June 18, 2019

Getting ready for an August Myatery Knit Along!

  • An image of grey feathers and the words "Henrietta: The Colouring of Pigeons. August MKAL Crescent Shawl. A Bunnymuff Knit-Along."

Welcome to our new mystery knit-along for August – Henrietta: the colouring of pigeons!

This is a pattern for a crescent-shaped shawl and is worked flat, from the top down, featuring bold and feathery lace and optional bead details. It was designed specifically for gradient yarn and using one 150g cake of Wolle’s Yarn Creations. Find Wolle on Etsy and Ravelry for spring and summer colours.

The mystery begins 1 August with clues begin released over three weeks after.
Please use code Henrietta25 for a 25% discount off this pattern in my Ravelry shop (through 31 July)!

June 13, 2019

Farrah Fowler Fun

  • A woman in glasses wears a purple v-neck cardigan.

Get your inner nerdy neurobiologist on: The character of Amy Farrah Fowler (AFF) is known to fans of The Big Bang Theory as the quirky scientist who works her way into Sheldon Cooper’s heart. She emerges from her social oddities to become Penny’s best friend and Sheldon’s wife and equal partner — all while rocking knee-high socks, an occasional tiara and usually a cardigan.

This design, Farrah Fowler, is inspired by Amy’s style and smarts: Top-down, raglan stockinette sleeves makes the construction easy while the simple cable pattern on the front and back keeps it interesting and cozy. The fit is intended for 1-2” of positive ease, but it will work beautifully if you prefer to wear it a little more fitted since the cable pattern has a good bit of stretch to it.

June 6, 2019

Join Yarnover Truck’s Happiness Gradient Yarn Club

A teal square with the words Happiness is...

The Yarnover Truck’s Yarn Club is open to new members until June 15th, 2019. Our goal is to bring a little more happiness into all our lives though beautiful hand-dyed yarns, new knit and crochet patterns plus some fun club extras!

Apple Tree Knits has once again agreed to be our dyer for the yarn club and she has done an amazing job in turning our themes into six gorgeous gradient colorways. The themes are California Vineyards, Museums & Art, The Yarnover Truck, Fall, Sunsets at the Ocean and Relaxation. We have 12 knit and crochet designers creating new pieces and all club members will be the first to see and work up these patterns.

Packages get sent out every other month, with the first one arriving in July. Sign-up and get all the details on our website.

May 29, 2019

Hello! About Me, Shop Update, Sailor Sweater & Show Schedule

  • A collection of skeins of pastel hand-dyed yarn.

Hi! My name is Beckie, I’m the sole worker bee behind Shirley Brian Yarn… wait what? Your name is Beckie and you’re Shirley Brian Yarns? Huh? Shirley was my grandmother’s name — she was an epic knitter. She made sure that our family was never cold, and that my Barbie had the best knitwear collection in the world. Brian was my father, we lost him much too soon, and this is a way to keep him close daily. And there you have it: SBY.

I live and work with my pup Oliver in Ottawa, ON, Canada, and ship my yarns all over North America (hopefully worldwide soon). I’ve been in the yarn business for the better part of a decade. First as yarn store owner and then, after selling the store, I have been dedicated full time to SBY. I like to write patterns when there is time, I knit constantly and playing with blank yarns and colours is my full-time job and passion.

I like tomatoes, avocados, soup, and wine. I have travelled far and wide and continue to do so as much as I can. Reality TV binges fuel my knitting time and I consume a ridiculous amount of books on Audible monthly. I have a weakness for vintage knitting, spinning and weaving tools and notions, and would be embarrassed if you saw the size of my knitting bag collection.

And that’s me in as brief of a nutshell as I could manage. I hope you’ll join me on Instagram, my newsletter and in my Indie Untangled posts here for more SBY happenings! I’ve got so many exciting things coming and cannot wait to share them with you!


Shop Update!

I’ve got a shop update happening on Thursday, May 30th @ 7 p.m. EDT. I’ve added 23 new colourways and some old favourites on the Sailor Sock base. The shop update will go live here.

Shopping from the U.S.? Due to a very favourable exchange rate from CDN to USD you’ll find a great deal on our yarns as we charge in CDN dollars!


Sailing Sweater

My Sailing Sweater pattern was recently released on Ravelry. It’s a super simple quick knit and the easiest sweater to throw on for running around in. The pattern includes both completely written and charted instructions, and it is the perfect sweater to knit for those who prefer to work on accessories over garments, as it is like knitting shawl. The pattern is easily adjustable, with clear instructions on complete customization. It’s a super quick knit, too! I’ve just completed a navy blue version in a week!


Festival Season!

I’ve got a fully loaded fibre festival season ahead of me, and am adding dates in between already scheduled events. If you’d like to follow along and meet up with me at an event they are all listed here.

Want to have us visit your store for a trunk show, or a brioche class, or stock my yarns? Please get in touch!

Thanks so much for taking the time to spend reading my first post here!

May 8, 2019

Nantahala Shawl Kit Release

  • A woman holds a green crescent shaped shawl in front of a body of water.

Nantahala is a Cherokee word meaning “land of the noon day sun.” Inspired by a summer day in the beautiful hardwood forests of the east coast areas of North America, this top-down, crescent-shaped shawl has a pleasing mix of simple lace and squishy garter stitch sections and ends with a delicate picot bind-off.

I’m offering this shawl kit in four gorgeous spring color choices on WayfaringYarns’ Monaco base.
Savannah (shown on sample)
Pfeiffer Beach
Shoujiji Sakura

Monaco is a single-ply fingering weight yarn of 100% Extra Fine Merino. It’s incredibly soft! The kit includes two 100g skeins of the Monaco color of your choice plus a free Ravelry download code for the Nantahala Shawl.

May 2, 2019

Join the “Magical Thinking” KAL!

A blue and green pullover shawl

Never participated in a knit-a-long? Curious how they work? There is now a KAL for the pullover shawl, “Magical Thinking,” going on in the Casapinka group on Ravelry. It ends June 30 so there is plenty of time to finish this three colored, simple project. To join in, introduce yourself or post your yarn or your wip, and enjoy the lively and encouraging community that is making this design. All you need is three skeins of fingering weight yarn in colors that you love!

April 24, 2019

N E W P A T T E R N and S A L E !!

  • A woman models a pink and gray striped shawl

I’m excited to release Round the Mountain, available on Ravelry! It is sure to keep your interest with a combination of fun stitch patterns, color changes and shapes. Featuring Lux Adorna Knits cashmere, you will want to wear it ALL THE TIME!

Now thru Mother’s Day, May 12, enter coupon code MOTHERSDAY at checkout on Ravelry and get 25% off any other Aspen Knits pattern.

April 23, 2019

Branches In Bloom

A woman models a fuzzy gray sweater with a branch motif at the hem.

Branches In Bloom is a sweet, top-down pullover with a graceful, branch + blossom cable motif at the hem. The modified raglan sleeves are designed to stay put on your shoulders, while increases below the elbow give a slightly blouse-y effect without being over-the-top. The sweater is worked inside-out so that you barely have to purl at all! And all the hard work of charting the delightful cable pattern upside-down and inside-out is all done for you, so you can just follow the directions with ease (Not into charts? No worries — the cable motif is also written out line by line for you).

The pattern is on sale at a discount through Saturday, April 27th, so check out the pattern page for details.

The sample is worked holding a strand of mohair-silk lace weight with a strand of single-ply fingering yarn for a drapey fabric that’s out-of-this-world soft. Alternatively, you can work the sweater in a DK or worsted weight yarn to the same gauge.

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

“Your Roll is Coming” Kits are available now!

A set of grey, yellow, red, pink and gold mini skeins of yarn.

The final season of “A Game of Thrones” is upon us, and what better way to knit your sorrows away than with a nerdy GoT inspired shawl kit?!

Three makers — Liz Lisowski of HighFiberArtz, Annah Burnes of Silent Knits and Nichole Banks of One Sock Wonder Bags — have combined creative forces to bring you the “Your Roll is Coming” kit. Each kit includes:

– One 100g gradient-dyed skein of fingering weight yarn, dyed by HighFiberArtz

– Five 20g mini-skeins in color ways matching major GoT houses, dyed by HighFiberArtz

– Set of GoT house inspired stitch markers by HighFiberArtz

– Game of Thrones inspired Sheep Squeezer by One Sock Wonder Bags

– Exclusive “Your Roll is Coming” asymmetrical shawl design by Silent Knits

– One d8 (8-sided die) for use with knitting the shawl pattern

The “Your Roll is Coming” asymmetrical shawl is a unique design, utilizing a d8 (8-sided die) to “roll your own adventure”… making each and every shawl completely unique. The shawl design will be exclusive to the kits for the time being.

A Knit-Along will be hosted on Instagram in May, once all kits have been delivered to recipients.

Follow us on Instagram: @1sockwonder — @highfiberartz — @silentknits for KAL updates!

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