Black Fig Brooklyn Tweed Arbor
145 yards | approx. 50 grams | DK weight
100% American Targhee wool
Dyed and spun in Maine.
5.25 sts per inch US 5 (3.75 mm)
7 sts per inch US 7 (4.5 mm)
Arbor represents an exciting expansion for Brooklyn Tweed: working with new American partners, we’ve developed a DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and stitch definition and dyed in a nuanced palette of 30 solid colors.
Purebred Targhee sheep from Montana and South Dakota lend us their distinctive fleece, a finewool with the softness of merino enhanced by longwool genetics for added durability. Jagger Brothers, an historic mill in southern Maine, spins the fiber 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 our custom skein-dyed palette with minimal impact on the planet.
Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than our woolen-spun yarns. The fibers 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.
Brooklyn Tweed currently works with two different dye houses, G. J. Littlewood & Sons in Pennsylvania for Loft, Shelter, and Quarry; and Saco River Dyehouse in Maine for Plains (and Arbor). Both dye houses select their dyes by choosing options that yield the best color results at the best dollar value while still adhering to the standards set by the EPA. Littlewood uses an acid dying process while Saco River uses petroleum-based dyes. Regardless of the type of dye used, each dye house is able to correct the pH of their resulting waste water, as well as monitor for proper temperature, before releasing the waste water into the respective local waterway.