Sunday, May 20, 2018

Going West Socks, Gigi Cardigan + more!


Hi, Knitters,
Well, I've been knitting up a storm lately. I've finished a couple of sweaters and a couple pairs of socks. It feels good to get some things done. I've also been sewing up a storm. I whipped up a dozen quilted placemats and a few quilted coasters. Most of these were for gifts but I held onto a couple of placemats to add to my collection. We use these placemats so much that some of ours are getting a bit worn. I hope your creative energy has been going strong this spring.

I have a few new things to share today. I've added a new pattern to my Ravelry Pattern Shop. The pattern for my Craftsy class of the same name is now mine. The pattern is My First Toe-Up Socks and I have it available for a discounted price right now. 

The pattern price is set at $3.50 for another week or so, no code needed. Then the price will be set at $5.00. Please note, if you own the Craftsy class you already have the pattern. 


The pattern includes worsted weight and fingering weight instructions for three sizes (S, M, L) and for double-points and magic loop! 


Speaking of socks, we have two new Going West Socks Minis Kits available over on Barrett Wool Co. I've selected new color combinations in our Home Fingering Weight to make these fun striping socks. The socks use my Smooth Operator Socks pattern along with the free striping instructions on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal.






Colors from left to right: Scout, Tattersall, Blush, Ellie Grey, Strawflower and Field



Colors from left to right: Peppercorn, March Wind, James, Marmalade, Acorn and Morning Sky 



Photo credit: Lucinda Scala Quinn

And lastly, we've listed new colors for the Gigi Cardigan Kits on Barrett Wool Co. I love this cardigan so much. The photo above is the wonderful Lucinda Scala Quinn (author of the Mad Hungry cookbooks) wearing her Gigi she knitted from our kit in the Birch colorway. This is Lucinda's first sweater and she looks fabulous! I love how proud she looks.

The yarn is our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted and we still have a limited number of the custom buttons available as well. The pattern is by the talented Devin Ventre. We have a new sweater from Devin that's releasing very soon.


Okay, friends, have a wonderful Sunday. It is rainy and colder here today so it should be a good crafting day. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Branches & Buds Sweater Kits + Galiano Island Retreat


Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are all doing well. I have been traveling and teaching again, spring has finally hit big-time in Madison and we have restocked sweater kits over on Barrett Wool Co.! There's a lot going on.

First, our very popular Branches & Buds Sweater Kits were just restocked last night and they are selling quickly. However, we have a large number of kits so don't worry if you'd like to get one for yourself. There are plenty! The sweater is designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge and it is an iconic sweater in my opinion, both gorgeous and instantly recognizable. 



The Branches & Buds Sweater Kit includes our Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Sport Weight yarn. This yarn is local, light and airy and frankly, one of the most beautiful yarns I have ever used. I simply love everything about this sweater kit.

The pattern is well-written and simple enough for first-time colorwork but also perfect for experienced knitters. There is a wide size range and the sweater looks great on all sizes. I've seen it knit and worn in the smallest to the largest size and it is flattering and comfortable.



I want to share some quick photos from my latest traveling adventure. I went to the Galiano Island Retreat which is hosted by Knit Social. Galiano Island is one of the Gulf Islands off of Vancouver. This is one of the most beautiful locations I've ever seen. And I had a complete ball with the knitters and hosts. This was sincerely one of the best retreats I've ever attended.



The photo above from left to right: Jodi of Grocery Girls Podcast, Amanda of Knit Social, Fiona of Knit Social, me, and Tracie of the Grocery Girls Podcast. 

Click here for the Grocery Girls Podcast! One of my faves. I'm so glad I got to spend time with my buddies Jodi and Tracie.


We stayed at the Galiano Inn, where the food was so delicious and the rooms were beautiful. All of the rooms had an ocean view. The retreat took over the entire Inn but it is small. I think there were 26 attendees. 



I went on hikes and runs every day. The views were scenic and peaceful. Just out the door was a cute bakery and coffee shop and bookstore. There were restaurants and shops just minutes away by foot. It was charming and it made you never want to leave.


There was a small and gorgeous marketplace on Saturday. I'm here with Shannon Cook of Very Shannon. Click here for Shannon's fantastic website.

Jane Richmond was with her for their table. They have written many books together and I own them all! Click here for Jane's lovely website. 

These two are some of my favorite knitters, honestly. I have met them several times before but this was the first time I got to spend quality time with them. They are simply wonderful and fun and talented. True gems of the knitting world.

I am holding my baby sweater yarn from Gauge Dyeworks! I will be knitting a couple baby sweaters in the future with this genius yarn. Click here for Gauge Dyeworks! Much more to come on this!



I cast on a new sock for the plane rides home. I am still glowing with the memory of this fantastic knitting adventure. I taught two Smooth Operator Sock workshops and the students were so fun and game to learn. The other instructor was the smart and endearing Andrea Rangel of AlterKnit fame. 

Click here for Andrea Rangel's website! Andrea is so much fun and she's interesting, friendly, and she has a great sense of humor. I enjoyed her so much.

Anyway, I'll have more to share soon. Have a beautiful weekend.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sweet Bee and Flower + Making No. 5 / Colors


photo credit: carrie bostick hoge

Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Spring has finally sprung here in Wisconsin. It is supposed to be 60 degrees today. It seems hard to believe and it will be hard to not feel like grabbing my winter coat when I'm heading out the door. I am looking forward to some warmer temperatures as I'm sure many of you are, too. 
I have a new pattern out this weekend. It is called Sweet Bee and Flower and I'm really excited about it. It is in the new issue of Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors which is an incredible magazine filled with projects and inspiration. We have some fun things going on to celebrate the little bees and flowers over on Barrett Wool Co. 
The Sweet Bee and Flower kit is our first pre-order kit!  The kits will be sent out in about 4-6 weeks as we are waiting for our new shipment of yarn. If you order the Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors along with your kit, we will ship you the magazine right away and the kits will be shipped separately and for free as soon as they are ready.
We will keep you updated on the kit pre-order status as we anxiously await our new batch of yarn! Thank you for your patience and we know it will be worth the wait.

Click here to find the Sweet Bee and Flower on Ravelry!

Also, you can order Making No. 5 / Colors by itself and we have Making Magazine Numbers 1-4 available in the Mercantile! These magazines are collector's items that you won't want to miss.

Click here for the Mercantile for the Making Magazines!

photo credit: carrie bostick hoge

Here you can see the full Sweet Bee and Flower project. There is a flower cozy to hold a little sweet bee. These are knit in Home Fingering Weight yarn on US size 2 and 3 needles. There is no seaming as everything is picked up and knit on which makes it a slick and fun project. 


I had to share the beautiful cover of the Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors. It's so spring-y and fresh!


One last thing, there is a discount going on for all of the scissors over on Barrett Wool Co. If you enter SCISSORS at checkout you get $1.00 of every pair of scissors purchased. The style in the photo is our newest pair called Vintage. I think these are my new favorites. 


Have a great week ahead, Knitters! Next week I am off to teach at Galiano Island for a knitting retreat. I can't wait for this one. It is run through Knit Social and they always do an excellent job.

I'll be back soon with more...
xo ~ susan 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hen of the Woods Mittens


Hi, Knitters,
How are you doing today? We have a fresh covering of snow and we're supposed to get several more inches of snow today. Not great for mid-April but I think it will melt away quickly. Spring will come, it is inevitable. With the snowy, cold weather here to stay for a little longer, I have released a new mitten pattern and kit. But actually, mitten-knitting is a great project year round. 

The new design is called Hen of the Woods mittens and the pair is made out of some beautiful worsted weight gray 100% American Wool we received on cones. It is limited-edition wool. I think you will love it. We have created lovely mitten kits over on Barrett Wool Co. if you are interested. These have been selling quickly already.


The Hen mittens use the Waiting for Winter mitten pattern along with my new blog post instructions on Barrett Wool Co. Journal.


Hen of the Woods is actually a textured grayish mushroom that grows at the base of oak trees. I fell in love with the name of these mushrooms and thought it perfect for the name of the mittens. 



Have a great Sunday, Knitters. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Friday, April 06, 2018

Episode 30 :: Little Twigs



Hi, Knitters,
I have a new podcast up on YouTube today! Episode 30 :: Little Twigs where I talk about sweaters, socks, books, yarn and more!

I am hosting a giveaway for Pam Allen's new book Plain & Simple. You can enter on YouTube and I'll be posting on Instagram later today where you can also enter.


I'll be back soon with more. I hope you'll join me.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, April 01, 2018

New Patterns!

photo credit :: evan anderson

Hi, Knitters,
Happy weekend to you all. I hope you are doing well. I have a new pattern release and a pattern that's coming up soon, plus a couple of kits! 

The pattern that is currently released is called Cozy Mouse and it is found in Taproot Magazine, Issue 26 :: Heal. Barrett Wool Co. has the magazines and adorable kits available right now. 




Isn't this a beautiful cover? I love it. Click here to see more about Taproot Magazine!

photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge

The other pattern I have coming out is called Sweet Bee & Flower. This adorable knit toy is coming out in Making No. 5 / Color in a few short weeks. Barrett Wool Co. will have kits and the magazine available for purchase and I'll keep you posted when it all becomes available. 


photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge


photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge

So sweet and fun! This is a perfect companion toy for the Butterfly & Cocoon toy. 

photo credit :: evan anderson

Lastly, there are some Loopy Sweet Sheep Kits in Birch (white) available in the shop, too!


Have a beautiful Sunday! I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, March 25, 2018

D is for Duckling & Door County!



Hi, Knitters,
Well, it's been a busy, busy stretch around here. I've been traveling, teaching and designing up a storm. It has all been a lot of fun but I am ready to have a month off from travel and just be home for a bit. One thing I quickly want to mention is that I'll be teaching in my beloved Door County, Wisconsin this coming fall and I think there are still some spots available. It is an Ann Budd Knit for Fun Retreat and Olga Beraya-Kefelian and Laura Nelkin are teaching along with me and Ann Budd will be there, too, of course. The dates are September 20-23, 2018.


On Friday I released a new pattern called D is for Duckling. These are adorable palm-sized ducklings that are knit from the bottom-up and seamlessly. The pattern is on special discount through Tuesday, March 27th for $3.50 (no code needed) and will be $5.00 starting on March 28th, 2018.


We have put together a fantastic little kit using Home Fingering Weight yarn. You get everything you need to knit the three ducklings in the photos, the stuffing, and thread. The pattern can be included with your kit and you get a set of stitch markers and a hand-stamped project bag to boot. And it is easy on your pocketbook. Amazing all-around!




Here is a photo of the D is for Duckling Kit!



These little guys are so much fun to knit and there are lots of photos to help included in the pattern.



There is a lot of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn available in the shop right now. Since this yarn is milled at a small local mill it is difficult to keep it in stock as the demand is great. We are getting more next week, as well, so be sure to check back to see what's in stock then. 

Click here to see more or to purchase the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns! You will love this yarn for any of your projects. There is nothing else like it. 

Have a great Sunday and week ahead, Knitters. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan