A Bow in the Sky: Local Yarn Store Day!

The second annual TNNA Local Yarn Store Day is coming up on April 27th, and we’re really excited to share a new design, available exclusively at your Local Yarn Shop—A Bow in the Sky by Courtney Kelley!

What is a rainbow? Have you ever thought to ask? The human ability to see the world around us, create meaning, and use math and science to deepen our understanding of the world in which we live is…well, just so human! We just love to try to figure things out, don’t we?

Let it be known right now that I am not, nor have I ever been, a mathematically inclined person. I flunked out of every math class I ever took from pre-algebra onwards, and spent my high school years sleeping through remedial math classes where my greatest accomplishment was understanding how to balance a checkbook. While I was working on this shawl - in an unrelated event - I geeked out with my kids a bit about rainbows. One of them is little enough that things like the moon and rainbows are just incredibly magical. One of them is at the age when they ask things like, “What is a rainbow, like, actually?” And so, the Google machine took us on a wild rainbow-filled ride. I found an amazing article by Ali Kayaspor, who also writes for However, Mathematics, called The Beautiful Mathematics Behind a Rainbow. As I was reading, I kept thinking about the shawl, and the mathematical nature of…well, everything! It frustrates me now that my grasp of mathematical concepts is so tenuous. Luckily, as an adult I have been the recipient of lots of totally sensible mathematical knowledge from friends who paid much more attention in class than I did.

Back in the early aughts, my bestie, roommate, and coworker at our Philly LYS, Grace Anna Farrow and I designed a seemingly simple shawl using Schaefer Yarns Anne. We were familiar with Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl, and wanted to create a half-circle version. It took us a few tries to get it just right, but we nailed it. I’m older now, I have a better grasp on math, and dare I even say that I enjoy it? For this year’s LYS Day Shawl I have revisited our old pal, the half pi shawl, and added some mathematically inspired stripe sequences, a squishy slip stitch pattern, and a simple and stretchy edging! This shawl uses the new Kelbourne Woolens yarn, Perennial - an homage to the original Anne used in the old school version of the half pi shawl.

A Bow in the Sky Shawl by Courtney Kelley

LYS Day Kits

A Bow in the Sky features our new yarn, Perennial. The pattern, and accompanying kits, will be available exclusively through Local Yarn Stores. If you are lucky enough to have a shop in your town, please go visit them on April 27th to show your appreciation for the hard work they do by purchasing a kit. LYS Day Kits for A Bow in the Sky includes:

  • One skein of Perennial

  • Two 10g gram mini skeins of 4 contrast colors

  • Two 10g mini skeins of the main color

  • A KW project bag

There are four colorways available:


614 Knit Studio
4400 Indianola Ave
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 670-5629

Around the Table Yarns
20085 Chagrin Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
(216) 230-9224

Bonnie's Spinning Wheel
16 21st Ave. S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 253-2426

Cast Away
100 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-9276

The Cat and Crow
205 E. Main St.
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
(608) 437-1771

Center of the Yarniverse
109 England St
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 362-7800

Colorful Yarns
2001 E. Easter Ave.
#100
Centennial, CO 80122-1660
(303) 798-2299

Dances with Wool
1229 Sycamore Square
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 594-5849

Ewe and Me
36 N Beaver Street
York, PA 17401
(717) 848-9276

Ewe Count
819 Randall Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 638-1148

Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-3855

The Fiber Gallery
8212 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103-5036
(206) 706-4197

Fingerplay Studio
901 Front Street
Suite 110
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 604-4374

GarenHuis Yarn Studio
27 W. 9th Street
Ste. 110
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 294-3492

Gather Here
1343 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(781) 775-9504

Gosh Yarn It
303 Market Street
Kingston, PA 18704
(570) 287-9999

Just Yarnin’
446 Hwy 70E Street
Germain, WI 54558
(715) 479-9276

CANADA

Yarn It!
513 Division St
Unit 3B
Cobourg, ON K9A 5G6
Canada
(289) 252-1200

Art of Yarn
3003 Pandosy St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W3
Canada
(250) 717-3247

Kid Ewe Knot
429 Washington Ave
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 257-2557

Knit and Bolt
2833 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1180

Knit Unto Others
323 Main Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
(870) 245-2552

The Knitting Patch
1425 W State Rd 434
#101
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 331-5648

Knitting Off Broadway
1309 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-9276

Loopville
5204 Kingston Pike #1
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 584-9772

Knoddy Knitters
6410 Asheville Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37924
(865) 240-3580

Northfield Yarn
314 Division Street S.
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 645-1330

ReBelle
225 Rosemont Garden
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 389-9750

RumpelStiltskin
22 Main Street
Sayville, NY 11782
(631) 750-1790

Starlight Knitting Society
7028 SE 52nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206

String Theory Yarn Co.
477 North Main
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-6085

String Theory Yarn Shop
829 State Street
Ste 2003
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 557-7754

The Tinsmith's Wife
405 7th Street
Comfort, TX 78013
(830) 995-5539

Woolbearers
90 High Street
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 914-0003

Yarn Bar
1940 Grand Ave
Billings, MT 59102
(406) 794-2234

Yarn It and Haberdashery
1093 W. 1st Ave
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
(614) 736-6464

Yarn Nook
1120 B Coolidge Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 593-8558

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

Yarnology
65 E 3rd St
Winona, MN 55987
(507) 474-9444

We'll See You at TNNA: Part Three, Navia!

Our 10th Anniversary Year has been filled with new adventures, and this summer and fall we're thrilled to be bringing you lots of new products we feel good about. In between developing the Kelbourne Woolens line of yarns, this season we are happy to be adding more yarns to our BC Garn offerings for fall, and bringing a new line to the North American market from the Faroe Islands, Navia!  TNNA is a industry-only trade show that happens twice a year, and it's our opportunity to show our retailers what we have available for them for the upcoming season. We will be in Booth 1013 and if you're at the show be sure to drop in and say, "Hello!"

Navia

The stories we tell and the community of craft.
Navia is a Faroese wool with a story to tell - a story of Nordic and islander tradition and craft. From Tradition – a rugged yarn for hard working seafarers, to Uno – a light and soft yarn, perfect for delicate heirlooms for home and baby, Navia yarns tell the story of the Faroe Islands.

Navia’s story will resonate with the N. American market. It is the story yarn tells, and the risk of losing the long forgotten traditions, that pulls knitters in and makes them listen. American and Canadian knitters are drawn to Fair Isle jumpers, Icelandic lopapeysa, Swedish Bohus sweaters, and Estonian mittens – projects in yarns from places rich in crafting traditions. Navia patterns and yarns will appeal to a niche market searching for history and connection, and the competitive retail pricing, along with the dedication to the local yarn shops, will bring the yarns to the forefront - beyond the allure of their Nordic designs.

Through the offering of yarns and pattern books in English to the N. American market, along with promotion of featured projects and knit-alongs hosted online by Kelbourne Woolens and our partners, we can foster a sense of connection to this tiny island many, many miles away. 

Navia yarns contain blends of Australian lambswool, Shetland, and Faroese wool as well as cotton and silk. The range consists of 1-ply, 2-ply, and 3-ply knitting yarns, sock yarn and a traditional Faroese yarn, aptly named Tradition. The Navia designs take inspiration from the traditional Faroese knitting culture, mixed with modern style trends. Navia pattern books will be available through Navia stockists in the fall, so stay tuned! You can view all the yarns here

Kelbourne Woolens is proud to be partnering with Navia to introduce these yarns, patterns, and stories to North American knitters. Coming September 2018.

We'll See You at TNNA: Part One, Kelbourne Woolens

Our 10th Anniversary Year has been filled with new adventures, and this summer and fall we're thrilled to be bringing you lots of new products we feel good about. In between developing the Kelbourne Woolens line of yarns, this season we are happy to be adding more yarns to our BC Garn offerings for fall, and bringing a new line to the North American market from the Faroe Islands, Navia!  TNNA is a industry-only trade show that happens twice a year, and it's our opportunity to show our retailers what we have available for them for the upcoming season. We will be in Booth 1013 and if you're at the show be sure to drop in and say, "Hello!"

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We are excited to introduce our third Kelbourne Woolens branded yarn, Mojave (pron. mo-HA-vay), to the market. Debuting on the Summer Solstice (June 21st), this yarn celebrates warm weather and long, sunny days. 

Meghan’s love of cellulose-based fibers led to the development of Mojave. It is a sport weight yarn, consisting of five sets of very fine 2-plys. The result is a lightweight yarn that is strong and smooth with great stitch definition. This pima cotton and linen blend is as pleasant to knit with as it is to wear, and, as a bonus, it can be machine-washed!

SPECIFICATIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

60% cotton, 40% linen
185 yds (169 meters) / 50 gram skein
22 - 24 sts = 4" (10 cm)
US 4 - 6 (3.5 - 4 mm)

15 colors

Stay tuned to the blog on the 21st of June for the official launch and pattern collection! We cannot wait.

And, stay tuned for our TNNA updates on BC Garn and Navia headed your way tomorrow and Thursday!