Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pattern Inspiration: Natural Wonders

As winter drags on, so does the need for soft & snuggly neckwear. We've noticed that many of our fans have recently used our undyed yarns to create gorgeous shawls, scarves, and cowls to keep winter's chill at bay. Here are a few of our favorite patterns and projects spotted recently on Ravelry to inspire your next project!

Raveler PurpleDogwood crocheted this lovely scarf using 2 skeins of Lhasa Wilderness in Natural Cream. Sometimes a simple stitch is all you need! 

Raveler G-Knits made this gorgeous version of Justyna Lorkowska's Big Jim Shawl using Natural Borwn, Natural Cream, and one mill-dyed color  (Moss Green) of 100% Yak Sport Weight. We love how the natural colors play with the dyed yarn to add a little "pop" to this project!

Raveler Kathlynn knit this simple shawlette using two skeins of Lhasa Wilderness in Natural Cream.  

Designer Meghan Jones has created two gorgeous shawls using our yarns; Ivory Spires (shown above) uses two skeins of Tibetan Dream in Natural Cream and Abbey Glade (shown below) is knit with 1 skein of Tibetan Dream in Natural Brown. Both patterns use a variety of techniques (cables, lace, beads, and twisted stitches) to create these stunning projects for adventurous knitters. 

What's on your needles or hook right now? We'd love to see your yak-tacular projects over in our Ravelry group. You can also share them with us on Instagram using the #bijoubasinranch hashtag!

Coming Soon: Master Color Series 2!

Our next installment in the Master Color Series will be arriving in our online store soon!
Master Color Series 1, "Winter is Coming," was such a hit that we've teamed up again with the folks at MJ Yarns to bring you another great palette of hand-dyed colors on our luxurious 100% Mongolian Cashmere Xanadu yarn base. 

See if you can guess the colors & theme based on this teaser image!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winner + Yarny Resolutions

Congratulations to Instagram follower anitakennett, our winner for our Xanadu yarn & Everyday book giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered our contest by signing up for our newsletter and/or following us on social media. We look forward to sharing lots of yarny inspiration with you in 2017!

Yarny Resolutions

People pledge to improve their daily habits, learn a new skill, or avoid doing (or not doing) something specific during the start of each year. In the knitting world, we often hear of people going cold sheep - that is, pledging to not buy any yarn for as long as possible (think of it as a 'yarn diet,' if that helps).

Knitwear designer Louise Tilbrook recently wrote an interesting blog post about this very subject - and, ultimately, why she intends to Give Cold Sheep the Cold Shoulder this January. We'd be lying if we didn't say that hers is a philosophy we can embrace wholeheartedly...after all, we do make for a living!

So for any potential cold sheep-ers out there, we have a few alternative resolutions to propose:

  1. Take a "slow fashion" approach. This phenomenon is centered around designing, creating & buying garments for quality and longevity. Applied to knitting, this might look like evaluating the makeup of a skein of yarn (especially how it is spun and the fiber content) to determine the type of pattern is is best suited for. For example, yak fiber provides excellent stitch definition, so it would be well-suited to a design that features cables or textured stitch patterns. You can find more helpful information about choosing the right yarn for your project here.
  2. Focus on what brings you joy. Indulging in a little luxury yarn can go a long way. Sometimes, a pretty skein of yarn is the perfect pick-me-up for a dreary winter's day. It can also make the process of knitting delightful from start to finish, and then of course there's the finished project that you get to wear & enjoy for years to come! 
  3. Try a Yarn Smorgasboard. Trying new-to-you-fibers can be a fun way to make surprising discoveries and expand your fiber horizons! When someone walks into our booth at fiber shows, we often ask them if they've ever knit with yak yarn - for many people, it's the first time they've learned that yak fiber can be made into yarn! When people pick up a skein of our Bijou Bliss yarn, we are often asked what Cormo is (for anyone wondering, it's a specific breed of sheep!). And if qiviut, cashmere, or bamboo haven't entered your knitting vocabulary just yet....we'd love to help you change that for 2017! 

As for us, we've resolved to add more gorgeous colors to our lineup, starting with these 3 new colors of Lhasa Wilderness yarn dyed exclusively for us from MJ Yarns:
From L-R: Joseph, Purple Dragon & Cerulean Twilight.
Speaking of MJ Yarns, we'll be holding a pop-up yarn tasting event this weekend at their studio in Lafayette, CO - click here for details on Facebook & to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!