Yarnporium 2019 (AKA Finally a Trip to The V&A!)

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum, specifically their Textiles Collection. I have been lucky to have traveled quite a bit in the last ten years, and spent a semester in Florence in college, but somehow London has never been on that list. That is all going to change soon, as Courtney and I are delighted to be teaching at Yarnporium this November!

When I'm not trying to keep my cool staring at all the vintage textiles at the museum, you'll find us at the show on Friday teaching two of our most beloved classes, Bohus Knitting and Roositud! In classic Kelbourne Woolens style, we take a two pronged approach to teaching the classes: we go over the history and technique of the skill, provide examples and show samples, and also have students knit a small project or sampler.

As many of the skills we teach - Bohus and Roositud included - historically are knit on very, very small needles with a specific yarn, we do stray from 'authenticity' here a bit and most of the samples are knit on sport weight yarn in order to make the process a little easier to execute for first-timers!

The Bohus Class will be held Friday, November 2nd from 9:30-12:30. Students will knit these lovely little wristwarmers in our Andorra yarn. Andorra is sport weight mohair blend reminiscent of the original laceweight 50%/50% angora wool blend in that it has a lovely halo, but it is a heavier gauge and not as fuzzy as the angora, which makes it easier to see your stitches and rip back if necessary (as can happen sometimes when learning a new technique)!

For more information on Bohus knitting, you can read Courtney's blog post on the subject here

The Roositud class will be held on Friday November 3rd from 1:30-4:30. Students will knit a different pair of wrist warmers, this time featuring the channel island cast on and bind off (a technique most commonly seen on Ganseys - so not Estonian, but really fun to execute nonetheless!) and work a simple star motif. We will go over the history, technique, and application of Roositud knitting, how to read a Roositud chart, and discuss how it fits into the colorwork spectrum of knitting. 

You can register for the classes and buy tickets to attend the event here!

SEE YOU IN LONDON!!! (If you want to find me, I'll most likely be the one who looks like this.)


And That's a Wrap! TNNA Weekend Re-cap.

Kelbourne Woolens just wrapped up our Summer TNNA trade show in Cleveland, OH! 

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While I was home, anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new baby, this stellar team was at the show all weekend. From left to right we have Britta Kremke from BC Garn, Paula and Kris á Torkilsheyggi from Navia, Kate Osborn and Meghan Kelly from Kelbourne Woolens, and Kate's mom Denise! 

Booth set up takes most of the day, and I have to say I wasn't sorry to miss it, even though I was in labor that day! 

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Our newest yarn for summer, which is launching this Thursday, was a hit! Stay tuned for more info on that, as well as a new collection, coming up on the 21st of June.

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Being able to display the entire Kelbourne Woolens 2018 Collection together was really amazing. It's nice to be able to see what a year of hard work looks like -- I don't think there is anything quite so satisfying. 

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We also had our new BC Garn collection on display for the very first time. Look for this collection in Alba, Tussah Tweed, and Lino to launch in July.

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The new BC Garn Bio Shetland was a hit, and our UK sales rep, Allison, couldn't resist Instagramming this cute pic!

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Our newest addition, Navia, made it's debut in North America at the show this weekend. Owners Kris and Paula were in the booth introducing themselves, the brand, and the Faroe Islands to shops and friends. We were so grateful to have them at the show. 

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We also were lucky enough to have all of the Navia fall collection garments at the show. They brought the whole collection over in suitcases right after the photoshoot! The sweaters are stunning, and Kris will be the first to tell you that their Faroese design team ranges in age from 15 to 84 years old!

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And as quickly as it went up, it came back down. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this weekend a success, including our new KW team member, Mary Ermenegilda, or just "Gilda" for short. She was born on Friday morning at 10:14 am, just in time for the show. Welcome to the team, peanut!

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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.