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House of Cards: Mill Tour Part 2 of 5

I started yesterday by telling you about one of the two aspects that affects Shelter's milling process: fleece dying and color blending.  The second quality that significantly affects the process is its preparation as a woolen-spun yarn. Woolen-spun yarns, unlike their smoother worsted-spun cousins, are prepared using a process called carding. We left off in our last post with a mish mash of loud-colored wool going into the Picker. Once the Picker has done its work, the wool gets loaded onto the Carder: a giant machine with several rolling cylinders covered in metal teeth. The purpose of this machine is...

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Building Heathers: Mill Tour Part 1 of 5

Shelter has two unique qualities that dictate the way in which it is made.  The first of these qualities concerns the way heathered color blends are achieved through a combination of dyeing and blending wool. This will be the subject of today's first installment of our mill tour. Shelter is a true dyed-in-the-wool yarn and undergoes a process known as Fleece Dying. If you take a close look at a heathered yarn, paying careful attention to the individual fibers in any given length of it, you'll notice that  the overall color (a golden yellow, in the case of 'Hayloft' above)...

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Fully Loaded

I'm writing this morning fresh from a magical weekend at the mill. While we're just starting to feel teasing hints of spring in NYC, the past few days were such a wonderful reminder of the reasons I love Winter.  Journeying to Harrisville, which has recently been blanketed with several layers of snow, was like being transported to an ethereal winter fantasy land. I didn't think the place could get any more beautiful... but then again, they continue to surprise me up there. The trip coincided with the long-awaited conclusion of a large production run of Shelter. So the best news...

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Romney Kerchief Pattern Now Available

We've gotten tons of nice requests for an official pattern to be made up for my Romney Kerchief that was posted here in April. The pattern has been through the gauntlet and come out on the other side all polished and shiny for you. We've worked up another sample version of the pattern in Shelter ("Nest") to provide an alternative to the handspun used in the original pattern.  The Shelter version is soft, squishy and lovely – it's already a wardrobe favorite at BT Headquarters. This is my favorite type of project: two skeins, easy knitting and a chic result....

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Pavement

The Iconic Red Scarf is something that I've been thinking about a lot this year.  A little splash of red is a great way to class up so many different wardrobe choices — especially if, like me, your clothing tends towards all things grey. The Red Scarf has been hanging around on my short list of design projects for a long time and when I first saw the Long Johns colorway of Shelter, it seemed that its time had finally come. Pavement is a textured scarf that addresses the nagging issue of reversibility.  It can become a worrisome chore, constantly...

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