Stock update: There is currently very little stock available of Arbor as  the company that dyes it is focussing on producing medical supplies. BT is working on finding an alternative and we will keep you updated. What we have right now is all we can get until June, at the earliest.

Arbor is a DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and dyed in a nuanced palette of solid colours. The stitch definition is wonderful, making it a beautiful choice for any project whether it be cables, lace, colourwork, or the simplicity of stocking stitch.

Purebred Targhee sheep from Montana and South Dakota lend their distinctive fleece, a finewool with the softness of merino enhanced by longwool genetics for added durability. Jagger Brothers, a historic mill in southern Maine, spins the fibre into a round and springy 3-ply that loves to cable and shows textural stitchwork to maximum advantage. Saco River Dyehouse, an organically certified dyeworks operating nearby, provides the custom skein-dyed palette with minimal impact on the planet.

Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than the Brooklyn Tweed woolen-spun yarns. The fibres have been combed straight and carefully aligned before spinning, rather than jumbled to trap air. Garments knit from Arbor will weigh more and drape more heavily than those knit from Loft or Shelter.

  • 8ply / DK weight
  • 100% Montana & South Dakota-grown Targhee wool / 24.5 microns
  • 133m / 145 yards per 50g skein
  • Needle size: 3.75-4.5 mm / US 5-7
  • Gauge: 21-24 stitches per 10cm
  • Care: hand wash, lay flat to dry
Length 133m
Weight 50g
Brand Brooklyn Tweed

Kind to your hands

By: on 5 February 2020
This is one of the nicest wools I've ever worked with. What makes it special is it's plump springiness that supports a smooth even fabric, or structural cables (think Norah Gaughan) or 3D honeycomb texture. I first was impressed with the yarn when Miss Fee brought in a cardigan she was making for a friend (the Portage cardigan by Melissa Schaschwary) that had this amazing honeycomb texture on the back and I've never seen such a great 3D texture come to life in a yarn. I had to try it. So far I've had success making the Mountain Mist by TinCanKnits as the colours are so varied and work together so well it's very easy to put a palette together. I've used a 3.5mm for rib, 3.75mm for cables in Geiger by Norah Gaughan, and 4mm and 5mm for Mountain Mist. A very versatile yarn that is enjoyable to work with, and due to the springiness your hands don't get as tired.

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