Brooklyn Tweed yarns are now available at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! We’re starting with Shelter, Loft, and Arbor, and introducing each one on the blog this week. Today, meet Shelter.
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter is a worsted weight, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia wool, sourced, dyed, and spun entirely in the USA. Woolen-spun yarns are lofty and somewhat delicate, and because of the air trapped between their jumbled fibers, they are also especially warm for their weight. Clara Parkes has written at length about this, in her Knitter’s Book of Wool as well as in her glowing review of Shelter.
We have all 40 colors of Shelter in stock, an outstanding palette of 37 heathers and 3 marls. These shades are created by dyeing the fiber in 16 vibrant solids, then blending them, two or three at a time, into intricate heathers.
In the marled colorways, each ply is a different shade.
Shelter is amenable to a range of gauges, in part because it’s woolen-spun, and is happy to expand or contract based on the needle size used. Give your finished piece a soapy bath, and you’ll find that the yarn blooms into a cohesive, somewhat fuzzy fabric.
The Brooklyn Tweed archives are bursting with tempting patterns for Shelter, the first yarn they developed, and a browse through those patterns show that the yarn is well suited to all manner of techniques, from cables and texture to lace and colorwork. Here are some of the Shelter patterns I’ve admired over the years, that I can’t wait to take another look at now that this exciting yarn is easily within reach:
- “Cascades,” by Michele Wang, a cabled and textured pullover
- “Furrow Cowl,” from Jared Flood’s Woolens, an oversized textured cowl
- “Sundottir,” by Dianna Walla, a colorwork yoke pullover
- “Wheaten,” by Anne Hanson, a lace and cable scarf, wrap, or blanket
- “Adara,” by Michele Wang, a colorwork turtleneck
- “Bray Cap,” by Jared Flood, a lace and cable beanie
- “Svalbard,” by Bristol Ivy, a textured open front cardigan
- “Grettir,” by Jared Flood, a colorwork yoke pullover
All of these Brooklyn Tweed patterns (and so many more!) are available as Ravelry In-Store Pattern Sales, where you purchase the pattern here at the shop and a digital copy is saved in your email and/or Ravelry pattern library. We’ll print a copy for you, too, so you can head right home and cast on. Check out our Worsted weight Pinterest board for a few more pattern ideas!
Look for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the worsted weight section here at the shop. See you there!