Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mitten Kits are Back!

Hi, Knitters,
I want to pop in to give you a quick head's up about the Barrett Wool Co. Waiting for Winter Bulky Twist Mitten Kits. As of dinner time last night they are back in the shop. We had a huge number of kits listed (much more this time) and we have almost blown through the entire lot again but there are still some left in the shop if you hurry! 

The best way (and the first to be notified!) to find out about kits and yarn and patterns is the Barrett Wool Co. newsletter. Click here to sign up! There is a box on the bottom of every page on the website to enter your email to sign up. And I promise that we are restocking everything in the Barrett Wool Co. shop as fast as possible.

As of right now, there are three different colorways you can order. The photo above shows the Red & Black Licorice colorway. 

The pattern includes three sizes, small, medium and large. The small size will fit a large child/women's small, the medium is the size I wear, the large size will fit a larger woman/men's size. Lengths of course can be varied.
Blueberries & Cream is the next colorway available. We have the smallest amount of this kit version available. 
And last but not least, we have the Coffe & Cream option. This is the colorway of the knit sample.

The kit includes a hand-stamped muslin project bag, a tin of 20 assorted stitch markers, the digital pattern download link, and a Ravelry download code (printed on a card in the kit) for the pattern so you can store it in your pattern library over there, and of course, the wound yarn in your selected color! 

Here is the Blueberries & Cream mitten I worked up yesterday in size large. This took me less than an hour from start to finish. It's such a fun and fast project. Perfect for this time of year. 

I have to say it is hard to get a good natural lighting photo lately as the weather has been so dark and gray. We have barely seen the sun for weeks. And it's been raining and icy. Where did the beautiful winter go? 

We have had a lot of requests to carry the yarn in individual skeins and we are planning to do that as well. We have a big order in with the local mill for more of the Bulky Twist Yarn and also for our Wisconsin Woolen Spun naturals and colors in both fingering weight and worsted weight. We are nearly sold out with only a few skeins left in the shop. These yarns are listed in the Mercantile. 

The reaction to the lovely, rustic local Wisconsin-milled yarns has been overwhelming! Thank you so much. I am glad to see that you love the touch of Wisconsin as much as I do. 

Anyway, happy weekend! I'll be back soon with much more. Maybe it's time for a giveaway around here.... yes, next week.
xo ~ susan

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Mittens, New Yarn, New Podcast, New Restaurant

Hi, Knitters, 
When I get back from a teaching weekend it usually takes me a few days to get back to my regular speed around home. I need a bit of a recovery time. Last weekend I taught at Vogue Knitting Live NYC and honestly, this is just one of the best events out there. If you ever have the chance to go to VKLive NYC just do it. The energy is amazing. My classes were wonderful, filled with happy, fun students who were game to try new things. I really had the best time with my students. I have such love and respect for them and I am really grateful that my classes fill and that I get to teach. I truly love it. So thank you, dear students, and thank you, Vogue Knitting Live for inviting me. 

I won't be going to the Las Vegas Vogue Knitting Live due to already having two other teaching weekends planned for March 2017. It would be too much to add a third. But I'll be back, hopefully, next fall (I don't know where they are going yet) and winter (NYC!) for wherever Vogue takes me and I hope to see you all there! 

Now for those top-notch mittens you see in the first photo. Those are my brand new pattern, Waiting for Winter Bulky Mittens. The original Waiting for Winter Mittens are written for worsted weight yarn and I wanted to add a bulky weight version to the series. To start the Bulky pattern has three sizes, small, medium and large, to fit a large child, through adult large. 

I will be adding sizes, bigger and smaller, as pattern updates for this new Bulky weight pattern as I have done for the original pattern! 

The other exciting thing is that over at Barrett Wool Co. we are introducing a new local yarn line called, Wisconsin Woolen Spun! We launched the Waiting for Winter Bulky Twist Mitten Kits last night and we sold out in less than an hour. We are restocking as fast as possible. I will contact the mill today to see how quickly we can get more of the Bulky Twist yarn and I will keep you posted. 

Our kits (and yarn) have been selling out so quickly. We are amazed. We are working on more kits all of the time and as soon as our yarn gets restocked we will bring back all of the kits we have already done and we will have new kits available as well.

The best way to get notified immediately when things become available is to subscribe to our newsletter. That is always the first notification when kits and yarn are listed. The subscription box to enter your email is always at the bottom of every page on the website.

Click here for Barrett Wool Co.! Please subscribe and join me over there, we are having so much fun.

The second best way to be notified about new product listings is on Instagram. 

Join me on both if you like. I'd love to see you over there. 

The new Wisconsin Wool Spun Yarns are just simply beautiful and rich and earthy. I just love this yarn. We are offering both fingering weight and worsted weight at this time. We will be adding to this line with more colors and weights. Right now we have 50 gram skeins available for purchase but and in addition to the neutrals above, we have some beautiful colors as well. 

Here is a little description of our new Wisconsin Woolen Spun Yarns for you:
Our Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Yarns are about as close to homespun as we can get. The Merino and Corriedale wool is gathered from Midwestern farms right here in the United States. The carefully curated wool is then spun and dyed at a near to us Wisconsin mill. The yarn is spun using the woolen process. Our BWC Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns are two-ply in both the fingering and worsted weight and are available in 50 gram skeins. 
Woolen spun yarn is known to be light as air, durable, warm and lofty. This yarn delivers on every account. After the washing and blocking of the finished item, the fibers bloom and the fabric becomes very soft. The yarn is that perfect combination of rustic and beautiful and can be used for any colorwork or lace project, sweaters, toys, shawls, hats, mittens and even socks. 
Our small batch of Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns are charming, sweet, fun to knit, and they leave you wanting more when your project is completed.

Enjoy having a little part of Wisconsin in your knitting! 

In the photo above from left to right the colors are; Birch, Rain Shower, Quaker Gray, Stone, and Coal. All of the Wisconsin Woolen Spun is available for purchase in the Mercantile section of our website.

Another fun thing to note is that Evan and I were interviewed for the Fruity Knitting Podcast. Do you know this one? It is fantastic! The hosts are a married couple from Australia living in Germany (I hope this is correct) and they are wonderful. Andrea is a phenomenal knitter and she shares her knitting and does tutorials that are clear and helpful. They both knit and really, I highly recommend this podcast. I was a subscriber long before I was asked to be on the show. You will really enjoy this one.

The exciting part is that Andrea wanted to interview Evan, my son and business partner for Barrett Wool Co. Evan did a great job on his first online interview. Our part of the episode starts at about 41 minutes into the show. 

Lastly, I have to share one more fun thing. We went to dinner at a great restaurant in NYC called Ma Peche (that's My Peach in English, I hope). My baker son is a big fan of Christina Tosi and Momofuku. I think he has every book of theirs. He gave Evan and Miss Molly a restaurant gift certificate to use while we were in NYC this past weekend. The food was delicious and different and we ate way too much. And yes, if I didn't mention it earlier, Evan and Molly joined me in New York.

The best part is that right when you walk into the restaurant there is a Milk Bar which is the creation of Christina Tosi. It is all fun desserts. I had the Sweet Potato and Cereal Milk Twist with cereal crunch on top. It was tiny and so yummy. Perfect.

Phew! It has been a busy week. I am sending off my next design for the Making Magazine Issue 3 today. I finished the pattern writing yesterday. That was strenuous. I have another design and pattern due at the end of the week for another magazine contribution which I am so excited about. It is something different and I'll tell you about that soon.

Okay, dear friends, I'll be back soon with more. Thank you for the support and love! I'm sending it right back to you.
xo ~ susan

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

String Along Toys ~ Now Available!

photo from Quince & Co.
Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are doing well. I had a relaxing family vacation that was just wonderful and then I came home to a series of design deadlines for several magazines so I have been keeping my nose seriously planted in my knitting over the last couple of weeks. I am off to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC tomorrow so if you are going to be there I'd love to see you in class. My Sunday classes still have a few openings but I believe the other days are sold out. Anyway, be sure to say hello if we cross paths. I'd love to see you.

I am so excited to offer you my latest ebook originally published by the lovely Quince & Co. The ebook has the patterns for three toys, a mouse, a monkey, and a frog, that can be made as stand-alone toys or by creating a loop for a hand or foot can be strung together to create a garland or just to hold hands. The ebook is called String Along Toys and it has just become available for purchase in my Ravelry Pattern Shop.

To celebrate I am offering the digital ebook for 50% off the original price. The original price is $10 and it is now available for $5 starting today, January 11th and ending January 15th, 2017. No code is necessary as I've just set the price to make it simple for you.

The patterns are also available in a beautifully printed book by Quince & Co. if you are interested. It makes me so proud to see how Quince presents my work in both the printed form and the digital form. They really do an outstanding job. I love how Quince incorporated both my personality by adding in my original artwork in the book and how they capture the personality of the toys through the wonderful photography. It is very well done overall.

But most importantly, the patterns, knit in Lark (worsted weight) are clear and the toys are extremely fun and quite quick to knit. The construction for all three is completely seamless from the bottom-up. The mouse and monkey construction is a little different than the frog. With a clever twist at the neck, the stitches change direction without adding any short rows. 

photo from Quince & Co.

Here is some information about the pattern and yarn you might like to know:

String Along Toys

August 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3½" [9 cm] tall when sitting, 6½" [16.5 cm] body circumference, and 3" [7.5 cm] arm and leg length
This pattern is available for $5.00 USD 
 buy it now or  visit pattern website
Susan B. Anderson, a knitting name synonymous with sweet, adorable stitched creations, brings us a trio of storybook friends in String Along Toys. Worked in Lark, frogs, mice, and monkeys can be worked with loops for hands or feet so they can be linked together with their buddies.
lark / 1 skein each in the following colorways: 
Frogs: Snap Pea 128, Leek 131, and Parsley 129 
Monkeys: Bark 121, Chanterelle 118, Egret 101, Bird’s Egg 106 or Nasturtium 136 
Mice: Egret 101, Dogwood 135, Kumlien’s Gull 152
set dpns in size US 5 / 3.75 mm
skills required 
Long-tail cast on (link provided), increasing, decreasing, i-cord, bobbles (instructions included), working in the round.
Here are a few photos from Quince & Co. for you to enjoy!

photo from Quince & Co.

The worsted weight Lark from Quince & Co. is excellent for toy-knitting and it works up quickly.

photo from Quince & Co.

The Frog has knit-in bobbles that have a uniquely simple construction that doesn't involve turning back and forth. 

photo from Quince & Co. 

photo from Quince & Co.

You could make a string of all frogs, mice or monkeys or you can mix-and-match them together!

photo from Quince & Co.

I think the Monkey might be my favorite. He's so silly and mischievous.

photo from Quince & Co. 

The bodies can be striped or solid and the small-scale of the toys make them perfect to use up your small bits of worsted weight leftovers.

photo from Quince & Co.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new pattern collection as much as I enjoyed creating it. All of the photos in today's post were taken by Whitney Hayward for Quince & Co.

Remember, if interested, the digital pattern ebook is on discount for 50% off starting today, Jan. 11 and ending Jan. 15, 2017! Click here to purchase or find out more about the String Along Toys!

Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back soon with much more.
xo ~ susan

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Baker's Hat

Hi, Knitters,
I'm still on a family vacation but I quickly wanted to pop on here to let you know that my latest hat pattern was released today. It is called, Baker's Hat, due to my baker son requesting a new, lighter weight hat to wear both indoors and outdoors. I wrote the simple hat pattern in four sizes, baby through adult large, which my son is wearing. For me, I would make the adult medium size.  I've already made a second Baker's Hat for my other son in the Pepin colorway of Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight.

To celebrate this pattern release we are offering $2.00 off the pattern with a purchase of one or more skeins of our Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight. 

And here are some nice photos of the hat to enjoy! 

And by the way, my son hasn't taken the hat off since I gave it to him before Christmas. He is wearing it all of the time and every time I see him. The Bluff colorway just suits him.

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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016

Hi, Knitters,
Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your loved ones. I'm so thankful for all of you and for the places where we can share our love of knitting and really, our love and appreciation for each other.
xo ~ susan

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sheep! Kit Giveaway + more!

Hi, Knitters,
Well, good morning to everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I am quickly popping in to say hello and to tell you about a few new things that have popped up. First, I am hosting a fun kit giveaway for my popular Sheep! pattern. I have knit these cute Sheep up in my own yarn over at Barrett Wool Co. and we made some fantastic kits. The kits literally sold out in a matter of a few hours but as we were packing them up to ship out we discovered one extra kit. So we decided to give it away to one lucky winner! And I have to say we have been blown away by the response to our kits. I kind of knew how much people like a kit before but now I really know how much people enjoy kits. It makes sense especially for projects that use small amounts of many colors. 

Be sure to read how to enter! Please do not leave a comment on this post to enter to win.

Click here to see how to enter and to find out more about the Sheep Kit Giveaway! The kit is worth $40 and it includes a digital copy of the pattern via a Ravelry code. 

Click here to go to Barrett Wool Co. on Instagram! (This is where you actually leave a comment to enter to win. Be sure to read the details on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal to make sure you are eligible.)

The Barrett Wool Co. version of the Sheep! are worked up in our Home Fingering Weight Yarn, which is a bit of a heavier fingering weight so the only thing I did differently is to use one size smaller needle since the original sheep were knit in a sport weight yarn. The finished sheep are remarkably similar in size and it worked out perfectly. 

The other quick thing I want to mention is that we have had such a successful launch for Barrett Wool Co. and some of the colors have sold out. It is very exciting thanks to all of you. We have a gigantic new order of yarn coming so we will be fully restocked in the near future. But I want to make sure you know that we have still have so many of the colors left in stock and in both the fingering weight and worsted weight. 

Thank you for such a fun end of the year for my family and me. It has been incredibly satisfying and just downright fun. 

photo from Quince & Co.

Next up, there is some exciting news from Quince & Co. They have brought back the very popular doll kits for the Mary, Millie & Morgan collection. These kits have been sold out for months and months so if you are at all interested be sure to pick one up quickly.

Click here to see the Mary, Millie & Morgan pattern on Ravelry!

Click here to see the Mary, Millie & Morgan Kit on Quince & Co.!

Photo from Quince & Co.

The Quince doll kit includes everything you need to make one doll and all of the clothes. You get the beautiful yarn, stuffing, the printed book, embroidery floss and you even get two tiny buttons for the cardigan. All of the supplies are wrapped up in a beautifully printed drawstring bag.

The kit makes knitting the doll a lovely experience.

I have a new pattern coming out after the holidays and it is this handsome hat being worn by my son, The Baker. He asked for a new lighter weight hat that he could wear indoors and outdoors. I always jump at the chance when one of my kids asks for something handknit. The hat is knit out of Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight Yarn in the Bluff colorway. It is such a fun and simple knit and it takes only one skein of our yarn. 

The hat is called, Baker's Hat. I have another one on the needles for my other son in the Pepin colorway which is a deep eggplant purple. I am making really good progress on that.

Most of the Home Fingering Weight Yarn colors are still in stock if you are interested in grabbing a skein in advance for the Baker's Hat. 

The pattern is already written and is with my tech editor right now. I'll let you know when it is ready. I have writtent the pattern in four sizes, baby through adult large (which is the size my son is wearing). This isn't just a hat for a man, it is simple and lovely and would look great on anyone.

I want to be sure to mention that we have added electronic Gift Cards to our shop so if you are looking for that last minute gift this is a great option. Click here to find out more about our Barrett Wool Co. Gift Cards!

Finally, I have to mention out of gratitude that on the home page of Ravelry Community Eye Candy: The Year in Projects, posted on Dec. 21, 2016, I noticed that my Smooth Operator Socks pattern was included as one of the top patterns for 2016. This pattern took off last July and has kind of had a life of its own. This was one of the most gratifying projects I have ever created and again, I want to thank you for the support. I love what I do get to do with knitting and knitting socks has been a big part of that through the years so this has been an extra fun experience.

Good luck if you enter the Sheep! Kit Giveaway!

Much love to you all. I'll be back soon with more. Is it really December 23rd?
xo ~ susan

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Free Shipping & a New Pattern ~ Hiking Hat!

Hi, Knitters,
Quick post today let you know about a couple of new things going on. I have a new hat pattern called, Hiking Hat. It is made with three contrasting colors of Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight. Three skeins of Home Worsted make three different versions of the hat in the adult-medium size in the pattern (there are six sizes in the pattern, baby through adult-large) I actually knit this same hat years ago and it has been in heavy rotation at our house ever since. It is a looser fitting, versatile hat that really could become a favorite go-to in your house, too. It is a simple and fun and fast knit. The pattern is available on Ravelry and on Barrett Wool Co

And at Barrett Wool Co. we are offering free shipping (U.S. shipping only) on any purchase of 3 or more skeins from today through Friday, December 16th, 2016! We are so in love with our products and the response to our new company has been incredible so far. We want to celebrate with you and thank you! No coupon code is necessary. 

Here is some more information about the hat and hat pattern if you are interested:

Hiking Hat


December 2016

Worsted (9 wpi) ?

4.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch

US 8 - 5.0 mm

230 - 690 yards (210 - 631 m)

Baby (small child, large child, adult small, medium, large) Finished circumference measurements: 14 (16, 18, 20, 21, 23) inches or 36 (41, 46, 51, 53, 58) centimeters
This pattern is available for $4.00 USD  buy it now
Everyone needs that perfectly warm, oversized, loose-fitting hat for those winter hikes, walks, or even just for running to the car and back. Many years ago I knitted this same hat in a slightly looser gauge with three colors and a long ribbed brim to wear turned up or down or anywhere in between. I knit the adult-medium size and literally everyone in my family, from my husband on down to my youngest daughter, have worn this same size Hiking Hat. And it looks great on everyone!
Because of the looser gauge, the long brim and the structure of the hat it is incredibly versatile. On top of that, the hat is a simple joy to knit. Easy stitch patterns keep it interesting and working on the larger needle-size makes the Hiking Hat a super-quick knit.
Sizes: Baby (small child, large child, adult small, medium, large)
Finished circumference measurements: 14 (16, 18, 20, 21, 23) inches or 36 (41, 46, 51, 53, 58) centimeters
Sizing note: The hat is supposed to be oversized and looser fitting. This is taken care of in the design of the hat, so choose the size that is closest to the intended head-circumference in inches. If the head circumference falls in between sizes, round up to the next size.
Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight (100% American Wool; 230 yards, 210 meters/100 grams), 1 skein each in three contrasting colors.
Note: 3 skeins will make three adult-medium size hats including the pom-poms.
Sample Hats used the following colors:
Version A
Color 1: Wishing Well
Color 2: Marmalade
Color 3: Bluff
Version B:
Color 1: Bluff
Color 2: Wishing Well
Color 3: Marmalade
Version C:
Ribbed Brim: Striped in Colors 1 and 3.
Color 1: Marmalade
Color 2: Bluff
Color 3: Wishing Well
Needles: US size 8 (5mm) sixteen-inch (40cm) circular needle and double-pointed needles in same size, set of 4.
Needle suggestion:
~ You may find the smallest size is easier to knit on double-pointed needles from the start.
~ Switch to double-pointed needles for all sizes as needed during the crown decrease.
Gauge: 4.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch (2.54cm) in stockinette stitch
Yarn needle
Tape measure or ruler
Stitch marker
Optional: pom-pom maker
Also, on our Barrett Wool Co. YouTube Channel I have posted a new video on how to make the wonderful color block pom-poms that are my favorite and that you see on the Hiking Hats. I hope you subscribe to the channel. I am posting tutorials and other things quite often so far. 

In the video I throw in a couple of good tips and tricks along the way.

Click here for the green Clover Pom-pom maker I used on the hat!

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well. The holidays are approaching quickly. I have squeezed in one hat and one sock so far for my Christmas knitting. I am hoping to at least get the second sock done in time. I'll share a photo if that happens. Wish me luck. I'd love to hear what you are working on these days.

I'll be back soon with more! Much love to you all.
xo ~ susan