for me since my sincere love of sock knitting continues on. This pattern is included in the pattern sale. Click here for the Smooth Operator Socks pattern! One other pattern that continues to be so popular is the Split Back Snowflake Hat and I just love this photo of my niece wearing the hat. This is a worsted weight hat and the pattern includes an option for a regular ribbed brim as well. This pattern is included in the pattern sale, too. Click here for the Split Back Snowflake Hat pattern on Ravelry! Okay, friends, I'm off to enjoy a cup of coffee and some sweater knitting. Have a wonderful Sunday and I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan[...]



Anniversary Specials, New Colors & Sven!

2017-11-25T07:03:08.524-06:00

Hi, Knitters,Did you have a nice Thanksgiving for those who celebrate? We hosted at my house this year and it was a wonderful relaxing time with our loved ones. I really love the Thanksgiving holiday so much. I hope you're all having a nice weekend. It is unseasonably warm, too, very strange. I think it was 60 degrees yesterday in Madison. It doesn't seem quite right but we did enjoy it.I can't believe a year has passed so quickly since we opened our family company. I don't know if I've ever worked harder or loved any job path more than the making of Barrett Wool Co. It has been wonderful and exhilarating, to say the least. So I want to thank you for participating, following, supporting or just watching the development of our little wool company. It has been a grand adventure and we appreciate you being a part of it. Some new things have arrived in our shop. We have just released 10 NEW colors in our Home line of yarns. The 10 colors range from soft neutrals to deeply saturated shades. I love them all and I think they round out our color range of 25 incredibly well. We have several new shades of gray, plus camel, teal and navy, the lightest shades of peach and pink, and my most favorite green ever! We have come up with fabulous color names, too.Check out all of our new colors in Home Fingering and Worsted Weight by clicking here!So in the spirit of appreciation and excitement we want to celebrate a bit by offering some fun deals for you over on Barrett Wool Co. I'm going to list them right here to keep it simple. The codes/specials are available now through Monday, November 27th, 2017. Click here for Barrett Wool Co.1. For International sales of $54 or more we have a $3.00 discount shipping code to enter at checkout: INTERNATIONAL2. For U.S. sales we have FREE shipping on all sales of $54 or more with this code at checkout: HAPPYANNIVERSARY3. All Ravelry Barrett Wool Co. patterns are now 50% off with this code at checkout: HAPPYANNIVERSARY    Click here to check out the BWC Ravelry Pattern Shop!4. We now have Carol Anderson's autographed Sven Scandinavian Pattern Booklets available for purchase in the pattern section of BWC! Click here to check out the booklets.Have a wonderful weekend, friends. I hope you find lots of time for your knitting. Are any of you getting your Christmas tree this weekend? We are heading out to the tree farm at some point to cut down our tree. It will be a long season of holiday cheer and decoration due to the early Thanksgiving holiday which is welcome around here.  I'll be back soon with more.... xo ~ susan[...]



Episode 29: Fall Review 2017

2017-11-20T20:34:04.348-06:00


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Hi, Knitters,
I have a new video podcast episode up on my YouTube Channel if you are interested. I talk about a lot of my fall adventures in travel and teaching, new projects and some old projects, books, socks, embroidery, yarn, project bags and so much more.

Click here to visit my YouTube Channel, SusanBAnderson!

Have a great day! I'll be back with more soon.
xo ~ susan



Edmonton & Arve

2017-11-12T07:27:07.253-06:00

Hi, Knitters,It's been fun and knitterly few weeks around here and I hope the same has been true for you. I want to share a little about my trip to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada last weekend but first a want to share a new project. Yesterday we released a new pattern and kit for Barrett Wool Co. called Arve. Arve is a beautiful colorwork hat designed by the one and only Tanis Gray. Click here for Tanis' website. This is the fourth colorwork hat design Tanis has done for Barrett Wool Co. and to celebrate we have all four of these patterns on discount this week through November 18th, 2017. Arve is on sale for $3.50, no code is needed for any of the hat patterns. Regular price is $5.00 for all of these hat patterns.Click here for the Arve pattern on Ravelry!Click here for the Arve Kit on Barrett Wool Co.! These are selling really fast so jump in if interested. Click on each hat name to see the pattern information for or to purchase Arve, Elida, Erland, and Vidar! These hats use our Home Worsted Weight in four contrasting colors. I knit up Arve using the colors Red Flannel, Field, and Morning Sky. If you have four skeins of Home Worsted Weight you can make all four of these Tanis Gray hats! Arve fits like a dream! It is my new favorite hat and I will be wearing this one all winter. I used US size 5 and US size 6 needles to make the hat.There is an overall chart from start to finish and it is one of the simplest colorwork hats you can find. The finished look of the hat is very impressive and it's super fun to knit. Click here for more information on the Arve hat kit!The Arve Kit even includes a handmade pom-pom by me just like the one in the photo. Now, on to the Knit for Fun Edmonton Retreat hosted by Ann Budd. That's Ann on the right and Joji Locatelli in the middle. I've known Ann for years now and I'm a huge fan of hers but this is the first time I've met Joji and she was just wonderful, a real breath of fresh air. We really hit it off.Click here to see Joji Locatelli's designs on Ravelry!Click here for Ann Budd's website! Be sure to check out the information for her other Knit for Fun Retreats.  We had great classes, fun and talented students, a panel discussion hosted by the Grocery Girls and so much more. The Grocery Girls, Jodi and Tracie, even took us out for dinner after the retreat was over. It was such a treat to have some quiet time. Thank you, ladies!Click here for the Grocery Girls Podcast on YouTube! Jodi and Tracie took my Egg to Owl class and Tracie even made her owl to match my outfit! Just kidding. But it does match and it turned out so cute. Tracie has knit toys before so this was a fun twist on a project for her being that it is a reversible toy. Click here to find out more about the Egg to Owl reversible toy pattern on Ravelry!Jodi's Egg to Owl is equally cute. I love the fantastic owl-y eyes, too. I know this photo is a little dark but I did get to meet Devin Ventre, the designer of the Gigi Cardigan featured on Barrett Wool Co. Here we are both wearing our Gigi Cardigans together. What a treat to get to meet Devin in person. I know we will be hearing lots more from Devin. Click here for Devin's website and podcast!We will be bringing back the Gigi Cardigan Kits soon. Be sure to sign up on the Gigi Kit page to get an automatic email notification for when they are back in stock if interested. Okay, friends, it's time to catch my breath for a minute. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead. Thanks for joining me today.xo ~ susan[...]



Three French Hens ~ pattern & kits

2017-11-05T08:17:09.227-06:00


Hi, Knitters,
I am in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada right now teaching at an Ann Budd Knit For Fun Retreat so this will be quick. I just wanted you to know that I have just released the Three French Hens pattern for individual download on Ravelry and it's on a discount for $3.50 through November 10th, 2017, no code necessary. After that it will be set at $5.00. This pattern was originally released in the Taproot magazine about six months ago. 

We have also brought back our Three French Hens Kit over on Barrett Wool Co. if interested.



I have so much to share about this wonderful retreat so I'll be back soon with photos and stories. I hope you are all doing well. Much love to you all.
xo ~ susan



Sampleri ~ new pattern & kit!

2017-10-31T07:30:09.559-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are doing well. It has finally turned chilly around here and I am full-time wearing wool sweaters and handknit socks to stay warm. It seemed to take a long time this year. It has been a really good fall season so far and I hope it's been the same for all of you. I was teaching at the Signature Needle Arts retreat a couple of weeks ago and I had such a nice time. Tomorrow I leave for Edmonton, Alberta to teach at an Ann Budd Knit for Fun retreat. Those are always such a great time. I'm really looking forward to teaching with Ann and Joji Locatelli. I haven't met Joji before so I am really looking foward to it.Today I want to let you know that I have a new pattern out called Sampleri and it is a simple colorwork hat sized from newborn up to adult xl (fits a man size head). Sampleri means sampler in Finnish. The pattern is on discount right now for $3.50, no code needed, through Nov. 6th, 2017. Then it will be priced at $5.00. Click here to find out more or to purchase Sampleri on Ravelry!  Click here to find out more information or to purchase our beautiful Sampleri Hat Kits over on Barrett Wool Co.! The kits include our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted in gorgeous rich colors. Here is some information you might like to know:Sampleriby Susan B. AndersonPublished inBarrett Wool Co.CraftKnittingCategoryHat → Beanie, ToquePublishedOctober 2017Suggested yarnBarrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted WeightYarn weightWorsted (9 wpi) ?Gauge5.5 stitches = 1 inchin stockinette stitchNeedle sizeUS 5 - 3.75 mmUS 6 - 4.0 mmYardage250 yards (229 m)Sizes availableNewborn (baby, child’s small, teen/adult small, adult medium, adult large, adult extra-large)bottom-upicordin-the-roundone-pieceseamlessstrandedThis pattern is available for $3.50 USD  buy it nowSampleri is being offered at an introductory price of $3.50 starting today, Oct. 30 through Nov. 6, 2017. After that it will be priced at $5.00. Over on Barrett Wool Co. we have Sampleri Kits available!What could be better than a cozy handknit hat made with squishy worsted weight wool? Well, better yet is all of the above plus some simple colorwork charts thrown in for fun! Sampleri, meaning sampler in Finnish, is a quick adventure in stranded colorwork using four or five (depending on the hat size) simple charts along the way. The crown is worked in the main color only and ends with four tiny and charming I-cord loops featuring the four colors used in the hat. It’s the perfect finishing touch for a perfectly festive hat!Finished measurements: 12 (13, 14.5, 16, 17.5, 19, 20) –inches in circumference (the measurements have been rounded slightly).Sized to fit: Newborn (baby, child’s small, teen/adult small, adult medium, adult large, adult extra-large)Sizing Note: The larger sample is knit in the adult extra-large size and comfortably fits my son, Evan, with a little room to spare. Evan has a 22.5-inch head circumference. I would make the adult medium size to fit me, I have a 22-inch head circumference. The yarn does soften and bloom quite a bit with washing and blocking.Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted (100% American Wool; 100 grams/250 yards, 228 meters)Samples were made using different colorways.Sample 1 (made in the Adult Extra-Large size): MC: Oats CC1: Penny CC2: Harbor CC3: JamSample 2 (made in the Newborn size): MC: Rain Shower CC1: Penny CC2: Hawthorn CC3: JamYarn Note: The MC for the Adult Extra-Large size used less than 50 grams and the Contrast Colors used under 20 grams each.The top of the Sampleri hat is finished with four charming looped I-cords and I think it is my favorite topper ever. The Wisconsin Woolen Spun lends itself to colorwork so beautifully. This is really one of my favorite types of projects. The hat whips [...]



Making Magazine No. 4 / Lines & Sleepy Kitten Set Kits

2017-10-21T06:52:59.265-05:00

Hi, Knitters,Yesterday Making Magazine No. 4 / Lines was released and we also released our kit to go along with the magazine, the Sleepy Kitten Set Kit! I am so excited about this project and kit and the magazine.Over on Barrett Wool Co. have the magazine for sale individually as well as included with the kit, or you can purchase the kit without the magazine if you already have your copy. Click here for more information or to purchase Making No. 4 / Lines! You will love this magazine. We also have copies of Making No. 1, 2 and 3 available for purchase as well in the Mercantile.Click here for the Sleepy Kitten Set Kit information or to purchase!Click here for the Sleepy Kitten Set pattern information on Ravelry!photo from makingzine.comThe Sleepy Kitten Set Kit includes enough of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns to make both kittens, the knit-in stripey jammies and the separate nightie, and enough of the same striped fabric to make two sleeping bags (you have to stitch the sides of the fabric together to make the sleeping bags). You also get whisker thread and embroidery floss for the face. The kit comes packaged in a hand-stamped cotton project bag. The only thing you'll need is a little stuffing!Click here to see our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns!photo from makingzine.comThis is one of the most charming projects I have ever designed. I love the little beds!photo from makingzine.comThese little kittens have a really fun construction. You knit the legs, arms, tail and ears first. Then when you knit the body and head the work the appendages right in as you go! The only seam is to attach the head to the body. It is slick and satisfying and the finished kittens are adorable.The pattern will be available for individual purchase in 6 months over in my Ravelry pattern shop. For now, the pattern is only found in the Making Magazine No. 4 / Lines.The kittens are knit in worsted weight yarn. The nightie is knit in fingering weight yarn.Good night, sweet friends (the kittens, I mean). I love how little ones love to put things to bed over and over again. These two seem to fit the bill for hours of playing and cuddling.Click here for the Sleepy Kitten Set Kits over on Barrett Wool Co.!The kits are selling really fast, so if interested hop on over quick.Have a great weekend, Knitters! I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan[...]



A Bear and A Bunny Suit ~ new pattern + The Knit Show

2017-10-08T06:54:38.602-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are all doing well. The weather around here hasn't seemed very fall-like. It has been unseasonably warm but hopefully, it will start cooling down a bit coming up in the days. I love the fall just as so many others do. Plus, the fall season makes me fall more in love with my knitting every year for some reason. I keep saying it but it really is high knitting season right now. So much is happening that I am having a hard time keeping up.Yesterday I released a "new" pattern. Let me explain. The original pattern for the bear in a bunny suit was published over a year ago in a book called Drop Dead Easy Knits. The copyright has now reverted to me and so I took it upon myself to update and modify the original pattern so it is even simpler in many respects and even cuter in all respects. I rewrote the pattern and moved and changed some things in the design so I renamed the pattern slightly. It is now called A Bear and A Bunny Suit. Doesn't that sound like a storybook title?I also wanted to use my bouncy beautiful Home Worsted Weight wool from Barrett Wool Co. which wasn't released yet when the book came out. If you haven't tried our Home line of yarns you really should. It is a joy with which to knit. It feels so good running through your fingers and onto your needles. So the pattern is now called A Bear and a Bunny Suit and it is on sale right now through Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 2017. No code is needed. The pattern is priced at $3.50. On Oct. 12th the pattern will be priced at $5.00. The pattern is available on Ravelry and Barrett Wool Co.Click here to find out more or to purchase the pattern on Ravelry! Click here to find out more or to purchase the pattern on Barrett Wool Co.!We have kits over on Barrett Wool Co. for A Bear in A Bunny Suit but they are going so fast. We will definitely add more after we get the first batch done and out the door. Remember to sign up on the product page for an automatic email reminder when the item is back in stock. You'll literally be the first to know as soon as something is restocked.Click here to check out the kits for A Bear in A Bunny Suit!Here is some information you might like to know:A Bear and A Bunny Suitby Susan B. AndersonPublished inBarrett Wool Co.CraftKnittingCategorySofties → AnimalPublishedOctober 2017Suggested yarnBarrett Wool Co. Home Worsted WeightYarn weightWorsted (9 wpi) ?Gauge6 stitches = 1 inchin stockinette stitchNeedle sizeUS 5 - 3.75 mmUS 6 - 4.0 mmYardage175 yards (160 m)Sizes available5.5 inches tall when sittingbottom-upin-the-roundone-pieceseamlessworked-flatThis pattern is available for $3.50 USD  buy it nowNew Release Pattern Discount! The pattern is on sale for $3.50 starting today, October, 7th, 2017 through Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 2017. No code is needed. After Oct. 11th the pattern will be priced at $5.00. Enjoy!This new A Bear and A Bunny Suit pattern is a modified version of the original pattern that first appeared in the book Drop Dead Easy Knits in 2016. I’ve changed quite a few things in the written pattern and design for this new version so I decided to release it with a slightly modified name, too.A Bear and A Bunny Suit is a charming pint-size toy with a knit-in bunny suit including an attached hood that pulls off and on. You will fall in love with this little bear. The design and pattern feature an almost completely seamless construction and lots of specific guidance throughout to make sure your Bear turns out just right.There is a kit for the Bear and a Bunny Suit over on Barrett Wool Co. if interested!Finished measurement Approximately 5 ½ inches (14 cm) tall when sittingYarn Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight, 100% American Wool, 100 grams, 230 yards (210 meters)Home Worsted Weight colors and amounts for samples: Bear: 25 grams in the Bear[...]



Pete Hat

2017-10-03T06:51:08.827-05:00


Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are all doing well. I have a super quick pattern discount to tell you about. I am making a Pete hat right now as a gift so I decided to put the pattern on discount until Oct. 9th, 2017. The pattern price is set at only $2.00! No code is needed.

Sometimes you need a super simple man's hat and this is the perfect pattern for just that.


Have a great day, friends.
xo ~ susan



Announcements!

2017-09-30T06:52:58.614-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are doing well. All of a sudden it seems like a lot is going on but that's expected when knitting is your game and the high knitting season has arrived.First, I want you to know that late yesterday we posted the long-awaited Branches & Buds Sweater Kits again on Barrett Wool Co. This is our most popular kit and we can't keep it in stock! They are already going super fast.The pattern and design is by the incredibly talented Carrie Bostick Hoge of Maddermade and Making Magazine. It has been so much fun offering these kits with Carrie! The size range is really good and the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn literally makes the sweater come to life. I have been wearing mine non-stop, pretty much every day.Click here to find out more or to purchase a Branches & Buds Sweater Kit! Here is a quick photo of the Branches & Buds Sweater Kit from Barrett Wool Co. I promise you will love it as much as I do. It's fun to knit and fun to wear.The next announcement I have is a big and exciting one! I have a new book, both digital and printed, that has just been released through Quince & Co. I have worked on this project for quite a few years and to see it finalized in this fantastic book format is such a treat. The digital download ebook is available now. The printed book is up for pre-order right now over on Quince & Co. I think the printed book will be out on October 5th (which happens to be my birthday, what a gift!).Quince & Co. is very much so the nicest company on earth. I LOVE working with them, they are smart, kind, knowledgeable, and everyone is incredibly talented and artistic. I can't say enough good things about this company. It is an honor and a privilege to get to work with Quince in any capacity. Thank you, Quince & Co., for bringing my work to life in such a charming and easy to read way. Here is a description of the book from Quince & Co.:Susan B. Anderson’s book, Kindred Knits: Knitting For Little Ones Near And Far is more than just a pattern book—in addition to the sweet variety of cardigans and other accessories for babies, the book includes a thorough primer in the construction of a basic cardigan pattern, fully annotated and illustrated, plus a tutorial on using a child’s tee to measure, calculate and knit a custom cardigan pattern that is guaranteed to fit the recipient. A pattern for tiny sweater ornaments is also included! Every project is worked in worsted-weight wool Lark. This fun book is available in print+pdf and is a treasure to have on the knitter’s bookshelf.Preorder now and download the ebook immediately! Print expected to ship October 5th.Click here to find out more, see all of the projects, and to purchase!Click here to see all of the patterns included and to favorite on Ravelry!Just one more thing about the Kindred Knits book. The size range of the little sweaters and hat go from newborn to 24-months but the techniques and know-how to make a cardigan in any size using a tee-shirt for measurements is invaluable. You can be across the country from the intended baby or child and if you know the size they wear, you can knit a sweater for them that will fit. There are worksheets and guides that will help you knit an incredible cardigan in any size. And there are fully illustrated step-by-step tutorials included. It's a really good resource of information.Also, my artwork is sprinkled throughout the book and that is super fun for me! I have a secret dream to be an illustrator so it is a thrill.So again, click here to check out Kindred Knits: Knitting For Little Ones Near and Far!Click here for Kindred Knits on Ravelry!My last announcement is that I am teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City in January 12-14, 2018! The classes have just gone up and I [...]



Lille En

2017-09-17T06:19:27.612-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are all doing well. I am on a teaching trip right now for the Webs Retreat in Massachusetts and it has been so much fun. It ends today and this morning I get the opportunity to hear Franklin Habit speak. I am looking forward to that!I want to quickly tell you about some new patterns I've released as a set. The set is called Lille En, which means "little one" in Danish. I am so excited about this one. It is incredibly quick and easy to knit and would make a perfect baby gift. The Lille En Vest is knit from the bottom up and is done completely in garter stitch, the checkers are really fun to add in, and the buttonholes are knit in as you. The shoulders are seamed with a 3-needle bind off. Easy peasy! The pattern comes in four sizes, newborn to 24 months.The Lille En Bonnet is knit from the brim to the back. The bonnet starts flat, working back and forth, then the decrease is worked in the round. The decreases are set to make the sweetest little peak at the top. The i-cord ties are picked up and knit on. The bonnet comes in four sizes, newborn to 24 months.The Lille En Blanket is a FREE pattern on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal! It is a garter stitch blanket worked with two strands of worsted weight held together and it is so squishy and bouncy! It is a fast, fast blanket.Click here for the free Lille En Blanket pattern on the BWC Journal!Click here for the Lille En Set information on Barrett Wool Co.!Click here for the Lille En Set information on Ravelry!We are having a wonderful Lille En celebration on Barrett Wool Co. you may not want to miss. With the purchase of 4 skeins of any of our yarns (the set is knit in Home Worsted) and the pattern for the Lille En Set, we are offering FREE U.S. SHIPPING with the code: LILLE at checkout! This is starting today, Sept. 17th, and going through the end of the day on Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2017. Click here to see the yarns on Barrett Wool Co.!The blanket pattern is included in the pdf pattern for convenience. Have a wonderful Sunday and I'll be back to share more about my trip to the east coast very soon.xo ~ susan[...]



The Roger Cardigan!

2017-09-10T07:21:31.362-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I finished a new cardigan and I am so excited about it. The designer is NellKnits or Nell. The cardigan is named Roger after Mr. Rogers, which I love. Did you know that Fred Rogers' mother knit all of his cardigans that he would put on at the beginning of each of his PBS children's episodes? Quite a few years ago I visited the Smithsonian and had the chance to see one of Fred Rogers' cardigans in person (and Julia Child's kitchen!). It was a real highlight. The Roger cardigan is comfy and cozy and it makes you feel good which is why the name dedication to Mr. Rogers is really quite perfect. Nell has done a fantastic job with her design. Over at Barrett Wool Co. we have worked together with NellKnits to develop the new Roger Cardigan Kits. And they have just become available for purchase if you are interested. The cardigan is knit in our Home Worsted Weight yarn. Click here to find out more or to purchase a Roger Cardigan Kit! I also share details about the construction of the cardigan here. Click here to see NellKnits on Instagram.Click here to see NellKnits blog.Click here to NellKnits other designs on Ravelry.I always enjoy a couple of in-progress shots. I really love that moment when you can try on a top-down cardigan to see how it is fitting. At this point in the process I was certain that Roger would become a new favorite for me. I love how Nell rounded out the top edge of the button bands. This is such a sweet detail. I also love the set-in pockets. Nell has instructions for both a fabric lined pocket and a knitted pocket lining. I think this photo shows how cozy and sweet this cardigan is, the wool looks so squishy. The slight A-line shape is created by going up a needle size on the lower part of the body.We are working to get custom wood buttons made right now. These are not available yet but with the Roger Cardigan Kit we are including a 20% coupon to be used when we get the buttons in stock. The buttons on my cardigan are Yew wood and they are handmade from Wooly Moss Roots. I love the longer length of the cardigan and the drape of the textured fabric. The texture pattern is a simple broken rib. One row is knit only, and then the next row is k2, p2. The smooth stockinette stitch on the sleeves is really flattering. I made my pocket linings with stripes. The kit includes a few mini-skeins of Home Worsted Weight yarn with plenty to knit your pocket linings if you so choose. Photo from NellKnitsNell knit her Roger cardigan in Home Worsted Weight in the Field colorway. I think this color is spectacular. Her cardigan has fabric lined pockets and she has a tutorial on how to do this right here!Photo provided by NellKnitsThe collar is picked up and and knit on. I love the details Nell included, how she lined up the rib and the short rows to raise the back of the neck. It is elegant and lovely. Anyway, I am excited about my new handmade wardrobe addition. I will be wearing Roger day and day out this coming fall and winter. It is my new favorite. I know you will love to knit and to wear the Roger cardigan. Congratulations to Nell for a beautiful design and pattern!And as Mr. Rogers always sang, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Click here to find out more about the Roger Cardigan Kit! There are lots of colors available. I think I'd like one in Bear next!Have a super Sunday, friends. I hope you are all off to a good start in this fall season.xo ~ susan[...]



September Story

2017-09-02T07:37:17.216-05:00

Hi, Knitters,It has been such a full and busy summer and I know like everyone else I can't believe it is already September. I thought I would start today by sharing a quick family photo of our crew at my nephew's wedding a couple of weeks ago. This photo was taken right after the outdoor wedding ceremony in the same park. It was lovely and we had such a good trip. We made a week long vacation out of it and we loved the San Diego area so much. It is so beautiful and the landscape is interesting and varied. We enjoyed a few different beaches and the ocean and the hiking (we went to a state park but I can't remember the name of it). We stayed at a house in La Jolla. The neighborhood had winding hilly streets and houses that were unbelievable. It was all good!I hope your August was a good one, too.  A fun development has come about. Kelmscott Designs is a Canadian company that makes fun and little scissors. The owner, Paula, has designed and created a new pair of snips in my honor. She asked my permission and sent me design samples along the way. And just a few days ago we were sent a sampling of the finished version. The new scissors are called Susan Scissors and I just love them. I was already a big fan of the Kelmscott tiny scissors. I have a pair in pretty much every project bag I own and I love traveling with them because they are TSA approved. We are making a small preview selection of the Susan Scissors available in the Barrett Wool Co. Mercantile right now. They won't be available anywhere else for a couple of weeks!Thank you to Kelmscott Designs for the Susan Scissors. What an honor.Click here to find out more or to purchase a pair of Susan Scissors for your project bag!Next up we have the Elida hat by Tanis Gray! This is the third hat in a small collection by Tanis for Barrett Wool Co. The Elida uses all four of the colors that were used in both the Vidar hat and the Erland hat. If you have one skein each of Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in Marmalade, Snowy Pine, Field and Peppercorn, you have enough to make all three of these fantastic colorwork hats by Tanis Gray. So we decided to do a fun bundle deal over on Barrett Wool Co. If you purchase four skeins of Home Worsted Weight in any colors and add the three hat patterns (Vidar, Erland and Elida) to your cart you will get the three patterns for free by entering the code TANIS at checkout!How fun is that? Click here for the Elida hat information on Barrett Wool Co.!Click here for the Elida hat page on Ravelry!Click here for Home Worsted Weight yarn!Elida is so beautiful. The brim starts with a 1 by 1 corrugated rib that switches colors. Then the hat moves into a pretty motif repeat that changes background colors as you work up toward the top. The tops of Tanis' hats are always so beautiful and fun to knit! Now, I came out with a new toy kit for the Egg to Owl pattern. I didn't get a chance to mention it here and there are still some kits available in the shop. If you aren't familiar with this reversible toy pattern you start with an egg and you end up with an adorable owl. The photos below show you how it works. I'll meet you at the other end!Click here to find out more about or to purchase the Egg to Owl Kits!This is the perfect fall knitting project. They are cute and fun and nearly seamless.Click here to see the Egg to Owl pattern on Ravelry!I am excited to say that we have added a few new colors to our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn line and I am pretty excited about them. Pebble, Laurel and Fable are the names. Here is a little description:Pebble is a dark and stormy charcoal gray, deep and rich.Laurel is a glorious medium mossy green, lush[...]



So Long to Summer

2017-08-27T07:24:23.783-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I hope you are doing well. I just returned from a fantastic trip to the San Diego area for my nephew's wedding. We made a vacation out of it and stayed for a week. It was so fun and the area is just beautiful. We rented a house in La Jolla and that was interesting. The neighborhood was filled with gorgeous homes and extensive landscaping. The neighborhood roads were winding and very hilly and narrow. The wedding was top-notch actually taking place in a park in Del Mar. I'll share some photos when I get them transferred to my computer.For now, I just wanted to pop in and say hello and to let you know that I have a 50% off pattern sale going on for the Barrett Wool Co. patterns. These can be purchased on Ravelry or on the Barrett Wool Co. website.To get 50% off any of the Barrett Wool Co. patterns enter the code at checkout. The sale is going now and will end on tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 28th, 2017.The code is:  SOLONGClick here to see all of the patterns on Barrett Wool Co.!Click here to see all of the patterns on Ravelry!There are patterns for shawls, hats, mittens, toys, a cowl, etc. The hat above is the Erland Hat and we have some kits available right here! This hat was designed by Tanis Gray.The Baker's Hat uses one skein of Home Fingering Weight. Both of my sons love their Baker's Hats so much. It fits both men and women. The Owen Hat is a fun colorwork hat that uses our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Fingering Weight and Home Fingering Weight. The Sonora Shawl is a design by Kirsten Kapur and it is a stunning and fun shawl to knit. There is not one purl stitch in the entire shawl and the mosaic section only uses one color at a time. It looks deceptively more complicated than it is which is the best!The shawl uses 3 skeins of Home Fingering Weight, two in a main color, and one in a contrast color.Baa is a sweet sheep pattern and it is one of the first projects a designed in Barrett Wool Co.Baa uses Home Fingering Weight. The Wrap Me Up Toys pattern has been really popular. It uses our Home Worsted Weight. The toys are all worked completely seamlessly. Anway, those are just a few.  Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful Sunday, Knitters.I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan[...]



The Fruits of Summer

2017-08-13T05:43:17.942-05:00

Hi, Knitters,The summer is going a little too quickly around here. But one thing I really look forward to is the ripening of our backyard garden. We have a good-sized garden in a sunny spot that is fenced in to keep out the rabbits. We have two raised beds and I think this year we finally have it down. The plants are spread out and supported nicely and this is paying off. Our trouble has always been overplanting. This year we have a couple of kinds of peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, a big variety of tomatoes from cherry to Roma to heirloom, and tons of basil. My favorites are the tomatoes. I love tomatoes and once this season hits I can eat a tomato sliced up with salt and pepper for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. It is a highlight of summer. The shining stars this summer are the heirloom tomatoes. These are the best we've grown. I love the taste, the look, and the color of these heirlooms. I love the folds and gathers at the top, kind of looks like a knit hat. Anyway, I hope you are having success if you garden or maybe if you get to hit a farmers' market or two this summer.One other fun thing about August is hiking in our neighborhood conservancy. The paths become enveloped in tall grasses, way above my head, and the masses of flowers are beyond belief. No photo can capture what it's really like. The colors and sounds are so beautiful. Hiking in August is something I look forward to every year and with the rainfall this summer, everything is in its prime.I started a couple of fun projects this past week. One project I am especially excited about is a pattern that's not released yet but it is coming soon. I cast on and started a red cardigan with pockets and a fun textured stitch pattern. I will keep you posted. I think wearing a red cardigan this fall and winter is going to make me really happy. Yarn: Home Worsted Weight in the Red Flannel colorwayThe other project I started and finished is this gorgeous Erland hat. Tanis Gray is the designer and she wrote the pattern for Barrett Wool Co. I love this kind of hat that is simply casting on and following a chart for the entire hat. Erland is one of my favorite knits ever.In the photo above, that's Tanis' sample hat and on the right is my version of Erland.I finished it up in one day and here it is blocking. I modified the original Erland pattern a little bit but not much. I knit the hat on a US size 7 needle at 5 stitches per inch. I added some corrugated ribbing for extra length to cover my ears. And because I was knitting at a bigger gauge I took out one of the repeats, so instead of four repeats I only did three repeats. I misjudged the length a tiny bit. After Erland dried I realized that I should have only done one-inch of corrugated ribbing instead of two-inches. So I tucked the cast on edge under and whipstitched it to the inside of the Latvian braid so the brim is doubled, which I love. Now the hat is perfect and the fit is fantastic. When you only do three repeats instead of four repeats of the chart the top of the hat becomes slightly pointed. I blocked out the point as much as possible and when the hat is worn there is no visible point. Anyway, I love this hat. I feel like it is a tiny piece of art. Thank you to Tanis for such a rewarding design. I haven't had this much fun knitting a hat in awhile. Click here for the Erland pattern on Ravelry!Click here for the Erland Kit on Barrett Wool Co.!Click here for Home Worsted Weight in the Snowy Pine and Marmalade colors!I finished writing up all sorts of good tutorials and updates on the Gigi Cardigan. It has been really fun to walk through a typical[...]



Smooth Operator Socks Anniversary Celebration!

2017-08-06T08:11:47.912-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I'm checking in on this lovely Sunday. I hope you are well. We are having a little cooler weather for August which is really pleasant. Today is supposed to be in the mid-70s for a high. I like it. I have been knitting up a storm and I have some fun things coming out this fall so I am looking forward to that. I'll keep you posted if you are interested.Today, I am celebrating the one year anniversary of my Smooth Operator Socks pattern which was published last summer. This sock pattern/tutorial has become my most popular pattern of all time. In order to make the first anniversary a little special I made some additions to the pattern and I discounted the price.The Smooth Operator Socks pattern is on sale for $3.50 from Aug. 5-12, 2017! No code is necessary. The pattern will return to the regular price of $5.00 on Aug.13, 2017.Click here to find out more or to purchase the Smooth Operator Socks pattern!So I've added a couple of new things. The first is a new additional tutorial has been added to the Variation Notes at the end of the Smooth Operator Socks pattern. The new tutorial is called No Waste Yarn Afterthought Heel and it takes you step-by-step through how to cut directly into the sock to make the opening for the afterthought heel. It's an even simpler way of adding in an afterthought heel with less fuss.The second thing I've added is a recipe for adding the beautiful heart motif to your Smooth Operator Socks over on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal. There is a chart and there are general instructions to help you do this. I love the look of these heart-filled socks. The heart instructions do not include the full sock pattern. Click here for the Smooth Operator Heart Socks!The yarn in the photos is Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight in the Red Flannel colorway. One skein is plenty for an adult-size pair of socks. Click here for Home Fingering Weight!The Heart motif will work on any type of yarn, solid, striped, tonal or gradient. Have fun if you partake in the Smooth Operator Socks pattern discount or if you add hearts to your next pair of SOSocks. Keep me posted.We have re-stocked handmade faux-fur pom-poms in the Mercantile and we got some new colors! If you order a skein of Home Worsted Weight or Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted Weight we will kit-it-up for you to make an Entwined Hat kit. Let us know on your order if this is something you would like us to do.Click here for the BWC Mercantile! Okay, Friends, have a super Sunday. I will be back soon with more. I hope you are having a fantastic day.xo ~ susan[...]



Meet Gigi!

2017-07-23T07:05:00.979-05:00

Photo provided by designer Devin VentreHi, Knitters,I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We went to the Madison Farmers' Market yesterday morning and it was fantastic as always. For dinner last night we used the produce we purchased to make tofu spring rolls. We have done this a couple of times now and although it's a lot of work we kind of have it down now where everyone has a certain job to make it go faster. I also made a rhubarb crisp for dessert and I just love that tart taste. Anyway, it was all so delicious that I'm still thinking about it as you can tell.Yesterday we released a new cardigan kit over on Barrett Wool Co called the Gigi Cardigan Kit. You can read all about the background of this cardigan and kit on the BWC Journal by clicking right here. We are so excited about this charming short-sleeved cardigan which is knit up in our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted yarn. The pattern and design are by new designer Devin Ventre. Devin has been so much fun to work with on this collaboration.Click here to find out more about the Gigi Cardigan Kit!We have five colorways from which to choose and custom artisan Black Walnut buttons to add if you like. These buttons are really special and are made by my favorite button maker, Jeff Wilson of Wooly Moss Roots. Read all about the buttons right here! It has been quite a process to get these buttons and they are exquisite. photo provided by Devin VentreDevin knit her Gigi in the Rain Shower colorway. I love the little details like the reverse stockinette on the shoulder and sleeve. Photo provided by Devin VentreThe pocket is reverse stockinette stitch, too. Devin knit her Gigi in size 34 and my Gigi (below) is knit in size 38. Positive ease is written into the pattern so make sure you check out the finished measurements when determining your size.Here is my Gigi worked up in the Sherwood colorway! I love it so much. I am already wearing it this summer. It is the perfect layering garment for all seasons. I am planning on wearing my Gigi with jeans and t-shirts both long and short sleeve, skirts, and over dresses. It can be dressed up and casual. This is one versatile garment. I made quite a few fun modifications and I am going to be blogging about those all week, including tutorials, over on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal if you'd like to follow along. I love sewing on buttons. It means things are almost finished. The buttons for the kit are simply amazing. They are handmade in Mapleton, Oregon, and honestly, they are the perfect finishing touch. This is the Sherwood colorway and it is an interesting color. It is teal but it is dyed over a darker wool so there is a heathered look to it that is hard to capture in photos. The Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn is incredible to knit with on so many levels. The finished sweater is as light as air. Gigi is the perfect sweater for beginning sweater knitters or experienced knitters wanting to relax. The pattern is clear and concise. I worked my sweater on a US size 8 for the body and a US size 7 for the edgings. It goes really fast!The Black Walnut buttons might be my favorite part of the kit. I have been wearing my Gigi everyday since it's been finished. Devin Ventre did such a wonderful job with this design and pattern. Congratulations, Devin!Photo provided by Devin VentreI think this is my favorite photo from Devin. She knit a Gigi for her mother and it looks so cute. She used the Penny colorway and the cardigan is worked up in a size 42. It's a wonderful color for her.Anyway, enjoy the Gigi Cardigan Kit if you[...]



Clover Hat ~New Free Pattern!

2017-07-16T09:39:01.441-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I have a new free pattern that was released yesterday! It is called Clover which is the perfect name for the hat. It was named by Kate Peyton Lynch or @redrover189 on Instagram! I had a little naming suggestion thread going over on my Instagram feed. Thank you for the help, Kate! That was a fun thread to read and thank you to everyone for all of the suggestions. I think there were well over 100!Anyway, back to the Clover hat. The hat pattern includes two sizes, baby-size and adult-size. The hat is worked in Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight yarn on US size 7 needles or size 4.5mm. One skein of Home Worsted is enough to make one adult and one baby hat, so two hats out of one skein! It's pretty perfect. It is also a great project to try out Home Worsted if you haven't tried it yet. Click here for the Clover hat pattern information on Ravelry!Click here for the Clover hat pattern on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal!Click here for Home Worsted Weight yarn! The color in the photo is Bluff, which is one of our most popular colorways. The baby size hat is sized to fit about a 0-6 month old. The colorway in the sample is Grassland and it is so perfectly paired with a Priscilla (the prettiest pink) or Bluff (the beautiful blue) pom-pom. The adult-size hat will fit about a 19-22 inch circumference head measurement. This means an older child, teen and adult could easily fit this hat. That's the beautiful Miss Molly modeling for these photos.The handmade faux-fur pom-pom is available in the BWC Mercantile! There are a couple of colors left right now and we have tons on order and some new colors to boot.Click here to check out the poms!Anyway, it's a fun knit and you can read all about it on Ravelry or on the BWC Journal! Have fun if you knit one and be sure to post on Instagram or Ravelry and let me know so I can see your Clover creations.Also, we released a really fun Limited Edition Kit yesterday. We introduced a Limited Edition Gradient Twist Mitten Kit yesterday over on Barrett Wool Co. It uses my original Waiting for Winter Mitten pattern which many of you might already own. You can purchase the kit with or without the pattern in case you don't need it.Click here to find out more about the Limited Edition Gradient Twist Mitten Kit!The Gradient Twist Mitten Kit includes a cake of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted dyed in a marled gradient and a cake of Birch for striping. There are four different gradient color choices that you can see below in the photo. I provided How-To instructions for striping your mittens like mine. Click here to see the striping instructions. You can see the four color choices above. Reds, purples, greens and blues are the options!These are the coziest, sweetest and most fun mittens to knit. I want to make a lot more pairs but I'll restrain myself because once this gradient yarn is gone it is truly gone. I don't know what it is about mitten knitting that I love so much exactly but it is one of the most satisfying projects around. It's quick and easy and the end results are useful and cute. That kind of sums it up.Check out the Waiting for Winter Mittens and Fingerless Mitts pattern on Ravelry!Have a super Sunday, friends. I hope you are all enjoying your summer knitting and hopefully, you are starting to gear up for the fall knitting season already. I know I am! Fall is really high season for knitting and it is right around the corner.I'll be back soon with more...xo ~ susan[...]



Minnesota 52 Giveaway!

2017-07-13T04:36:02.297-05:00

photo by Gale ZuckerETA: The winner has been randomly selected. The winner of the ebook is Teachermom on Rav! She has already been gifted the ebook from Megan and Cori! Thanks for the fun everyone and I'll host another giveaway soon. Hi, Knitters,I'm popping in quickly today to let you know about an Instagram giveaway I am hosting. The prize is an ebook copy of the new book Minnesota 52 written by Megan Williams and Cori Eichelberger. Megan is half of the Stockinette Zombies podcast that I'm sure many of you know already. Cori is Megan's good friend and a top-notch knitter to boot. The book has socks, a shawl, hats, colorwork projects, multiple sweaters, cowls, mittens and more. There are fun little stories and a delicious recipe for granola bars. I know how good these are because I already made a batch. The photography was done by the wonderfully talented Gale Zucker. Click here to see all of the projects included in Minnesota 52!Click here to leave a comment to enter to win the book!To enter to win a copy of the book, hop over to my Instagram account and leave a comment over there! Click here to leave a comment to enter.Please do not enter here if possible. If you don't have access to Instagram please leave a comment here and I'll include you in the pot for the random drawing. Here are a few of my favorite projects in the book:photo by Gale Zuckerphoto by Gale Zuckerphoto by Gale ZuckerThere is something for everyone in Minnesota 52 and the book has a happy fun outlook on knitting which I love.Click here to enter to win!Good luck and I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan[...]



Mitten Kit Giveaway & a few works in progress

2017-07-08T07:06:46.660-05:00

Hi, Knitters,Happy Saturday to you all. I want to let you know about a giveaway I'm hosting over on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal. We are giving away one of our Three Color Mitten Kits to a lucky winner. You need to enter over on the Journal, not here. Click here to read all about the Mitten Kit prize and to enter over on the BWC Journal! It's super easy to enter. The kit is worth $44.00 and it's a perfect time of year to knit mittens. Knit your mittens in July and you'll be all set for the fall season!Good luck if you enter. I'll select a winner in a few days.I'm finishing up a couple of hats. This one will be a free pattern and I'm pretty excited about it. The yarn is one skein of Home Worsted Weight in the Bluff colorway. The hat in the photo is an adult size and I'm blocking a baby size version right now. It's pretty cute.Click here to see more colors in Home Worsted Weight!I am working away on a really sweet top-down short-sleeved cardigan and I decided to try out a knotted steek for the body of the sweater. I am going to be posting a full tutorial on this technique soon so watch for that if you are interested. It is a super easy technique that takes away most all of the bulk associated with the other steeking techniques I have tried.More on this soon! Yarn: Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted in the Sherwood colorway! And I finished the first sock in the Bergere de France Goomy 50 sock yarn. I can't remember where I purchased this yarn but I'm sure if you google the name it will pop up for you. I used my Smooth Operator Socks pattern and I love the look it gives the sock. I'll be casting on the second sock today. Have a great weekend, friends. I hope you are doing well and that your knitting is coming along swimmingly.xo ~ susan[...]



Happy 4th & Free Shipping on BWC!

2017-07-04T07:33:08.559-05:00


Hi, Knitters,
Happy 4th of July to those celebrating! Looks like a beautiful day out there in the neighborhood. I hope you all get outside in the fresh air and don't forget to bring your knitting. We have a cookout and some fireworks planned so I'm looking forward to that!

And I wanted to let you know that over on Barrett Wool Co. we are offering FREE (US only) shipping starting today, July 4th and ending at the end of the day CST on July 5th, 2017! Simply use the code FOURTH at checkout for the discount. 

Enjoy and definitely take advantage if interested. We have some kits available and loads of beautiful wool and the mercantile has scissors, cards, magazines, gift cards, etc. 


Click here to see the Wisconsin Woolen Spun! The colors of the worsted weight in the photo are Jam, Birch, and Harbor. 


I want to thank you for the fantastic response to the Entwined Hat Kits! It has been so much fun packing up these kits because it's always interesting to see what color combination of the pom-pom and yarn people have selected. There are still lots of poms left and of course lots of yarn choices. Have fun mixing and matching your own kit.


Have a super day and rest of the week. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan




Entwined Hat & a new cardigan!

2017-07-01T07:06:24.143-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I can't believe it's already Saturday. And I can't believe that today is my 28th wedding anniversary. It seems impossible and yet when I look back at all that has happened in the last 28 years it is entirely possible. Does that make sense? We have a fun dinner reservation for tonight and I love our gift to each other this year. It is a state park pass. Simple as that. We are embarking on a challenge together. We are set to take 60 specific hikes in our area and many involve state parks thus the pass is needed. I'm going to tell you more about this adventure later as it is really fun. We have done three hikes so far and we have a long way to go. Anway, I hope you are all doing well! Yesterday I released a new hat pattern. It is called Entwined. See how the cable meanders back and forth? It overlaps in the center and it looks WAY more complicated than it really is, which is always the best thing in knitting. The hat is sized to fit an average adult head, 20-23-inches in circumference. It would also fit a teen. The finished circumference is 19-inches but the hat has incredible stretch so it is kind of a perfect fit.We have beautiful kits for Entwined on Barrett Wool Co. that include the fantastic handmade faux-fur pom-pom.  We have five cool color choices for the poms and loads of color choices for the Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted yarn. You get to mix-and-match your own kit!Click here to see more about the Entwined Kits! All of the hat details, yarn, size, needles, etc. are here, too. The kit includes a Ravelry download code for the pattern.The Entwined hat individual pattern is available on Ravelry, too. The pattern is set at an introductory discount through Monday, July 3, 2017, for $3.50. No code is needed. On July 4, 2017, the price will be set at $5.00. Enjoy the discount if interested. Click here to see more information or to purchase the Entwined pattern on Ravelry!If you haven't tried the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns yet you are really missing out. It is an experience like none other. I can't say enough about this beautiful, squishy and light as air yarn. It is out of this world. Click here to see the Wisconsin Woolen Spun and Home yarn lines!Here are a few more photos of Entwined: I love the fit of this hat so much. We have those Bulky Mitten Kits available in the shop, too! The kit includes a full skein of the Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted and handmade faux-fur pom, both in your colors of choice, a tin of stitch markers, a hand-stamped cotton project bag, and the Ravelry download code for the pattern. That way the pattern will be stored right in your Ravelry pattern library.The faux-fur pom-poms are my favorite part of the kits! They are really fantastic.Now onto another quick subject.I am working away on a new cardigan. It is short-sleeved and kind of open in the front. It is knit in Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted and I am loving it. It is super simple and we are going to have cardigan kits coming up soon. The pattern is by a guest designer which is super fun. I think you are going to really like this one.The book is really good, too. I am about halfway through. It is called The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. I recommend it. The kits are flying out of the shop as I am writing this so if you are interested hop on over! Have a super day and I'll be back here soon with more. xo ~ susan[...]



Startup Library Knitting on Craftsy & ZK Retreat 2017

2017-06-27T07:29:20.069-05:00

Hi, Knitters,I am so proud and excited to announce my newest Craftsy class today called Startup Library Knitting! Craftsy has started a new class series that are truly for the beginner. There are Startup Library classes in sewing, baking, watercolors, weaving, cake decorating, embroidery, and now knitting. Last May I spent a week at the Craftsy studio filming this new class.I am offering a 50% off affiliate link to anyone interested in giving the class a try. Click here for the 50% off link to Startup Library Knitting!I know that many of you already know how to knit or you probably wouldn't be reading this blog. But many of you, I'm sure, get asked to teach or teach others how to knit. If you are looking for a resource to recommend to new knitters or you want to get ideas for teaching new knitters this class will be a great resource. I really start from scratch and it is divided up so you can click on specific techniques for a quick view or refresher.  allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dwgfVnuEOdC4MhCHTa-uQ7QrFskcswZGV_tztxQPWSv3roByzmYg30yAYojtC7EcpNbSdWYzEdtxhc' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Click on play to see the preview trailer for the Startup Library Knitting class!It's like a dictionary for new knitters. You can quickly and easily look up any technique at a glance. I also have included three easy starter projects and patterns in the class, a pair of fingerless mitts, a textured cowl and a stripey hat. All of these are packed with important techniques for a new knitter to learn. After taking this class the new knitter will truly be ready to move on to other and more advanced projects. After viewing the class yesterday I can truly say that it is really well done and well organized. Again, click here for 50% off or just to check it out if interested! This is an affiliate link.For another topic today, last weekend Barrett Wool Co. traveled to Rochester, Minnesota to vend for the first time. Megan and Amy, of the Stockinette Zombies podcast, were hosting their 5th annual Zombie Knitpocalypse Retreat. There were 200 attendees. It's a well-run and fun retreat that I can highly recommend. I started the weekend on Friday night as the guest speaker which was really fun.  Then early Saturday morning we set up our Barrett Wool Co. booth for the first time. We had such a good time and we learned so much from this experience. It was a great place to start because the market was open for two hours in the morning just for retreat attendees and then there was a closed lunch break and then the market re-opened and included free admission for the public for two hours in the afternoon. It was fast and furious! Our booth was absolutely swamped the entire time. People were incredibly enthusiastic about Barrett Wool Co. yarns and seeing them in person for the first time. We had all 16 colors of our Home Collection yarns and a lot of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns. It all flew off the shelves. My business partner and son, Evan, and his wife, Molly (formerly known as Miss Molly) were there checking people out and packaging up purchases in our signature printed bags. They did a great job and were so happy with the event. It was fun to have them with me. It was really a whirlwind of the best kind!We brought along some Branches & Buds sweate[...]



New Strata Hat + Winner!

2017-06-13T06:16:36.459-05:00

photo courtesy of Vogue Knitting MagazineHi, Knitters,I selected a winner for the skein of Wollmeise yarn! The winner is.....Laurie Taylor or pgngrl (rav name)! Congratulations! I've contacted Laurie and I will get her skein right out in the mail. I will have another giveaway soon so check back. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter to win. Now, today Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2017 is being sent out to subscribers today. The magazine will be available in retail stores on July 11, 2017. I am so excited that I have a design, Strata Hat, and an interview in this issue. The photography of my hat design is so beautiful. It is such a thrill for me to be included in this issue. I have read and loved this magazine for decades now. I remember way back when some of my first sweaters were knit from the Very Easy, Very Vogue magazine patterns. Click here to see the Strata Hat on Ravelry!Click here to see all of the designs in Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2017!Click here to find out more about upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events!  I won't be in Seattle this fall as I'm teaching in Edmonton, Canada that same weekend. But I will be at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January, 2018. photo courtesy of Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2017The Strata Hat is knit in one skein of Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight in the Wishing Well colorway. The yarn provides crisp stitch definition to play up all of the textured stitch patterns on the two side panels of the hat. The hat is worked from the bottom-up with a 1 by 1 twisted rib brim. The two textured stitch panels are separated by stockinette stitch sections.The mitered earflaps are optional as they are picked up and added on after the hat is complete. I love the earflaps as they add so much texture and interest to the look of the hat. The entire hat is a fun and simple knit using only the knit and purl stitch. The Strata Hat is definitely unisex, too. Click here to see all of the color options for the Home Fingering Weight yarn! photo courtesy of Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2017There are so many great designs and designers in Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2017 including Kaffe Fassett, Norah Gaughan, Yoko Hatta, Kristen Tendyke, Sarah Hatton, Louisa Harding and many more. It's quite an impressive collection. Anyway, have a fantastic week ahead. I am teaching at KnitCircus on this coming Saturday, June 17. I think there are still a few spots left so if you are in the area come join in the fun. Then we move on to Father's Day, right after that it is my daughter's birthday, then I am speaking and vending at the Stockinette Zombie's retreat in Rochester, Minnesota! The busy-ness continues.There is so much to look forward to for the rest of June. I know you are all busy, too, but let's remember to find the time to knit!I'll be back soon with more.xo ~ susan [...]