Tag Archives: Love of Knitting

Spotlight on Red Barn Yarn Powder River

Red Barn Yarn Power RiverUnlike other bases, which start out basically a soft white, Powder River yarn starts as a lovely two-ply of soft, natural colors (camel and soft gray). The colorways translate into wonderful gray tones of the Red Barn Yarn colors,  creating a totally different palette  from which to work, and knitters will love the lofty, soft hand of this Mountain Merino and Alpaca blend.

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Each skein of this dk weight yarn has 260 yards in 3.5 oz, presenting plenty of yardage for use in a variety of projects. A perfect one skein project is Jill Wolcott’s Limestone Scarf, available as a Ravelry download. Just click here to purchase the pattern and add it to your Ravelry library! In the current issue of Love of Knitting (Fall 2014), you’ll find the Letterman Scarf, by Jennifer Burt. The sample shown above is knit with Chambray and Water Sapphire. Choose a pair of team or school colors, or your favorite color combination and cast on today!

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Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it! Recently Stephanie, of Hot Pink Socks Reviews, took a closer look at Red Barn Yarn Powder River and shared her review on her blog. We’d love to hear your thoughts in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page. If Red Barn Yarn Powder River isn’t available at a store near you, please contact info@redbarnyarn.com to purchase directly.

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Skill Building Shawls

In the recent Love of Knitting: Knit Accessories issue, the collection of patterns allows for the knitter to use a small project to learn new skills and techniques. Click here to purchase your hard copy or digital edition of the magazine. Three of the patterns use yarn hand-painted by Red Barn Yarn! These shawl patterns are great summer projects as they are portable, lightweight, and can be put to use right away to keep summer breezes or air-conditioning chills at bay.

The Wimbledon Shawl is a wonderful introduction to incorporating texture in your knitting. The shawl is knit in two sections – a cabled section to represent the racquets, and a lace section to represent the netting. The instructions include both written and charted directions. Don’t let the cables or lace intimidate you – each technique is an intentional manipulation of your knitting. Cables are simply switching the location of stitches and lace can be thought of as intentional holes! Red Barn Yarn is pleased to offer yarn kits in Wimbledon and U.S. Open colorways, click here for the details!

 Peaches and Cream is a lace shawl pattern in Llama Sparkle. This worsted weight yarn beautifully sets off the Lily of the Valley lace pattern. Working lace in a heavier weight yarn can be great as a first lace project as you’ll be able to really see your progress! Stitch markers are a key material in the making of this shawl; they are used to mark each side of the center back stitch.

 

 

If you are ready for a more involved lace project, consider the Colliers Wood Shawl. This pattern is worked in the round and the clever trick of changing needle sizes creates a flutter at the edge. The yarn is Black Pearl Fingering, hand-dyedpainted by Red Barn Yarn, a luxurious 50% pearl, 50% Tencel blend. In creating this shawl, you will have the opportunity to use lifelines, work from written or charted instructions, and finish with a picot bind off.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with these skill building shawls this summer! Let us know how it is going for you by leaving a comment on this blog post, over on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group. We’ve also put together a Pinterest board of “Helpful Advice” you will want to check out!

Game, Set, Knit

Over the last few years, knitting has been brought up in tennis conversations; did you notice? In 2011, Conor Niland of Ireland, served up a few caps for the innocent hat project. A woman was spotting knitting at a center court match during Wimbledon in 2012. This year, Red Barn Yarn is happy to continue this trend with the Wimbledon Shawl!

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Found in Love of Knitting’s Knit Accessories issue, the Wimbledon Shawl is composed of three sections. Each represents a different element in a tennis match, making this piece a creative way to show your love of this classic sport. Click here to be taken to Love of Knitting’s website, where you can purchase the issue that contains the Wimbledon Shawl.

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This shawl can also be done in red, white & blue, if your tournament of choice is the US Open! Red Barn Yarn has put together kits for this pattern (yarn only!). If you are interested in ordering a kit, please send an email to info@redbarnyarn.com. Payment is processed through PayPal at this time. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided in the order. Each kit includes 2 skeins of Red Barn Yarn Worsted (1 each Amethyst and Tennis Net, or 1 each Holiday Red and Flag Blue) and 20 yards of the “net strap” yarn. The kit price is $55.00, S&H is $5.00.

We hope you enjoy the tournament, indulge in strawberries and cream with Pimms, and enjoy building your skills while you knit the Wimbledon Shawl!

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A New Love of Knitting Mystery KAL

knitQDo you enjoy a good mystery in the summer? Red Barn Yarn has teamed up with Love of Knitting once again in a Mystery Knit Along! Last year’s mystery involved Red Barn Yarn Worsted in variegated colorways and cables; click here to view the project. This year, these exclusive kits contain our lovely Lace yarn and the beads you will need. The pattern is revealed as the mystery unfolds. Each clue is sent to your inbox in the Love of Knitting newsletter starting June 10; we hope you will join in the adventure!

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The goal of the mystery knit along is to have fun, try something new, and ultimately end up with a wonderful finished object! The clues are sent out every other week, so you can work at your own pace. Maybe this will be your first time to work with laceweight yarn or beads? Over on our Pinterest boards we have gathered a few tips, tricks, and advice for working with lace and beads that you might find useful as well as boards full of project inspiration.

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As you work through each of the clues, we would love to hear about your experience and see photos! We welcome your pictures and posts to the Red Barn Yarn Facebook page, Red Barn Yarn Afficianados Ravelry group, or even tag @RedBarnYarn on Twitter! Enjoy the mystery!

Mystery Knit Along

RBYKAL2Red Barn Yarn is pleased to share with you a new partnership we have started this year.  Together with Love of Knitting, Red Barn Yarn has created kits containing our specially dyed Worsted Weight yarn to use in a brand new Mystery Knit Along! The clues to help you knit (and solve) the mystery are sent directly to your inbox in the Love of Knitting newsletter. The first clue has been sent out, and it is an easy introduction to the project.

The vision for this is based in nature and started as a complete mental image for Designer Catherine Petitti, which she then sketched on paper. This pencil drawing was shared with Molly Conroy-Ungerecht who took it from paper to  yarn and three dimensions. Molly is a fabulous designer / knitter / part-owner of the Hands on Knitting Center in Redlands, CA. The yarn has been specifically hand painted to maximize the impact of the design. Kits are available in three colorways: (shown above from left to right)  Charcoal and Vintage Leather, Birch, and Tanzanite.

Of course, it is possible to participate in the Mystery Knit Along using your own choice of Red Barn Yarn Worsted Weight and you will get a nice finished product,  but without the WOW factor. We would love to hear from you as you work on this project! We’d love to see your project progress and invite you to share with us in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even tag us in a Tweet!