leaftSpring Brings More Yarn, a Sale, Patterns!

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on March 15, 2016

30 colors of O-Wash Sport!  OWash Sport
O-Wash Sport now comes *30 colors*! All gorgeous colors in my humble opinion... It has a new and improved twist and a hair more yardage. Here's the whole palette together, all 30 colors, just like the fingering weight.

O-Wash Sport Palette    
Sport weight is becoming more and more popular recently - thick enough to go faster than fingering weight, but still thin enough to create great layering pieces. This yarn is an easy-care dream, making it a great choice for baby knits, socks, and just about anything else that may need to be cleaned frequently! There's a nice assortment of projects on Ravelry in O-Wash Sport already and I can't wait to see what new projects await!  

"Old Twist" Sale! 
OWash Sale Yarns
Now that the new O-Wash Sport is here, I'm ready to move out the "old twist" yarn and you can snap it up! The twist is slightly different from the new stock, so the yardage is slightly less. This is your chance to get O-Wash Fingering in PawPaw, O-Wash Sport in Cuckoo Flower or Boreal Bluet at 50% off! Make sure to follow me on Instagram - I always announce specials on there first!

Thumbs Up on a Super Cool Gusset & Free Pattern! 

Classic Mittens

Who's got two thumbs and a new free pattern that features a super cool thumb gusset? This girl! You can download the Basic Classic Worsted Mittens pattern here and you'll need two skeins of your favorite color of O-Wool Classic Worsted. The sample shown here is in the Brook Trout colorway.  

#OWool on Instagram   
O-Wool Projects on Instagram        
Some of my favorite instagrammers and designers are using O-Wool! It is so exciting to see these patterns progress. While they are still pending right now, you know I'll announce when they are released!  From left to right: BMandarines shawl in O-Wool Local, Dreareneeknits' project in Classic Worsted, and O-Wash Fingering in A_Homespun_House's shawl.

New Patterns  

Unfold in O-Wool
Unfold is included in Spring 2016 Pom Pom Quarterly. This crochet cowl is striking without being fussy and the fabric created with O-Wash Fingering is just devine. Shown here in Cattail.

Split Cowl  
 The Split Cowl by my fellow Philadelphia Tanya Seaman turns the traditional double cowl on its head! Worked in O-Wool Classic Worsted, it offers cozy warmth and a sophisticated, layered look with stripes running in different directions. Shown here in Alumroot and Pearly Mussel.

Intern Scarf in O-Wool
Intern is a cozy cabled scarf perfect for a crisp winter day or to keep those cool spring breezes at bay. It features 3 different cables that run the length of the scarf. The scarf is knit in O-Wool Balance yarn, shown here in Jade.

Thanks again, friends!

All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney

leaftSale yarn, new patterns, & kits!

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on February 02, 2016

Blue Stone Bridge Cowl Pattern & Kits
Blue Stone Bridge Cowl  
I'm so excited to kick off 2016 with a new pattern, the Blue Stone Bridge Cowl! And it's available for FREE! This is a super easy, quick knit in Chunky Merino. Choose your five favorite colors, or go with one of the kits I've put together! One kit will get you a few cowls. This is a new yarn for O-Wool and it's currently my favorite... it is SO SQUISHY. 

Livezey House Wrap Kits
Livezey House Wrap

I've updated the recent O-Wool favorite, Livezey House Wrap, to bring you seamless construction (super easy) and new color combos! The pattern is still free. If you haven't knit this yet, find out why there's 134 projects on Ravelry. There are also six color packs, each with four colors of Local, ready for you to order as a kit. Of course you can always put together your own combination! 
30-50% off on Select Yarns   
O-Wash Chunky in PawPaw
Legacy DK
Legacy DK
Now is a great time to enhance your stash with these wonderful, vibrant yarns. O-Wool Chunky in the Paw Paw colorway, above left, is 50% off (was $15.99, now $8.00). Bee Balm, center, and Dandelion, above right, in Legacy DK are also available to you at 30% off (was $7.35, now $5.15).

O-Wash Fingering Minis  - now available solo! 
O-Wash Fingering Mini Skeins
Previously only available in color packs of 30, now you can get these little guys solo! They are perfect for colorwork or other small projects. The O-Wash Fingering Minis are 25g / 100 yd skeins for $5.99 each.

Comfy Pocket Caardigan

Kristen TenDyke has a new design knit in O-Wool Classic Worsted in the February 2016 issue of  I Love Knitting. The Comfy Pocket Cardigan is easy to customize, fun to wear, and has pockets!

Suburban Station Hat _ Mittens
Natalie Servant designed this great hat and mitten set with a repeating motif from an art deco train station in my hometown of Philadelphia! The Suburban Station Hat and Suburban Station Mittens each use O-Wash Fingering in the Black Bear and Paw Paw colorways. I love this motif!
 Alright folks, enough talk - let's get knitting!
All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney

leaftGift Cards, Legacy DK Sale & more

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on December 22, 2015

Gift Cards!
Do you have a procrastinator in your family? Forward them this email with a link to my Gift Cards! They obviously don't know what kind of yarn you want, but you obviously will be stoked to start a new O-Wool project! Win win. 

30% off Legacy DK
Legacy DK 
I still have a selection of lovely colors of Legacy DK available to you at 30% off (was $7.35, now $5.15). Some best-selling colors (Natural, Charcoal, Bluebell) still have sweater-quantities left! 
Local's Journey
Top left: Loading up my teeny car with alpaca fleeces (not sure why we left the pick-up at home...).
Top middle: Skirting the fleeces on a lovely weekend day with by chicken buddy Lucille.
Top right: Packing up the large shipping pallets to send the fiber off to be scoured.
Middle left: The scouring process; Fiber being fed into the washers.
Middle right: The scouring process; Fiber in the washer, being gently agitated by those giant teeth.
Bottom: The scouring process; Fiber coming out of the dryer. 
An update on the life and times of Batch #4 of Local! A local 4H program had expressed interest in my giving a slideshow to the kids in their "Alpaca Pals" program (how cute is that?), so I decided to document this batch's journey from alpaca to sweater for them. My scourer was kind enough to take these photos of my actual fiber going through the cleaning process - I am *so excited* to have these to share! Next up is spinning. In January I will be making my first trip to the spinning mill and, rest assured, I'll be taking pictures along the way.

Baby Legwarmers

My favorite (and only...) employee Brenna has been begging for O-Wool to make a Baby Legwarmers pattern forever. So, we recruited local knitter Ettel Dobson to create a free pattern for us! Shown above on a 3-month-old, these will fit slouchier on a younger baby and more like leggings on a 9-month-old. Adorbs! One skein of O-Wash Fingering is all you need. 
Tussock Scarf
Heidi May has curated the cutest fall look on this beautiful youngster with her Tussock Scarf. The pattern calls for Balance Bulky and is sized for children or adults. This is a great, simple project for holiday travel! 

Candy Stripe Ornament
The Candy Stripe Ornament, by Christina Danaee, is a quick, easy, free pattern taking a bit of O-Wool Balance Bulky, some stuffing, and less than an hour of your time to have a fun gift topper or decoration!  
Grace Note Cowl
The Grace Note Cowl could be your first selfish project for 2016! Knit in O-Wool Classic Worsted, designer (and my local Philadelphia knitting comrade) Tanya Seaman, referenced grace notes as written in sheet music in this pattern. The curve of the "upside-down collar" has style, complexity, and warmth, and can be worn a couple of different ways.

That's all for 2015, folks. I am so thankful for your business, kind words and support this year. See you in 2016!
All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney

leaftAndorra Wraps, Sale Yarn, O-Wash Sport, and new patterns

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on November 24, 2015

Andorra Wrap & Kits!
Andorra Wrap Yarns 
The Andorra Wrap was the belle of the barn at my Rhinebeck booth last month. The wrap is available as a free pattern, and I am so pleased with how it turned out. If you weren't able to attend the festival or you weren't sure on the colors, don't worry! I put together a whole bunch of different color combos in the "Kits" section, ready for you! Each Andorra Wrap kit includes 6 skeins of O-Wash Fingering, 1 skein of each of Colors A, C, D, and E, and 2 skeins of Color B. Feel free to direct anyone browsing your wishlist to the Yarn for Andorra Wrap page! Don't forget to note the colorway you like best!   
20% off Legacy DK
Legacy DK 
Legacy DK has been in the O-Wool family for many years, but the time has come to make room for new, wonderful yarns and colors. While supplies last, Legacy DK is 20% off (was $7.35, now $5.88) and is a final sale. Snap up the best colors while they are still available! 

New O-Wash Sport Colors! 
O-Wash Sport
Did you spot this on Instagram? I'm so excited about the new colors of O-Wash Sport
that are in stock and ready for you! I've tweaked the twist and yardage a bit to make it even more of a joy to work with. In my humble opinion, it's the perfect yarn for baby items and lightweight sweaters.  
Arctic Frost Hat

Stay warm with the
Arctic Frost hat by Madeline Nancy. Here O-Wool Legacy Bulky in Cypress and Clay are knit in a slouchy, textured, two-tone beanie. This is a quick knit and easy to customize in school or team colors, and it is topped with an oversized pom-pom.  
Snowflake Mittens
It feels too soon to be thinking about snowy weather accessories, but you know it's coming. Christina Danaee designed the Snowflake Mittens to be knit with O-Wool Balance Bulky on small needles. This creates a dense and warm fabric to keep your hands warm when you're out having fun in the snow. Shown here in Natural and Azurite. One size fits most.

Morea Detail
Morea, by Klever Knits, is a v-neck cardigan that hits just above the hips, featuring patch pockets and lace details at the body hem and sleeve cuffs. Knit in O-Wool Balance Amethyst, this sweater will be light yet warm and has a unique tweedy appearance. Don't forget, due to the blend of fibers, the dye is taken up more "tonally" - I would suggest alternating skeins when knitting!
Stacked Timber
The Stacked Timber hat was inspired by an Instagram photo of stacked wood, according to designer Jennifer Knight. The pattern includes option to create a colorwork or textured stacked diamond pattern, in a beanie or slouch style. Shown above left in O-Wool Local Grey Birch. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for you!
All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney

leaftOctober News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on October 13, 2015

Rhinebeck is this weekend!
New York Sheep & Wool Festival weekend is almost here! I'll be in Barn 35 (same spot) with a whole bunch of new samples and boatloads of yarn. Come see the full range of new colors in Local, O-Wash Fingering, Legacy Bulky and Classic Worsted. Can't wait! 

New Yarn!

Chunky Merino Pearly Mussel  Chunky Merino Black BearChunky Merino
Let's all welcome Chunky Merino, the newest member of the O-Wool collection. I love this plump, fluffy, joy of a yarn! This 2-ply has a lovely, classic look you'll just want to squish. As the name implies, it is a chunky weight knitting up at 15 sts over 4". All eighteen painstakingly chosen colorways are now up on the website! I've had Elizabeth Smith's Ramona Cardigan in my pattern library forever and couldn't quite find the right yarn for it. So... I made the right yarn for it! (These are the perks of owning a yarn company ;)
Valley Green Inn Cowl

Firstly, yours truly has a new free pattern, the Valley Green Inn Cowl. You'll need one skein each of five colors ofClassic Worsted. Shown in Mustard Seed, Barn Owl, Natural, Wood Dove and Coral Reef. I have put together four different color ideas into kits which you can view and purchase here. But, the combo ideas are endless and I can't wait to see your unique combination! 
FINISHED SIZE: 26" circumference, 12.5" tall
GAUGE: 15 stitches and 30 rows = 4" in garter stitch
NEEDLES: US 7 (4.5mm)

Carol Feller's new book, Short Row Knits includesEstrella, a gorgeous cardigan with reversible cables and elegant shaping. Depending on size, ten to seventeen skeins of O-Wool Classic Worsted are called for. The colorway shown here is Ash.
BUST: 32 (35, 38, 41, 47, 50, 53, 56)" / 81.5 (89, 96.5, 104, 112, 119.5, 127, 134.5, 142) cm

GAUGE: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked
Cable measures 2" (5cm) across
NEEDLES: Size US 8 (5.0 mm)


Brightsides, by Elizabeth Elliott, is worked from the center out with a slipped stitch texture and garter stitch stripes, ending in a garter stitch mosaic stitch border. It looks more complicated than it actually is to knit. This project is sized to be a baby blanket, but can easily be modified to be a shawl. 
You will need three colors of O-Wash Sport:
(MC) 4 skeins Appalachian Stone
(CC1) 2 skeins Barn Owl
(CC2) 1 skein Arrowgrass

GAUGE: 22 stitches = 4 inches in main pattern st & mosaic st 

NEEDLES: Size US 6 (4.0 mm) & US 7 (4.5 mm) 
The Pathways Chunky Lace socks, by Christina Danaee, are fabulous clog socks and layering socks! Two skeins of O-Wool Legacy DK will work up quickly into this pair, but you may want to have an extra skein on hand if you need to make a larger size. 
SIZES: S/M 9" (23cm) long
          M/L  9.75" (25 cm) long
 GAUGE: 24 stitches and 32 rows 
   4 inches in stockinette stitch
 NEEDLES: Size US4 (3.5mm)

See you this weekend, I hope!
All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney

leaftSeptember News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on September 01, 2015

New Colors of O-Wash Fingering
Don't tell the others, but O-Wash Fingering is currently my favorite O-Wool yarn! Being the favorite, I gave it a makeover and expanded the color range to 30! Two skeins is all you need for the lovely, lacy Forbidden Drive Scarf. I haven't had time to do colorwork with these guys yet, but - my goodness - it will be stunning (send me photos if you have)! I also wanted more combination ideas for the Garden House Baby Blanket - so get started and show we what idea you've got!
New Patterns in O-Wool Yarns

MagdalenI'm thrilled about the Magdalen scarf, designed by Joji Locatelli. This stunning piece is on the cover of Issue 14 of Pom Pom Quarterly. Twelve skeins of O-Wool Classic Worsted are called for. The colorway shown here is Begonia, but I am currently putting 10 *new* colors of Classic Worsted up on the site, just in time for you to make this gorgeous wrap for Fall!

FINISHED SIZE: 16" wide, 69" long

GAUGE: 25 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in over Honeycomb Cable Pattern
One repeat of the Twisted Rope Cable panel measures 7" wide and 4" deep

NEEDLES: Size US 8 (5.0 mm)

cabinfour is my favorite designer right now. The simplicity of the designs and freshness of the photos is striking, and I'm so excited O-Wool is featured on occasion! cabinfour'sFlower Child socks use one skein of O-Wash Sport, and is shown here in the color "Cuckoo Flower".  

GAUGE: 26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch 

NEEDLES: Size US 3 (3.25 mm) 

O-Wash Sport Mill Ends Sale!
When developing a new yarn, you go through some misses before you get a hit. This is a tightly-twisted, slightly thinner version of the "normal" O-Wash Sport. Perfect quality in it's own right, just different from what I was going for.

100% machine-washable certified organic merino yarn  
3.5 ounces / 100g - 336 yards / 307m
3-4 US / 3.25-3.5mm - 26 stitches = 4 in / 10cm
   50% off! Was $15.99, NOW $7.99
Make the most of these remaining summer days! 
All the best,
Jocelyn J. Tunney