Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Three Color Mitten Kit is Here!

Hi, Knitters,
I have a fun new version of the Barrett Wool Co. Bulky Twist Mitten Kit to share with you today! 

You can purchase the kit with or without the Waiting for Winter Bulky Mitten pattern if you already have the pattern. You can make matching mittens or mix it up!

Over on Barrett Wool Co. the kits are housed in the Pattern section on the menu for now in case you are looking. We will be doing some rearranging soon to have a separate section for the kits on the menu. 

Also, our Home Collection Yarns in both fingering weight and worsted weight will be fully stocked again in a few short weeks! We are so excited and we have some wonderful plans in store. 

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

We have a fantastic new version of the Bulky Twist Mitten Kit for you! We have included three colorways of the marled yarn for you to mix and match, stripe and colorblock however you would like. There is enough yarn to make at least a couple pairs of mittens and maybe even a spare mitten or two to keep on hand. 
We hope you enjoy this Mitten Kit with triple the amount of yarn!
Here is the introduction and information for the mitten pattern:
Now the beloved Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern series has a new version for bulky weight yarn. This pattern has three sizes, including child's large/adult small, adult medium and adult large. The mittens knit up lickety-split with the bulky weight yarn and larger needles. It will take you an evening or two to make a pair. You'll have the simple pattern memorized after only a couple pair. With mitten knitting season in full swing this is the perfect time for another version of Waiting for Winter Mittens. We couldn't wait to make up a kit for these wonderfully cozy mittens using our new Wisconsin Woolen Spun Bulky Twist yarn. The 2-ply twisted colors in the yarn make a fantastic marled fabric that looks sporty and fun! 
The Kit Includes:
  • Enough of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Bulky Twist yarn in Coffee & Cream, Red & Black Licorice and Juniper to make several pair of mittens. The yarn will arrive wound in a cake ready to be knit!
  • Ravelry download code for the Bulky Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern
  • Tin of 20 assorted stitch markers
  • Packaged in a hand-stamped cotton bag
Small (medium, large). Sized to fit 6 (7, 8)-inch hand circumference measured around the knuckles on the hand.
Note: The sample is made in the medium-size and fits an average size woman’s hand. The small fits a large child or small woman’s size and the large fits a larger woman’s or a men’s size. Lengths can be adjusted accordingly per preference.
YarnBarrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Bulky Twist (100% American Wool, bulky weight 2-ply, 185 yards/114 grams), 1 skein.
NeedlesUS size 10 or 6mm double-pointed-needles, set of four, OR size to obtain gauge.
Gauge3.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch and 6 rounds per inch.
Materials1 detachable stitch marker and 1 stitch marker to go on the needle
Scrap Yarn
Ruler or tape measure
Yarn needle

Here are a bunch of samples I made up with the three Bulky Twist colors of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn. The kit provides enough yarn to make 2-3 pairs of mittens depending on the size from the pattern.

These are all worked up in the medium size and each individual mitten weighs 24 grams. The kit will give you over 150 grams of Bulky Twist in total to knit up any way you choose. 

It's a lot of fun to figure out how you make to make your pair of mittens!

The Bulky Twist yarn is so much fun to knit. It is light and airy and the fabric is deliciously marled!

On another note, the #dailyknitsocks hashtag over on Instagram is so much fun. If you are on Instagram and you wear knit socks feel free to join in. There are no rules. You can post as much or as little as you like. It's been so great to be able to see so many knitters wearing their sock. I love it.

The socks are knit in an old and I believe discontinued yarn, Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka, Color 9076

The clogs are the El Naturalista brand.

I'll be back soon with more. I have a fun colorwork hat pattern coming out hopefully very soon. I also am traveling to Austin, Texas next week for the Hill Country Weavers Retreat. I am really looking forward to teaching in Texas again. There are fantastic and enthusiastic knitters in Texas and it's always a treat. 

xo ~ susan

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Three Wee Sheep Pattern & a Winner!

Hi, Knitters,
First, serina6 (rav name) won the skein of Three Irish Girls Yarns in the Hawk Ridge colorway! Congratulations! I have contacted the winner via Ravelry message. Thanks for entering and I have a lot of giveaways lined up so I'll post another one very soon.

Next up, I have a brand new pattern that released last week. The pattern is called Three Wee Sheep

I have listed the pattern at a discounted price of $5.00, now through tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017! The regular price is $7.00. No code is necessary as the price is set at the discount. 

The pattern includes links to 7 exclusive video tutorials that take you through the stitch patterns and the finishing of the sheep. The videos are not public and can only be viewed by the pattern purchasers. It's like have a workshop with your pattern!

I hope if you are interested you will take advantage of the discounted price this weekend. Please let me know if you use and like the video tutorials. It is a new concept that I am trying out and I'd love to hear your feedback. 

Double-loop stitch sheep!

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

Three Wee Sheep


February 2017

Worsted (9 wpi) ?

6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch

US 5 - 3.75 mm

30 yards (27 m)

2 ½ inches tall
This pattern is available for $5.00 USD  buy it now
We are offering the pattern and videos for $5.00, which is $2.00 off the regular pattern price, starting today, Feb. 14th and ending Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2017! No code is necessary as the price is set with the discount.
I am excited to be offering 7 exclusive video tutorials that take you through each step of the Three Wee Sheep project. The links are included in the pattern and are only available for pattern and kit purchasers. It’s like getting a workshop from me along with your pattern.
Three Wee Sheep is the perfect project for any sheep-loving knitter to keep or gift. The sheep are tiny and can be set on a desk at work, put in the pocket of a child, or hung as an ornament as a sweet decoration. The loop stitches will keep your fingers in great shape, I promise. The loop stitches are only for a few rounds on a small number of stitches so don’t be intimidated. The construction is fun and seamless. The sheep are worked from the bottom up in one piece. The feet and ears are picked up and knit right on to finish things off.
Be sure to read through the Stitch Guide before you cast on. Video tutorials links for each step are on page 4 of the pattern.
Pattern Information:
Finished measurements
2 ½ inches tall
Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted Weight (100% American Wool; 250 yards/100 grams), small amounts needed. Used in the samples are the colors: Oats, Hawthorn, Birch, Rain Shower, Stone and Quaker Gray. The knit samples weigh about 8 grams stuffed.
Note: When doing loop stitches it is important to have a yarn that isn’t slick or slippery. I recommend 100% wool and woolen spun works the best.
US size 5 or 3.75mm, set of four double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge.
Detachable stitch marker
Yarn needle
Embroidery floss
Small amount of fiberfill
6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Mini-bobble stitch sheep!

Here are some quick photos of the stitch options.

Twisted loop stitch sheep!

Single loop stitch sheep!

Stockinette stitch sheep!

Also, we have a new colorway for our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Bulky Twist in stock in over at Barrett Wool Co.! It is called Juniper and it is a beautiful, bouncy blue and black bulky weight yarn.

It is the perfect yarn to make the new Waiting for Winter Bulky Mittens pattern (click here)!

Here are the other color options for the Bulky Twist yarns!

Also in the Barrett Wool Co. Mercantile if the gorgeous new colorway called Blushing. This color is available in both our Wisconsin Woolen Spun worsted and fingering weights!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to the indoor farmers market in downtown Madison very soon here. 

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Episode 27 ~ For the Love of Wool

Hi, Knitters,
First, Evan and I were interviewed with my longtime friend, Jennifer, of the Craftsanity Podcast. It is a good interview and I hope you take a moment to listen. This is my fourth time on her podcast and she links to all of the previous interviews as well in her show notes. Thanks to Jennifer for having us.

Click here to listen to Evan and me on the Craftsanity Podcast!

I finally got around to filming a new podcast episode! Yay! There is a giveaway in the podcast for a skein of Three Irish Girls sock yarn. You don't need to watch to enter to win. The details are at the end of the post.

You can find me on the interwebs here and other places:

YouTube: The SusanBAnderson channel and the BarrettWoolCo channel. Please subscribe if interested!

Barrett Wool Co. Please sign up for the newsletter if you like! We'd love to have you join us.

Instagram: barrettwoolco and susanbanderson

These are the links for everything mentioned in the podcast:

Barrett Wool Co.


Ambrosia Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston

Quince & Co. Puffin in the Frank's Plum colorway

Smooth Operator Socks pattern

Making Magazine

Branches & Buds sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns by Barrett Wool Co.

Regia Colormania sock yarn Ravelry link, apparently discontinued.

Signature Needle Arts

Kristin Nicholas ceramic bowl

Biscotti & Cie from The Loopy Ewe

Lowland Originals on Etsy

Fringe Supply Co.

Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight

Loritimesfive's Sweater that has inspired me.

Unspun Icelandic Wool Sweater by Steinunn Birma Guojonsdottir - free pattern!

Bulky Twist Wisconsin Woolen Spun by Barrett Wool Co.

Waiting for Winter Bulky Mittens Pattern

Spincycle Yarns

Three Irish Girls Yarn in the Hawk Colorway

Arne & Carlos Pairfect Regia

Giveaway Information for the Three Irish Girls sock yarn in the Hawk Ridge colorway:

To enter the giveaway to win the skein of Three Irish Girls in the Hawk Ridge colorway please leave one comment on this blog post. To be entered you must leave either your Ravelry username or an email to be reached in case you win. Please only click on the Publish button one time. There will be a delay until your comment will appear on the blog.

Thanks for joining me today! I'll be back soon with a randomly selected winner for the sock yarn.
xo ~ susan

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Little Hearts ~ the free pattern is here!

Hi, Knitters, 
It's turned cold around here again these past few days but at least we are getting some sunshine so I'll take it. I hope you are all doing well. I've been knitting up a storm and I can't wait to share some of my newest projects with you coming up in the months ahead. Today I have a new free pattern for you called Little Hearts.

The Little Hearts free pattern is up and available!

Also, my Top 20 pattern sale ends tonight, Feb. 4th, 2017, at midnight Central Time. You get 20% off by entering TOP20 at checkout. Click here for a list of the patterns included in the sale.

And lastly, over at Barrett Wool Co. we are having a FREE shipping offer (US only) on any order of 3 or more skeins of any of our yarns including Home Fingering and Home Worsted and our Wisconsin Woolen Spun (found in the Mercantile on This sale is going on now and ends tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 5th, 2017.

Click here for the Wisconsin Woolen Spun!

For the Little Hearts pattern here is some information you might like to know:

Little Hearts


February 2017

Worsted (9 wpi) ?

5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch

US 7 - 4.5 mm

25 yards (23 m)

about 2 1/4 inches in width, 2-inches in height
 This pattern is available for free.
Little Hearts is a quick and fun free pattern available on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Barrett Wool Co.!
Enjoy ~
Here is some information you might like to know:
Size: About 2 ¼-inches wide and 2-inches in height after felting
Yarn: 10 grams of worsted weight wool.
Samples are knit in: Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun and Home Worsted Weight.
Needles: US size 7 or 4.5mm, set of 3 double-pointed needles or long circular for Magic Loop.
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch before felting

The Little Hearts can be strung for a garland either horizontally, like in the photo, or vertically. 

Happy Valentine's Day coming up. You have plenty of time to knit a heart or two for the ones you love.

I'll be back next week with more. I am planning on recording a podcast next week so that should be fun. I haven't done a podcast in a long time.

Happy Saturday to you all. I hope you get some knitting time this weekend.
xo ~ susan

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February Love


Hi, Knitters,
The winner of the Knit Style sock yarn in the Fallen Faerie colorway is....

megdeardon (rav id)! Congratulations to Meg! I've already sent off the yarn to her. Thanks to Sharon for the yarn, and thanks for entering if you did, and I'll host another giveaway very soon. 

The Top 20 Pattern Sale discount is still going on through this Saturday. Thanks to everyone who has used the discount code TOP20 for 20% off. For the full list of discounted patterns click here!

This week I've finished up another design and pattern. I have designs in three different upcoming magazines, one of which is kind of unexpected. It has been really fun. The three projects I created are very different from each other so that has kept things interesting. I'll keep you posted when they come out. Two of the magazines are spring releases and one is next fall.

I've also been working on some adorable little hearts to knit. I kind of love Valentine's Day. I love it when the holiday season is over and you clean your house and it looks so good and fresh. Then when February comes around it feels good to set out a couple of sweet Valentine decorations to brighten things up a bit. These hearts are kind of perfect for just that.

I have tried a few variations on the heart pattern and have landed on the final one. It is easy to memorize and really, it couldn't be simpler. The hearts are made in my Barrett Wool Co. 100% wools so I am hand-felting them when they are done. Anyway, I am releasing the free pattern tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, over on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal.  If you are interested be sure to check it out!  

One last thing, we started a quick Feel the Love February Free Shipping offer (US shipping only) over on Barrett Wool Co.! If you purchase 3 or more skeins of any of our Home yarns in fingering or worsted weight you get free shipping. No code is necessary. The free shipping offer runs through Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017. It's a good deal.

We have an enormous order of fresh yarn coming from Maine in a couple of weeks so we need to make some room around here. The photo above is of the remaining Home Fingering Weight colors still in stock. Top row left to right: Grassland, Morning Sky, Wishing Well, Wood Violet, and Pepin. Bottom row left to right: Priscilla, Humble Gold, Field, Marmalade, and Bear.

Also, included in the Free Shipping is the gorgeous new Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted Weight yarns we listed a couple of days ago. There is still some remaining in the shop. 

Right now we have the naturals available in stock. The Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns are listed in the Barrett Wool Co. Mercantile. Click right here to see the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn! We now have big, bouncy 100 gram hanks and they are just beautiful to behold. I really, genuinely love this yarn. 

I just cast on Carrie Bostick Hoge's Branches & Buds Pullover in the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn and it is so much fun to knit. I'm just past the colorwork yoke, it is top-down. I'll share a photo soon.

Anyway, don't forget the Little Hearts free pattern is coming tomorrow. 

I hope you're having a great week. Thanks for joining me and I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan