Red Barn Yarn – Name That Yarn Contest!

Red Barn Yarn together with Stitch Craft Marketing, and Love of Knitting, has a great contest this fall to name a brand-new yarn which will be joining the Red Barn Yarn lineup of handpainted products.


I received a sample skein of this as yet unnamed yarn. It’s a 2-ply worsted weight yarn spun from 45% merino, 40% alpaca, and 15% mohair and is 225 yards per skein. It is very soft and  will be available in the vibrant hand-dyed colorways for which Red Barn Yarn® is known. I have started knitting a pair of Irish Hiking Mittens with my sample skein:



The mittens will be very warm with this yarn as well as velvety soft. This yarn would also be beautiful in sweaters, hats, and scarves!

The Name That Yarn contest begins on Sept. 15, 2014. All entries need to be received by November 15, 2014. Entrants will need to submit their yarn name with an explanation of their inspiration to Please use “NAME THIS YARN CONTEST SUBMISSION” as the subject link in order to be eligible. While  creativity is encouraged, please keep it PG!

The panel of judges includes Jennifer Burt, editor of Love of Knitting magazine; Catherine Petitti, owner of Red Barn Yarn; and a Mystery Celebrity Judge to be announced

Red Barn Yarn will announce the winner on November 25, 2014.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions:

Grand Prize: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine; a sweater’s worth of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (7 skeins, 1575 yards), and a special tag with the winner’s name on it for the first year of sales following this promotion.

Second & Third Place Runners-Up: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine and 2 skeins of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (enough to make a shawl).

If you are interested in a free sample of the yarn, please email You will also be subscribed to the Red Barn Yarn newsletter so that you can be notified of the contest winner and other exciting Red Barn Yarn news. Free samples will be available worldwide.

Stay in touch with Red Barn Yarn by liking their Facebook Page and joining their Ravelry Group


Just off the needles – Marji – and not a moment too soon! My lovely niece is headed to Patagonia for a Wilderness Medical Training Program on September 30 (she is studying to be a nurse). To hurry the blocking process, I even put the sweater out on the back deck to dry faster. (I have never done this before but it sure sped up drying time for me yesterday!)

The sweater is my own design. It’s an Icelandic Lopapeysa inspired sweater knit using Lette Lopi, the worsted weight version of Lopi. I purchased the yarn online from Alafoss.
Overall, Marji was a relatively easy sweater to knit. I used Size 7 needles and worked the body and the sleeves in the round. Once everything was joined together, the yoke proceeded easily with decreases leading right into the neckband. I really enjoy colorwork knitting and adapted some of the traditional Icelandic themes into the sweater.

I’ll admit, I changed the design on the yoke pattern three times while knitting it: once before I joined the sleeves and the body and twice while I was actually knitting the yoke.
I was able to package the sweater up and ship it via overnight delivery today so she’ll get it before she leaves. Next, I’m planning to write the pattern down and get it posted on Ravelry.

On The Go

I’ve recently started to knit a sweater for my niece. I’m knitting the sleeves using double pointed needles. The project bag that I’ve been using to keep everything (yarn, WIP, needles, measuring tape, etc) together is great but it’s difficult to keep track of 2 sets of DPNs. So I remembered I had this:

It’s a cute Mini Cozy from Namaste and comes in a great variety of colors (mine is Eggplant):

via Namaste

Initially, I received this as a bonus from a LYS and I couldn’t imagine storing DPNs long term in this because, let’s face it, we all have so many. But using this case in my project bag is perfect. No more hunting for DPNs on the bottom of my bag. Yay!
What tips do you have for your project bag? Share here!

Knitty Confessions #5

I only recently discovered the Long-Tail Cast-On and I really enjoy this method of casting on. You can find a great teaching video and instructions here.
When I cast on for socks, I like to put all the stitches on one needle. I think that keeps the stitches more even.

Then, I divide the stitches over three double pointed needles. I find that using four double pointed needles to knit socks is rather cumbersome. I just adjust patterns to accommodate the three needles instead of the usual four.
What adjustments do you make in your knitting to make the process easier for you? Share here!

Fave Friday – The Dude Sweater

My college-age son is a big fan of The Big Lebowski. He loves the sweater that Jeff Bridges wears in the film:

via Oregon Live

The original cardigan from 1972 was made by Pendleton Woolen Mills. It’s recently been updated and is available on their website. The new version looks a little more fitted than the one Jeff Bridges wore in the movie.
via Pendleton Woolen Mills

I’ve found a similar pattern, The Dude by Andrea Rangel, on Ravelry. I’m a little nervous about adding a zipper but I’ve already found this great tutorial. I think I’ll try to modify this pattern to give it a modern, more fitted look too.

Shhh! This is going to be a stealth project! It should be easy enough to keep it a secret from my son since he just went back to school. I’ve even already purchased the yarn!

20140827-141222-51142798.jpg It’s Cascade Ecological Wool from Jimmy Beans Wool It’s a heavy worsted yarn so I’m hoping that it will be a project with that will move along pretty quickly. As soon as I finish a sweater for my niece, I’ll be starting this project.
What projects do you have lined up in your queue? Share here!

Knitty Confessions – #4

Honestly, I never ever would have done this in my early days of knitting. (There’s probably quite a lengthy list of things that would go on that list). But today, I took the sweater that I am knitting and pulled part of it off the needles. Really. I did this to get a more accurate idea of the width.

Turns out, my sweater is wide enough and my gauge is pretty close to the pattern requirements. I was afraid that it was too small which almost never happens to me since I don’t knit too tightly. But all is good.
By the way, in her book, Knitter’s Workshop, , Elizabeth Zimmerman suggests in Lesson One that we measure sweaters this way as we are knitting in order to get a correct fit. :) It’s a little intimidating to take my knitting off the needles, but I’ve been able to pick up all the stitches without any problem. Of course, I’ve only tried this with the sweaters that are heavy on stockinette stitch. If I were knitting a sweater with a lot of cable or lace stitches, I’d probably wait for a plain row or as plain a row that I could get before I’d take some stitches off the needles. I think that would make it easiest to get the stitches back on.
Do you do anything as an experienced knitter that you never dreamed of doing as a beginner? Share here!

Fave Friday – Peerie Flooers

The other day, I came across a really lovely colorwork knitting pattern via Gilly (@TicketyB on Twitter). It’s Kate Davies Peerie Flooers, which is such a cute hat and comes in two sizes. In the Shetland dialect, Peerie Flooers means little flowers and this pattern has an abundance of pretty colorwork flowers. There is also a matching Peerie Flooers Mitten pattern. Both of these patterns can be purchased on Ravelry.

Kate Davies Designs via Ravelry