Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Deals, New Outlandish Kit & Limited-Edition Colorways

Remember our last blog post, where we mentioned we'd be announcing weekly deals throughout the month of December? We've slightly revised our plans since then in the interest of making things simple and less stressful for our wonderful fans: now through December 23, get 20% off everything in our online store & free shipping. See? It doesn't get easier than that! Plus, qualifying orders will receive a free gift with purchase!

We also have added an exciting new Outlander-inspired project kit to our lineup: click here to check out the Outlander Argyle Sock Kit which features a traditional Argyle sock pattern designed by Anne Berk. The intarsia sections are knit flat, just as the characters in the Outlander series would have knit them! The kit includes enough Lhasa Wilderness yarn to knit TWO pairs of socks - one with the darker main color and one with the lighter main color - at a savings of over 20%.
Click here to purchase our new Outlander Argyle Sock Kit!
Fans of fingering weight yarn, take note! Our own Eileen Koop (aka YakLady on Ravelry) has been cooking up some colorful surprises in the form of 3 hand-dyed, limited edition colorways in our Tibetan Dream sock yarn base! There are only a limited number of skeins available in each of the three colors pictured below, so be sure to snap yours up soon - when they're gone, they're gone!

Click here to purchase skeins of Tibetan Dream sock yarn in any of these limited-edition colorways!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Santa Yak is Bringing You Weekly Deals!

December is here! That means Santa Yak will be bringing you amazing weekly deals on your favorite yarns, patterns and more from Bijou Basin Ranch!

This week's deals include deep discounts on all 3 of our lace weight yarns as well as free gifts with qualifying orders. This is a fantastic time to stock up on these yarns to make a special project just for you after the holidays! May we suggest:

The Angelica Vest by Marly Bird is one of our best-selling patterns using Seraphim yarn. It's available in a generous choice of sizes, and it also includes an option to add sleeves for those who dare!

The Shangri-La Scarf was designed especially for our luxurious yarn of the same name. It can be knit using just two skeins of our 50/50 yak and silk blend yarn, Shangri-La - or purchase a third skein to create a sumptuous shawl!

It only takes 5-7 skeins of our 100% Yak Lace Weight Yarn to knit the Bijou Lace Sweater! Enjoy the softness and warmth that only yak down can provide with this pretty little layering piece!

Hurry! These deals expire at Midnight MDT on Saturday, December 6 - click here to start shopping

Want to be the first to know when our next round of deals is live? Click here to sign up for our newsletter to get updates delivered straight to your inbox! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winner + Holiday Gift Ideas

First off, Congratulations to lindaran, who is our winner for this month's 100% Yak Yarn Wrap giveaway. We will contact you to arrange for the delivery of your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered our contest!

For those of you who are beginning to panic as the holiday countdown marches on, don't worry - we have you covered!

Marly Bird has created two gorgeously stripey shawls to make in our 100% Yak Sport Weight yarn which would be great for gifting:

On the left is the knitted version of the Stellar Stripes Shawl, which appears in the Love of Knitting Winter 2014 issue; on the right is crochet version of this shawl which appears in the Holiday 2014 issue of Love of Crochet magazine. Both shawls use just 1 skein each of our Sport Weight yarn in Navy and Gold and will would make great last-minute projects for holiday gifting.

We also have plenty of project kits which are perfect for that special crafter in your life. Each kit contains the yarn and pattern at a discount ranging from 10-15% off the retail price, and is a luxurious treat for yarn enthusiasts. Pictured above are just a few of our options, click here to view them all!

For the non-knitting (or crocheting) folks on your list, we recommend a 100% Yak Yarn Wrap to ward off the next Polar Vortex! It's soft, warm and luxurious - best of all, there's no assembly required!

Last but not least....don't forget the Allure! Stock up on bottles to use as stocking stuffers, thank-you gifts, or to include with your handmade gifts. They're also a great way to finish your handmade gifts as mentioned on this recent blog post!

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter or join us on your social media channel of choice via the links on the right sidebar because we'll be announcing some amazing holiday deals soon! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Meet the Yaks + Giveaway

Many of our longtime fans know Bijou Basin Ranch as the source for unique luxury yarns to knit and crochet, but did you know that we also raise our own herd of yaks which contribute fiber to the making of these yarns? Some of you might know a few of our yaks by name, but if you are a newer fan, you might be wondering...just who is Napoleon, Ruby, and Knit & Purl!?

In the first installment of a three-part video series presented by Interweave Craft, you'll not only get to meet Carl and Eileen Koop, the owners of Bijou Basin Ranch - you'll also be introduced to the entire herd! We hope you'll take a few moments to watch the video below to learn more about the Bijou Basin Ranch story!


We're giving one lucky blog reader a chance to win a stylish and warm 100% Yak Yarn Wrap. To be entered into our drawing, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what was your favorite part of the video!

For bonus entries, you can choose any (or all!) of the actions below - just be sure to leave an additional comment on this post telling us you did so for each action!

Win this luxurious Yak Wrap! 
We'll be randomly selecting one lucky person from the pool of entries to announce on our next blog post on Monday, November 24. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome Sweater Season

Last weekend, we attended our final fiber festival of 2014, SAFF - many thanks to everyone who came out to our many events this year! We'll be announcing our 2015 schedule shortly, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on your social media channel of choice via the links on the right. We've also got plenty of exciting things planned for the remaining months of 2014 that you won't want to miss!

In the mean time, we'd like to officially welcome the return of sweater weather with these new & knitworthy designs using Bijou Basin Ranch yarns:

© Lattes and Llamas
The Scarlet Letterman Jacket by Megan-Anne Llama is an updated version of the 1950's letterman cardigan. It's knit in two of our Outlandish colorways of Himalayan Trail yarn, Dun Bonnet and Jacobite; click here for more details on the Ravelry pattern page.

© Joe Hancock
The Enchanted Cardigan appears in Kirsten TenDyke's new book, No-Sew Knits: 20 Flattering Finish-Free Garments. It features a unique constructions allowing the sweater to be easily worked flat in one piece, and it's knit in Bijou Bliss, our yak and cormo blend yarn. Click here for more details on the Ravelry pattern page.
© Joe Hancock
The Sensible Cardigan by Kirsten TenDyke is also from No-Sew Knits, and it features pretty details such as a lace panel flowing down the back and picot edging. It's knit from the top down (making it easy to try on as you go and customize as needed) and uses Himalayan Trail, our yak and merino blend yarn. Click here for more details on the Ravelry project page.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rhinebeck + Fall Knitspiration

We'll be returning to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) October 18-19, 2014 for more fibery fun in upstate New York! Rhinebeck is our second-to-last show of 2014, and we're looking forward to sharing our Outlandish colorways, Outlander-inspired project kits, and our brand-new Allure fiber wash with everyone.

If you've made something with our yarns, we'd love to have you stop by our booth to show it off! You can find Bijou Basin Ranch in booths 13 & 14 in Building C; we hope you'll stop by to say hello!

For those of you who can't make it to Rhinebeck, we are pleased to offer all of our yarns, patterns, kits, and even our new fiber wash Allure in our online store. We also have a chance for you to win 3 full-size bottles of Allure via our Instagram giveaway which ends on October 11, 2014 - click here for more details

There are lots of great new patterns coming out for the fall knitting season! Here are a few of the latest colorful accessories we've spotted which use yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch:

The Conjunction Cowl by Susie White (one of the co-hosts of the excellent Prairie Girls Knit & Spin podcast) is a cozy cowl knit with two colors of our Himalayan Trail yarn, shown here in Dinna Fash and Jacobite.
© Love of Crochet magazine

Marly Bird's Stellar Stripes Shawl crochets up in a jiffy using two contrasting colors of our 100% Yak Sport Weight yarn. Great for gifting, this pattern appears in the Holiday 2014 issue of Love of Crochet Magazine.

From earlier this year, Ysolda Teague's Elbert hat features a bold chevron design topped off with an oversized pom pom. It's knit with our Bijou Bliss yarn and is sure to keep you fashionably warm this fall!

We look forward to seeing what you make with our yarns! Be sure to join the Bijou Basin Ranch Fan Club on Ravelry so that you can share your finished projects with us!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Allure!

We're pleased to introduce you to our newest product to join our family of fine yarns and fibers at Allure!

Allure is available in 16 oz. and 3.4 oz bottles and a 0.23 ounce single-use packet; it comes in three great fragrances: Woodland Mist, Prairie Breeze, and Fragrance Free. This all-natural no-rinse wash is backed by 30 years of experience; the premium no-residue formula was developed specifically for fine fiber care by our own resident chemist, Eileen Koop! 

It is currently available for purchase here on our website, and it will be making its fiber show debut at the Taos Wool Festival next month. 

Those of you who have purchased yarn from us at recent shows & festivals have probably received a sample of our Woodland Mist scent, and we look forward to hearing what you think about it! If you'll be joining us at the upcoming Sneffels Fiber Festival, be sure to stop by the Bijou Basin Ranch Booth - we'll have free samples of Allure with any yarn purchase! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Breaking News: Bijou Basin & Miss Babs Team Up for 2 Limited-Edition Colorways!

Bijou Basin Ranch and Miss Babs have teamed up to bring you two gorgeous limited-edition colorways on our Tibetan Dream sock yarn base. The creative color experts from Miss Babs have dreamed up two knitworthy variegated colors for fall knitting: Seaside and Autumn.

Each skein of Tibetan Dream yarn has 440 yards, enough to knit a pair of socks or a fingering-weight shawl. The soft and durable blend of 85% pure yak and 15% nylon perfectly shows off the striking colors created by the folks at Miss Babs. These limited-edition skeins are must-have for fans of luxury yarn and indie dyers!

Both exclusive colors are available here in our online store while supplies last, and we will also have a limited number of skeins available at our upcoming events (see below for more details). They are sure to sell out fast, so grab yours today!

This weekend, you'll find us at TWO exciting events: Salida Fiber Festival (Sept. 6-7), you can find us in Tents 49 & 50; at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival (Sept. 5-7), you can find us in the Country Store East, booths 616 & 617! Be sure to click here for a valuable coupon to print & redeem in our booth, or you can download our free app for easy access on-the-go!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pocket Jamie Approved: Outlander-inspired patterns to knit for fall

We had a fantastic time at Stitches Midwest and the Michigan Fiber Festival - and so did Pocket Jamie! We were thrilled to be visited by the hero of the Outlander series which just debuted on Starz (which also happens to be the inspiration behind our Outlandish colorways). Rest assured, Pocket Jamie will be accompanying us to more events this fall, and we hope you'll share your own photos of Pocket Jamie with your Outlandish WIPs & FOs on the social media channel of your choice (you can connect with us via the links on the right)!

Pocket Jamie visits the Bijou Basin Ranch booth
at Stitches Midwest courtesy of @freckledcrafts!

By popular demand, we have made our Outlander-inspired patterns available for individual download in our Ravelry and Craftsy pattern stores; you also can purchase discounted project kits through our online store. Below you'll find the links for purchasing patterns and kits for each of our popular new THAT's Pocket Jamie Approved!

Monday, August 4, 2014

See You at Stitches + Final Days of our #CountdownToOutlander sale!

We'll be returning to Stitches Midwest this weekend, August 7-10! We'll be in booth 312 & 314; click here for a valuable coupon to redeem in our booth at Stitches! In addition to all of your favorite luxury yarns and patterns (including the Outlandish color series!), we'll have three different Outlandish buttons and BBR t-shirts!

This week, we're entering the final phase of our #CountdownToOutlander event! In just a few short days, the Outlander TV Series will premier on Starz; to celebrate, ALL of the Outlandish colors are 15% off through August 10, 2014 (online sales only)!

Now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite Outlandish colors, just in time for back-to-school knitting - fall will be here before you know it! Below are our two newest project kits available for preorder; kits will begin shipping this weekend and are 20% off for a limited time only when you order online! For more inspiration, please join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
The MacTavish Hat & Mitts by Marly Bird
Knit with 2 skeins of Lhasa Wilderness Yarn
The Apothecary Set by Marly Bird
Knit with 3 skeins Himalayan Trail Yarn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspired by Color!

The #CountdownToOutlander continues! We have been sharing some of our favorite Outlander-inspired color palettes featuring our Outlandish yarns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. With 27 hand-dyed colorways to choose from, there is no end to the possibilities for your next project!
We are still featuring weekly sales which you can be notified of when you sign up for our free newsletter; another exciting development is some brand-new patterns to knit with our Outlandish yarns!

As an added bonus, all pre-orders placed before August 20, 2014 will save 20% off the total purchase price! Below are our newest kits which are available for pre-order when you purchase the yarn and pattern together, and we will be announcing even more as we #CountdownToOutlander!

Click here to sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out!

Left: Forever Linked Hat & Mitts by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter; Right: Sassenach Capelet by Marly Bird.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The #CountdownToOutlander begins!

We're kicking off 5 amazing weeks of Outlandish yarn and pattern inspiration - and SALES! Be sure you're on our newsletter list so you don't miss a moment of our exciting event. You can enter your email address in the box at the right or click here to sign up!
This week, we're offering 15% off all RED Outlandish colors - no coupon code needed! Click here to view all of our Outlandish colorways inspired by the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon; offer good 7/6/14 through 7/12/14.

With so many color options, we'll be helping you select the perfect match by sharing Outlander-inspired color palettes featuring our Outlandish yarns. Here is this week's color inspiration:
Featured Outlandish Colors, from top to bottom: Jacobite, Redcoats*, Dun Bonnet* and Sassenach. Colors marked with a * are on sale this week only!
The Culebra Simple Shawlette by Marly Bird uses just 2 skeins of our Lhasa Wilderness yarn. Shown here in Lohengrin, this shawlette would look fantastic in any of our Outlandish colorways!

Click here for your chance to win the project kit pictured above on Hurry, contest ends Wednesday, July 9!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#CountdownToOutlander, Knitsy, & our New + Improved App!

We've just returned from the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR, where we had a fantastic time as first-time vendors! Our next event isn't til Stitches Midwest in August, but we have a lot of exciting things planned for our online store and social media channels for next month...hint, hint!

You'll definitely want to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on your preferred social media channel (linked at right) to stay updated on our #CountdownToOutlander promotions which will start July 6!

Recently, we were featured in issue 10 of Knitsy, a digital knitting magazine you can download on your mobile device. In this jam-packed issue, you'll learn more about the yaks at Bijou Basin Ranch in their in-depth feature. Plus, you'll also get a great pattern featuring our yarn in addition to many more project ideas and tutorials.

Click here to check it out!

Finally, we're pleased to announce that the free Bijou Basin Ranch app is getting a makeover. It will be faster, more streamlined and easier to navigate! We are putting the finishing touches on the app, but it should be available in the very near future.
Sneak peek of our new & improved free app!

IOS users will see the old app active for a while but Android users will need to download the new app ASAP to keep it working.

Don't worry, we'll be sure to let you know when the change happens by making an official announcement on our social media channels, and at some point, the existing app will simply stop working on your device and you will be notified that it is no longer available. You'll just need to delete the old app, then download the new version from Google Play or iTunes; the name and logo will be the same as before, so it should be easy for you to find!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Events with Bijou Basin Ranch!

From our Instagram Feed:
On the way to Estes Park!
Summer is here! We've just returned from the Estes Park Wool Market, and we're looking forward to a busy month filled with yaks, yarn, and exciting events!

Later this month, we'll be headed to the Pacific Northwest for the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR June 20-22. This is our first time attending this event, and we're really looking forward to it because we've heard such great things about it. Even if you won't be attending this event, you can follow us on instagram to keep tabs on us!

Another exciting event (which is happening the same weekend as the Black Sheep Gathering, in fact!) is the Zombie Knitpocalypse Retreat in Rochester, MN. This event features a Marketplace, Yarn Crawl, Classes, and even a 5K! We have donated coupons for our online store to the goody bags & a Torrey's Peak Vest Kit as a door prize. Many thanks to Megan and Amy for inviting us to be sponsors for this year's retreat! 

We're halfway through our Spring Mystery KAL over in our Ravelry Group; if you are just joining us, you can click here to see some spoiler photos from our participants! There is still plenty of time to catch up to the group; the final clue will be revealed on Wednesday, June 25....and did we mention there will be prizes? Rosi's Mystery KAL pattern is available here on Ravelry; you can also click here for a discount on your purchase of Shangri-La yarn on our website!

Last but not least, we're excited to share a brand-new site called Indie Untangled. It's a great way to stay up-to-date with your favorite yarn dyers, and we will be sharing our own updates via the site as we countdown to the Outlander series premier with our Outlandish hand-dyed color series - stay tuned for more details!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Yak-tacular Mitts for Summer Knitting

Warmer temperatures doesn't mean it's time to pack the knitting away! Spring and Summer is a great time to stock up on accessories such as hats, mitts and socks; come autumn, you'll be mighty glad that you knit through the summer!

Fingerless gloves are fun, quick projects to make no matter your skill level. Below are some of our favorite designs using Bijou Basin Ranch yarns. Enjoy!

From L-R: Northside Fingerless Mitts by Christine Marie Chen (top), Kamala Mitts by Ruth Garcia Alcantud (bottom), Pyramid Peak Hat and Fingerless Mitts by Marly Bird, Dual Cable Fingerless Mitts by Marly Bird, and Brigand by Hunter Hammersen.

News & Updates
It's not too late to join the Spring Mystery KAL! It's happening now here in our Ravelry group, and it's going to be a lot of fun, Click here for a special discount on our Shangri-La yarn for this KAL event. We hope you'll join us!

Coming up, we're headed to the Estes Park Wool Market! Look for us in Booth 601 and stay tuned for more details as the date approaches! 

You can view our full calendar of events here on our website.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Little Mystery + The Best of Stitches West Giveaway

Put a little spring in your step with RosiG's latest Mystery KAL! We'll be casting on May 21 here in the Bijou Basin Ranch Ravelry group and would love to have you join in the fun - we're even offering a 20% discount on your yarn purchase (click here for details)!
We will be knitting a light and lacy stole with beads and 2 skeins of our Shangri-La yarn, a luxurious blend of yak & silk. If you'd prefer not to incorporate beads into your project, we're pretty certain it will be every bit as lovely, but this is a fantastic time to learn a new skill! If you are not sure about signing up for a Mystery KAL, click here to view Rosi's first mystery shawl design from last summer!
Which color of Shangri-La yarn will you choose?
The pattern is available here on Ravelry for a special introductory price of only $2.50; clues will be released weekly (6 in all) and once the MKAL is complete, the price will increase to $7, so be sure to sign up now!

Free Pattern & Giveaway Alert

Marly Bird's Snowmass Intarsia Tee is currently available as a free download in the Best of Stitches West eBook vol. 3, available exclusively from

Click here to download your eBook.

There is also a chance to win luxurious yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch today and tomorrow only! Click here for your chance to win a Torreys Peak Vest Kit from - but hurry, this contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, May 13!