I have been designing for some magazines lately and one of the perks of designing for a publishing house is their ability to obtain yarn support from just about any yarn company imaginable. I have a limited number of companies that provide me with yarn-- but there are a ton of other companies out there that I haven't even had the chance to try. So, whenever I get the chance, I try a new yarn. So when the opportunity arose to try out a new yarn, my first thought was Shelter yarn by Brooklyn Tweed. If you haven't been introduced to this small yarn company yet - here's a blurb about them, written by them. Who better to describe their own yarn?
Taken directly from Shelters Ravelry page:
SHELTER began humbly as the answer to a simple question: With our abundance of natural & industrial resources, why is there such a tangible absence of American yarns commercially available to handknitters?
We sought to find an American fleece whose fiber would bring both softness and durability to the table. The Targhee-Columbia cross mixes a high-crimp Targhee Finewool (21-25 microns) for softness and elasticity with an all-purpose Columbia Mediumwool (24-30 microns) that provides warmth, structure and strength.
The result? A distinctive wool with a story to tell -- designed, sourced and produced completely on American soil.
SHELTER is spun in Harrisville, NH -- an historic mill town where woolen-spun yarns have been produced for weavers and knitters since 1794.
A woolen preparation allows the yarn to maintain large amounts of air between its fibers, making lofty and light fabrics that are warm without being dense.
Globally speaking, we think that knitters should be able to procure wools of high-quality that directly support farmers, mills, and designers from our own back yard, which has been our goal from day one.
It's a great company to support and it's a great yarn to work with. As for the design itself, it is due out late 2012.......
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