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leaftFebruary News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on February 12, 2014

I am ready for Spring. My enthusiasm for long chilly hikes with the dogs and horseback rides in fresh snow has dwindled. Shoveling the driveway, lugging firewood and knitting with numb fingers seems to be all I do now. I am done!

Join me in pretending Winter is over, won't you? I'm welcoming 5 fresh new colors of Balance Bulky! My absolutely favorite is Igneous. The cotton and wool took the dye so differently and I find the subsequent depth of color irresistible. At long last, there are some sophisticated colors to add to the bright, fun, existing palette. Click here to check out entire collection!    
 
Balance Bulky in Basalt, Celestine, and Igneous
 
Balance Bulky in Sulfur and Travertine
 
Springtime Picholine Hat 
 
While we're pretending it's Spring, I've reworked the Picholine hat into a "Springtime" version. It incorporates eyelets along the spiral for a fun, new take on this Ravelry favorite. It takes just one skein of Balance Bulky, and it's a free download here. For the sample, I used the lovely spring green Peridot, but I think it's a great excuse to try one of the new colors...
 
 
Springtime Picholine Hat

 

Until next time, stay warm, friends! We're almost there!

leaftDecember News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on December 15, 2013

Grab a gift card!

  

Looking for a great last-minute gift for a yarn lover on your list? How about an O-Wool gift card? Gift cards are available in denominations from $10 to $150 and they're delivered electronically, so you don't have to worry about whether they'll make it in time for the holidays.

 

 

Balance Bulky SALE 

 

I'm having a big sale on O-Wool Balance Bulky! Through December 31st, this yarn is just $7 per skein - that's 38% off! Stock up in your favorite colors and be ready for a perfect project. If you're looking for pattern inspiration, try one of these great projects designed specially for Balance Bulky.
  
Balance Bulky in Peridot, Smoky Quartz, and Boltwoodite.
Balance Bulky in Natural, Opal, and Ruby.
Balance Bulky in Charoite, Zircon, and Uvarovite.
 
The Month in Instagram

Are you an Instagram user? I am! Here's a peek at what I've been posting this month. You can follow me @owool.  

leaftNovember News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on November 15, 2013

Local: Get it while you can!

  

O-Wool Local is selling very quickly, and I won't be getting more in stock for several months. If you've had your eye on it, now is the time to stock up before it's gone. 

O-Wool Local in Wood Fern.
O-Wool in Twist Collective  
 
Be sure to check out the latest issue of Twist Collective for Hepworth by Karolina Eckerdal. This sweater features pretty cable details and uses O-Wool's Classic Worsted yarn.
  
 
 
Winter Staples
 
Winter is around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and
my thoughts are turning to warm wooly socks and comfortable blankets. Here are some of my favorite winter must-haves from the O-Wool pattern library.

  DESIGNER: Jennifer Burke 
FINISHED SIZE: 8½ (10¼)" foot circumference
YARN: Classic 2-Ply / 2 (3) hanks, shown in Begonia 4411.
GAUGE: 28 sts and 50 rows = 4" in St st.
NEEDLES: Size 2 (2.25 mm): set of 5 double pointed (dpns).

 
DESIGNER: Jocelyn J Tunney  
FINISHED SIZE: 17" x 85"
YARN: Local / 1 skein each Colors A, B, C, and D; shown in River Oat, Milkweed, Red Squirrel, and Basswood.
GAUGE: 13 sts and 22 rows = 4" in Stockinette St.
NEEDLES: Size US 7 (4.5 mm): long straight or 16-24" circular.

 
DESIGNER: Jocelyn J Tunney  
FINISHED SIZE: About 35¼" wide and 43" long.
YARN: Balance Bulky / 8 skeins, shown in 5002 Rhodonite.
GAUGE: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4" in Center Tulip Pattern with larger needle.
NEEDLES: Sizes 10½ and 11 (6.5 and 8 mm): 32" circular.

leaftPrice Changes! November 5th 2013

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on October 29, 2013

Important announcement: On November 5th at 9am, prices on all 50g skein yarns will be increasing by $.50 and 100g skein yarns by $.25.

For the last year I have been operating on a smaller scale than in the past, and the effects of those changes are starting to come down the pipeline.

In the mean time, if you've had your eye on something and want to save a little money, order before Nov 5th!

leaftOctober News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on October 15, 2013

O-Wool's going on the road!   

  

Watch out, New England! I'll be headed to a couple shows in the coming weeks with loads of yarn in tow. If you'll be attending one of these can't-miss events, please stop by and say hello to Patrick and I! We're bringing all of the yarns, including all of the gorgeous new colors of O-Wool Local.
O-Wool Local in Fringetree, Wild Geranium, Gray Birch and Steelhead. 
 
Saturday October 19, 9 - 5
Sunday October 20, 10 - 5

Building 36 Booth 11
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck NY 12572

 
Thursday November 7, 5 - 8pm (registered members only)
Open to public:
Friday November 8, 10 - 6
Saturday November 9, 10 - 6
Sunday November 9, 10 - 4

Booth 911, 913
Hartford Marriott Downtown & Connecticut Convention Center  
200 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103


Some free pattern ideas for Fall


It's that time of year - the time when many knitters turn their minds to holiday projects. Please let me live vicariously through you and your holiday gift knitting! Here are some of my favorite free patterns to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to tag me on Facebook  or  Instagram so I can see what you're making this Fall! 

Assiniboine Cowl

I paired a unique cable pattern with an i-cord edging.
Easy-to-memorize stitch pattern means a quick knit!


DESIGNER: Jocelyn J Tunney
FINISHED SIZE: 23" circumference, 14.5" tall.
YARN: Legacy DK / 3 skeins. Shown in 4568 Cypress.
GAUGE: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" over Cable Chart.
NEEDLES: Size 6 (4 mm): 24" circular (cir). Spare ndl for three ndl BO. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


<3s! Hat

A super cute colorwork pattern on a basic beanie. You could even knit this with Legacy DK to make a large hat and have different color combo options!

DESIGNER: Jocelyn J Tunney
FINISHED SIZES: Child (14" circumference at rib), Adult (18" circumference at rib).
YARN: Classic 2-Ply / 1 skein each MC, CC1 and CC2, shown in 8101 Chocolate (MC), 4412 Dogwood (CC1), 4411 Begonia (CC2).
GAUGE: 30 sts and 30 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch.
NEEDLES: Size 1 (2.25 mm): 16" circular (cir). Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16" circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


Kodachrome

This baby blanket is a fantastic beginner's project. Stockinette, seed stitch and garter stitch combined with simple increases and decreases - and on big needles!

DESIGNER: Jocelyn J Tunney
FINISHED SIZE: 46¼" wide and 46¼" long.
YARN: Balance Bulky / 2 skeins each, shown in 1000 Natural (A); 6001 Boltwoodite (B); 6002 Crocoite (C); 4001 Cinnabar (D).
GAUGE: 8 sts and 14 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch.
NEEDLES: Size 13 (9 mm): 32" circular. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

leaftSeptember News

Posted by Jocelyn Tunney on September 15, 2013

A Local Story 

 

Meet our newest yarn, Local. This squishy and soft yarn is 50% alpaca from Pepper Pot Farm in Lambertville NJ, 50% certified organic Merino.

 
 
I drove up to Pepper Pot Farm in a minivan to pick up the alpaca fiber (it was one smelly drive home!) and was able to meet some of the animals who made this yarn.

Clockwise from top left: Me, with Addie in the background; Lakota; my van full of fiber for the trip home; the girls; Buttercup and Indie.
Local is spun in Massachusetts, at a mill outside of Boston. The mill was built in the mid-1700s and is one of the oldest operating spinning mills in the country. After spinning, the yarn is skeined and dyed in Philadelphia.

The colors of the yarn are named after "local" flora, fauna, or landmarks - local to Philadelphia or the state of PA. One color, Wissahickon, is named after a beautiful creek in a city park I ride horses through every week.


I've designed several free patterns for Local. Each can be downloaded
from the O-Wool website.

 
Blue Bell Hill Scarf

 

This simple pattern is the perfect project to practice beginning knitting skills. It uses stockinette and garter stitch, increases and decreases, and just 3 skeins of yarn (a $36 project). Download the free pattern from our website.

FINISHED SIZE: 12.5" x 75"

YARN: 3 skeins of Local; shown in Gingko Nut, Wissahickon and Fringetree.

GAUGE: 15 sts and 30 rows = 4" in Garter St

NEEDLES: Size US 8 (5 mm): straight or 16-24" circular.

NOTIONS: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle.




Mount Airy Hat & Mittens

In this pattern you'll use a fun "roositud" colorwork technique on a basic slouchy hat and my signature thumb gusset mitten. Click here for a great tutorial and video on Roositud from Knitting Daily.  Both hat and mittens can be made from 2 skeins of yarn (a $12 project). Download the free pattern from our website

FINISHED SIZE: Hat: 18" circumference at rib, unstretched.  26" circumference at largest point. 9" long. Mittens: 6.25" circumference at rib, unstretched. 7.5" hand circumference. 10.5" long.

YARN: 2 skeins of Local; shown in Fringetree and River Oat.

GAUGE: Hat: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Stockinette St. Mittens: 18.5 sts and 28 rows = 4" in Stockinette St.

NEEDLES: Hat: Size US 9 (5.5 mm): 16" circular and dpns. Size US 7 (4.5 mm): 16" circular, or 2-3 sizes smaller than gauge needle (for rib). Mittens: Size US 7 (4.5 mm): dpns. Size US 4 (3.5 mm): dpns, or 2-3 sizes smaller than gauge needle (for rib).

NOTIONS: Stitch holder or waste yarn, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Upcoming Events

I'll be at the following events this fall and will have the full range of Local colors in tow. Stop by and say hello if you're in the area!

Rhinebeck, NY
October 19-20

Hartford, CT
November 7-10