Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sweet Bee and Flower + Making No. 5 / Colors


photo credit: carrie bostick hoge

Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Spring has finally sprung here in Wisconsin. It is supposed to be 60 degrees today. It seems hard to believe and it will be hard to not feel like grabbing my winter coat when I'm heading out the door. I am looking forward to some warmer temperatures as I'm sure many of you are, too. 
I have a new pattern out this weekend. It is called Sweet Bee and Flower and I'm really excited about it. It is in the new issue of Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors which is an incredible magazine filled with projects and inspiration. We have some fun things going on to celebrate the little bees and flowers over on Barrett Wool Co. 
The Sweet Bee and Flower kit is our first pre-order kit!  The kits will be sent out in about 4-6 weeks as we are waiting for our new shipment of yarn. If you order the Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors along with your kit, we will ship you the magazine right away and the kits will be shipped separately and for free as soon as they are ready.
We will keep you updated on the kit pre-order status as we anxiously await our new batch of yarn! Thank you for your patience and we know it will be worth the wait.

Click here to find the Sweet Bee and Flower on Ravelry!

Also, you can order Making No. 5 / Colors by itself and we have Making Magazine Numbers 1-4 available in the Mercantile! These magazines are collector's items that you won't want to miss.

Click here for the Mercantile for the Making Magazines!

photo credit: carrie bostick hoge

Here you can see the full Sweet Bee and Flower project. There is a flower cozy to hold a little sweet bee. These are knit in Home Fingering Weight yarn on US size 2 and 3 needles. There is no seaming as everything is picked up and knit on which makes it a slick and fun project. 


I had to share the beautiful cover of the Making Magazine No. 5 / Colors. It's so spring-y and fresh!


One last thing, there is a discount going on for all of the scissors over on Barrett Wool Co. If you enter SCISSORS at checkout you get $1.00 of every pair of scissors purchased. The style in the photo is our newest pair called Vintage. I think these are my new favorites. 


Have a great week ahead, Knitters! Next week I am off to teach at Galiano Island for a knitting retreat. I can't wait for this one. It is run through Knit Social and they always do an excellent job.

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hen of the Woods Mittens


Hi, Knitters,
How are you doing today? We have a fresh covering of snow and we're supposed to get several more inches of snow today. Not great for mid-April but I think it will melt away quickly. Spring will come, it is inevitable. With the snowy, cold weather here to stay for a little longer, I have released a new mitten pattern and kit. But actually, mitten-knitting is a great project year round. 

The new design is called Hen of the Woods mittens and the pair is made out of some beautiful worsted weight gray 100% American Wool we received on cones. It is limited-edition wool. I think you will love it. We have created lovely mitten kits over on Barrett Wool Co. if you are interested. These have been selling quickly already.


The Hen mittens use the Waiting for Winter mitten pattern along with my new blog post instructions on Barrett Wool Co. Journal.


Hen of the Woods is actually a textured grayish mushroom that grows at the base of oak trees. I fell in love with the name of these mushrooms and thought it perfect for the name of the mittens. 



Have a great Sunday, Knitters. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Friday, April 06, 2018

Episode 30 :: Little Twigs



Hi, Knitters,
I have a new podcast up on YouTube today! Episode 30 :: Little Twigs where I talk about sweaters, socks, books, yarn and more!

I am hosting a giveaway for Pam Allen's new book Plain & Simple. You can enter on YouTube and I'll be posting on Instagram later today where you can also enter.


I'll be back soon with more. I hope you'll join me.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, April 01, 2018

New Patterns!

photo credit :: evan anderson

Hi, Knitters,
Happy weekend to you all. I hope you are doing well. I have a new pattern release and a pattern that's coming up soon, plus a couple of kits! 

The pattern that is currently released is called Cozy Mouse and it is found in Taproot Magazine, Issue 26 :: Heal. Barrett Wool Co. has the magazines and adorable kits available right now. 




Isn't this a beautiful cover? I love it. Click here to see more about Taproot Magazine!

photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge

The other pattern I have coming out is called Sweet Bee & Flower. This adorable knit toy is coming out in Making No. 5 / Color in a few short weeks. Barrett Wool Co. will have kits and the magazine available for purchase and I'll keep you posted when it all becomes available. 


photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge


photo credit :: carrie bostick hoge

So sweet and fun! This is a perfect companion toy for the Butterfly & Cocoon toy. 

photo credit :: evan anderson

Lastly, there are some Loopy Sweet Sheep Kits in Birch (white) available in the shop, too!


Have a beautiful Sunday! I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, March 25, 2018

D is for Duckling & Door County!



Hi, Knitters,
Well, it's been a busy, busy stretch around here. I've been traveling, teaching and designing up a storm. It has all been a lot of fun but I am ready to have a month off from travel and just be home for a bit. One thing I quickly want to mention is that I'll be teaching in my beloved Door County, Wisconsin this coming fall and I think there are still some spots available. It is an Ann Budd Knit for Fun Retreat and Olga Beraya-Kefelian and Laura Nelkin are teaching along with me and Ann Budd will be there, too, of course. The dates are September 20-23, 2018.


On Friday I released a new pattern called D is for Duckling. These are adorable palm-sized ducklings that are knit from the bottom-up and seamlessly. The pattern is on special discount through Tuesday, March 27th for $3.50 (no code needed) and will be $5.00 starting on March 28th, 2018.


We have put together a fantastic little kit using Home Fingering Weight yarn. You get everything you need to knit the three ducklings in the photos, the stuffing, and thread. The pattern can be included with your kit and you get a set of stitch markers and a hand-stamped project bag to boot. And it is easy on your pocketbook. Amazing all-around!




Here is a photo of the D is for Duckling Kit!



These little guys are so much fun to knit and there are lots of photos to help included in the pattern.



There is a lot of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn available in the shop right now. Since this yarn is milled at a small local mill it is difficult to keep it in stock as the demand is great. We are getting more next week, as well, so be sure to check back to see what's in stock then. 

Click here to see more or to purchase the Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarns! You will love this yarn for any of your projects. There is nothing else like it. 

Have a great Sunday and week ahead, Knitters. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Going West & Stitches


Hi, Knitters,
On my travels to Stitches West I knitted a new pair of socks. I brought along seven different colors of mini skeins in Home Fingering Weight yarn. I am calling this pair Going West Socks. If you haven't knit 100% wool socks I highly suggest you give these a try. The finished socks are so squishy, cozy and warm. They honestly feel so much better than superwash/nylon yarn. I don't want to take them off.

The socks use my Smooth Operator Socks pattern and I've written out the instructions for the stripes and a couple of other tips along the way. The stripes and colors make the socks incredibly addicting, you simply can't put them down. 


By the way, the clogs in the photo are from Dansko if interested.


Here's what you'll find in the Going West Socks Minis Kit:

The Kit Includes:
  • Enough yarn to make one pair of Going West Socks (about 150 grams) in the following colors of our Home Fingering Weight: Huron, Tattersall, Bluff, Strawflower, Ellie Grey, Big Woods and Folkstone.
  • An optional Ravelry download code for the Smooth Operator Socks pattern. This will be included on a paper card inside the kit.
  • A printed page with specific Going West Socks instructions to be used along with the Smooth Operator Socks pattern.
  • The kit will come packaged in a hand-stamped project bag.


Here we are before the big Stitches West event in Santa Clara, California began! We are poised and ready for the onslaught of attendees. I had so much fun the entire time and I met so many lovely knitters. It was really a positive experience in all. Our booth was packed full for the majority of the time and we were so busy. Miss Molly on the left and Evan is on the right. 


We shared our booth with Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting. That's her on the left. It worked out so smoothly. Thanks to Alana for a fantastic weekend!

I hope you are well, everyone. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Birkin Sweater ~ my new love!


Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are all doing well and that your knitting is being good to you. I am in love with this sweater. It is called Birkin and it is designed by Caitlin Hunter. She is an amazing designer. 


The original Birkin sweater has 3/4 length sleeve but I wanted mine to have long sleeves. This is the only modification I made. It is perfection. 


I love that Caitlin included short row shaping for the neckline and that she added texture to the colorwork yoke. There are strategically placed mini-bobbles throughout. The leafy vine along with the flowers really come together.

The woolen spun fingering yarn makes the sweater as light as air but yet more and cozy.


I am thrilled to announce that with Caitlin's permission, Barrett Wool Co. is now offering kits for the Birkin Sweater!

The Birkin Kits include our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Fingering Weight in a beautiful Oatmeal for the main color and four gorgeous contrast colors for the colorwork yoke, Wild Plum, Penny, Hazelnut and Laurel. 


Go fast to check out the kits if interested. The kits are literally flying out of the shop. 

Here is a little photo story about my Birkin knitting:


The pattern originally appeared in Laine magazine No. 2. Our Birkin Kits include a Ravelry download code for the pattern if you don't have it already. It is an option. 


Yoke compete! Now on to the body.


The body is done here. The slight A-line shaping is all done through going up in needle size. The back is slightly longer than the front. I love this design feature. 


Finally, one sleeve done and the second is started. It didn't take long from here before my sweater was finished. I have worn my Birkin non-stop during this very chilly winter. 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today! I hope you love your Birkin as much as I do if you partake.


On a quick side note, these sheep scissors are in hot demand! We just got another shipment and they are going fast again. We can't keep them in the shop.

Have a great weekend, Knitters.
I'll be back soon with more...
xo ~ susan