(Quick) Tips and Tricks: Pay Attention to your Pins!

We're deep in the end-stages of our next collection, which means there is a lot of blocking and finishing (and pattern drafting, and schematic making, and number crunching...) happening around the office. Seeing one of Meghan's garment pieces looking so lovely on the blocking board reminded me of a quick little tip that really elevates the finishing process from home made to hand made:

Pay attention to the spacing and direction of your pins!

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L / Good Pins! R / Bad Pins!

As you can see in the image above, the piece on the right is pinned both infrequently and also with the pins perpendicular to the knitting. As the piece dries, the pins hold only the pinned portion of the knitting in place, causing scallops where the fabric should be straight. This leads not only to warped stitches, but makes finishing more difficult. 

On the left, though, not only are more pins used but they are all positioned in the same direction as the edge of the fabric; on the top of the piece, they are pinned horizontally, and on the sides, they are pinned vertically. This way, the full edge of the pin is holding the edge of the fabric in place, and as it dries, the edge stays nice and straight.

And that's it: a nice quick little tip that doesn't actually take any additional time, but really elevates your finishing!

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. 


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!