April 11, 2019

Dottie Jane

  • A brioche shawl in teal with pink speckled yarn.

Dottie Jane is a beautiful, feminine shawl designed by Lesley Ann Robinson of Knitgraffiti. Lesley Ann is known for her drop dead gorgeous brioche patterns, and when she chose to work with my signature colorway Hattie Jane I was very touched. We talked a little bit about how my colorway was named after my grandmother Hattie Jane who had passed away long before I was ever born, and her grandmother Dottie who had recently passed. It was decided that both of our grandmothers would be a part of this design, and Dottie Jane was born.

This week I’m stocking the shop with two skein bundles perfect for knitting Dottie Jane or any two-skein shawl. And as a nod to the Walla Walla, WA, shop Purl2W2 KAL that this design was inspired and organized by, I’ll be donating $5 from the purchase of any two-skein bundle from April 11 to April 15 to my local YWCA. I appreciate the work they do to eliminate racism and empower women in communities across the nation.

Lesley Ann knit her shawl using Hattie Jane, and my shawl sample was knit was Whiz Bang and Teal-E-O. I also have several other bundles in the shop for you to choose from.

Happy Spring! This shawl is perfect for a little dose of happy to brighten your knitting basket.

April 11, 2019

Spring Adventures in Wonderland

  • A bag in floral fabric with skeins of pink and green yarn.

Hooray for spring! It’s like sweater weather part two around here — you can finally ditch the heavy overcoat, but still wear your knits before it gets too hot. Plus, we have two exciting spring collaborations to let you know about…

First, Amanda of Little Bitty Delights has created a stunning progress keeper for our April Club, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We still have a handful of spots available, but once they’re gone they are gone! You can choose whether you’d prefer heavier or lighter yarn and if you’d like a single or double dose. The colorway is a surprise, but you can expect spring speckles inspired by Alice’s amazing adventures.

Second, we’ve joined forces with GingerRoots Bags to create a gorgeous spring set: a full-sized skein of sock yarn, a 90-yard mini skein for a pop of color and a coordinating project bag all created to celebrate the excitement of the shift from gloom to BLOOM! We have a very limited number of sets available, so be sure to grab yours quickly.

April 11, 2019

Time to say goodbye to Game Of Thrones

A skein of navy, teal and white yarn with a bag in a Game of Thrones fabric.

Winter is here.

We have waited for years for this, and have dreaded it at the same time. Why must great things come to an end?

To celebrate the last season of Game of Thrones, and commemorate the stunning series finale, we have reopened purchases of the first installment of our Throne’s-themed club.

The first installment was a skein of Game of Thrones-inspired yarn called Origins of Snow and a marvelous dumpling bag using licensed GoT fabric designed just for this club. After securing additional fabric we have opened this up for purchase of round one alone for those that are not fans of mysteries.

We have very limited openings, so don’t wait!

April 11, 2019

We have two exciting new yarns for you!

  • Light pink yarn.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival is starting to feel like a distant memory, but it was so great to get the chance to meet so many lovely people from all around the world. Thank you to everyone who did come and say hello to us and to those who couldn’t make it this year we hope to see you at a future event.

We are back to work with an update to tell you about and two exciting new yarns:

The first is available on the website now and is called Askham Aran. This soft, dreamy yarn is such a joy to work with and wear — it creates a warm, fluffy, and drape-y fabric which can feel heavy to work with but is still lovely and light to wear. The gentle sheen shows through the alpaca fluff, meaning that stitch definition is not crisp but is still visible. The yarn is the same luscious blend of baby alpaca and silk that is also be found in Askham Lace and Askham 4ply and we have a number of our signature colourways available to choose from. It has undergone rigorous testing (knitting and crochet) and the whole ECY team adores the combination of shine and warmth. It also definitely passed the squish test with everyone who tried it at Edinburgh!! You can find our finished projects on Raverly here.

Our next update will take place at 8 a.m. (UK time) on Monday 15th April and will include Titus DK, Pendle Chunky and our second BRAND NEW yarn, Hayton DK. Hayton DK, like its 4ply counterpart, is a beautiful mix of smooth, bouncy Merino, a little nylon to make it more hard wearing and a dash of Cashmere for the ultimate luxury. It knits with both bounce and drape in equal measure — using larger needles and a lacy pattern creates drape, whilst smaller needles and a closer stitch type creates a nice warm, cosy fabric. The mix of fibres combines the best of both worlds. We have also tested this yarn and can confirm it is every bit as lovely as the 4ply version. Our finished knit and crochet projects using this yarn can be viewed on Ravelry here.

With all this focus on the new yarns, you would be forgiven for thinking the other yarns in the update are purely filler, but you would be so wrong! Titus DK is a beautiful and subtle yarn. It is a very luxurious blend of Superwash Merino and mulberry silk. The silk gives it a gorgeous shine (especially in dark or rich colours). It is ideal for all sorts of projects, from gloves to garments and everything in between. It washes well in the machine, and the silk gives it strength so it can take a lot of use.

Pendle Chunky is a smooshy, soft, warm, bouncy and smooth Superwash Merino yarn, which has great stitch definition, making it perfect for a wide variety of projects. We particularly love it in hats and cowls, although its next-to-skin softness makes it just as good in sweaters.

April 11, 2019

Spring Palette Yarn Grab

  • Yellow, yellow and pink variegated and red yarn.

It’s time for Sweater Sister’s quarterly yarn grab! I have the nine colors of our spring palette up in the shop in each of the fingering bases. The warm colors are goldenrod tones of Naples glazed and Naples marbled along with Sultanamet, a gorgeous spicy red.

The cool colors are Savannah glazed and marbled, which evoke the bright colors of the springtime in the southeast, plus rich blue NYC.

The neutral colors are Shoujiji Sakura glazed and marbled, gentle pinks and corals inspired by Japanese cherry blossoms, along with Rockaway Beach, a soft silvery brown.

The fingering bases are Arcadia, a super soft Superwash 100% extra fine Merino 4ply yarn, Monaco, a Superwash single-ply 100% extra fine Merino, Wayfarer, a MCN sock yarn, extra lofty with 10% Cashmere and extra strong with 10% nylon added to the superwash extra fine Merino. Shangri-La is 75% ultra fine Superwash Australian Merino (the finest Merino in the world!) and 25% mulberry silk. This yarn is incredibly soft to the touch with superior drape and shine.

As always, I offer free shipping in the U.S. and flat rate shipping to Canada. I will take orders through April 20th. Expect shipment within two weeks of your order.

Eight Days of Easter Yarn Kit with Pattern & Easter Basket

  • Eight skeins of pastel-colored yarn.

These Eight Days of Easter Yarn Kits may even be better than chocolate Easter bunnies!

I’ve dyed eight soft and speckled pastel colorways on my luxurious So Silky Sock yarn base, which is made of 50% mulberry silk and 50% Superwash Merino.

You’ll receive eight 10-gram minis. Each mini will come inside an Easter egg, and all eight Easter eggs will be placed in a reusable basket complete with Easter grass and a little extra surprise as well. 😉

Each 10-gram mini is 40 yards, so you’ll receive 320 yards of sock-weight yarn in the colorways shown in the photos.

I have 10 kits available, and I’ll be shipping them by Monday, April 15th, via priority mail so as to arrive in time for Easter.

The kit also comes with a heavy paper copy of my Diamond Twist Cowl pattern–a simple but elegant knitting pattern perfect for spring and summer since it’s an open-work lace pattern. It’s suitable for an advanced beginning knitter or beyond. The last two photos show the cowl pattern knit up in a different colorway.

Of course you can open all the “yarn eggs” at once if you like, but I’ll have them numbered in order of the pattern so you can open one and knit that part of the pattern each day during the octave of Easter and have a lovely cowl to enjoy at the end.

April 8, 2019

The Spring collection is here! Discover the new fabrics!

  • A bag with aqua fish fabric.

Spring is in the air and also in the fabrics!

The first batch of the new collection is ready and it is filled with colours, flowers, koi carps (!!!), pois, subtle leaves, drama llamas and flowers from the ’70s! Discover the new yarn basket: the perfect couch companion for your knitting: standing by your side, holding the small notions in its handy pocket and filling your life with colour! It is made with sturdy soft cotton, and it is completely reversible!

The new Origami bags are also entirely reversibles, giving you so much choice of colours! From lamas to koi carps, to flowers and pois, let your knitting be held in style and high in colour! Match your WIP with its own project bag!

If you are asking yourself, “Why koi carps???” the answer lies in my place of residence: I live in the east of France, in the south of Alsace, almost on the border with Switzerland. This part of Alsace is called Sundgau and the culinary speciality of the region is fried carp fish, served à volonté (at will) with French fries and salad! I wouldn’t eat it everyday, but once a year, why not! So, as an homage to this part of the world I have found the perfect fabric!

As usual, all my products are handmade by me in my atelier in France with 100% cotton fabrics carefully chosen from European suppliers. They are sturdy, they can be washed (preferably by hand) and they are the perfect companion for the stylish knitter.

April 8, 2019

May MKAL: Blooming Big Sur

  • A waterfall with the text Blooming Big Sur Shawl

Our May 2019 MKAL shawl, Blooming Big Sur, is inspired by the amazing wildflower bloom at Big Sur. This is a top-down, triangle-shaped shawl with texture, a bit of lace (written and charted), short rows and bead accents. It is worked in three colours of Merino Twist from Elevate Fibers.

Buyers of the kit from Elevate Fibers, which includes the main color of MerinoTwist and the mini skeins of Classic Sock, will receive a code for $2 off the purchase of the pattern or may purchase the pattern individually. Beads are optional and purchased separately from the kit. This is a great project for intermediate knitters.

This is a Mystery Knit Along for the month of May. All you need do is purchase the pattern and join in the fun. We will knit together, sharing pictures and chatting. We will have two threads in the bunnymuff Ravelry group — one for general shawl info and the other to share your photos called SPOILERS.

The ‘Clues’ will be released in parts over four weeks and beginning with 1 May.

Clue Release Dates:
Clue 1 – 1 May
Clue 2 – 8 May
Clue 3 – 15 May
Clue 4 (final clue) – 22 May

April 5, 2019

Exciting things are happening at Heather’s Yarn Barn!

  • A collage of yarn photos with Zullilly.com Collection April 14-17th.

Hello fellow yarn lovers!

A lot of exciting things are going on in my shop recently!

1. I’ve teamed up with www.Zulily.com, we are running a campaign beginning April 14th-17th. I have selected 10 of my colorways for them to sell on their site and what’s even better is they are offering you amazing customers a HUGE HUGE discount from my normal retail price. So if you’d like to try my hand-dyed yarns, this is a great opportunity to do so. Be sure to mark your calendars and grab some skeins before they sell out.
I’ve provided a sneak peek of the colors that will be on their site come April 14th!

2. Heather’s Yarn Barn is now offering a monthly sock club called Yarn of The Month or YOTM for short. Right now I’m taking preorders for May. The theme for May — HINT — APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS.

Each month you will be shipped a super special sock yarn kit. You will receive one skein and one mini skein. Who doesn’t love contrasting socks, am I right? 🙂 Now mind you, each month you will get to knit or crochet with a colorway that isn’t available in my shop. I’ve made these yarns special just for this club.

Dates to order are 1st-14th of every month. After that, you won’t be able to place an order. I will then begin dying, labeling and bagging each order! The expected shipping time frame is no later than the 15th of the next month. Share what you got!

Tag me on Instagram and show off what colorway set you’ve received! #heathersyarnbarn @heathersyarnbarn

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