See you in Vegas!

We're busy putting the finishing touches on everything and getting our bags packed, because Kelbourne Woolens will be at the TNNA show in Las Vegas this weekend! 

We love attending the TNNA shows, as it gives us an opportunity to see our customers, amazingly talented designers, and dear friends. Being in Vegas this year should be an experience we won't soon forget! Travis, who works in our warehouse has already told us that when all else fails, just put all your money on black. Or was it red...?

If you'll be attending the show, or even if you won't be, read on to get a sneak peek of what we have in store for you! 

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Kelbourne Woolens will be at TNNA January 26-28 in Suite 339 representing and showing The Fibre Co, BC Garn, Soak Wash, and - of course - our new Kelbourne Woolens yarn. Come and take a look at our new yarn, Andorra, and view the entire Andorra Collection.

We will also be showing our brand new yarn for the spring season which will debut on the spring equinox, March 21st. Come and take a sneak peek!


BC GARN

Kelbourne Woolens is happy to announce that we are now the North American distributors of BC Garn yarns from Denmark. BC Garn, a family owned Danish yarn company, was founded in 1972 as Væveværkstedet i 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 many are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) - the highest international standard for organic fiber production. Stop by our suite 339 at the show to take a look for yourselves.


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Kelbourne Woolens will be representing The Fibre Co. at TNNA. Come see the 12 new colors of their popular Luma yarn, and revisit our incredibly popular collection from S/S 2017


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Did you catch that I mentioned Soak in the list of things we'd have at the show? You heard correctly! We just began distributing Soak products in the US, and we're so excited to be working with Jacqueline and her team! They will be at the show, just down the hall in Suite 342. I've been told there will be bubble guns, so be ready when you get to the third floor. I'm still trying to decide on my favorite scent, and right now I think it's Fig, but check with me again the weekend - I'm sure I'll have changed my mind! 

As a little Soak bonus, if you come to our room, Suite 339, and show us a swatch in any of the yarns we represent we'll give you a free Soak mini! 

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We hope to see you in Vegas!

Rhinebeck Weekend

We're deep in the throes of preparing for our rep packets - the twice yearly compilation all things new and exciting on offer from Kelbourne Woolens for shops - so there isn't much to show around here at the moment.

We did, though, steal some time away last weekend to visit the New York State Sheep And Wool Festival, colloquially known as "Rhinebeck" to fiber people everywhere. 

L / Ombre apple tasting! R / How knitters mark their wine glasses.

We headed up Thursday from Philadelphia, and after collecting some local provisions at Montgomery Place Orchards, spent a relaxing evening at our rented house, complete with an apple tasting! 

Friday morning began with a hike up Overlook Mountain with Jaime and Karen. I am by no means a stranger to a nice hike, but it has been a while since I did a straight up hill climb. Oy! The views - and this amazing old decrepit building at the top - made it all well worth it. (And you know I ate an extra doughnut - or two - as a reward at the end!)

After the hike, the whole gang spent the afternoon visiting Hudson, NY. Despite going to college north of Albany, I hadn't spent a ton of time visiting the towns of the Hudson Valley, so a leisurely afternoon in stunning weather was exactly what we needed. Highlights included a visit to my dear old friend Lauren's new shop, Good Fight Herb Co., more cheese from Talbott and Arding, an inspirational visit to Minna, and an amazing dinner at Lil' Deb's Oasis

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BOTTOM: L / Triplets with Jen and Asheley. R / Making some really tough decisions with Amber at Jill's Studio.

In typical fashion, we didn't remember to take many photos on the actual fairgrounds. Saturday was pretty overwhelming (as usual), but we still had an amazing time. Sunday was much more chill, and we spent a lot of the day relaxing on the little hill people watching, knitting, and eating (more) doughnuts. It was so wonderful to see everyone, catch up, chat about yarn and sheep and apples and the (crazy!) warm weather. 

The yarn highlight of the trip was a visit to the Jill Draper studio, where she was also hosting a pop-up of Rachel Atkinson's amazing yarn. I snagged a sweater quantity of Rockwell in the undyed marl, and Jaime, Courtney, and I all purchased sweater quantities of the 4ply Fingering Hebridean/Zwartbles blend. 

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Thanks so much to our inspiring housemates Amber, Karen, Meg, Jen, and Jaime, for another amazing time. 

Until next year!!

Kelbourne Visits Donegal Mill

As you know from Courtney's post, in order to develop Arranmore, we decided we needed to visit Donegal Yarns mill.  Besides the opportunity to visit Ireland, we were so excited to see the yarn actually being made.

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The Donegal spinning mill was established in Kilcar in the early 1900's in response to an increased demand for woolen yarn. The area of Donegal was already well-known for an establish cottage industry of hand-spinning, knitting, and weaving. The tweedy look of Donegal yarns became such a signature of the region that it is globally recognized to this day as Genuine Donegal.

If you ever have a chance to tour a mill, take it! It's so interesting to see the chronological steps of making yarn. Scouring, dyeing, washing, blending, fluffing, carding, spinning, plying, and at last, skeining; each step is so important and very detailed. Many of the workers have a long history at the mill and are 2nd and 3rd generation employees. There is a lot of pride going into their product and it shows.  

We were so surprised and excited to see how they blend the yarn colors. They call it Donegal Snow and it's magical!

It was a really fantastic experience visiting the mill. We learned a lot and left with a greater understanding of yarn and it's creation. It was also wonderful meeting the people that make this lovely yarn.  

We're so honored to be able to work with the team at Donegal Yarns, and we look forward to another visit soon! I mean, we'll have to develop new colors again eventually, right?!