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Brooklyn Tweed "Arbor" Trunk Show


River City Yarns is hosting a special trunk show from our friends at Brooklyn Tweed. We’ll be featuring garments and accessories made with BT Arbor. Arbor is a special yarn that is not only the product of North American sheep, it’s also dyed organically.

Purebred Targhee sheep from Montana and South Dakota lend us 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. Maine Dye & Textiles, an organically certified dyeworks operating nearby, provides our custom skein-dyed palette with minimal impact on the planet.

Our trunk show for Arbor will focus on a number of garments and accessories that show off the stitch definition.

Fieldstone by Norah Gaughan, knit in Arbor, shown in Degas.

Fieldstone by Norah Gaughan, knit in Arbor, shown in Degas.

  • Fieldstone is a sleekly fitted pullover featuring bold parallelogram cables filled with reverse stockinette that lean into a central supporting cable, then branch into a flattering V across the upper torso. The set-in sleeve caps echo the motif, and delicate single-rib edges add to the feminine effect. Shaping at the waist and on princess seam lines creates a slim fit that pairs well with skirts and boots. Fieldstone is worked in pieces and sewn together, with the dainty crewneck band picked up to knit in the round after assembly. Designed by Norah Gaughan and shown in colourway: Degas.

  • Shear is inspired by glacial striations and ancient cliff facings, making for an organic renditioning of the classic ribbed beanie. This unisex style features a striking pattern of unbalanced ribbing and diagonal texture made up of knits, purls, and simple decreases. Both charted and written instructions are accessible for beginning knitters, and engaging for those more experienced. Choose your favorite of Arbor’s myriad colorways for this splendidly swift project. Designed by Emily Greene and shown in colourway: Mesa.

Shale is a beautiful baby blanket, designed by Jared Flood and shown in “Treehouse” (Arbor).

Shale is a beautiful baby blanket, designed by Jared Flood and shown in “Treehouse” (Arbor).

  • Wallace is a shawl that makes an impact with simple, bold patterns of seed stitch and stockinette printed with slanting seeded blocks. Half-twisted stitch columns divide the motifs, which can be worked from written or charted instructions. Knit from end to end with seed stitch edges, Wallace is an engaging project and a handsome accessory to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Designed by Julie Hoover and shown in colourway: Heron.

  • Shale is an heirloom baby blanket will keep your little ones warm and snug for years to come. The Shale Baby Blanket nods to nursery knits of yesteryear with a four-row repeat of a variation on the Feather-and-Fan motif, teasing a pretty, undulating edge from the paired ridges of garter stitch at top and bottom. Designed by Jared Flood and shown in colourway: Treehouse.

  • Kirigami is a beautiful pullover that graces the shoulders with a classic round yoke. The sinuous lines and purled acorn caps repeat in rows at a diminishing scale. Gentle waist shaping and carefully placed short rows ensure a comfortable fit, and a generous neckline adds to the comely, face-framing effect. This is a pullover to knit in your signature colour, and Arbor’s nuanced palette offers ample selection. Designed by Gudrun Johnston and shown in colourway: Butte.

Hunter is a vest designed by Jared Flood and shown in Arbor colourway: Kettle.

Hunter is a vest designed by Jared Flood and shown in Arbor colourway: Kettle.

  • Hunter is a handsome V-neck vest designed with drisp, gansey-inspired texture. An all-over welted rib motif yields to rope cables and chevrons on the upper torso; wide purl gutters delineate the sides. The work begins in the round, then divides at the armholes for flat knitting to the shoulders. Single-rib tubular edge treatments, worked circularly after shoulder seaming, make a polished and professional finish. Designed by Jared Flood and shown in colourway: Kettle.

  • Grove mittens are inspired by old-growth forests and hinterland thickets. The mittens feature intricate twisted stitches to create a visually engaging relief pattern. Knit stitches are worked through the back loops to create sculptural texture, while twists create mirrored spirals on the cuffs. The wandering vines on the hand do not require cabling, but are instead shaped by carefully-placed yarn overs and decreases. Designed by Jared Flood and shown in two colourways: Heron and Porter.