Keep It Local: 80 U.S. Fiber Farms and Yarn Sellers

by Kathryn on December 15, 2011 · 2 comments

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If you’ve been paying attention to my posts in the past week or two then you know that I’ve been really influenced and moved by the book Knit Local by Tanis Gray. Although it’s a book with patterns for knitting, it’s a book I love because it profiles a large number of local yarn sellers in the United States. These are all sellers who are US based “from sheep to skein” as Gray puts it.

There are many benefits to buying yarn locally. In the spirit of that I thought that I would share links to the terrific yarn sellers that Gray mentioned in her book. I strongly urge you to buy the book Keep It Local: 80 U.S. Fiber Farms and Yarn Sellers because it has fascinating detailed profiles of the history, business philosophies and stories of 28 of these sellers.

1. 4 Lazy J Ranch. Oklahoma.

2. Acker’s Acres Angoras. Maine.

3. Alpacas of Windswept Farm. This couple left high tech jobs to start a fiber business in Maryland.

4. Autumn House Farm. Pennsylvania.

5. BartlettYarns, Inc. Maine.

6. Bear Mountain Farm. Vermont.

7. Beaverslide Dry Goods. This Montana business offers more than half a dozen different types of yarn.

8. Bide A Wee Farm. Oregon.

9. Big Sky Quality Wool. Montana.

10. Bijou Basin Ranch. This Colorado business is known specifically for its yak yarn although they have other animals and offer blends. @BijouBasinRanch

11. Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill. Wisconsin.

12. Blackwolf Ranch. Montana.

13. Blakesley Creek Farm. Oregon.

14. Briar Rose Fibers. Michigan.

15. Brooklyn Tweed. Gray explains in her book that this New York company “is dedicated to developing one exquisite versatile wool yarn, crafted using time honored methods and source from American sheep and mills”. @brooklyntweed

16. Brown Sheep Company. The goal of this Nebraska business is to offer good prices on quality yarn made by quality folks. @brownsheepco

17. Buckwheat Bridge Angoras. New York.

18. Buffalo Gold. This unique Texas company sells fiber from bison.

19. Cestari. This Virginia fiber farm started off as a vegetable garden and grew and grew.

20. Coloratura Yarns. Ohio.

21. Conjoined Creations. This fun Arizona company offers hand-dyed yarns custom-dyed to the specifications of the customer and named after a 1960’s inspiration. @ConjoindCreatns

22. Cormo Sheep and Wool Farm. California.

23. Corny Goodness. Minnesota.

24. Cranberry Moon Farm. Massachusetts.

25. Dakota Carding and Wool. South Dakota.

26. Decadent Fibers. New York.

27. Dream in Color. An Illinois business that offers superwash merino yarn that is hand spun and hand dyed in the U.S.

28. Elsawool. This Colorado animal fiber ranch has been open since the early 1980’s.

29. Farmhouse Yarns. This Connecticut fiber farm is a woman-owned business operated by one enterprising lady.

30. Flaggy Meadows Fiber Works. Kentucky.

31. Forte Farm. Connecticut.

32. Fox Hollow Fiber. Oregon.

33. Foxfire Fiber Designs. Massachusetts.

34. Genesis Alpacas. Washington.

35. Goat Knoll Farm. Oregon.

36. Greatwool. Minnesota.

37. Green Mountain Spinnery. This is a worker-owned coop of fiber lovers based in Vermont. They offer a virtual tour online.

38. Greenwood Hill Farm. Massachusetts.

39. Hand Jive Knits. California.

40. Hazel Knits. The base fiber for this Washington business comes from Canada but the dyeing is all done in the U.S.

41. Hidden Valley Farm and Woolen Mill. Wisconsin.

42. Hilltop Handspun. Maine. @hilltophandspun

43. Hope Spinnery. This is a wind powered fiber mill in Maine.

44. Imperial Stock Ranch. This Oregon ranch started producing sheep in the 19th century and has been selling yarn since the late 1990’s.

45. Juniper Moon Farm. This Virginia company is home to Cormo sheep and alpaca goats.

46. Kai Ranch. Texas.

47. Kelbourne Woolens. This Pennsylvania company specializes in artisanal yarns. @FibreCompany

48. Kid Hollow Farm. Virginia.

49. Knit One, Crochet Too, Inc. This Maine yarn business is operated by a woman who used to be an editor for publications like McCall’s Needlework and Crafts.

50. Kollage Yarns. This Alabama yarn seller offers more than thirty different types of yarn. @kollageyarns

51. Kraemer Yarns. This Pennsylvania company has a history dating back to 1907 but they lauched a yarn line in 2005 and all of their yarns are made entirely in the United States. @KraemerYarns

52. Lonesome Stone Natural Fiber Mill. Colorado.

53. Marr Haven. Wisconsin.

54. Meadowcraft Farm. Maine.

55. Misti Alpaca. Illinois. @mistialpaca

56. Misty Meadows. Minnesota.

57. Moonshine Design. Massachusetts.

58. Morehouse Farm Merino. This New York farm helped bring merino wool back into the limelight.

59. Mostly Merino. Vermont.

60. Mountain Meadow Wool. This company’s owners launched the business to make use of the huge wool production in Wyoming and to expand textile business offerings in the state. @MtnMeadowWool

61. Neighborhood Fiber Company. Maryland.

62. Old Mill Farm. California.

63. Oomingmak Musk Ox Cooperative. Alaska.

64. Ozark Handspun. This Missouri company was started by a semi-retired couple who were disappointed with the quality of yarn in their area and wanted to provide better options.

65. Pagewood Farm. One of the two owners of this California business studied under master yarn dyers and spinners to perfect the art of creating unique yarn.

66. Pisgah Yarn and Dyeing Company. North Carolina.

67. Quince and Co. I’m adoring this new Maine yarn company that has a very contemporary look to its website. @quinceandco

68. Red Barn Yarn. This California woman-owned business offers more than half a dozen different types of yarn.

69. RiverWinds Farm. Wisconsin.

70. Schaefer Yarn. New York. @SchaeferYarn

71. Serenity Farms. Michigan.

72. Sheep Street Fibers. Indiana.

73. Solitude Wool. This Virginia company is owned and operated by two hand spinning women.

74. Stonehedge Fiber Mill. This 150-year-old farm in Michigan added fiber production to its business in the late 1990’s.

75. Swans Island Yarns. This Maine business is known for its handwoven blankets but they also sell three yarn weights in a range of different colors.

76. Tapetes de Lana. New Mexico.

77. Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company. Montana.

78. This and That Farm. Vermont.

79. Tidal Yarns. Connecticut.

80. Victory Ranch. New Mexico.

 

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