COVER_btf15_02 We’re tremendously excited to launch both a new design collection and a new yarn today! Quarry is a chunky brother to Shelter and Loft, made from the same Wyoming-grown Targhee-Columbia wool. Each plump 100-gram skein is 200 warm and lofty yards, and although it looks like a single ply, it’s actually three unspun strands nestled together and gently twisted. Our goal was to create a chunky-weight wool that marries the airy softness of a roving-style yarn with enough tensile strength and roundness to produce well-defined cables and textured knitwear. YARN_OVERVIEW_quarry Quarry comes in ten fresh heathered hues. As we were developing the new yarn using wool that had been blended into the Shelter and Loft colors, we noticed that adding twist to the unspun plies creates tiny streaks of the contrast colors rather than tweedy flecks. The effect reminded Jared of the beautifully striated colors in the Grand Canyon, and a new color palette inspired by minerals and gemstones was born. LAUNCH_BLOG_01 Knitting with Quarry is a singular experience. It’s lively on the needles, and since the three plies are entirely unspun, there’s nothing to counter the energy of the twist that binds them. The yarn may twizzle slightly between the ball and the needles, but the finished fabric will be well balanced with no biasing. Ends of Quarry left to dangle tend to untwist and become vulnerable to breakage, so we recommend splicing each new ball and weaving in cast-on ends sooner rather than later. And if you’re sewing seams, just twirl the working yarn between your fingers in the direction of the twist to add a little more strength. We’re shipping a card with every order of Quarry to remind you of these tips while you get to know this new yarn. We hope you’ll enjoy the character Quarry will bring to your workbasket as well as the satisfyingly speedy knitting!
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To show you what Quarry can do, our designers put this yarn through its paces for our Fall 15 collection. Leaf through our new lookbook to see how Quarry performs with cables, textured stitches, open gauge fabric, and even mosaic knitting. And it’s not only Quarry on display; there are plenty of garments and accessories in Shelter and Loft if your climate doesn’t merit chunky wool.
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For our first Oregon collection, it seemed only natural to turn to the beauty of the rocky shores, evergreen forests, and mountain peaks for inspiration. From Cowichan sweaters to woodsmen’s thermal shirts, we’re offering up Northwest classics with Brooklyn Tweed flavor. These designs are sure to keep you and your knitworthy loved ones cozy as the leaves turn and the mercury drops.
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Look for a series of blog posts in the coming weeks that will help you assess this new collection in terms of the techniques involved and the special challenges and pleasures of knitting each design. We’ll compare pieces that might serve a similar role in your wardrobe to help you decide which is for you. As always, we welcome your questions and comments and we can’t wait to see what you’ll cast on!
 

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  • We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with helpful info to work on.
    You’ve done a formidable process and our whole community shall be grateful to you.

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  • Beautiful catalogue, yarns and patterns!

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  • Beautiful patterns! Love this and looking forward to trying Quarry. I really want to make an Ashland.

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