100% targhee-columbia wool | fingering
251m / 50g hank
24-32 stitches per 4"/ 10cm on 2.-3.75mm needles
handwash cold, dry flat
- Almanac: Bluewater sailing. This seafarer’s blend of three blues is shaded with black and enlivened with a few frisking whitecaps. This stout and cheerful hue suits almost everyone.
- Artifact: Late summer in a conifer forest. Our darkest and earthiest green is a blend of black, yellow, olive, and brown, touched with white and navy. Artifact pairs naturally with Foothills for high contrast colourwork.
- Bale: Summer hay meadows. Bale is a gentle, pale, straw gold touched with brown and rust. This soothing hue is friendly with our range of greens and is a natural partner for Hayloft.
- Birdbook: The world beneath the Amazon canopy. A smoky, complex middle green containing both warm and cool elements, Birdbook is a jungly mix of olive, black, and green shot with parrot streaks of yellow, red, and navy. It shades naturally to Meteorite and, in the lighter direction, to Tent and Fauna. Across the colorwheel, it perfectly complements Long Johns and Homemade Jam.
- Button Jar: Mallard’s plumage. Button Jar is a playful but sophisticated teal of bright blue and green muddled with brown and black and then deepened with olive and yellow. It looks good on everyone and pairs exuberantly with all our boldest, brightest hues.
- Blanket fort: Twilight on the porch swing. Blanket Fort is a nostalgic cool lavender with hints of navy, purple, and red. Blanket Fort pairs well with our blues, purples, and cool reds; it’s also fetching with our cool greens.
- Camper: Red dawn streaked with wisps of cloud. Camper is a soft red, heavily frosted with white and revealing hints of rust, purple, and grey. This shifting hue may read as pink, salmon, or raspberry depending on the light and the colors nearby. It forms a natural gradient with Homemade Jam and Plume, but also works well with neutrals.
- Cast Iron: Moonlight on the water. Cast Iron is black grizzled with luminous white. This charcoal grey is the darkest member of a gradient with Soot, Sweatshirt, and Snowbound. Use it anywhere you want a lively black that generously reflects light rather than swallowing it. It’s easier on the eyes than pure black during the knitting process, too.
- Embers: Fox fur gilded by late sunlight. Embers has a ground of rust burnished with red, brown, orange, and yellow. Reach for this hue if you want to knit the essence of autumn into a sweater. In colorwork it naturally forms a gradient with its redder cousin, Wool Socks, and Long Johns. Use Fauna to relate Embers to our greens, particularly Birdbook.
- Faded Quilt: Riffles in the lake. Faded Quilt is a smoky blend of blues with white, brown, and grey. This soothing shade exudes down-home comfort. Faded Quilt is a natural partner for the full range of our browns and forms a gorgeous gradient with Stormcloud and Truffle Hunt.
- Flannel: Work-worn denim. This comfortable color is a mixture of blues distressed with white, black, and a touch of grey. Flecks of our brightest blue enliven this middle-value hue that perfectly bridges Faded Quilt to Almanac.
- Fossil: Stags’ velvety antlers. Fossil is white warmed with a whisper of brown. Our palest neutral, Fossil begins our brown gradient, shading gradually into Woodsmoke, Barn Owl, Nest, and Pumpernickel. Fossil’s faint caramel glow is unparalleled for rendering ornate cable motifs or stitch patterns and creates timeless garments you can pair with anything in your closet.
- Foothills: Prairie haze. Fields after the harvest. Foothills is a mild sage green comprising white, grey, and yellow shaded with black, the palest member of a family that includes Tent and Artifact. Consider Foothills for a surprising and effective accent color against cool reds and warm purples.
- Hayloft: Harvest time amber gold. Hayloft is yellow caramelized with brown and garnished with orange and olive. It melds beautifully with all our autumn tones, but also makes a sophisticated contrast against our greys and deep blues.
- Homemade Jam: A syrup of mixed ripe berries. Homemade Jam is a cool red tempered with blues, purple, black and brown.
- Iceberg: Glacial horizons on a clear summer day. Iceberg is a pale icy blue that radiates a cool, cheerful brightness. Flecks of aquamarine, turquoise, and cerulean are under-lit with creamy white that makes Iceberg appear to glow from within. Consider illuminating neutrals, like Fossil or Snowbound, to pair with Iceberg for playful peerie bands.
- Long Johns: Woodsmen’s flannel shirts. Long Johns is a shadowy crimson tinged with brown as well as black. Long Johns is one of those reds that looks good on people of every complexion and pairs beautifully with colors across the spectrum.
- Nest: Retired. Rich mink brown flecked with white. This hearty and flattering hue is a good choice for accessories that will frame the face and coordinate easily with outerwear.
- Old World: An Impressionist’s starless night. Old World is a meld of black and navy grounded with a touch of grey and brown and shot through with bright blue and a frisson of red. Garments knit from Old World will appear navy from a distance, but are much livelier up close.
- Plume: Inky, regal purple. This symphony of black, purple, and navy with undertones of red is an elegant hue, perfect for those who love rich color but seek sophistication as well. In colorwork, we love it with Wool Socks and Homemade Jam.
- Postcard: The pearly first light of winter dawn. Postcard is a gentle newsprint grey lit with flickers of red. Try it in a gradient with Blanket Fort and Homemade Jam or let it stand alone to create faintly rosy garments that pair wonderfully with dark greens and with cool, pale greys and cream tones.
- Pumice: Coastal cairns. Foggy shorelines. Pumice nestles nicely in the midst of our grey colorway family. Neighbored by Sweatshirt and Snowbound, Pumice completes a serene gradient with its tweedy mid-grey blend and occasional mote of black.
- Pumpernickel: Retired. Good earth. This mix of black and brown is richly dark and warm, like a strong cup of coffee. Pumpernickel is splendid on its own; it also forms a beautiful base for colorwork with our other browns and greys or grounds our bright hues. This mahogany brown looks good on everyone and with everything.
- Sap: Green-gold tree frogs in full spring chorus. Sap is built on a base of yellow shot with olive, bright green, orange, and brown. This most electric of our greens is right at home in an autumn palette, too, contrasting beautifully with red-orange and warm brown tones.
- Snowbound: Gathering clouds. This palest of our greys is a soothing cool neutral that will render garments at home in any wardrobe. It’s a natural choice to show off elaborate cables or textural designs.
- Soot: Salt and pepper in equal measure. Soot is a strong cinder grey that bridges the gradient between Sweatshirt and Cast Iron. It has a similar value to our most saturated bright hues; try pairing it with Hayloft for striking colorwork.
- Stormcloud: The river at flood stage. Stormcloud is a dusky blue-brown blend of grey, brown, white, and a peppering of navy. Closely related to the darker Truffle Hunt, it also makes the perfect transition between our pale browns and our blue range.
- Sweatshirt: Flakes of ash from last night’s campfire. Sweatshirt is a calm middle grey, splitting the difference between Soot and Snowbound. Light enough to make the most of intricate cables or stitch patterns, this is a color to reach for again and again.
- Tartan: The green and blue of the banks and braes. This dashing peacock hue melds all our blues with teal and a shading of black. Tartan is the blue member of the family of cheerful brights in our palette. It hums in company with our purple gradient and sings aloud against our warm reds and oranges.
- Truffle Hunt: Sleek seals’ fur reflecting the waves. Truffle Hunt is a milky brown shaded with black and navy. It forms a beautiful blue-brown gradient with Stormcloud and Faded Quilt as well as adding a note of interest to the brown gradient between Nest and Pumpernickel. If you live in blue jeans, this shade is an especially good choice for a sweater.
- Woodsmoke: Weathered driftwood. A gentle blend of white and brown, darker than Fossil and paler than Barn Owl, Woodsmoke is perfect for garments that will coordinate effortlessly with any wardrobe.
- Yellowstone: Warm moss agate, freshly collected from the river valley. Yellowstone blends many a warm shade of gold, rust, and umber in an organic harmony that exudes a beguilingly rustic appeal. Yellowstone’s earthy undertones pair well with darker hues, such as Pumpernickel, and strike a pastoral note when given the chance to stand alone.
- Caraway*: Retired. A marl of Hayloft and Truffle Hunt.
- Caribou*: Retired. Barn Owl and Fossil entwine in a warmly glowing marl. These toasted browns create a fabric with depth and friendly character. Caribou would enhance a casual pullover or a simple tunic, or consider it as the body color to set up an Icelandic-style yoke design.
- Fauna*: Retired. Maple leaves at the first turning. One of our most complex colors, Fauna is a stew of rust and olive lit with yellow, green, and red but simultaneously shaded with brown and black.
- Amaranth*: Retired. A marl of cinnabar and long johns.
- Narwhal*: Retired. Fossil and Sweatshirt combine in a medium-value marl with warm and cool currents. This overcast shade is great for sweaters. Boldly textured patterns will be softened by the marl, but will still stand and deliver.
- Newsprint*: Retired. Cast Iron and Fossil twist and shout in high contrast. Fossil’s light heathering of brown gives a warm cast to this graphic marl. The busy surface will obscure stitch motifs, but an uncomplicated cable at a large scale won’t be lost.
Due to the closing down of one of the dye houses who handle this product, Brooklyn Tweed has advised us that it may take until 2023 before production resumes for this product. We have done our best to stock up as much as our space permits, but we are not expecting to receive new stock for quite some time. With that in mind, please be sure to purchase what you need for your project, as we cannot get more for the time being!
Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm needles for ethereal open work. Two strands of Loft held together can substitute for Shelter in patterns where you’d like greater stitch definition or a marled fabric of two colors.
get project ideas for this yarn on Ravelry