This amazing yarn was a bit of a sleeper for me. Somehow one of their sample books ended up in my store just after I opened and while I loved the yarn and the patterns, I never followed up on it. Fast forward to this spring when I went to Portland for the Yarn Market News conference.
The Bergere de France line was there. I was able to meet Vincent and learn more about this amazing Canadian company and their yarn, created in France. Catherine, the yarn rep in Toronto, has been an enormous help in getting several good basic Bergere de France yarns into the store for us. I am bringing the yarn in to the store in stages; the summer yarn is here and it is so lovely. The first one, Bergerine, is a 50/50 cotton wool blend.
The wool is superwash which makes your garment completely washable. 12 colours in all; I have 6 in the store. The spin on this yarn makes it very light and breathable and it will be a great yarn for a summer sweater. There is a sample garment in the store for you to try on.
I also brought in some organic cotton. In a boucle and a smooth, these yarns are 100% cotton and are handwash. No colour to these, they’ll dye great if you choose. Again, a super sweet off the shoulder sweater is in the store for you to see and try on. Oceane is my favourite Bergere de France yarn so far. With 80% viscose and 20% linen, this tape-type yarn has 95m for 50 grams and comes in some lovely colours. I don’t have a sample garment yet but will have a swatch knit up in the next few days. The patterns for Bergere de France are amazing. A very European flair, good instructions with diagrams, charts and pictures will make these your new favourite patterns to work with. Don’t worry! While the website is completely in French, the patterns have been very well translated. I’ll have a WIP in the store in a few days so you can see it in progress. Later in the summer I will be hosting a yarn tasting event featuring Bergere de France yarn. Watch for info in the next newsletter!