Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry, Merry Pattern Sale!


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.


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. 



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. 



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. 


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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Anniversary Specials, New Colors & Sven!


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.


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. 


1. For International sales of $54 or more we have a $3.00 discount shipping code to enter at checkout: INTERNATIONAL

2. For U.S. sales we have FREE shipping on all sales of $54 or more with this code at checkout: 
HAPPYANNIVERSARY

3. All Ravelry Barrett Wool Co. patterns are now 50% off with this code at checkout: 

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Episode 29: Fall Review 2017



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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Edmonton & Arve


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 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. 



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 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!



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. 




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. 


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

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Three French Hens ~ pattern & kits


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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sampleri ~ new pattern & kit!


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. 



The kits include our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted in gorgeous rich colors. 


Here is some information you might like to know:

Sampleri

Knitting
October 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
250 yards (229 m)
Newborn (baby, child’s small, teen/adult small, adult medium, adult large, adult extra-large)
This pattern is available for $3.50 USD  buy it now
Sampleri 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: Jam
Sample 2 (made in the Newborn size): 
MC: Rain Shower 
CC1: Penny 
CC2: Hawthorn 
CC3: Jam
Yarn 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 up in no time, it looks more complicated than it really is and the finished hat is lovely and fun to wear. All of that adds up to a great knitting experience!


The Sampleri Kits include enough yarn to make the adult xl size. If you make the baby size you will be able to get more than one hat out of the yarn provided. 

There are two choices for the Main Color yarn, Rain Shower or Oats. And there are two Contrast Color choices, one includes Harbor (navy blue) and the other includes Hawthorn (brown). All are beautiful options.



Well, have a super week. Thanks for all of the support. I'm off to the great north. I hear it is really cold and wintery in Edmonton right now so I am packing warm wooly clothes and pulling out my winter coat. 

Sounds kind of perfect for a knitting retreat, doesn't it?
xo ~ susan

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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


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.



photo from makingzine.com

The 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!


photo from makingzine.com

This is one of the most charming projects I have ever designed. I love the little beds!

photo from makingzine.com

These 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.


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