Introducing Kelbourne Woolens Germantown

2018 marks the ten year anniversary of Kelbourne Woolens and we are celebrating this milestone with something we have been dreaming about for a long, long time: Our own line of quality, affordable, classic yarns.

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We are proud to announce the fourth and final yarn celebrating our ten year anniversary: Germantown. An icon of American craft, Germantown was originally developed in Philadelphia in the early 1800s. The name Germantown is synonymous with a good quality worsted yarn and we are delighted to be able to reintroduce this U.S. sourced and spun classic to the market.

A labor of love and research over many years, inspiration for the initial 18 colors came directly from Germantown's long history as America's first yarn. We worked hard to reproduce it as 100% U.S. sourced and manufactured and are incredibly proud to be able to bring this yarn back to the market after so long!

KELBOURNE WOOLENS GERMANTOWN

100% N. American Wool
4-ply. 220 yds / 100 gram skein
16 - 20 sts = 4” (10 cm)
6 - 9 (4 - 5.5 mm) needles

Made in the U.S.A.

THE GERMANTOWN COLLECTION

The building blocks of knitting.
We're going back to basics with the introductory designs for the Germantown Collection. With a focus on accessories, the collection will be the perfect resource for shops faced with beginner knitters wondering "What's next??" Each design - think classic hats, mittens, and scarves - will have multiple versions and options, giving the knitter choices in what skills they want to use and learn.

We’ll share individual skein and color info, and more about the designs - including all of the extra features in the patterns - next week!


Designer(s) Feature: Vogue Knitting Fall 2018

Meghan and I just discussed our realistic-yet-still-ambitious Rhinebeck sweater goals, which can only mean one thing: Fall is almost here! We’re on the tail end of a completely insane eighteen months that included a lot of emotional ups and downs, a(nother) new baby for Courtney, and the design, marketing, and release of 4 new yarns. (Look for #4 later in the month!) There has been absolutely zero time for even considering a garment for myself in over a year (I think this was the last thing I knit that wasn’t related to yarn or pattern development), so I am super excited to see my sweater come to fruition.

I know I am not alone in dreaming of all the new possibilities fall has to offer, and the release of the latest Vogue Knitting is filled with potential and inspiration. There are not one, but two designs in the issue featuring our very own Scout, the Asymmetric Triangular Shawl by Isabel Kraemer, and the A Line Tunic by Amy Herzog!

The Asymmetric Triangular Shawl is worked from the narrow point to the wide ribbed edge, it features a geometric lace pattern and asymmetrical increases. A large, wide wrap, it would be perfect for throwing on while cosying up in front of the fire, or to wind around your neck and shoulders to stave off the chill.

SPECIFICATIONS
Yarn:
 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Graphite Heather, 3 skeins.
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm).
Size: 43” (109 cm) width, 55” (139.5 cm) length.

The A Line Tunic is worked in the round from the bottom up and features a colorwork band at the bottom, fitted sleeves, a deep colorwork yoke and funnel neck. The lovely graphite and gray heather is contrasted with sunflower and blue heather, for a small pop of color on a neutral ground.

SPECIFICATIONS
Yarn:
 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Graphite Heather, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, Gray Heather, Sunflower Heather, Blue Heather, 1 skein each.
Gauge: 22 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 8 (5 mm).
Size: 34.25 (37.75, 41.5, 45, 48.75, 52.5)”

You can view the designs in the issue here and here, or a quick overview of all of the patterns on Ravelry here

Announcing the Winners of Crochet Summer Crochet Something 2018!

The mission of our Crochet Something Contest was simple:

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

We had so many fantastic entries, and we want to thank everyone who played along. 
We are ALL WINNERS! But, there are actually only 6 prize winning categories:

• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

So, without further ado, and starting from the top, we have...

Garments

The runners up were Kehinde Knits' crocheted cable(!) sweater, Karen Peacock's crocheted sampler sweater, and meeCrochet's beautiful and ethereal mohair lace shrug.

And the winner of the BEST GARMENT category is Karen Peacock!

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Congratulations, Karen. You have won a set of Pompom Quarterly issues featuring crochet and some fun PPQ merchandise!

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Pompom Quarterly for donating such a great prize! And thank you to our lovely runners up! Wonderful work, everyone!

Best First Crochet Project

All our judges were in agreement on this one, and the winner is Angela G, whose first amigurumi stole our hearts!

Angela wins a set of Brittany birch wood crochet hooks (sizes D-J) and a Soak travel sized assorted 5-pack. This set includes 1 each of the popular Soak scents Celebration, Fig, Lacey, Pineapple Grove and Yuzu.

How about a big round of applause to Brittany and Soak for the lovely prizes? 👏👏👏

Best Art/Sculptural Crochet

It came down to a battle between two of Heidi Quick's whimsical creations and Leah McGlone's contributory square to an amazing crocheted mural for the Marian Anderson Rec Center in Philadelphia. 

And Leah takes the win! Check out her post to learn more about this totally inspiring crocheted mural organized by Love Across the USA.

Thank you to Knit Collage for providing the prize for this category! The Hibiscus Moon Shawl is wearable work of art!

Best Doily

There was no contest for this category. Linette nailed it! Linette crocheted a cool-as-heck spare tire cover for her new Jeep. It's so freaking cute!

Congratulations, Linette! We're so happy you were inspired to crochet something this summer!

And thank you to to our judge Sara Dudek, editor of Interweave Crochet, for the prize for the Best Doily category - a year's subscription to Interweave Crochet

Best Home Decor

Constance Oakes and Juanita were both in the running to take the win for this category. Contstance's granny square blanket and Juanita's Kawung Motif cushion both impressed our judges.

But Juanita's pillow took the win! We all loved the composition of this piece, and the design by Atty van Norel is just so cool!

Juanita wins a kit from judges Kay and Ann of Mason Dixon Knitting for the Station Wagon Blanket

Thank you for your participation, ladies! It's been fun crocheting with you and your readers this summer. 

Name Your Own Category!

This category was a lot of fun, and again, we were all in agreement. There really was only one category that this creation could have fit into, and it definitely needed to win.

Jocelyn Tunney, owner of O-wool, crocheted a fly bonnet for her horse! We are so happy that our contest inspired her to pull out her crochet hook and make something truly...special? Hahaha! Well done, Jocelyn.

Jocelyn wins a kit to make the Boxy Tee, including our very own Scout yarn and a KW Anniversary Tote bag!


Thank you again to everyone who participated and made this year's Crochet Summer a blast! We will see you next summer.

Now, on to fall knitting!