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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Top 20 Pattern Sale & Yarn Giveaway!

Hi, Knitters,
First, I'm so sorry that I put the wrong link to the Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn in the last email that went out. It is fixed now on the blog post. Thank you for letting me know. I had answered a question for someone looking for the Juniper Moon wooden cut-outs earlier and it was still copied instead of the yarn link.

There are still a few skeins left in the Wisconsin Woolen Spun Sport Weight in the Harbor and Apple Blossom colorways if you are interested. The rest has sold out. We have a lot more of the local yarn coming, in fact, we are listing another order of the Worsted Weight later today. Remember that these are small batch yarn orders so they are listed and then they go fast. The best way to find out when things are listed, the first notification, is to sign up for the Barrett Wool Co. Newsletter. The box to enter your email to sign up is at the bottom of every page.

The correct link to the Wisconsin Woolen Spun Sport Weight is here!  Apple Blossom and Harbor are still in stock.

Okay, now for today's fun! I thought it would be fun to brighten things up around here in a couple of ways. I started thinking about some sort of pattern sale and was looking at the patterns in my Ravelry pattern shop. I sorted the patterns by most favorited. That was really interesting for me. Things popped up that were really new and things popped up that were really old! I loved looking through the sorted patterns. There were hats, toys, mittens, cowl, shawls, ornaments, ebooks.... a really good mix and variety in the top 20. It was fun to go back and remember all of these good designs from just yesterday and years ago.

Anyway, I decided to do a Top 20 Pattern Sale for 20% off of each of these 20 patterns. The sale is starting today, Saturday, January 28th and ending next Saturday, February, 4th, 2017! A full week of discounted patterns. 

To get 20% off the following patterns enter the code: TOP20 when you are checking out!

Here is the quick linked list of patterns included in the 20% discount sale using the code TOP20:
10.  Ebb Cowl
20.  Owl Babies

I have linked the patterns for you in the list above and also under each photo in the post. Thank you so much if you partake! I really appreciate it. 

There is a giveaway at the end of the post if you are interested!

photo from the Knitstyleyarns Etsy shop

And for the yarn giveaway I have this beautiful sock yarn by Knit Style Yarns! Sharon, a lovely teacher who is retiring at the end of the year, and the dyer behind Knit Style yarns and podcast has been one of my students at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC two times and I just love her! She gifted me this beautiful skein of her Chic Sock in the Fallen Faerie colorway a few weeks ago and I decided to share it with one of you! The yarn has 400 yards of Superwash Merino 80% and Nylon 20%. It is speckled and beautiful, perfect for socks or a shawl or mittens or anything else!

Leave one comment right here on the blog post to enter to win the Fallen Faerie skein of sock yarn! You must leave your email address or Ravelry username so I can get in touch. Only click on the Publish button once, there will be a delay before you see your comment on the blog. I'll randomly pick a winner in a few days and get in touch if you win to gather your mailing address. 

Don't forget, TOP20 is the discount code for the patterns available for one week. 

Thanks for the continuing fun and support around here, Knitters! You all make my day.
xo ~ susan

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wisconsin Woolen Spun Sport!

Updated at 10:40am CST on Jan. 26, 2017: The links have been fixed. Sorry for the error.

Hi, Knitters,
Sorry for the slightly fuzzy photo. I tell you, it is really difficult to get a crisp photo using natural light around here when there has been absolutely no light. It has been gray and fuzzy outside for weeks. Yesterday we did get a new snowfall which was pretty but the snow is so heavy and melty that I don't think it will last long. It is perfect snowman-making snow so I am hoping for a good show around the neighborhood.

Anyway, I am planning a fun giveaway for tomorrow, and a pattern discount, too. In the meantime, we have posted some really beautiful Wisconsin Woolen Spun Sport Weight Yarn over on the Barrett Wool Co. Mercantile! It is so pretty and squishy and light. Remember these are small batch yarns, wool from Midwest farms and milled and dyed right here in Wisconsin. 

We are picking up more yarns at the end of this week from the Wisconsin mill so there will be more to come as soon as we get it labeled and listed. We also just heard that the wool for our Home line of yarns is being shipped to the dye house in Maine so we will be fully restocked in a few weeks or so! 

Anyway, have a great Thursday and I'll be back tomorrow with more fuzzy photos (hopefully not) for a giveaway!
xo ~ susan 

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