Light, Lovely Lino: Linen for Summer Knits!

Summer knitting—it’s a thing that people do, and we do a lot of it here at Kelbourne Woolens. We are all-seasons knit (and crochet) wearers, so when we come across timeless, simple summer basics we take note. Today we’re talking about BC Garn Lino and several gorgeous, wearable Eileen Fisher-esque tops that will have you reaching for your knitting needles.

Lone Kjeldsen released several summer tops in BC Garn Lino that we’re calling the “Hør Series” and we love them all!

Fun Fact: “Hør” means linen in Danish.

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 (shown above) is a stripy, nautical little top that is worked from the bottom up with visually compelling saddle shoulder shaping. We love the way the stripes line up along the shoulder. Pair it with your favorite shorts and a pair of top-siders and you’re ready to set sail.

Hør No. 2 (shown below) is a quick, bottom up knit worked in all-over nubbly texture stitch and has sweet finishing touches for the perfect summer tee. It’s so versatile, but we’d like to see it over a breezy summer dress or skirt with a long necklace.

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Hør No. 2 by Lone Kjeldsen

Find the rest of the Hør Series (and all of Lone’s excellent designs) over here on Ravelry!

Regina Moessmer is one of our favorite designers for BC Garn yarns, and her Lino designs are no exception!

Lido by Regina Moessmer

Lido by Regina Moessmer

The Lido top (shown above) is a top-down knitting extravaganza! If you are looking for a knit with interesting construction and a fun stitch pattern then this is the top for you. It’s got set-in sleeves worked from the top-down along with a twisted stitch, lace panel in the center front. This is one of those projects that will keep you engaged and racing to the finish line.

Looking for the mindless, top-down summer top of your dreams? Then check out Regina’s Lino-T! It’s a top-down raglan construction with no-frills. It’s a super wearable layer to pair with your favorite summer skirt or linen pants. It’s perfect for cool nights by the shore and summer woodland retreats.

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

There are so many great patterns made in BC Garn Lino. Check them all out on Ravelry, and if you’re ready to cast on for your next project you can find our BC Garn stockist list here. Give them a call today and get knitting.

Happy Stitching!

Year of Hats: May Hat

It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for the May Hat in our Year of Hats series!

When spring shifts into summer, our knitting projects tend to get a little smaller, both for portability as we spend more time outside at the park or beach, and also for comfort, as sweaters may sometimes be a little too warm to knit. Although the weather here in Philadelphia has been unpredictable in May, warm weather is most definitely on the horizon, and hats are the perfect portable project to prepare for fall!

The May Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. The deep ribbed folded brim, intricate cables, and pom pom make the most of a full skein of Germantown, ensuring a warm and cosy hat come winter.

Just like previous months, limited kits are available for the May Hat, which include:
• 1 skein of Germantown in Peacock
• 2 Perennial butterflies in Neon Lime and
• 1 custom leather label

If you want to join in on the fun, check out our participating stockists here and give them a call to reserve your kit!

Happy Knitting!


Soak Wash: For The Things We Love

We use Soak Wash for all our hand knits and delicate garments. Luckily, we have every scent and scentless stacked up at our office, and with the spring/summer season rolling in we thought this was the ideal time to talk about washing knits for summer storage.

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There is nothing worse for a knitter than finding holes in a precious knit after months of storage. These holes are usually created by moths or vermin that find the smallest food particles, sweat, or other tasty things left behind in our woolies. To preserve knits, we recommend laundering your wools properly before packing them away for the summer.

Why We Love Soak Wash:

  • Soak is manufactured in a skin care facility, making it hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin types.

  • It’s rinse-free, meaning you get all the benefits of a gentle cleanser without needing to rinse out heavy winter knits. The gentle suds bind with the dirt and grease and wash away.

  • Soak contains no lanolin, meaning this wash will not buildup on fine fabrics. Even wool does not benefit from the addition of lanolin; it builds up on fibers, making them prone to attracting dirt.

  • Other wool wash products use essential oils as their scent base, which can cause an allergic reaction in some users. Soak uses 100% hypoallergenic fragrance, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.

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A Quick Guide to Hand Washing:

  1. Wash ALL your hand knits together! Double check that all your knits are colorfast, and fill up a tub, sink, or anything large enough to hold all your knits and let them soak together. This makes less work in the long run.

  2. TOWELS, TOWELS, TOWELS! Get a bunch of towels for wringing out your knits. Squeeze out as much water as possible while they are still in their wash tub. Wet wool is very delicate and can stretch out easily when it’s saturated. Then carefully pick it up and lay it out in a towel. Roll up the towel and lean or stand on the towel to get as much water out as possible.

  3. Wash your knits on a sunny day. Take advantage of the warm, sunny spring weather. If you are lucky enough to have a back porch, patio, or place to lay out your knits in the sunshine they will dry extra fast and smell wonderful.

  4. Be patient! After you lay out your knits walk away and let them dry fully. The last thing you want after taking the time to wash them is to get mildew smell from damp knits in storage. Yuck.

So get to washing your knits!

Did you know we distribute Soak Wash in the US? Find our Soak Wash stockists below, give them a call and order up a pack of scents for your most precious hand knits.


Our Soak Wash Stockists

The Artful Yarn
100 N Main St
#230
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 321-9754

Avenue Yarns
1325 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 526-9276

Bliss Yarns
127 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 370-8717

Casting On
305 E College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 915-2360

Cream City Yarn
15565 W North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 923-7014

Ewe-nique Knits
515 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 584-3001

Ewe and I
566 N Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 345-1506

Fancywork Yarn Shop
200 NE Greenwood Ave
Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 323-8686

Fibre Space
1319 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 664-0344

Fillory Yarn
1702-H Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 620 1042

Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio
102 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-8000

ImagiKnit
3897 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6642

ImagiKnit, NE
12100 W Center Rd
#602
Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 932-9525

Jimmy Beans Wool
4850 Joule St
Suite A1
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 827-9276

Knit House on Main
32 Main St, Belvedere
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 937-5246

The Knitter’s Nest
5922 S Main St
Village of Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 707-6442

The Knotty Lamb
2003 19th Ave
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-0606

Luna Lola
3433, 3000 Rosewood Dr
#3
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 397-4006

Needle & Skein
5814 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 303-3895

Nimblefingers
12456 Memorial Dr,
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 722-7244

Nina Chicago
1655 W Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-8996

West 7th Wool 
817-731-5044 
3612 West 7th St, Suite D 
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Woolwinders
404 King Farm Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 632-9276

The Yarn Maven
62 W Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 508-5256

Yarn Social
1707 W 45th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 867-0522

Yarn VT
80 S Main St,
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 241-2244

Yarnia
147 Valley Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 572-9276

Yarns N’ More
2605 E Main St
Endicott, NY 13760
(607) 786-9276

Yarns to Dye For
59 W. Bankview Drive
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-4906