Very special American sheep

Okay, when I said on Tuesday that I would write about a very special American sheep “tomorrow” I didn’t really mean tomorrow in the calendar sense of the word.  However, without further ado let me introduce:

Hi there!

Yes, on Tuesday I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a skein of yarn by Brooklyn Tweed.  Loop of London have recently become the sole UK stockists and I took advantage of my week at home to place an order.  I’ve been reading the Brooklyn Tweed blog for several years now and although Jared Flood’s garment designs don’t entirely do it for me, I have always loved his aesthetic sense and will admit to having a slight knitterly crush on him.

His first foray into yarn production was the worsted weight Shelter, 100% American wool dyed in a splendid palette of neutral shades.  Nothing bright or garish, yet covering the spectrum all the same.  Then, last winter, he released his fingering weight yarn Loft which uses the same 100% American wool blend.  What has had me interested all along about these yarns is that they are woollen spun rather than worsted spun and this is the method used for my favourite Shetland style wools.  For this reason, I am hopeful that the Brooklyn Tweed wool will be similar to the coned yarns I’ve been using recently. My choice ended up being:

Brooklyn Tweed “Loft” in Cast Iron – it isn’t black….

You will have to excuse the photography.  This isn’t an easy colour to photograph (a bit like black, although obviously this wool isn’t black), and my camera is temperamental at best nowadays.

The wool feels nice and soft, for a 100% wool yarn, and visually at least it is thicker than the 4-ply coned wools I currently use.  I have been wanting to find a yarn that I enjoy using which knits to about 25 stitches to 4 inches, halfway between a 4-ply and a DK, because I have quite a lot of patterns that use that in-betweeny thickness of yarn. With any luck this might fit the bill.

I think I might have made a mistake ordering this colour, though.  Viewing the colours on my various computational devices, it seemed like a deep grey with a slight blue cast to it.  In real life the name Cast Iron suits it very well.  It is practically black.  Not that it’s any great shakes as I ordered a single skein for trial purposes only.  It should be enough for an experimental cowl to act as a very large gauge swatch, but it’s not as if it’s going to be a garment. Having said that, though, it’s by Brooklyn Tweed and that’s enough to make any colour just right in my book.

Here’s the information about the wool from the back of the ball band:

Some more information from the ball band

I rather like that the sheep were raised in Wyoming as the state featured in many of my favourite TV westerns when I was a child (I am still a bit of a sucker for a western, if the truth be told).  The above photo also gives the best colour rendition of the Cast Iron colourway.

That’s it for today.  I will be back with some photos of the Colinette Bright Charcoal socks, to prove that I was lying through my teeth when I said the colours don’t pool.  Also look out for a general catch-up on my knitting achievements through the week.  Finally, I am planning a bike-orientated post for those interested in such things.

Have fun and knit with me.