Welcome Semilla Grosso by BC Garn

Welcome Semilla Grosso

By BC Garn

Semilla Grosso by BC Garn is a 100% organic wool yarn grown, spun and dyed in an environmentally sustainable way.

Sourced in Argentina from guaranteed mulesing-free farms, the raw material is certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres.

Carefully spun and dyed in Italy, the yarn maintains its eco-cred by using only dye stuffs produced according to GOTS standards. That is, they are free from harmful substances such as toxic heavy metals and are biodegradable.

The yarn itself is smooth and round performing best over stocking stitch and cabled details. It’s perfect for satisfyingly uniform stitches and popping textural detail.

With its soft squishy hand-feel and luxurious next-to-skin softness this yarn is perfect for quick winter accessories and cosy wardrobe staples.


 

Colourways Available

THE YARN

FIBRE CONTENT: 100% Organic Wool
NET WEIGHT: 50g (1.75oz) per ball
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT: Bulky / 12 Ply
APPROX. YARDAGE: 80m (87yd)
CONSTRUCTION: Worsted spun, 6 plies, moderate twist
ORIGIN: Fibre sourced in Argentina, dyed and milled in Italy
CARE: Cold hand wash (see notes below) 

WORKING THE YARN

Semilla Grosso is suitable for knit and crochet projects. We’ve included gauge suggestions for these crafts below. You may also like to check out our project suggestions on RAVELRY.

This yarn is spun with an intended soft and squishy hand-feel. This is achieved by using a fine staple fibre and milling with a looser twist, both elements that can contribute to pilling. We recommend working the yarn at the firmer end of the gauge spectrum to reduce pilling. 

The colours used to dye this yarn are produced according to GOTS standards, this includes restrictions on certain chemicals that aid light-fastness.In exceptional cases, placing yarn or projects in direct sunlight for extended periods of time may affect light-fastness.

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

14-18 stitches over 10cm, using 4.5 - 5.5mm needles (3.5 – 4.5 stitches per inch, US size 7-9 needles)

CROCHET

11-14 stitches over 10cm, 5.5mm - 6mm hook (2.75-3.5 stitches per inch, US size I–9 to K–10 ½ hook)

ABOUT BC GARN

BC Garn is a family run business based in Germany. They are known for their selection of natural fibres and extensive colour palettes. They produce a collection of GOTS certified and eco-friendly yarns.

 
 
 
 

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Introducing Bio Balance by BC Garn

Introducing Bio Balance

by BC Garn

New to the shop is Bio Balance, a 55% organic wool and 45% organic cotton blend with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification.

This yarn meets strict ecological and social criteria to ensure the entire supply chain meets the leading worldwide standard for organic textile production.

The worsted spun, 3 ply construction yields a smooth round yarn suitable for a range of knit and crocheted pieces.

With the warmth and memory of wool and the softness of cotton, this yarn is ideal for transitional wardrobe staples.

In a palette of delicately heathered shades, made possible by the subtle interaction of colour on the wool/cotton base, this yarn will add a new dimension to your hand worked garments.


 

Colourways Available

THE YARN

FIBRE CONTENT: 55% pure organic wool, 45% pure organic cotton
NET WEIGHT: 50g (1.75oz) per skein
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT: Sport / 5 ply
APPROX. YARDAGE: 225m (246yd)
CONSTRUCTION: Worsted spun, 3 plies, moderate twist
ORIGIN: Fibres sourced in Argentina and Turkey
CARE: Cold hand wash (see notes below)

WORKING THE YARN

Bio Balance is suitable for most fibre crafts, including knitting, crochet and weaving for yardage. You’ll find gauge suggestions for these crafts below. You may also like to check out our project suggestions on RAVELRY

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

24-26 stitches over 10cm, using 3mm - 4mm needles (6-6.5 stitches per inch, US size 3 - 6 needles)

CROCHET

16–20 stitches 3.5mm - 4.5mm hook (US size E–4 - 7)

WEAVING FOR YARDAGE

10 epi (40 ends / 10cm)

ABOUT GOTS CERTIFICATION

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. The aim is to define and maintain an internationally recognized requirement to ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. To learn more about the standard and certification process please visit www.global-standard.org

ABOUT BC GARN

BC Garn is a family run business based in Germany. They are known for their selection of natural fibres and extensive colour palettes. They produce a collection of GOTS certified yarns.

 
 
 
 

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Welcome Brittany Knitting Needles

Welcome Brittany Knitting Needles

We’re proud to have partnered with Brittany Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks to bring you a range of finely crafted hardwood knitting needles.

Made in the USA from sustainably harvested birch, each needle is hand finished and exactly sized ensuring they are lightweight and smooth in hand.

With Brittany’s proprietary finish they are one of the slickest straight needles on the market!

Our introductory range includes Brittany’s 35cm (14'') straight needles, the perfect tool for lever knitting where fast and efficient stitches are the goal…

… and, Brittany’s ever popular Cable Needle set and Brittany Needle Wax for cleaning and maintaining a perfect finish.

Brittany are a second-generation family run business with over 40 years of experience manufacturing knitting needles. They are an environmentally-minded company and try to minimize their impact at every stage of production.

They offer a no questions asked replacement guarantee for any needle breakages within 5 years of purchase!

 
 
 
 

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Welcome Loch Lomond Bio by BC Garn

Welcome Loch Lomond Bio

by BC Garn


We’re proud to introduce the latest addition to the Loom & Spindle Yarn + Fibre range - Loch Lomond Bio by BC Garn. A charming 100% wool, tweed style yarn with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification.

Minimally processed, this woollen spun yarn has lightness and loft making it soft, springy and warm.

Available in a range of delicately heathered shades made possible by ‘dyeing in the wool’, where the wool fibres are dyed prior to spinning, bringing life to the palette.

With its GOTS certification, this yarn meets strict ecological and social criteria to ensure the entire supply chain meets the leading worldwide standard for organic textile production.

All in which make this yarn perfectly suited to a range of rustic and warming handknits and woven pieces that will see you through the coldest days.


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THE YARN

FIBRE CONTENT - 100% Wool
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT - Aran / 10 ply
NET WEIGHT - 50g (1.75oz) per skein
APPROX. YARDAGE - 150m (164yd)
CONSTRUCTION - Woollen spun, 2 plies, light twist
FINISH - Water-soluble spinning oil applied during milling
ORIGIN - Milled in Turkey
CARE - Cold hand wash

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

18 stitches over 10cm, using 4-5mm needles (4 ½ stitches per inch, US size 6-8 needles)

CROCHET

5-6mm hook (US size H-8 to I-9 hook)

WEAVING FOR YARDAGE

32 ends / 10cm (8 epi)
40 ends / 10cm (10 epi)

TAPESTRY WEAVING (WEFT FACED WEAVES)

16 ends / 10cm (4 epi)

FELTING

Work the piece 10% to 20% larger than the intended size. It’s highly recommended that a test swatch be made applying your intended finishing technique to assess the variables of the fabric.


WORKING THE YARN

Loch Lomond Bio is suitable for most fibre crafts, including knitting, crochet, tapestry and weaving for yardage. You’ll find gauge suggestions for various crafts below. For project ideas you may like to check out our suggestions on RAVELRY.

FINISHING

A spinning oil has been applied to the yarn as part of the milling process. The true texture and appearance of the yarn remains hidden until a final wash fluffs and softens the fibres.

To remove the spinning oil (and block or wash your piece), prepare a bath of tepid water and if desired add a few drops of mild detergent or wool wash. Immerse the finished piece and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Lift the piece from the water and allow to drain. Gently remove excess water by pressing the fabric between layers of a dry towel. Lay flat to dry.

ABOUT GOTS CERTIFICATION

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. The aim is to define and maintain a internationally recognized requirement to ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer.

To learn more about the standard and certification process please visit www.global-standard.org

ABOUT BC GARN

BC Garn is a family run business based in Germany. They are known for their selection of natural fibres and range of colour palettes. They produce a collection of GOTS certified yarns.

 
 

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Swatching with Cotton Fine: A knitted sample of Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
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Swatching with Cotton Fine

A knitted sample of Tegna, by Caitlin Hunter

Here at Loom & Spindle, we’re proud omni-crafters! Passionately dabbling in all things fibre.

Today we’re taking a look at our first knitted swatch for Cotton Fine. Specifically, a sampler of Caitlin Hunter’s popular Tegna pattern.

We thought this light-weight summer style would be a good match for this sumptuous blend of Pima cotton and merino wool.

We knit the swatch to explore the interaction between gauge, knit fabric and fibre and assess the suitability of the yarn for a knitted project featuring lacework.

Below, we’ve included our notes on how we interpreted the pattern to become a swatch and our thoughts on the resulting fabric.

This ‘recipe’ is a great starting point if you want to have a go at swatching for your next knitting project.

P.S. At the end we’ve detailed the yardage required for all sizes should you wish to knit your own!

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PROJECT

A knitted sample of Tegna by Caitlin Hunter, using Cotton Fine by Brown Sheep Co.

AIM

Knit a swatch in Cotton Fine to explore:

  • The fabric’s hand-feel at the resulting gauge

  • The suitability of Cotton Fine for lacework, and

  • Knitting garments in Cotton Fine

SKILLS

  • Casting on

  • Casting off

  • Knitting flat

  • Reading charts for lacework

  • Familiarity with decreasing, yarnovers, knitting through the back loop

  • Translating pattern instructions into swatch parameters

TOOLS

  • 3.25 mm (US 3) circular needles (we used Chiaogoo Spin Bamboo Interchangables)

  • Scissors

  • Tapestry needle

MATERIALS

 

PLANNING

We focused on setting parameters for the piece and interpreting the pattern to accommodate the swatch.

SIZE

  • Working with the patterns suggested gauge of 22 stitches over 10cm (4'') in stocking stitch and the stitch count for the lace repeat, we decided three lace repeats would provide a reasonable sample size and a visually balanced sample.

  • 60 stitches were required for the cast on.

SETUP

  • Cast on: Long-tail method

  • Cast off: A tapestry needle to thread the yarn tail through live stitches

LACEWORK

  • The pattern details the lace repeat both written (worked in the round) and as a chart.

  • We chose working with the chart as the visual aid was convenient when working the swatch flat.

  • We used stitch markers to define the beginning and end of each lace repeat.

NOTES

  • As 3.25mm was the needle size suggested in the pattern, we thought this would be a good starting point to explore gauge.

  • Our swatch will be knit flat as noted above. Please note the Tegna pattern, as written, is worked in the round.

METHOD

STEP 1

60 stitches were cast on using the long-tail method.

STEP 2

The lace repeat was worked flat until the end of the chart.

STEP 3

Approximately 10cm (4'') was knit in stocking stitch to complete the swatch.

STEP 4

The live stitches were secured by simply threading the yarn tail through the loops using a tapestry needle.

FINISHING

The swatch was soaked in a bath of cool water for around 5 minutes, the excess water pressed out using a towel. The swatch was then pinned out on a blocking matt, attention given to opening up the lacework and aligning the stiches that frame the lace detail.

GUAGE

The final measurements were:

  • 22 stitches over 10cm (4'')

  • 28 rows over 10cm (4'')

  • Overall dimensions, 20cm x 25cm (8'' x 10'')

INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THE GAUGE

Amazingly, we got gauge! When does that ever happen ;)

Though, it’s important to note that we worked the swatch flat. Working in the round could produce a slightly different row gauge.

Based on these results we’d go ahead and knit the garment on 3.25mm needles, monitoring row gauge and adjusting the body length in the stocking stitch section if necessary.

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THE FABRIC

At this airy gauge, Cotton Fine has produced a soft drapey fabric with a smooth hand-feel.

The cotton/merino blend offers great stitch definition, the detail in the lace panel is clear and structural elements well defined.

The resulting texture is feminine and cool.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

The lacework was intuitive and the pattern easy to follow. Using stitch markers definitely helped us track the lace repeats and catch those missed yarnovers!

Cotton Fine worked up nicely and we think it has great potential for light-weight knitted garments.

Tegna is an exciting introduction to both lacework and knitted garment construction and is highly recommended to anyone motivated to give it a try.


THANK YOU FOR READING!

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter can be found on RAVELRY.
Knitting in Cotton Fine? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • X-Small - 4 Skeins

  • Small - 4 Skeins

  • Medium - 5 Skeins

  • Large - 6 Skeins

  • X-Large - 6 Skeins

  • 2X-Large - 6 Skeins

  • 3X-Large - 7 Skeins

 
 

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