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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.


Colourways Available


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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Introducing Cotton Fine by Brown Sheep Co.

Introducing Cotton Fine

By Brown Sheep Co.

We’re proud to introduce the latest line-up in the Loom & Spindle Yarn + Fibre range - Cotton Fine by Brown Sheep Co..

This sumptuous blend of pima cotton and merino wool delivers a light and resilient yarn ideal for summer wardrobe staples and textiles for the home.

The long stapled pima cotton guarantees pieces will be smooth and soft to the touch, while offering resistance to pilling, wrinkling and fading. 

The addition of merino wool adds strength and memory, ensuring your projects will have longevity to be enjoyed for years to come.

In a palette of 12 wearable hues, Cotton Fine will suit a range of hand worked garments and textile pieces. 


Colourways Available

The Yarn

FIBRE CONTENT: 80% Pima Cotton, 20% Merino Wool
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT: Fingering/4ply 
NET WEIGHT: 50g (1.75oz) 
APPROX. YARDAGE: 196m (215yd)
CONSTRUCTION: 12 ply, light twist
ORIGIN: USA
CARE: Cold hand wash (see notes below)

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information given below are suggestions to provide guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch prior to starting to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

26 stitches over 10cm, using 2.75mm needles (6 ½ stitches per inch, US size 2 needles).

CROCHET

21 - 32 stitches over 10cm, using 2.25 - 3.5mm hook (5 – 8 stitches per inch, US size B-1 to E-4 hook).

WEAVING For Yardage

10 epi (40 ends / 10cm) – For fabrics with drape and a light hand feel.
12 epi (50 ends / 10cm) – For hard wearing fabrics that require a tight, firm weave.

Two samples in cotton fine.

Two samples in cotton fine.

FINISHING

For hand knit and crochet projects we recommend that you follow the washing instructions provided by Brown Sheep Co. (see notes below). 

Weaving projects may require a more vigorous finishing technique to full the fabric. For sturdy plain weave fabrics we suggest a machine wash and tumble dry. For delicate weaves, we suggest a cool hand wash with or without agitation.

Notes from Brown Sheep CO.

Brown Sheep Co. recommends hand washing Cotton Fine in cool water using a mild detergent or wool wash and 30ml of white vinegar. Then rinsing thoroughly, adding another 30ml of white vinegar to the last clear rinse. Roll gently in a towel to remove excess water, do not twist or wring. Lay flat to dry. Press with a cool iron if needed.

Brown Sheep advise that some migration of colour is normal and can be expected during the first wash of Cotton Fine. It is suggested that for projects consisting of two or more colours that they be swatched and test-washed before beginning.

About Brown Sheep

Brown Sheep Company, Inc. is a family owned and operated yarn spinning mill. They proudly support U.S. wool growers, manufacturing their yarns in the heart of the U.S.A. They’re determined to produce high quality yarns along with providing a livelihood for their hardworking employees. Brown Sheep yarns are dyed with 85% recycled water — read more about their sustainable water practices here.

 
 
 
 

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