Working at Calico & Ivy last year, I heard customers and staff raving about the Brooklyn Tweed range of yarns. I thought I would give the brand a go, so I found a pattern and colour I liked and started this hat and cowl set using Shelter 10 ply in the colour they call ‘flannel’ and I call denim blue.
Honestly, I do not think I will use this yarn again. To me, it felt stiff and scratchy (even after soaking in softening wool wash while blocking), and it has a very ‘primitive’ or ‘rustic’ feel. The yarn snapped while I was weaving in the ends of the hat, and despite using a pattern designed for the yarn, I did not have enough to finish the last two rows on the cowl ribbing. The cowl does not drape but stands up stiffly. I think the yarn’s stiffness and the lack of elasticity were my least favourite features.
As I was tying off the hat and weaving in the end, the yarn snapped.
What I loved about this project were:
- the colour
- the cable design of the pattern, called Scrollwork.
I might be crazy, but I really enjoy knitting patterns and textures, especially cables. Plain knitting bores me silly.
Would I use Brooklyn Tweed yarn again? Probably not, even though I have knitted with far worse yarns. Lots of people love it, but yarns that make me happy tend to be softer, like the silk blend I bought recently. I think yarn choice is a matter of personal preference. Many people I know love this yarn. Many people I know also adore batik fabrics, and there is nothing wrong with them, but batiks do not float my boat. This yarn might be akin to batik fabric; there is nothing wrong with it, but it is not my cup of tea. Perhaps my problem is simply that I live in Australia, next door to New Zealand, and I am spoiled for choice for excellent quality merino wool from these two outstanding sheep-rearing nations.
Saying that, this was one of those projects where it turned out well despite a few setbacks.
I knitted this for my stepdaughter, who lives in country Victoria (so rural and rustic are appropriate), but I might make her another set in something softer one day.