Shelter: Nature's Palette
Meet Shelter, a versatile 2-ply worsted weight yarn. Soft and sturdy American Targhee-Columbia wool is spun woolen style – airy clouds of carded fiber become a yarn with remarkable lightness, warmth and a traditionally handcrafted appearance, ideal for sweaters, cozy accessories, and blankets. Wet block after knitting to reveal Shelter’s full beauty as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce a plush fabric with a soft, fuzzy halo.
These solid colors of Shelter are spun from undyed white wool, then skein dyed into brilliant nature-inspired hues that pair beautifully with the heathered colorways.
- 140 yards (128 meters) | 50 grams | Worsted weight
- 2-ply woolen-spun construction
- 23-24 micron Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming
- Wool scoured at Bollman Industries in Texas
- Spun at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire
- Skein dyed & finished at Ultimate Textile in North Carolina
As a result of its lofty woolen-spun construction, Shelter works well at a wonderful range of gauges and can be used interchangeably with Tones:
4¼ - 5 stitches to 1"
Suggested Needle: 4.5 - 5.5 mm (US 7 - 9)
Suggested Hook: 5.5 - 6.5 mm (US I-9 - K-10½)
When you need a little more tensile strength, whether for seaming or because you’re about to put a group of stitches under pressure with a big cabling maneuver, simply twirl your working yarn a few revolutions in the direction of the ply twist to strengthen it.
For extra durability, you may wish to seam your Shelter projects with a worsted-spun yarn like Arbor.
Wet blocking is a must when working with woolen spun yarns so that the fibres bloom and cohere, resulting in a beautiful, long lasting garment.
Fill a sink or basin with cold water.
Submerge the fabric in water, gently squeezing out any air bubbles so that the piece can remain under water without being held there.
Soak work for 15 minutes, allowing fabric to become completely saturated.
Remove excess moisture by rolling your fabric between clean, dry towels with light pressure.
Lay fabric flat and shape to air dry.