BC Garn Bio Balance: Never Say Goodbye to Sweater Weather

It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and generally that means saying goodbye to sweater weather, regardless if we’re ready for it or not. My personal stock of knitwear consists of simple, everyday knits that are easy to make and wear, and I always miss my comfortable staples during the warmer months. What I need is the perfect, lightweight sweater that mimics my thicker woolies for the spring, chilly summer nights, and early fall.

The solution: BC Garn Bio Balance, a GOTS- certified 55% organic wool / 45% organic cotton blend and Regina Moessmer’s JANI.

Image: Regina Moessmer

Image: Regina Moessmer

When it comes to simple staple sweaters made in beautiful yarn this combo checks all the boxes for me. This sweater is worked from the top down and in the round, meaning it is the ideal podcast, commuting, TV watching, pub hang out sweater.

The only problem I’m having is selecting a color. Regina’s sample is shown in black, which is my favorite non-color, but I’m debating over Lead for a slight variation from my usual color, or take a giant leap and go for the lovely Marsh.

What do you all think? I can’t decide.

If you’re interested in knitting JANI and want to try out BC Garn Bio Balance, find our list of stockists here.

Cast-On-Itis: BC Garn Semilla Melange

Do you suffer from cast-on-itis? It’s a problem I’ve suffered from since the invention of Ravelry. Every day a new, gorgeous, must-start-right-now design popped up on the feed and a fugue state later I was surrounded by fresh pile of yarn and a newly cast on project.

This tendency has only gotten worse over the years, especially now with direct access to a warehouse full of my favorite yarns. The siren call of new projects and designs whispers through the office door. The loudest whisper of those belongs to BC Garn’s Semilla Melange, the woolen-spun, heathered cousin of Semilla. This lofty, DK to light worsted weight yarn comes in a delectable range of 24 colors from neutrals to the hottest of hot pinks, which has got me dreaming colorwork, cables, and textured knits alike.

Once I’ve got something in my head there is really no point in resisting, so I took a stroll through Ravelry to check out the designs made in Semilla Melange. To my delight I found several projects that tickled my fancy and got my fingers itching.

Ice Flowers by Verena Cohrs

Ice Flowers made me audibly gasp. I’m a sucker for stranded knitting, and the deep colorwork yoke of this design stood out among the crowd. As a plus-size woman, the inclusive size range of Ice Flowers—34.25 (37.25, 40, 45.75, 48.75, 54.5, 57.25, 60.25)”—was an unexpected thrill that made me feel valued. Thank you, Verena!

Sigrún by Jennifer Steingass

Clearly, I have a thing for stranded circular yoke sweaters. Enter Jennifer Steingass, whose use of cool tones in her Sigrún evokes frozen harbors, icy lakes, and snowdrifts. The symmetrical and consistent motifs in the yoke make this sweater just right for TV or podcast knitting. Although, I love Jenn’s color choice here I’m wondering how this sweater would look in blue tones with an orange pop for the contrast? What do you think?

This cardigan is my JAM! It’s got pockets, cable details, a squishy deep collar, and miles of mindless stockinette stitch while I listen to RadioLab. I’d make it in Semilla Melange Anthracite so it’s goes with nearly everything my forever New Yorker wardrobe, but I’d love to see someone who isn’t allergic to color make it in Mustard, Aqua, or (dare I say) PINK!

Want to try out Semilla Melange, too? Find all the colors here and a list of our stockists below!

Happy Knitting,
Meghan Babin


BC Garn SEMILLA MELANGE Stockists

Tangles Knitting On Main
200 W North Main Street
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 243-7150

Tea Cozy
5816 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206) 783-3322

Webs
75 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01061
800) 367-9327

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

Freeman’s Creative
2020 Chapel Hill Road
Suite 25
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 402-9777

The Knot House
129 East Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(334) 707-0528

Rainy Day Yarns
3200 Tarabochia St
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 514-6890

Starlight Knitting Society
7028 SE  52nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-1715

CANADA

Hand Knit Yarn Studio
144 James St North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7
Canada
(905) 393-5976

The Knitting Loft
672 Wilson Ave
North York, ON M3K 1E1
Canada
(416) 631-0060

Wabi-Sabi
1078 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y3
Canada
(613) 725-5648

BC Garn Lino: The Sleeper Hit of Summer 2018!

If you are a shop owner, perhaps you can relate to this:

Sometimes there is a yarn, and you think to yourself, "This is a fine yarn." You don't think much more about it. The yarn is ordered, it arrives, you put it on the shelves and you wait for people to order it and the team to pack and ship it. Fast-forward a month or so, and one of your colleagues comes into your office to say, "I think we need to reorder that yarn." 
"Which yarn?"
"Lino."
"Lino? Really? How low is it?"
"We are nearly sold out of most of the colors."
"WHAT?"

And so it was with the unassuming, yet lovely, Lino from BC Garn in our first months of having it in the US. Sometimes you know a winner when you see it, and sometimes you know you like something and think it is a worthwhile product but don't assume anything and - bam! - just like that, you have a sleeper hit on your hands. 

I think even the folks at BC Garn were surprised at how much you would love Lino, as we apparently sold through their entire inventory on many colors well before the season was in full swing! (For those of you patiently waiting, the scheduled arrival of our next order is 7.12.)

This humble linen is apparently just what you've all been waiting for, so without further ado, let's take a look at our swatches and some designs in this perfect summer yarn.

LINO SPECIFICATIONS

100% linen
164 yards (150 meters) / 50 gm skein
US 2-6 (2.5-4 mm) / 31 sts x 32 rows = 4” (10 cm)
Machine wash cool, lay flat to dry

Lino is a sport/fingering weight yarn, according to the label specs, and depending on the kind of fabric you want the gauge can be as dense as what is listed or as loose as 22 sts per 4" (10 cm) on a US 6 needle. Both will give you a full coverage fabric, it just depends on the look and drape you are going for. 

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L / BC Garn Lino on a US 6 needle, unblocked. R / BC Garn Lino on a US 2, unblocked. 

Linen is not the most supple fiber to knit with, but once it is washed it softens up dramatically! The more you wash and dry it the softer it becomes. It really is magical. The blocked gauges (machine washed warm and machine dried) of the above swatches came out to 21 sts and 29 rows and 26 sts and 32 rows.

German designer Regina Moessmer has a three-piece collection in BC Garn Lino, available in English. Her designs are classic and stylish, with just the right amount of technical detail to make the garments absolute perfection. 

Lino T 

Regina Moessmer's Lino T is knit on a US 6 (4mm) needle at a gauge of 22 sts to 4" (10 cm). The fabric is airy looking, yet solid, and with an elbow length sleeve it is perfect for those who live in climates that don't get too terribly hot in summer. This raglan sweater is so simple and classic. If you're that sort of knitter who really wants to only put the hours in to make something that will last the test of fashion time, then this is your next sweater.  

Midnight

If you're looking for something a little more funky, Midnight has a classic shape paired with a lace and cable yoke to give it a little something extra. Dark colors are always so hard to photograph, but I love this sweater in black - how very European! This design is also knit at 22 sts to 4" (10 cm) on a US 6 (4 mm). 

Lido

Lido features a lace panel on the front of a classic t-shirt shape and is worked seamlessly from the top down. Of all the Lino garments, I think this one is my favorite. It's so simple, yet I love the way the lace looks like little arrows. Really, any seamless garment for summer is a winner as far as I'm concerned! I think I would have to choose one of these amazing brights to knit it in though:

Looking for more designs in BC Garn Lino? Check out Ravelry to find one that is perfect for you.