Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Droughtlander KAL & SAFF

This past weekend, the Droughtlander Read-along and Knit-along kicked off here in the Subway Knits group on Ravelry. Since the television series won't be returning to Starz til April 2016, now is a great time to re-read the books and cast on for some Outlander-inspired projects using our Outlandish colors of Lhasa Wilderness or Himalayan Trail yarn. There are some great prizes up for grabs - here's how you can join in the fun for the Knit-Along:

  • Knit something in an Outlander Inspired pattern (such as our Outlander-inspired project kits), or with an Outlander yarn (click here for more details on what yarns and projects qualify). 
  • You can do either the yarn or the pattern, or both for the KAL entry. 
  •  There can be more than one KAL entry, and you can double and triple dip into other KALs for the duration of this KAL. 
  • You must be a member of the Subway Knits group to participate. 
  •  To share your knits on social media, the hashtag is #outlandeRKAL - be sure to also use #bijoubasinranch if you are knitting with our Outlandish yarns
  • Entries must be made in the thread, where a winner at the end of the KAL will receive a Grand Prize via RNG. The final deadline will be announced once we find out the premiere date (April/May 2016 is the estimate). 
See you at SAFF! 
Our final fiber show for 2015 is this coming weekend: the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Fletcher, NC (October 30th through November 1st, 2015)! We'll be bringing all of your favorite luxury yarns and project kits, plus we'll also have plenty of Allure Fiber Wash to keep your finished projects looking their best this fall. If you plan on participating in the Droughtlander KAL mentioned above, we'll have all of the Outlandish yarns and project kits on hand for you to check out, too!
Since SAFF falls over Halloween weekend, we have a few tricks up our sleeve...but don't worry, they're all treats! Stop by our booth to ask about our show special on 100% Paco-Vicuna yarns, fibers and rovings (above left). We have a limited quantity of these ultra-luxurious fibers - click here to learn more on the BBR blog! We'll also have four new colorways of our yak and silk laceweight yarn, Shangri-La (above right), which are hand dyed for us by Lost City Knits, along with our 7 new colorways of Lhasa Wilderness yarn (below) which are dyed for us by Lattes & Llamas.
Speaking of Lhasa Wilderness yarn, this is the last call for our giveaway that's happening this month! Click here to find out how you can win 7 skeins of our popular yak and bamboo blend yarn (Lhasa Wilderness) in the color(s) of your choosing! We'll be announcing the winner on Friday, October 30 - good luck! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Show Special! Paco-Vicuna Yarn, Fiber & Roving

At Rhinebeck and SAFF this month, we will have an extra-special treat waiting for you in the Bijou Basin Ranch booth: 100% Paco-Vicuna yarns, fibers and rovings! We are excited to offer these extra-special fibers in limited supply and will have yarns and rovings in 6 natural shades of white, beige, light/medium/dark vicuna and a rich mahogany, all in a variety of grades/weights.
Paco-Vicunas are a very special type of alpaca which is closely related in many was to the vicuna (hence the name, Paco-Vicuna). Their fiber is extremely light with impressive uniformity, good staple length, and a lovely crimp. The fiber also has a high degree of curvature which is similar to Merino. We've managed to source fibers which fall into two of the softest grades; Grade 1 ranges from 15-17 microns and is every bit as soft as yak and cashmere, while Grade 0 is less than 15 microns and even softer than cashmere!

These superior fibers come from two-year fleece which have a standard 3-inch minimum for staple length, with many of the fine fleeces measuring between 4 and 4.5 inches for staple length. Every individual fleece is micron tested, allowing us to offer the finest, most uniform product possible. Squeezing is believing, of course, so be sure to stop by the Bijou Basin Ranch booth at Rhinebeck and SAFF to give these truly exceptional fibers a squish!
We also have four new hand-dyed colorways of our yak and silk blend laceweight yarn, Shangri-La, which will be making their show debut at Rhinebeck this weekend! They are hand-dyed for us by Lost City Knits, and they are already available for purchase here in our online store for our fans at home!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Giveaway, a KAL & Upcoming Events!

October is here, and we're celebrating the return of fall with a giveaway, a KAL, and our final three fiber festivals of the year!

Now that our 7 new hand-dyed colorways of Lhasa Wilderness are available in our online store, we are excited to share them with the world - and what better way than a yarn giveaway? One lucky person will win 7 skeins of Lhasa Wilderness yarn in the color of their choosing - and they can even mix and match our new Lattes & Llamas colorways with our semi-solid Outlandish palette!

Click here for full contest details and to enter; we'll be announcing our lucky winner on October 30!
Our fall KAL will be starting soon in the Friends of Bijou Basin Ranch Ravelry group! On October 12, we'll be casting on for the Miya Shawl by Mari Chiba, which uses just one skein of our luxurious new 100% cashmere yarn, Xanadu. Bloggers Knitting Sarah and Handmade by Stefanie will be leading the way with their Miya shawl projects, and we invite you to join in the fun!

Now through November 15, 2015, save 15% on your purchase of Xanadu yarn when you enter MIYAKAL at checkout. You will automatically receive the Miya shawl pattern FREE with yarn purchase for the KAL!

To participate, post your progress and finished shawl projects (using Xanadu yarn, of course) here in our Ravelry Group. We'd also love to see your progress on Instagram or your social media channel of choice - just tag your photos with #bijoubasinranch and #miyaKAL!

All those who finish and share their qualifying projects by November 30, 2015 will be eligible in our prize drawings:

We'll announce our three lucky winners in our Ravelry group after the close of the KAL on November 30.

Last but not least, we have some exciting fiber shows coming up! This weekend, you can find us at the Taos Wool Festival. Look for our new Lattes & Llamas colorways, Xanadu yarn, and all of your favorite luxury yarns in the Bijou Basin Ranch booth - and don't forget the Allure wash!

Later this month, we'll be heading to the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (better known as Rhinebeck) in upstate New York, followed by the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Fletcher, NC. Click here for more details on our site - we hope to see you there!