In Bloom: BC Garn Alba for Spring/Summer Knits

Do you love to knit year round, but don’t know what to make? Well, we’ve got you covered!

At Kelbourne Woolens, we not only knit (and crochet) year round, but we wear our knits, too. It’s all about pairing a breathable fiber with a beautiful pattern. BC Garn’s range of yarns includes several plant fiber bases that we turn to during the spring and summer for ourselves.

Today we’re discussing BC Garn Alba —a worsted weight, GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton that comes in a range of 24 gentle to bright colors.

Judoka by Lia Moya, in Pom Pom Quarterly #25, is a sweet little bento bag perfect for playing with Alba’s color palette and geometric knitting. Depending on how big or small you make the bag, it will hold one or several balls of yarn and your current WIPs.

Image: Laura Morsman

Image: Laura Morsman

If you’re like us, we’ve always got our eyes peeled for a simple spring cardigan. Regina Moessmer delivers with COAST— a figure flattering, versatile cardigan made in Alba that is all about the finishing details. Find the perfect buttons and take care with the button bands and blocking for a cardigan that goes from the office to an evening walk along the shore.

Image: Regina Moessmer

Image: Regina Moessmer

Do you work in a freezing office? Or want an accessory to wear with a summer dress? Emma Fassio’s Nuvole di Panna sweet and airy shawl is just the thing to keep you comfortable and cool no matter the weather.

Image: Emma Fassio

Image: Emma Fassio

This fun and dynamic knit is worked from point to point and uses yarn overs and garter stitch to create the asymmetrical shape.

We know cotton yarns can have a bad rap, but honestly, for summertime crafting they can’t be beat. If you have been hesitant to try cottons, here are some helpful tips to maximize your knitting pleasure.

KW’s Handy Tips for Knitting With Cotton Yarn

  1. RELAX. Tight knitting is no friend to cotton. Cotton and other bast (vegetable) fibers have no ‘give’ or stretch to them. If you are naturally a tight knitter, you will want to use slick needles with a sharp point, and probably in a size larger than you would think.

  2. Practice mindfulness. If you need an excuse to meditate or add a daily mindfulness practice to your routine, a cotton based knitting project may be just the thing, especially if you are a naturally tight knitter. Concentrate on your work, stitch by stitch, ensuring that you’re giving yourself plenty of room in that stitch to make it easy for yourself. What better analogy do you need for self care?

  3. Choose an unmercerized cotton. Mercerized cottons are treated with a chemical process to make them slick and shiny, and the mercerized fibers take dye more readily, creating a deeper, more saturated color. For handknitting, however, mercerization adds no tangible benefit. An unmercerized, natural cotton will feel softer in your hands and be more pleasant to knit with. Bonus points for choosing an organic cotton, like BC Garn’s Alba.

  4. Choose a small project knit at a naturally loose gauge. If it’s your first time knitting with cotton, choose a bite-sized project to try it out. A simple garter stitch facecloth or baby’s bib makes a great gift item!

Have your own project in mind? Explore the colors of BC Garn Alba here. Find all our BC Garn stockists here and get knitting for the warm weather.

Happy (Spring) Knitting!


Find BC Garn Alba at these featured retailers!

Webs
75 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01061
413-584-2225

Wildfiber
1453 14th St Suite E
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Great Yarns
1208 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 37607
919-832-3599

Row House Yarns
Online Only


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