Another incredible exclusive indie line has arrived in New York City.
Briar Rose Fibers has arrived in New York City. Exclusively to The Yarn Company. Those in the know were probably thinking that our Spirit Trail yarns were looking for BFFs on our shelves, and you were probably right. We are incredibly excited to expand our Briar Rose Fiber line from the beautiful spinning fibers we stock (generous bumps of Polwarth, Wensleydale and this gorgeous BFL):
to include the most sumptuous yarns that Chris Roosien, the woman behind Briar Rose, handpaints.
What I didn't know until the box arrived was that Chris and Jennifer Heverly from Spirit Trails are more or less neighbors, and are dear friends. In homage to their friendship. I made sure to place the Briar Rose and Spirit Trail yarns side by side on our ever-expanding "indie walls."
Briar Rose is a family-run business, and Chris credits her family, most of whom have been instrumental in developing and nurturing Briar Rose Fibers over these past 7 years. I asked Chris about herself and she told me, "My daughter and son and daughter-in-law are my techies, pattern designers and wonderful support system, and my husband helps set up booth space and drives to all of our venues. I have always done textile work of some sort my whole life, and now I am so blessed to be able to live out my art life through dyeing yarn and fiber. I also LOVE to knit and spin a little, too."
When you see this yarn, you realize that only someone with a true passion like Chris Roosien's can come up with something as beautiful and special as her Sea Pearl.
Those of you who frequent festivals and know your indie lines are already huge fans of Sea Pearl and have been coveting more.
This is that one yarn that you can't bring yourself to pull down from your stash, because you just want to stare at it again and again and touch it--but when you finally pick it up to knit, you can't believe the results.
Since Briar Rose Fibers are one-of-a-kind, handpainted hanks, you need to make sure you have plenty of it on hand, and if you need more than one hank, be sure to work alternately from all of your hanks to achieve an overall blend of color. That said, the Sea Pearl I grabbed for my stash before heading off for vacation is a generous 800 yards.
Did you know that Chris doesn't even label these hanks with colorway names? Each is as individual and unique as she is, but each is as beautiful as the next. We urge you to come and see them for yourselves, as they are truly worthy of a visit.
Currently, we have Sea Pearl, Buff Beauty, Dream Weaver and Fourth of July in stock. Sea Pearl, a Lace/Fingering weight, is 50% Merino and 50% Tencel, and truly fabulous.
Fourth of July is 100% wool and has a little twist in the three plies.
The 500-yard, 8-0z hanks are gracing our shelves in a proud array of colorways. Chris made sure to send us a lovely batch of dark browns so we could also make lots of beautiful men's sewaters, such as the Briar Rose Fourth of July Sweater.
Dream Weaver is also 100% Wool. At 10 sts to 4", it sits beautifully on your US 11 needles, and comes in 250-yard hanks.
Buff Beauty, a Super Chunky weight, is the chunkiest of the The Yarn Company's stock of Briar Rose Fibers, and would make a lovely seed-stitch scarf on US 13 needles.
Briar Rose has great patterns to go with any of their yarns, but Chris is also a big fan of Knitspot and says that all of her yarns go well with Anne's patterns. One of Chris's favorites for the Briar Rose yarns we stock is the Pea Vines Shawl, which we carry in our extensive collection of Knitspot patterns!
Up until now, as a New Yorker, you either had to go to a festival or online to get these incredible Briar Rose yarns and fibers. Now it's just a hop, skip, and jump on the 1 train....
--Tavy and The Yarn Company