I hope you are doing well this weekend. It's been fun around here. I got to spend a lot of time with good old Peachy yesterday running errands and going out for dinner. I loved the one-on-one time which is always a treat when you have a big family.
Now for a little bit of exciting news! I have a new pattern that's just been released. Here is the description:
Crisp chilly days, colorful leaves, hot apple cider and pumpkins! The fall season is a favorite amongst many for obvious reasons and I wanted to capture a little bit of this autumnal magic with the Fall Harvest Charm Set. The pattern includes four patterns for a pumpkin, acorn, pinecone and a leaf. All of the charms are worked up in our Home Fingering Weight yarn and you only need a small amount for each. The charms are perfect for making a garland, an ornament, to top a gift, to gift to a special teacher, or to put in a bowl on a coffee table.
Included in the pattern are 4 video tutorial links that are exclusive, meaning they are only available when you purchase the pattern! I help guide you right through as you work.
I hope you’ll enjoy knitting a little bit of fall this year!
Black Sheep, White Sheep + Making No. 6 / Black & White Pre-Order
Thank you so much for the enormous response to my new project and kit in the upcoming issue of Making No. 6 / Black & White. The small and clever Black Sheep, White Sheep project is really a sweet knockout of a project. We still have kits available for pre-order along with the magazine.
Jump on over to check it out while it lasts.
Important Note: Due to shipping, please note that if you pre-order the kit and/or magazine, it needs to be a separate order if you are ordering other items as well.
Click here for the Black Sheep, White Sheep Kits and Making No. 6 pre-order.
Once again I’m teaching at one of my favorite events, Vogue Knitting Live New York, coming up on January 25-27, 2019! VIP sign-ups have already started and open registration begins soon, and I want to make sure that I get to see you in class if you are coming to the event. Everything sells out fast and I’m teaching on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This is an event not to miss. It’s really an incredible experience. I hope to see you in class in NYC!
Today I am leaving you with a few photos from our apple picking excursion from a couple of weeks ago. This year we went to Sutter’s Ridge Farm in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. So far I’ve made applesauce and apple crisp, my old standby recipes.
I hope you are able to get out there and enjoy this beautiful season and I hope your knitting is going well. It is getting downright cold outside and I am enjoying bundling up in my woolens once again.
Pre-Order Making No. 6 and Black Sheep, White Sheep Kits
I hope you are all doing well. I celebrated a birthday this weekend and we enjoyed a fun family dinner last night. I'm still feeling warm and toasty about our time together this morning, feeling pretty grateful. I have some big new things happening in the knitting universe and I'd like to share those with you this morning.
Today is a big day! For the first time we are taking pre-orders for both Making No. 6 / Black & White and kits for my project in the magazine called Black Sheep, White Sheep, which is an adorable pint-sizeREVERSIBLEtoy! The sheep turns inside out to reveal the other sheep in the opposite color. These little sheep are fun to knit, quick and super clever. Perfect for gifting to knitters, sheep-lovers and kids!
Making No. 6 and Black Sheep, White Sheep kits will begin shipping around October 30th, 2018.
Making is an exquisite magazine full of all sorts of inspiring projects, not just knitting. The issues are collector’s items, like treasured books with timeless projects. We will have all 6 issues of Making restocked in the Mercantile very soon. I have a toy design in each of these issues.
Last week I worked on re-vamping my Tecumseh sweater by steeking the front and making it into a cardigan. I also cut in afterthought pockets edged with an I-cord bind off. It turned out great and I love it. In the process, I removed several inches of fabric to make it a little smaller.
As I was working I took photos to document the changes in my Instagram stories and this is now saved on my profile page if you are interested in seeing the steps in action. This is one of the best and most beautiful sweaters I have ever knitted.
We still have a very limited number of Tecumseh Sweater Kits available in both the Rain Shower and Birch colorways. Grab one quick if you are interested. The design and pattern is by the talented Caitlin Hunter of @boylandknitworks on Instagram.
Don’t forget that we have an ongoing deal on our new Snap-On Faux Fur poms! We love them and so do you apparently. The deal is that you get two poms for $10 with code POM at checkout.
I have two videos available for these poms.
-One shows how to attach the snap to the top of your hat. Click here for the video!
-The other video shows how you need to give the pom a quick blow dry to fluff it up after removing it from the mailing packaging. You don’t want to miss this step. Click here for the video!
You will love our poms, they are the perfect size to top any hat.
We have been quietly building up our stock of Wisconsin Woolen Spun over the last few weeks. If you are interested in getting a sweater’s worth or just a skein or two for a smaller project I suggest you hop on over to check out the options. This yarn is nothing short of beautiful and it comes in big, generous, squishy skeins. You will fall in love with this soulful yarn. I guarantee it.
This pattern sale includes patterns like Little Dino, Mermaids, Mitten patterns, Sleepy Kitten Set, Three French Hens, Bear and a Bunny Suit, Holiday Charm Set, Owen Hat, and Cabled Gigi to name a few.
Second, I have a new pattern, which is included in the pattern sale, and a new kit! The new mittens are called Counting Ridges Mittens.
Here is a little information on the bulky weight on mitten pattern:
What could be easier than casting on and counting ridges until you have completed an adorable, squishy garter stitch mitten? Nothing much! This bulky yarn mitten pattern is one of my favorites because it is incredibly quick to knit, it fits so well and it’s so easy to memorize. I’ve provided five sizes from toddler to adult-large. That should cover most anyone from babies, kids, teens to adults. You can, of course, easily modify the lengths of the cuffs, hands, and thumbs to suit your preferences. There is something so classic, cozy and old-fashioned about these Counting Ridges Mittens. I know you will fall in love with knitting, gifting and wearing them.
Let the mitten-knitting season begin!
The kit includes our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Bulky Twist yarn wound in a ready to cast on cake and in lots of color choices, the pattern, and our signature stitch marker tin. The pattern comes in five sizes, baby through adult-large.
Well, we were struck by a flash flood in Madison and surrounding areas last week. I've never experienced anything like it before and it is not fun. What happened is that an enormous amount of rain hit our area in a short period of time and the streets and drainage systems, ponds and lakes could not handle it. Streets have been and still are closed days later. People are drying out their basements and taking furniture, flooring and belongings out to the curbs.
We were lucky. We had some trouble in part of our basement but we didn't lose anything and we handled the water swiftly and efficiently. Our street is on a hill and my daughter and I watched from an upstairs window as it turned into a raging river in front of us. It was incredible. I really feel for those that have had difficulty, injury, damage and even loss. Water is a force to be reckoned with.
The photo above is of one of my favorite walking and running paths. The line of bushes in the water is where the path is supposed to go, it veers to the right when it is dry. The photo below shows the exposed path on a regular day.
You can see the difference of the exact same spot before the flooding, where the same path veers to the right. Almost all of the greenery and flowers are now under water. Things will take a while to go back to normal but I am just thankful that most are okay.
I hope you are all doing okay and well and that you haven't had any crazy weather issues in your areas. It seems that there are a lot of natural disasters out there right now. If you are going through one of these situations I hope that you are okay.
photo credit: Alana Dakos
On a much lighter note, I want to share with you a new hat design by the talented Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting fame. She is a lovely designer who I have admired and mentioned many times throughout the years.
The new hat is called Mountainside and it has a textured botanical pattern that looks like pine trees on the side of a mountain, thus the name. The hat uses Barrett Wool Co.'s Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn in Fingering Weight. We have created beautiful little kits to go along with the Mountainside hat.
I love the fit of the hat, the elegant design and the simplicity of it all. Alana has a real knack for this type of design detail. She has just the right touch.
The Mountainside Hat Kit comes with enough yarn, wound in a ready-to-use cake, to make one hat following Alana's pattern, a downloadable Ravelry pattern code (the printed pattern is not included), a stitch marker tin filled with 20 assorted color markers, a Snap-On Pom-Pom in your color of choice, and our newest offering (see below).
I made an embroidery wall hanging of our logo to put up in our office. We loved it so much that we photographed it and got it made into a coaster. I love these coasters so much. They have a handmade touch and they are useful, unlike something like a postcard.
I hope if you get an order, that you'll enjoy using the coaster with my embroidery to rest your mug while you are knitting. I like that idea.
Anyway, I am knitting my own Mountainside hat in the Oats colorway with a faux-fox snap on pom that's included in the kit. I've already casted on and am getting ready to start the stitch pattern section now. I'd love it if you'd join me.
Have a great Sunday and week ahead and stay dry and safe!
I hope you are all doing well and that August is being good to you this year. I want to let you know that we have a new and exciting sweater kit available over on Barrett Wool Co. for the Tecumseh sweater! The design is by the fabulous Caitlin Hunter of @boylandknitworks on Instagram. She is just an amazing new designer who is taking the knitting world by storm. I am a big fan of her work and it thrills me that she is letting us create unique kits with her designs. She is fun and open for anything it seems. I love that about her.
Tecumseh is a roomy, comfortable sweater that has a simple top-down construction with bands of colorwork and lots of straight knitting with one color. It is the best of all worlds as far as knitting a sweater is concerned.
I made a quick tutorial on how to attach the poms to the top of a hat that you might find useful.
There has been lots and lots of this going on in August. I just love to walk, run, bike in August. It is so peaceful and lush around here. I hope you are able to enjoy a little of the great outdoors in this late summer month before the bustle of the fall is upon us.
I hope you are all doing well. Things are busy and hot and humid around here. I think it is 90 degrees right now and feels like the mid-to-upper 90s with the humidity. But still, despite the heat, I am knitting away on a big sweater called Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter. I'll share more about it later.
First, in business, I want to let you know that we have listed more Little Giraffe Kits in the shop on Barrett Wool Co. There are three really sweet colorways available that you will love.
The Little Giraffe is a little bigger size toy than many that I design. This toy sits at about 10-inches tall. It is such a great size for kids as you can see. The construction is clever, limbs and ears first, and then they are knit right in as you work the head and body. No piecing together of little parts, it's really fool-proof!
All you need to add is a little stuffing, the rest is provided including the eyes and yarn for the mouth.
So my husband and I took a little trip to see my brother and sister-in-law in Virginia last week. They are both going through some health issues so really we were there not only to visit but to help out a bit. It was great to see them and to spend time in their beautiful home. It's such a pretty area.
During one quiet afternoon we drove over to the Great Falls Park for a quick hike. It was truly spectacular and not a difficult hike so it all just seemed very pleasant. The trails were wide and well-kept as it is a busy park. The views were amazing. I recommend this one!
My hiking buddy is a pretty fun guy, always game for a hike or run or walk or bike ride. I love that about him.
Have a great week! I'll be back soon with more. I wish August would slow down a little. I'm not ready for college to start again for my girls...