Where does your yarn come from? Does it come from sheep that frolic in Wyoming? Or maybe it comes from alpacas that graze on Block Island? Knowing where your yarn comes from allows you to be a more thoughtful purchaser and makes you more aware of the choices you have out there.
When I first started knitting, I didn’t take the time to look into where my yarn was coming from. I would make my purchase based on color, how soft to the touch the yarn was, and price. I also thought that the only “good” yarn that existed came from some far off location that would take a journey to get to. I had no idea about all the amazing yarn that is made right here in the United States.
I can’t remember the exact chain of events, but out of nowhere I started to heavily research yarn. I wanted to know the story behind where my yarn was coming from, so I started to visit the “About Us” page on yarn companies’ websites I was interested in, so that I could gain knowledge and educate myself. In doing this, it opened up my eyes to how thoughtful many yarn companies are when it comes to sourcing, dyeing, and spinning their yarn. It also introduced me to many yarn companies that are 100% made in the USA.
Here are a few yarns we carry that are made in the USA:
Brooklyn Tweed: Patterns and yarn?! Oh my! Not only does Brooklyn Tweed have amazing patterns (their new Winter 2016 collection came out today), but they also have beautiful lofty (no pun intended) yarn. Their yarn is sourced, dyed, and spun within the USA and they have a passion to produce American yarns that preserve, support, and sustain the tradition of U.S. textile production.
Swans Island: All American Collection. Swans Island uses Rambouillet wool from western American ranches that is scoured and spun at the oldest woolen-spun mill in the US, and later hand-dyed in their Northport studio. If you are in need of pattern ideas for this yarn, look no further. The new swoon-worthy book, Swoon Maine, is made for this yarn!
North Light Fibers: One stop shop. North Light Fibers is a little gem on Block Island, RI. Their yarn comes from the farm that surrounds their mill where they tumble, wash, pick, dye, de-hair, card, spin, ply, and finish all their yarns. I also recently wrote a post on North Light Fibers if you would like to learn more about them.
As nerdy as this may be, I now love spending time reading up on yarn companies. I enjoy reading all the stories that are shared on how and why they started their business and all the information that is shared on how their yarns are produced.