We'll See You at TNNA: Part Three, Navia!

Our 10th Anniversary Year has been filled with new adventures, and this summer and fall we're thrilled to be bringing you lots of new products we feel good about. In between developing the Kelbourne Woolens line of yarns, this season we are happy to be adding more yarns to our BC Garn offerings for fall, and bringing a new line to the North American market from the Faroe Islands, Navia!  TNNA is a industry-only trade show that happens twice a year, and it's our opportunity to show our retailers what we have available for them for the upcoming season. We will be in Booth 1013 and if you're at the show be sure to drop in and say, "Hello!"

Navia

The stories we tell and the community of craft.
Navia is a Faroese wool with a story to tell - a story of Nordic and islander tradition and craft. From Tradition – a rugged yarn for hard working seafarers, to Uno – a light and soft yarn, perfect for delicate heirlooms for home and baby, Navia yarns tell the story of the Faroe Islands.

Navia’s story will resonate with the N. American market. It is the story yarn tells, and the risk of losing the long forgotten traditions, that pulls knitters in and makes them listen. American and Canadian knitters are drawn to Fair Isle jumpers, Icelandic lopapeysa, Swedish Bohus sweaters, and Estonian mittens – projects in yarns from places rich in crafting traditions. Navia patterns and yarns will appeal to a niche market searching for history and connection, and the competitive retail pricing, along with the dedication to the local yarn shops, will bring the yarns to the forefront - beyond the allure of their Nordic designs.

Through the offering of yarns and pattern books in English to the N. American market, along with promotion of featured projects and knit-alongs hosted online by Kelbourne Woolens and our partners, we can foster a sense of connection to this tiny island many, many miles away. 

Navia yarns contain blends of Australian lambswool, Shetland, and Faroese wool as well as cotton and silk. The range consists of 1-ply, 2-ply, and 3-ply knitting yarns, sock yarn and a traditional Faroese yarn, aptly named Tradition. The Navia designs take inspiration from the traditional Faroese knitting culture, mixed with modern style trends. Navia pattern books will be available through Navia stockists in the fall, so stay tuned! You can view all the yarns here

Kelbourne Woolens is proud to be partnering with Navia to introduce these yarns, patterns, and stories to North American knitters. Coming September 2018.

We'll See You at TNNA: Part One, Kelbourne Woolens

Our 10th Anniversary Year has been filled with new adventures, and this summer and fall we're thrilled to be bringing you lots of new products we feel good about. In between developing the Kelbourne Woolens line of yarns, this season we are happy to be adding more yarns to our BC Garn offerings for fall, and bringing a new line to the North American market from the Faroe Islands, Navia!  TNNA is a industry-only trade show that happens twice a year, and it's our opportunity to show our retailers what we have available for them for the upcoming season. We will be in Booth 1013 and if you're at the show be sure to drop in and say, "Hello!"

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We are excited to introduce our third Kelbourne Woolens branded yarn, Mojave (pron. mo-HA-vay), to the market. Debuting on the Summer Solstice (June 21st), this yarn celebrates warm weather and long, sunny days. 

Meghan’s love of cellulose-based fibers led to the development of Mojave. It is a sport weight yarn, consisting of five sets of very fine 2-plys. The result is a lightweight yarn that is strong and smooth with great stitch definition. This pima cotton and linen blend is as pleasant to knit with as it is to wear, and, as a bonus, it can be machine-washed!

SPECIFICATIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

60% cotton, 40% linen
185 yds (169 meters) / 50 gram skein
22 - 24 sts = 4" (10 cm)
US 4 - 6 (3.5 - 4 mm)

15 colors

Stay tuned to the blog on the 21st of June for the official launch and pattern collection! We cannot wait.

And, stay tuned for our TNNA updates on BC Garn and Navia headed your way tomorrow and Thursday! 

Introducing BC Garn

We are happy to introduce you to a new member of the KW family, BC Garn. You've probably noticed the yarns popping up on our blog and social media, and we figured it was time for a formal introduction!

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BC Garn, a family owned Danish yarn company, was founded in 1972 as Væveværkstedet i Barrit (the Weaving Workshop in Barrit). Their initial focus on high-quality weaving yarns has evolved into a line of luxury organic and ecologically minded hand knitting yarns, offered at an affordable and competitive price. 

BC Garn is known for quality yarns, and Alba, Bio Balance and Bio Shetland are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) - the highest international standard for organic fiber production.

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"The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain."

 

GOTS certified yarns and textiles are globally recognized, not just for using organically grown fibers, but for ensuring the social and environmental conditions of every level of production are to the highest standards. The social responsibility aspect of the GOTS certification ensures that:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour must not be used
  • Living wages are provided
  • Working hours are not excessive; no discrimination is practiced
  • Regular employment is provided; harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited

GOTS certification also ensures that the energy and water consumption, the emissions, environmental responsibility, and chemical outputs from the field to the shelves of your local yarn shop are of the highest international organic and ecological standard. 

Kelbourne Woolens received our GOTS Certification through Oregon Tilth on April 17, 2018. 

BC GARN YARNS

We are currently offering seven BC Garn yarns to Local Yarn Shops in North America. Click on the images below to learn more about each yarn.

In the coming months we'll be going in depth on each of the yarns, sharing some fantastic indie designer patterns, as well as some of our own creations, new and old. 

To view all BC Garn patterns available on Ravelry click here.

Ask for BC Garn yarns at your LYS, or check our shop finder to find a retailer near you!