Bijou Basin Ranch & the Molten Metal Cowl

I’m squeezing in an extra post today because this one is a little time sensitive. You see, in my neck of the woods we have our beloved  WI Sheep & Wool Festival taking place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson, WI. I’m delighted to remind locals that as usual the wonderful folks at Bijou Basin Ranch will be there. I saw on their Instagram feed yesterday that they were “cruising through Kansas,” so they are definitely on the way! And to celebrate their heading out this way for the festival, I wanted to be sure I shared one of their latest designs with you.

A while back the designer, Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter of Handmade by Stefanie, asked if I’d like to test knit a pattern and at the same time try out one of the new hand-dyed colorways from Bijou Basin Ranch. Would I ever?!  And consequently the last 6weeks I’ve spent dying to tell you all about it, but dutifully keeping mum so Stefanie could put the finishing touches on her pattern. You might remember that I showed you this image…

img_4063My little teaser a few weeks back. Yes, the blue is amazing! Well, I can finally tell you about it today!

First things first. The yarn is Lhasa Wilderness — a 75/25 Tibetan Yak/Bamboo blend and the color is Blueberry. You can find it right here or you can just take a peek here for the large assortment of colors available. While I’ve been working my way around Bijou Basin Ranch’s fantastic lines of yarn over the last few years, this was my introduction to Lhasa Wilderness. My impression? You can feel the incredible softness and warmth of the yak fibers and yet the bamboo gives the blend a shiny finish with lovely drape. What a tremendous marriage!

Stefanie’s Molten Metal Cowl is a great way to get to know Lhasa Wilderness.

img_4362A one skein project, it starts with a garter border and then adds a little texture with the chevron pattern.

img_4363The center is a simple lace motif, just enough to keep things interesting and give you a taste of how the yarn works up in lace. And the cowl finished out with the chevrons and garter edge again. Fun, quick…

img_4361And gorgeous!

Beautiful laid flat, but even more lovely “on.”

img_4365-1Stefanie is hosting a KAL through October 31 in the Bijou Basin Ranch Ravelry group. Two winners will be selected from the KAL and they will each win a $25 gift certificates to bijoubasinranch.com — what a sweet deal!

The pattern & yarn will, of course, be available in the booth at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival — you’ll find them in the East County Store booth #616-617. You can also find the kit here should you be so inclined to order online.  As I said, this cowl as a way to get to know Lhasa Wilderness, but wouldn’t it make a fantastic holiday gift? A little bit of luxury in a quick, enjoyable knit? Whether you make it for you or for a special friend or family member, you can’t go wrong!

7 responses to “Bijou Basin Ranch & the Molten Metal Cowl

  1. This lovely! Shame on you for ‘making’ me go order this! 🙂 Surely wish I were closer so I could go to WI Sheep & Wool – one day… Enjoy and squish some yarn for me, OK? 🙂

    • This would be under the hashtag #SorryNotSorry — LOL! My mom saw the cowl and promptly claimed it (of course I’m happy to share with my mom!). I really do love the festival — I think it’s special because 1) fiber arts (duh) and 2) it’s got a very Wisconsin feel to it — super friendly & kind. You leave not only having felt incredible fibery goodies, but also feeling like the world is full of wonderful people. I think we all need that someday! Oh, and mission accomplished — so much squishing!

    • I do, don’t I? I love working with Bijou Basin Ranch. The new skein I picked up at the festival Carl was really kind about telling me about it’s back story and what makes it special . I can’t wait to dig in! It gets caked TODAY!

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