Posts Tagged ‘Blackstone Tweed’

A Knitting Milestone

Friday, April 29th, 2011


Kynna has finished her first full sized sweater!!!! This is a major knitterly accomplishment if I do say so myself. Sweater knitting is a lot more particular than say, scarf knitting (most of the time). You have to be a lot more precise with your gauge and sizing, and this can be a little scary. It’s a lot of knitting and we are so used to trying on sweaters before we buy them! Not to discourage though, it’s a challenge worth taking on.


That being said, when you knit your own sweater there are also a lot of upsides. You have a unique garment, no one will have one exactly like it. You can also really tailor it to your liking. This may take a few re-do’s and a little ripping out but it’s worth it for a sweater that works just the way you want it to.


Kynna’s sweater is Wordsworth by Berocco. It is knit up in Berocco Blackstone Tweed and it’s just lovely. It’s a nice soft tweed (relatively hard to find  a soft tweed so it’s quite nice when you do!) and it comes in a whole bunch of lovely colours. Kynna’s pretty pink sweater is also rather timely, since it’s been so cold this week! I’m loving the vintage leather buttons she chose too, they add a little something to the knit. Well done Kynna!

The Clapo-tea party has had to be postponed until Friday May 13th, I’ve seen some beautiful projects already, it’s gonna be a blast! Here is a pic of Kynna’s rainbow Clapotis, it’s coming along nicely.


Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow!

Friday, November 26th, 2010


Tis the season for cold flakes and warm hot chocolate. It’s the stuff knitting dreams are made of! I almost put in It’s a Wonderful Life yesterday I was feeling so festive and cozy, but I decided it was a little early. The heater is broken in my living room so I was bundled under some fleece blankets with a wooly scarf and hat on and knitting away. My hubby even made me some tea to keep warm. It was magic with the snow falling outside. Snow is, of course, only magical if you don’t have to get out and drive the Vancouver streets (particularly the unplowed side streets…..). The morning when I set off to work was a much more stressful and less magical moment! Once I was in for the night though I felt a lot better about the weather!


This weather definitely has me thinking scarf and I’m even feeling a little cabley lately (I think I made up that word but you know what I mean). I’m currently working on the Honey Cowl (see post below for details) but I had a real tweed hankering as I watched the snow pile up on the patio table. The next knit in line is Dryad from Brooklyn Tweed. This beautiful cabled masterpiece is knit up in Berocco’s Blackstone Tweed. It’s a lovely soft tweedy yarn in some fantastic shades. Blackstone is mostly wool with a little mohair and angora thrown in to make is soft. Come on in to knit night tonight and get one started!


To make a Dryad of your very own you will need:

Dryad by Jared Flood

4-6 balls of Blackstone Tweed (depending on desired length)

5mm needles

a cable needle

Let the Boxes Keep Coming

Monday, September 13th, 2010

There are just so many new things and large boxes coming into Urban Yarns every day now! It must be fall too because I am totally looking to knit up a scarf in something new. What we haven’t got new, we’ve got new colours. If you want to knit pretty much anything come on down and we can hook you up with something you might not have worked with before.


A couple of our new yarns are well matched to one of my favorite designers, Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed designs. The first is a return to the lace obsessoin: Juneberry Triangle. It’s knit up in the new St Denis Nordique yarns and we’ve got the pattern in the fantastic new St Denis Nordique books.


The other pattern/yarn combination I am most excited about is the new Blackstone Tweed from Berocco. This yarn is delicious, it combines the beauty and rusticness of tweed with a super soft combination of wool, mohair, and angora. It’s so yummy. The pattern I am definitely knitting with it is Dryad, from Jared again. It’s a cabley scarf with tons of intricate twists and turns. I picture it at home on the moors of Scotland, bit of an imagination. We’ve got some really beautiful colours in both of these yarns. I’m having a hard time deciding which colour to whip up the Dryad in. This combo will definitely quench my scarf knitting thirst!