Brooklyn Tweed – Plains

Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Junco, Scarab, Eclipse, Rainer, Porter, Morandi, Waxwing, Treehouse, FlurryA true one off, Plains is something extra special from Brooklyn Tweed. A breed specific, limited edition yarn created from a single-batch collaboration with Mountain Meadow Mill in Buffalo, Wyoming USA.

Shearing the sheep. Photocopyright of Brooklyn Tweed
Shearing the sheep. Photocopyright of Brooklyn Tweed

We know from their previous yarns Loft, Shelter and Quarry, Brooklyn Tweed take care and thought in choosing the fibre and production method of their wools. Plains takes this one step further, working with a woman-owned and family-operated spinning mill who are dedicated to contributing to the wool industry with fair prices and eco-friendly methods.

Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Eclipse, Scarab, Morandi, Waxwing
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Eclipse, Scarab, Morandi, Waxwing
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Flurry, Rainer, Porter, Junco
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Flurry, Ranier, Porter, Junco
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Waxwing, Treehouse, Crema, Porter
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Waxwing, Treehouse, Crema, Porter

Spinning the yarn at Mountain Meadow Mill means that Rambouillet wool can be processed in the same county where the sheep roam. Plus, the perfectly composed ten colours were dyed courtesy of the organically certified Saco River Dyehouse, whose responsible methods ensure a sustainable practice.

Brooklyn Tweed Plains, swatch (unblocked)  in Rainer
Brooklyn Tweed Plains, swatch (unblocked) in Ranier (pattern from Islington Shawl in Loop’s 10)

And the result is Plains, a bouncy, worsted spun lace weight. The subtle twist gives stitch definition and the Rambouillet fleece is soft and springy with a slightly rustic texture.

Brooklyn Tweed Plains, Loop London. Swatch in Rainer, shown with Scarab
Brooklyn Tweed Plains, Loop London. Swatch in Ranier, (pattern Lily of the valley from ‘Knitted Lace of Estonia’ on 3.5mm needles) shown with Scarab

Due to the origin of Plains this really is a one off – and when it’s gone it’s gone!

Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Junco, Scarab, Eclipse, Rainer, Porter, Morandi, Waxwing, Treehouse, Flurry, Crema
Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London. L-R Junco, Scarab, Eclipse, Ranier, Porter, Morandi, Waxwing, Treehouse, Flurry, Crema

We’re so honoured that Brooklyn Tweed have shared this with us for – we hope you chose something for a truly special project.

Kate Davies, The Book of Haps
Kate Davies, The Book of Haps

And speaking of special projects, The Book of Haps by Kate Davies landed this week too! As well as the textile history of the hap this book is wonderful collaboration with many knitting greats such as Bristol Ivy and Hazel Tindall, who have designed their own interpretations of this traditional shawl.

Kate Davies, The Book of Haps
Kate Davies, The Book of Haps

There are also a few lace weight designs that we can see being a perfect match for the lofty drape of Plains!

Houlland by Donna Smith from The Book of Haps. Photo copyright of Kate Davies
Houlland by Donna Smith from The Book of Haps. Photo copyright of Kate Davies
Hapisk by Helene Magnusson from The Book of Haps. Photocopyright of Kate Davies
Hapisk by Helene Magnusson from The Book of Haps. Photocopyright of Kate Davies

To celebrate the arrival of Plains we’re giving you readers the chance to win a skein!

To enter, simply comment below letting us know which colour you would chose, and for extra entries, head over to our Instagram LoopLondonLoves and follow the instructions there – just make sure to let us know that you did in a separate comment on the blog. Be sure to get your entries in by midnight Wednesday 29th June, the winner will be chosen at random next week and will be announced on next weeks blog.

Brooklyn Tweed Plains at Loop, London

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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79 Comments on “Brooklyn Tweed – Plains

  1. This yarn looks gorgeous! I would probably choose Treehouse, or maybe Porter. I love the hap suggestions- it would make such a perfect shawl.

  2. It would be junco for me as that’s the exact colour of today’s sky as I look out the window on this mixed sunshine and showery June day. sf

  3. It’s such a difficult decision with such beautiful colours to choose from but I would plump for Crema and I’d probably knit Donna Smith’s ‘Houlland’ with it.

  4. Lovely colors all! Hard to choose just one but it would be Scarab for me. I just received the Book of Haps this week, beautiful.

  5. I already have my copy of the book of haps and would love to knit Donna Smith’s lovely Houlland in waxwing. The colours would be perfect for Gudrun Johnston’s Lang Ayre.

  6. Would love to see the monochrome combo of waxwing and porter. But think porter edges it for me if I have to choose one.

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