Elizabeth Street

Swatch Stories: Barrett Wool Co.

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Guys, I'm so excited to share a new edition of Swatch Stories with you.  Swatch Stories is a feature that lets me swatch and share a new yarn with you focusing on domestic, small batch, or indie yarn companies and dyers.

For this edition, I'm featuring the Barrett Wool Co. owned by Susan B. Anderson.  I came across this fellow Wisconsin yarn company through Instagram and I knew instantly that I needed to work with this yarn.  I bought two skeins of their Home Fingering Wool in the Field color way and I've been loving every minute I've spent with it.

Where does the yarn come from?

Barrett Wool Co. is based in Madison, WI and they proudly provide knitters with 100% American wool, as well as pattern, kits, and supplies for knitters.  Their Home fingering + worsted weight is sourced in the US and spun in local mills before being custom dyed in Maine.  Their WI Woolen Spun yarn, a blend of midwestern Merino + Corriedale wool, is spun and dyed right here in my home state of Wisconsin.

What does the yarn feel and look like?

The BWC Home fingering is a lovely, soft wool.  It's a 4-ply yarn that's nicely round and springy, making it a wonderful work-horse yarn that should stand the test of time.  I would knit anything from sweaters to socks with this yarn - a fingering weight sweater (maybe with some color work!) would be dreamy.

What kind of pattern or stitch would work best with this yarn?

The structure of BWC Home gives it a wonderful stitch definition that would show off cables or an all-over texture pattern beautifully.  I've also begun a garter stitch shawl with this yarn, and as much as I love cables, the squishy texture of that garter stitch is simply wonderful.  

Yarn company: Barrett Wool Co.

Fiber Content: 100% domestic American wool

Stockinette swatch: 12 sts and 18 rows  = 2 inches on size 3 needles

Cabled swatch: 10 sts x 13 rows 1.5 inches on size 3 needles in cable pattern (from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook)

Visit the BWC website for more details about their yarn, patterns, and accessories for knitters.