Product description

Meet Shelter, our versatile 2-ply worsted weight yarn. Soft and sturdy American Targhee-Columbia wool is spun woolen style – airy clouds of carded fiber become a yarn with remarkable lightness, warmth and a traditionally handcrafted appearance, ideal for sweaters, cozy accessories, and blankets. Wet block after knitting to reveal Shelter’s full beauty as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce a plush fabric with a soft, fuzzy halo.

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Shelter Yarn

Worsted Weight

  • 140 Yards
  • American Targhee-Columbia wool
Color
$15.50 /50g Skein Regular price
  • Product description

    Meet Shelter, our versatile 2-ply worsted weight yarn. Soft and sturdy American Targhee-Columbia wool is spun woolen style – airy clouds of carded fiber become a yarn with remarkable lightness, warmth and a traditionally handcrafted appearance, ideal for sweaters, cozy accessories, and blankets. Wet block after knitting to reveal Shelter’s full beauty as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce a plush fabric with a soft, fuzzy halo.

    Learn more about our woolen-spun yarns

    Read our color descriptions

    Purchase a shade card

    View patterns knit in Shelter

    Read about Retired Colorways

    Share on social #ShelterYarn

     

  • Specs

    • 140 yards (128 meters) | 50 grams | Worsted weight
    • 2-ply woolen-spun construction
    • 23-24 micron Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming
    • Wool scoured at Bollman Industries in Texas
    • Fleece-dyed heathered colorways:
      • Stock dyed at G.J. Littlewood & Son in Pennsylvania
      • Spun & finished at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire
    • Skein-dyed solid colors:
      • Spun at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire
      • Skein dyed & finished at Ultimate Textile in North Carolina
    100% developed, sourced, processed, dyed and spun in the USA.


    Fiber Characteristics

    We source Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming to make Shelter, Loft, and Quarry – this breed’s lofty, warmth-trapping fleeces deftly combine the softness and elasticity of finewool Targhee with the robust substance and warmth of mediumwool Columbia. This fiber’s versatile mingling of wearability and durability particularly shines in woolen-spun yarns and is wonderful for next-to-skin wear, outerwear, and heirloom pieces for the home.

    See our FAQ for tips on working with our woolen-spun yarns.

    Dye Process

    To create each heathered colorway of Shelter, we combine brightly dyed hues of unspun wool in precise proportions, as if mixing paint. When spun into yarn, these saturated solids meld into complex and beautiful blends that give vibrant depth to even the simplest knitted fabrics. The entire palette is created from just 18 base colors, ensuring harmonious coordination in colorwork projects or when pairing hand knitted garments and accessories.

    Our solid colors of Shelter are spun from undyed white wool, then skein dyed into brilliant nature-inspired hues that pair beautifully with our heathered colorways.

  • Gauges

    As a result of its lofty woolen-spun construction, Shelter works well at a wonderful range of gauges and can be used interchangeably with Tones and Imbue:

    • 4¼ - 5 stitches to 1"
    • Suggested Needle: 4.5 - 5.5 mm (US 7 - 9)
    • Suggested Hook: 5.5 - 6.5 mm (US I-9 - K-10½)
  • Care

    Shelter is a handcrafted product. For best results, we recommend alternating skeins when joining in a new skein for even color distribution.

    When you need a little more tensile strength, whether for seaming or because you’re about to put a group of stitches under pressure with a big cabling maneuver, simply twirl your working yarn a few revolutions in the direction of the ply twist to strengthen it.

    For extra durability, you may wish to seam your Shelter projects with a worsted-spun yarn like Arbor.

    Wet-Blocking

    1. Fill a sink or basin with cold water.
    2. Submerge the fabric in water, gently squeezing out any air bubbles so that the piece can remain under water without being held there.
    3. Soak work for 15 minutes, allowing fabric to become completely saturated.
    4. Remove excess moisture by rolling your fabric between clean, dry towels with light pressure.
    5. Lay fabric flat and shape to air dry.

    For more detailed instructions, visit our Blocking 101 tutorial.

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