The Brooklyn Tweed Pop-Up Shop is Open

by - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From the moment we found Brooklyn Tweed we were smitten. It was easy for us to relate to their passion for fibres and for keeping the integrity of the yarn.

We've brought 5 Brooklyn Tweed lines into our Granville Island Supply store;
choosing the bestselling colours, as well as their top patterns and books.

Brooklyn Tweed will only be available in our Granville Island Supply store.



Thinking of making a trip to visit our Brooklyn Tweed pop-up shop?
Here is eveything you need to know.


Woolen-spun yarns have been designed for lightness and loft – their woolen mill preparation and lightly spun ply structure are what makes them unique.

When a yarn is woolen-spun, the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Its plies are gently twisted to preserve the buoyant quality inherent in the fiber. Woolen-spun yarns create featherweight fabrics and provide a significant amount of yardage per skein. Slightly thinner or thicker sections can occur during woolen spinning due to the 100+ year old mill equipment, adding to the hand-crafted quality of these yarns. Since Brooklyn Tweed never uses harsh chemical scouring, you’ll find the occasional fleck of vegetable matter that remains as evidence of the sheep’s life on the Wyoming rangeland.

Worsted-spun yarns are designed for superior strength and stitch definition. Worsted spinning involves combing all the fibers into smooth alignment before spinning to produce a perfectly even roving. Thanks to their construction, worsted spun yarns produce a dense and sturdy fabric.


Wyoming-sourced breed-specific wool
Spun and dyed in Maine
Worsted-spun 2-ply | 450 yards | 50g hank

Vale is the laceweight member of Brooklyn Tweed’s all-American, breed-specific core line. This yarn begins on the Wyoming plains with 100% Rambouillet fleece, grown by sheep that trace their lineage to medieval France, where this offshoot of the merino was prized as the king of breeds. Rambouillet is even loftier and bouncier than merino, and is spun worsted for a soft, springy, durable two-ply yarn that yields ethereal accessories. Scoured and combed into buttery smooth, consistent top in South Carolina, the wool travels north to Maine for spinning at an historic mill and dyeing at an eco-friendly facility nearby. Vale’s custom palette of 14 shades shares some touchstone colours with our Arbor line and fills in with sophisticated softer tones. Vale is a polished yarn with an even weight and twist, suitable for heirloom-quality lace projects. 

Wyoming-sourced breed-specific wool
Spun and dyed in Maine

Woolen-spun 2-ply | 145 yards | 50g hank

Arbor represents an exciting expansion for Brooklyn Tweed: working with new American partners, they've developed a DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and stitch definition and dyed in a nuanced palette of 30 solid colors.

Purebred Targhee sheep from Montana and South Dakota lend their distinctive fleece, a finewool with the softness of merino enhanced by longwool genetics for added durability. Jagger Brothers, an historic mill in southern Maine, spins the fiber into a round and springy 3-ply that loves to cable and shows textural stitchwork to maximum advantage. Saco River Dyehouse, an organically certified dyeworks operating nearby, provides a custom skein-dyed palette with minimal impact on the planet.

Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than the woolen-spun yarns. The fibers have been combed straight and carefully aligned before spinning, rather than jumbled to trap air. Garments knit from Arbor will weigh more and drape more heavily than those knit from Loft or Shelter.


Wyoming-sourced breed-specific wool
Spun in New Hampshire
Woolen-spun 2-ply | 140 yards | 50g hank

The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in Shelter, a versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Its two plies are gently twisted to preserve that buoyant quality, so Shelter is a little more delicate than most commercial yarns. Woolen-spun yarns are also more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature; woolen spinning sometimes results in slightly thinner or thicker sections, and you’ll find the occasional fleck of vegetable matter that proves our wool is never treated with harsh chemicals. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking, as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce an even, light, plush fabric with a halo. You shouldn’t notice any change in gauge. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. It’s ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets.

Wyoming-sourced breed-specific wool
Spun in New Hampshire
Woolen-spun 2-ply | 275 yards | 50g hank

Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm (US 0) needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm (US 6) needles for ethereal open work. Two strands of Loft held together can substitute for Shelter in patterns where you’d like greater stitch definition or a marled fabric of two colours.

Wyoming-sourced breed-specific wool
Spun in New Hampshire
Woolen-spun 3-ply | 200 yards | 100g hank

Quarry is a chunky brother to Shelter and Loft inspired by roving-style “unspun” yarns, offered in pillowy 100-gram skeins. This yarn begins with three strands of the same lofty, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia fleece, but rather than twisting the individual plies, they are nestled together and gently spun as a trio. The result is a plump yarn that looks like a single ply and has greater tensile strength and stitch definition than a true unspun yarn. Quarry has a soft and rustic hand. The yarn’s one-directional twist may cause it to twirl between the needles and the ball while you’re knitting, but the fabric will be well balanced with no biasing. Quarry knits will bloom to become cohesive and supple after a wet blocking. You shouldn’t notice any change in gauge. This yarn loves to cable and beautifully renders all kinds of textural stitch work. Despite its soft structure, it can be worked at looser gauges without loss of integrity to the fabric. It’s ideal for sweaters, coats, blankets, and cozy accessories.

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