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!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Here Be Dragons....and Rewards!

First, we have a restock alert: our Big Bijou Bliss in Purple Dragon flew off the shelves (pun intended) - but we found a way to source more! Get yours while supplies last here in our online store. If you're just now finding our blog, be sure to check out our previous post featuring these limited edition colorways which are dyed especially for us by MJ Yarns, found here.
Have you ever wished you could get rewarded for buying yarn? If so, you're in luck! We've just unveiled the BBR Rewards program for our most loyal lovers of luxury yarn. If that last sentence describes you, then click here to join - it's FREE and you can start earning points right way! Each online purchase will earn you 5 points for every $1 spend, so they'll add up quickly and can be redeemed for valuable rewards. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Indie-Dyed Colors & a Coupon Code!

August is here, and we're kicking this month off with lots and lots of new hand-dyed colorways from Lost City Knits, Lattes & Llamas, and Mode Knit Yarns. They're the latest to join our ever-growing collection of colors made just for us, and they're all available here in our online store 24/7.

The folks at ModeKnit Yarns have come up with 12 limited edition gradient and flow colorways in our Tibetan Dream yak/nylon fingering weight yarn! Choose from a variety of hues ranging from subtle to oh-so-bright:

These ombre-style gradients feature subtle, gradual shifts of color fading from dark to light. 

Each color gradually & gracefully shifts from black to a vibrant hue, creating long color changes as you knit or crochet.

These eye-popping colorways feature a number of gradual color changes in each skein as you knit or crochet.

But that's not all! Lost City Knits has added 2 new hand-dyed colorways to their custom color collection in Shangri-La, our luxurious yak & silk laceweight yarn: 

Lattes & Llamas has added 3 shaded solids to their custom collection in Lhasa Wilderness yarn - perfect for stripes and colorwork projects:

If it's been a while since you've visited our website, stop on by to see what's new. Hint: you'll definitely want to check out our Indie Dyer section for limited-edition, can't-find-anywhere-else colorways!

Last but not least, since we won't be attending Stitches Midwest, please enjoy this special discount when you shop our online store this weekend - just enter NASMW at checkout to save 15% off your entire yarn purchase today through Midnight MST 8/7/16.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Colors from MJ Yarns!

When we announced our new house colors last month, we hinted that more was yet to come. This month, we are pleased to unveil 5 gorgeous new limited edition colorways from MJ yarns which are available on our popular Tibetan Dream sock yarn base, as well as an exciting option we're calling Big Bijou Bliss.
Big Bijou Bliss in Joseph
Big Bijou Bliss (or BBB for short) is a worsted-weight version of our well-loved Bijou Bliss sport weight yarn, and both are a soft and springy blend of 50% Tibetan yak and 50% Cormo wool. Each skein has 160 yards, which is perfect for lots of small projects such as hats, fingerless gloves and more.
Big Bijou Bliss in Cerulean Twilight
BBB is a limited run yarn base, which means that once it's gone, it's really, truly gone! We think that these gorgeous variegated colors are the perfect way to get ready for fall (it'll be here before you know it).
Big Bijou Bliss in Mice and Men
The Bowline hat pattern from Tin Can Knits is a great one-skein BBB project that you can knit for the entire family: it's sized for baby through Adult L, and the unisex stitch pattern looks good on everyone!
Tibetan Dream in Lakeside
Sock yarn lovers, take note: we also have these new hand-dyed colors available in our yak and nylon blend, Tibetan Dream. One skein is all it takes for a variety of projects, from socks to beautiful shawls and wraps. If you've been thinking about casting on for the Spindrift Shawl or Pebble Beach Shawl, both by Helen Stewart, any of these new colors would be the perfect choice!
Tibetan Dream in Purple Dragon
Of course, the Purple Dragon colorway has us thinking about Game of Thrones, and there are a lot of great GOT-inspired patterns on Ravelry that would be a great matchup for Tibetan Dream in this color, such as: Mother of Dragons by Laura Smoot, Winter is Coming by Sally Cameron, and Lord Varys by Jill Bickers. We'll make it easy for you, click here to view more GOT-inspired patterns for fingering weight yarn over on Ravelry!

Whatever color & yarn you choose, we hope you'll share your project with us here in our Ravelry group or over on Instagram using the #bijoubasinranch hashtag. Happy knitting & crocheting!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Made in the USA: Behind the Scenes at BBR

L-R: Eileen Koop, Donna Vessey
(host of Hittin' the Road) & Carl Koop.
Here at Bijou Basin Ranch, we are a family-owned ranch that raises fully registered Tibetan yaks that have wonderfully glossy coats and produce a high quality fiber. If you haven’t knit with yak yarn (or a yak blend) before, you are missing out! Tibetan yak fiber is warmer than wool and has a softness similar to cashmere, making it ideal for lightweight garments and accessories.  As yak fiber takes time to develop, we work with other ranchers in the western states and abroad in Mongolia to supplement the fiber needed to produce our extensive range of high-quality yarns.
Processing and Dyeing
Since our big focus is raising happy yaks (happy yaks produce better fiber!) we also work with a variety of US-based mills and independent American dyers to turn this precious fiber into the kind of yarn that you can’t wait to work with in colors which range from vibrant to subtle in both solids or variegated. For us, it just made sense to work with dyers who were already at the top of their game and doing amazing things, kind of like a party with some very talented friends. Here are some of the indie dyers you'll find in our online store:

  • Miss Babs, based in Tennessee
  • MJ Yarns, based in Colorado
  • Lattes & Llamas, based in Pennsylvania
  • ModeKnit Yarns, based in Minnesota
  • Lost City Knits, based in Oklahoma
Of course, we think that the perfect way to care for your gorgeous knits in our yarn is with Allure Fiber Wash, which is made right here in the USA. This all-natural, biodegradable no-rinse wash is perfect for your special handwash-only treasures. After all, you spent so much time making something beautiful, it makes sense to keep it looking its best!
ModeKnit Gradient Yarn & Allure Fiber Wash
Show me the Yaks!
I bet you don’t think ‘cute!’ when you think of yaks, but they are actually quite cute. We were recently interviewed for a PBS show called Hittin' the Road (click here to watch the episode!) which recently aired - you can check out the interview with Carl & Eileen Koop (aka, the "family owned" part of the business) at the 3-minute mark in the video linked above. It's worth clicking over for the immediate joy of seeing our yaks frolicking in a field - who knew yaks were so bouncy!? Well, we did, but people don't usually believe us...now we have video proof!
And for some very short clips of seeing the yaks in the field being a bit less bouncy but every bit as cute, this three-part series of videos from Interweave is required viewing:

If you haven’t had a chance to touch a skein of yak yarn before, we hope to see you at one of the many yarn shows we are attending this year. We'll also be sharing some new hand-dyed colorways with you later this month, so stay tuned for more updates!