A Farm Moment: The Story Behind Barn Yarn

Creativity has a way of snowballing. Our story starts with my wife, Melissa, when she was about six years old, and became fascinated with keys—all keys. Her relatives began giving her their old keys, which Melisa kept in a little box.

A month ago we found her key collection while blasting through the attic in a frenzy of cleaning. I thought the keys deserved to be displayed, so I picked out the skeleton keys, scrounged up a scrape of barn board, and made this for our entry way:



I like it—kind of funky.

Creativity begets creativity. Our friends Jan and Marie came down one Sunday to help me dye yarn, and saw the key/barn board thing. The next weekend they came down again to dye, but this time suggested we try duplicating the barn wood.

We picked Oxblood red, Twilight Grey, and Pecan Brown, and I let Jan and Marie loose with six skeins of white yarn. Here’s the gorgeous yarn Jan and Marie made:


The Oxblood red pinked out a bit, but otherwise the yarn is a fun, weathered barn. (Some faded barns do end up looking pink.)

So that’s the story: from a kid’s key collection to wall art to barn yarn!…..


2 thoughts on “A Farm Moment: The Story Behind Barn Yarn

  1. Just love how we sometimes can bring a bit of our childhood into adulthood…especially in creative and delightful ways.

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