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.

We'll See You at TNNA: Part Two, BC Garn

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!"

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.

Bio Shetland

We have a new yarn to offer for early fall from BC Garn. Bio Shetland is a GOTS Certified 100% organic wool yarn. Bio Shetland is an homage to the classic Shetland 2-ply fingering and is perfect for colorwork.

Note: It is not wool from Shetland sheep, nor is it spun on the Shetland Islands. GOTS certification means that every step, from the farm to the warehouse must meet GOTS standards. There are currently no GOTS certified Shetland flocks or processing facilities.

Bio Shetland is a soft, organic, beautifully heathered wool yarn. Each color contains many shades, giving a distinctive depth to the final product. The yarn is perfect for kids and adult garments and is ideal for cables, lace, and Fair Isle. Bio Shetland works well on the loom as well as the knitting machine. 

Bio Shetland is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. GOTS certification requires that all stages of the production are ecologically, environmentally, and ethically sustainable from start to finish. The growing conditions, dye processes, waste water treatment, and fair and ethical working conditions must meet GOTS standards. GOTS is the only internationally recognized organic certification. 

SPECIFICATIONS

100% organic wool
306 yards (280 meters) / 50 gm balls
US 2-4 (2.75 - 3.5mm) / 24 sts x 36 rows = 4” (10 cm)

Semilla Melange and Sarah Tweed

We are also pleased to be adding two new BC Garn yarns for Fall as well, Sarah Tweed and Semilla Melange. Come and see them for the FIRST TIME in booth 1013!

Sarah Tweed

50% mulberry silk, 40% wool, 10% silk noil
191 yards (175 meters) / 50 gm skein
US 5 (3.5 mm) 19 sts and 30 rows = 4"
Handwash cold, lay flat to dry

Sarah Tweed by BC Garn combines the best of all worlds: Noble mulberry silk for a light sheen and softness, wool for elasticity, volume, and good thermal properties. The tweed-like tone-on-tone appearance results from the addition of 10% silk noil. The perfect year-round yarn with a striking tweed look. I can't wait to reknit Beech Hill in this yarn!

Semilla Melange

100% GOTS certified organic wool
191 yards (175 meters) / 50 gm skein
US 6-8 (4-5 mm) / 22 sts x 28 rows = 4” (10 cm)
Handwash cold, lay flat to dry

Semilla Melange is Semilla's woolen-spun cousin, and the first BC Garn yarn to be GOTS certified. Light and airy, soft and lofty, Semilla Melange is a beautiful heather yarn perfect for sweaters. Semilla Melange also felts beautifully. There's a Bibbe sweater in my fall knitting queue with this yarn!

 

BC Garn Collection from Kelbourne Woolens

Debuting at TNNA next weekend is our first BC Garn Collection! This warm weather collection features two garments each in AlbaLino, and Tussah Tweed. Come to our booth 1013 to view the entire collection in person, along with all the beautiful yarns!

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The BC Garn Collection will be launching after TNNA.

Stay tuned for our TNNA updates on Navia headed your way tomorrow!