Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What's On Your Wish List?

On our previous blog post, we shared some quick gifts to knit for just about everyone on your list, but today's blog post is all about YOU! We're sure that many of your friends and family would like to treat you to something related to your hobby, but just don't know where to start. We've made it easy by taking some of our most popular patterns and offering them as kits which come complete with pattern, yarn and some fun extras, too - they're perfect for gifting!

Give your loved ones a not-so-subtle hint by sending them link to this blog post, pinning to a "Wish List" board on your Pinterest account, or using Amazon Wishlist (hint: you can add non-Amazon items with the browser plug-in! to make things oh-so-easy for Santa Yak this holiday season.


Beau/Belle Felted Wrap - This kit includes instructions to make both the knit and crochet version of this felted wrap! It's one of our best-sellers at fiber festivals, and you can view a free tutorial here on the Very Pink Knits YouTube Channel.


Little Bear Folded Poncho - Featuring our luxurious 50/50 yak & silk blend yarn, Shangri-La, you can't go wrong! This poncho is oh-so-easy to wear and flattering on everyone.


Molten Metal Cowl - This one-skein cowl is the perfect instant-gratification project to chase the winter blahs away! Choose from a variety of unique hand-dyed colorways in Lhasa Wilderness, our yak & bamboo blend yarn.

Torrey's Peak Vest - Perfect for layering, this vest pairs garter stitch with striking cabled details. Choose from natural or hand-dyed colors of our yak and merino blend yarn, Himalayan Trail, to create a stunning wardrobe piece.


Xanadu Snowflake Cowl - This colorwork project is knit with Xanadu, our 100% Mongolian Cashmere yarn. You won't believe how soft & warm it is around your neck!


We also have some fun new t-shirts to wear your love of yak (and all things fibery) with pride! Click here to see all of our options.

Don't forget, our biggest sale of the year is on now through Midnight MDT on December 24 - our entire website is up to 25% off and all US orders ship free!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gift Knitting Inspiration & Holiday Sale

The holiday countdown is in full swing, and we're celebrating with our biggest sale of the season! Now is the perfect time to stock up on luxury yarn & fiber, including our exclusive line of colors dyed by some of the best indie dyers around - the more you buy, the more you save, plus all US orders ship free!


There is still plenty of time to make a thoughtful gift for the knitworthy person on your list, so we have compiled some of our favorite new patterns & projects spotted on Ravelry using BBR yarns to share with you today! First off, we have a two stunning scarves for those speedy knitters out there:
Hexworth by Alasdair Post-Quinn uses two colors of Tibetan Dream sock yarn to create a luxurious & warm double knit fabric.
Stratocumulus by Emily Johannes is knit with two skeins of our 100% Yak Sport Weight yarn to create a lovely textured scarf.

If you need a quicker project, why not try a cowl?
The Cheria Cowl by Emily Walton uses two skeins of Himalayan Trail fingering, a scrumptious yak & merino blend available in hand-dyed and natural colors.
You may recall the Molten Metal Cowl by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter from our KAL earlier this year; participants enjoyed this quick knitting project that uses just one skein of our Lhasa Wilderness yarn - click here to see a variety of colorways knit up on Ravelry!

Hats are another excellent go-to for last-minute gifts. Here are a few fun projects we've spotted recently:
Raveler Lhasany knit the Tied Knots hat by Justyna Lorkowska with our 100% Yak Sport Weight yarn - those cables really "pop" in this yarn!
Released earlier this year, Emily Johannes combined two of our most luxurious yarns, Himalayan Trail and Xanadu, to create the Helix Hat.
Our friend Knitting Sarah knit the Weather the Weather Hat by Megan Williams using a skein of our limited edition yarn base, Big Bijou Bliss.

We've also seen some lovely mitten projects recently:
Raveler katejones982 knit a free pattern, Regn by Halldora J, with just 1 skein of Bijou Bliss (though it sounds like she could have used a second skein to avoid a little yarn chicken at the finish line!).
Raveler Stefaniegrrr knit this pair of Laura + Maddy mittens by Teresa Gregorio with just 1 skein of Big Bijou Bliss.

Last but not least, don't forget to add some Allure no-rinse fiber wash to your order! You can tuck a small bottle in with your gift to ensure that the recipient cares for it properly, and you'll definitely want to keep one for yourself, too!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Tutorial & Molten Metal KAL Recap

Staci Perry of VeryPink.com recently shared a tutorial featuring our Beau Felted Wrap kit; this is one of our most popular patterns at nearly every show we attend, and it includes instructions to make both a knitted and crocheted version!


Staci will take you through the steps to make this project from start to finish, including the felting process! If you have never tried felting a project on purpose and are apprehensive to give it a try, we recommend checking out this free video:


Discounted project kits are still available here in our online store - you'll get both versions of the pattern, 7 skeins of yarn (in your choice of natural and hand-dyed Himalayan Trail), BBR project bag, and an Allure sampler pack! 

We'd love to see your finished Beau & Belle wraps, so be sure to share them with us here on Ravelry!

Speaking of Ravelry, our Molten Metal KAL recently drew to a close in our Ravelry group, and we have lots of fabulous FO's to share! Here are just a few of the beautiful projects knit by our group members:

Clockwise from top left: sandy4cats' cowl in Very Berry, clemons3781's cowl in ___, tango42's cowl in Treasure, laurens's cowl in Deep Teal, and sneate's cowl in Coastal Breeze.

Even though the KAL has ended and the prizes have been awarded, we still have discounted project kits available if you would like to knit one for yourself - it also makes a great gift for the holidays! Click here to choose your color of Lhasa Wilderness yarn from a variety of semi-solid and variegated hand-dyed colors.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make Room for Something Big

Our first collection of limited edition colors on our limited edition Big Bijou Bliss base did so well that we scared up some more skeins for the folks at MJ Yarns to dye! We took the Big Bijou Bliss II colors to Rhinebeck earlier this month, and will have some skeins in our booth at SAFF this Halloween weekend -  you can also order BBBII here in our online store

One of our blogger friends, Knitting Sarah, shared a hat project knit with Big Bijou Bliss, and we loved it so much, we asked her to write another guest post to share her thoughts on working with this very special yarn. We hope you enjoy her post below, and be sure to check out her blog at knittingsarah.com

Big Bijou Bliss II, from L-R: PTX, Peacock, Fire Dragon, Mystery & Joseph II.

When I think of Bijou Basin Ranch, I automatically recall the first skeins of Bijou Bliss I purchased. The incomparable softness of the sport weight 50/50 yak/cormo blend captured my knitter’s heart and imagination at first touch. The mitts I knit with them are so warm & cozy that I literally look forward to wearing them every day. This fall my mind was blown once again when I discovered that the amazing folks at Bijou Basin Ranch had taken this classic blend and beefed it up for a limited edition worsted weight yarn. I knew I had to get my hands on this new yarn as soon as possible.


Big Bijou Bliss is made with that same Bijou Bliss 50/50 yak/cormo blend, but adds a bit more twist. It’s just enough twist, too – enough to allow for the creation of an excellent quality, durable worsted weight, but not so much as to detract from the unparalleled softness that we know and love in the Bijou Bliss family. In your hands, quite frankly, it is a treat. The added twist makes all the allure of this yarn slightly more understated than its sport weight counterpart, but that signature hand and warmth are there. Trust me, they’re there. And it packs a wallop of decadence while you’re knitting (and when you get to wear it, too). It’s such a joy to knit, in fact, that once I started knitting with it, I couldn’t put it down!


I chose to knit a hat with my special skein of Big Bijou Bliss and it’s fair to say that I was directly influenced by the beautiful hand-dyed colors available in this blend. MJ Yarns is the skillful dyer behind the limited edition Big Bijou Bliss colorways and I’ll be honest – I think they’re all equally gorgeous. With a lot of help from friends, I settled on the Lakeside colorway, but really regardless of your preferences there is a colorway for everyone in this lot. As I got down to the business of searching patterns, I found one called the Weather the Weather Hat by Megan Williams of Stockinette Zombies. The wavy lines reminded me of the endless series of waves that make their way toward the shore when you’re sitting… you guessed it, lakeside. And a project was born.


As I mentioned, once I started this project I barely put my needles down to sleep. The knitting was just that good. I knew before I was finished with the ribbing that it was going to be phenomenal. The way the colors were distributed across the yarn, the way the Big Bijou Bliss so elegantly displayed the stitches – it was one of those projects that just made me feel like I’d hit the jackpot. It was the kind of project you don’t want to finish because it would be you’d have to stop knitting it, but at the same time you can’t stop yourself from hurdling toward the end of it. I literally knit up this hat in less than twenty-four hours. Seriously, it was just that good.

A few days later, I had my Big Bijou Bliss Weather the Weather hat in my pack on the trail with my family. I’d brought it to snap some photos of it and shortly after I’d done just that it started to drizzle. Where I live in Wisconsin, in late September a light drizzle can chill you down to the bone pretty quickly. I grabbed my new hat and – you guessed it – I weathered the weather, Big Bijou Bliss style. I was as cozy as they come and finished out our hike with a smile on my face, thankful for the big beautiful yak & cormo fibers -not to mention the crew at Bijou Basin Ranch that made them into yarn -- that kept me warm.

Sarah Chy is a Wisconsin-based knitter, spinner, writer, and small-scale family adventurer. You can keep up with her latest crafty projects and family hijinks on her blog, knittingsarah.com.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Master Color Series 1: Winter is Coming



We're pleased to reveal our newest palette of exclusive colorways dyed for us by MJ Yarns! Each set in our Master Color Series will contain colors which complement each other, making it easy to choose the perfect colors for your next project...because no matter what you pick, they'll all look great together!

We've chosen our luxurious 100% Mongolian Cashmere base Xanadu, a light fingering weight which is perfect for stripes, colorwork, or to use all on its own. You can mix and match within our hand-dyed palette or add in colors from our existing mill dyed colors found here if you dare. However, for today's blog post, we'll be focusing on this palette of 6 new colors, which we've titled Winter is Coming as a nod to the popular show from which each gets their name and inspiration.


Shown above, from L-R: Winterfell, Sunspear, Dragonstone, Mereen, Dreadfort and Westeros.

It can sometimes be difficult to see how a collection of colors plays well when paired up in different combinations, so we've created some sample palettes to give you an idea of color combinations you can try for your next project.


From Top to Bottom: Westeros, Sunspear, Dreadfort and Dragonstone. In this palette, it becomes apparent that the last two colors are quite similar in value and tone (Dreadfort and Dragonstone), and don't have as much contrast as the first three colors (Westeros, Sunspear and Dreadfort). For some patterns, this could be a very desirable effect - for instance, those which were designed for gradient and skeins of yarn with long color repeats.

Here is this same palette, with the colors in a slightly different order:


From Top to Bottom: Westeros, Dragonstone, Sunspear and Dreadfort.
Notice how changing the order of the colors creates a more balanced contrast between the four colors!

We're excited to also re-launch the Xanadu Snowflake Cowl kit for the season - the perfect way to prepare for wintry weather, if you ask us (plus, you receive a discount when you buy the yarn and pattern together!).


This colorwork cowl is knit in the round and then seamed together to create a super-warm double knit accessory using two colors of our Xanadu yarn. Below, we share some possible ways to pair up colors from the Master Series:

L-R: Dreadfort, Westeros and Sunspear. 
For a super-wintry motif, opt for Dreadfort and Westeros; or, pair up the warm neutral of Sunspear with the icy tones of Westeros to make a higher contrast project. 


From Left to Right: Winterfell, Mereen & Sunspear. 
You could pair Mereen with either of these neutral colors to produce a striking contrast. 

From L-R: Westeros, Dragonstone & Winterfell. 
Again, you could pair Dragonstone with either of these colors to create your cowl.

Series 1 of the Master Color Series will be available in our booth at Rhinebeck this weekend, and of course, we have them for sale here in our online store. While you're visiting us online, be sure to check out all of newest colorways added to our Indie Dyers series from MJ Yarns and Miss Babs

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Of Pigskin & Paco-Vicuna

For us, fall means the final push of fiber festivals: our next stops are Oregon Flock & Fiber 9/23-9/25 and the Taos Wool Festival 9/30-10/2. We’ll have all of our new Indie Dyer colorways, which have never been seen before at either show - be sure to stop by to check them out if you’re attending! 


Fall also means supporting other great fiber related events such as trunk shows and KALs. If you missed our last blog post, click here to find out about the KAL we’re hosting in our Ravelry group for a new pattern, the Molten Metal Cowl

Discounted project kits are available for the Molten Metal Cowl!
We’re also sponsoring the Pigskin Party KAL, which just kicked off earlier this month and lasts for
the duration of the NFL football season (September 8, 2016 through February 6, 2017). You don't need to be a sports fan to join in the fun, and knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners are all welcome. Click here to learn more about this KAL.

Here's the fun part: we've got some special deals cooked up just for participants!! Now through the Superbowl (2/5/2017), enjoy 15% off your yarn and fiber purchases at bijoubasinranch.com - just enter pigskinparty16 at checkout.

You can earn points for the KAL by making your project using NFL team colors, and we've got a special deal on Broncos-inspired colors in our Lhasa Wilderness and Himalayan Trail yarn bases, just to make things easy for you!


Last but not least, we’ve added our luxurious Paco-Vicuna yarn and fiber to our online store! Previously available only in our booth at fiber festivals, these exquisite fibers can now be found here in our shop - and yes, your purchase will earn points, provided you have signed up of course (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?!).


Trust us: you haven’t experienced true luxury till you’ve tried Paco-vicuña. Paco-vicuña are a cross between alpacas and vicuñas and have existed for some time in small quantities in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, with very few currently in the United States. Paco-Vicuñas have super-fine fiber like the wild vicuña, but with somewhat longer and denser fleece like the alpaca. We’ve just added Paco-vicuña yarn and fiber to our online store. We work with a Colorado farm called Jefferson Farms to source the highest quality fleece and fiber! Choose from several natural colors in Grades 0 and 1 here in our online store.


We hope you’ll share your fall projects made with our yarn & fibers with us on your social media channel of choice - be sure to use the #bijoubasinranch hashtag in your post so that we can see what you’re making!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Molten Metal KAL + Upcoming Events


Fall is just around the corner, and now is a great time to get ready by starting a new project with one of our luxurious yarns. We're hosting a KAL here in our Ravelry group for the Molten Metal Cowl by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter now through October 31, and there are some great prizes up for grabs! 



This new pattern uses just 1 skein of Lhasa Wilderness yarn and was designed especially for the variegated colorways in our Indie Dyer Series (though it would also look great in any semi-solid hand dyed colors, too!). The Molten Metal Cowl pattern will keep you interested as you knit, and the result is a beautiful cowl with excellent stitch definition, lovely drape, and unparalleled softness. 


We are offering a discounted project kit here on our website which includes a skein of Lhasa Wilderness in your choice of colors, plus a print copy of the pattern; should you want to knit this pattern with a different yarn from our online store, we also offer individual copies for purchase here


These kits will also be available at any of our upcoming shows, such as this weekend's Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI! 

Big Bijou Bliss in Joseph
Speaking of shows, we'll have lots of exciting stuff making their debut in our booth this fall, such as Big Bijou Bliss, our limited edition worsted weight version of our popular Bijou Bliss sport weight yarn. We'll also have all of the latest hand-dyed colorways to join our Indie Dyer Series for you to squish and squeeze to your heart's content, starting with our house and limited edition colors from MJ Yarns on Lhasa Wilderness, Himalayan Trail, and Big Bijou Bliss, plus new hand dyed colors from Lost City Knits on Shangri-La, new gradient and ombre colors from ModeKnit Yarns on Tibetan Dream sock yarn, and the latest creations from Lattes & Llamas on Lhasa Wilderness. 

Vibrant new colors from ModeKnit Yarn
Also new for our fall show circuit will be samples knit with these new colors which we'll have on display in our booth. If you see something you fall in love with, you're in luck - you can get the pattern free with yarn purchase. Shown below is the Atwood Shawl knit up in one of our new ModeKnit Yarn colors, and there will be more samples awaiting you in our booth!