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Published on December 13th, 2007 | by Victoria Everman

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Yearn-worthy Yarns: Farmhouse American Wool

Farmhouse YarnsAnother day, another new series premiere here on Crafting a Green World. I’ve already begun work on the next installments of the “Top 5 Must-Have Tomes …” series, but one on-going project is never enough (I’m sure my fellow crafters can relate to that).

This new series of posts, entitled the “Yearn-worthy Yarns” collection, is for all the knitters and crochet-ers out there (myself included). I took up the hobby for the first time two years ago and my crafty resolution for 2008 is to finally move past scarves and knit my first sweater.

Of course all of the yarns we’ll be featuring are organic, all-natural, fair trade or a combination of the three. In honor of this new series, I am featuring Farmhouse Yarns in this first post. From the previous sentence, you might think that I’ve been a fan of Farmhouse for years, but I just heard about them for the first time last month.

What drew me to Farmhouse Yarns was not only the fact that they buy wool directly from local, American sheep farmers, but they also hand-dye the brushed fleece themselves, in a menagerie of color combinations no less!

Personal service is another thing that you will notice if you contact this Connecticut-based company. “I try to get to know my customers so that I learn their likes and dislikes. When you phone me, I answer the phone personally. You will not have to navigate through a computerized menu with a robot voice to find me,” says owner Carol.

Also perfect for felting, 2 of Farmhouse’s 10 available yarns are sold on Purl Soho’s website, including their “I Am Allergic to Wool” offering, which is comprised of 85% cotton and 15% rayon (yes, I wish it was organic cotton too). Personally, I often find wool to be too itchy to wear, but the colors offered in “Andy’s Merino II” are too vivid to resist. For a listing of other online and brick-and-mortar stores that sell Farmhouse Yarns, simply visit their website.

[Image courtesy of Purl Soho: Farmhouse Yarns’ Andy’s Merino II in Zinnia]

Who makes your favorite sustainable yarns?

Which natural fiber is your favorite to work with? (i.e. cotton, wool, bamboo … etc.)

Let us know what you love to create with and we might feature them in the next installment of Yearn-worth Yarns!


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About the Author

I think of myself as a creatively versatile eco-powerhouse. Freelance writer, life-long model, on-camera personality, public speaker, official U.S. spokesperson for Twice Shy Clothing - I'm a classic Renaissance woman and mistress-of-all-trades. Though my days of growing up in the corn fields of central Indiana are behind me, forgetting where I came from is not an option. I lost my father unexpectedly in March of 2006, months before moving from NYC to San Francisco, which helped to amplify my zest for life and thirst to help change the world. Perpetually looking for fresh ways to share my unquenchable green knowledge, I blog about everything eco on my own website, as well as for All Green Magazine and select others. Additionally, I am the editor/head writer of Crafting a Green World (part of the Green Options blog network) and a writer/web editor for Building Green TV. My diverse articles have been published in variety of reputable magazines, such as: Yoga Journal, Venus, CRAFT, Yogi Times, Recovery Solutions, M+F, and Office Solutions. In my spare time, you can find me knitting, reading, singing, taking pictures, practicing yoga, taking long walks, and working on my first non-fiction book. Other random facts about me: I'm a Buddhist, latex fan, have four tattoos, and an attempting locavore. MOVING TO PORTLAND, OREGON IN JUNE 2008



56 Responses to Yearn-worthy Yarns: Farmhouse American Wool

  1. barbe says:

    I also spin yarn and have a yarn series that is enviromentally friendly yarn series called Scrappy Cats.

    The Scrappy Cat yarn series is inspired by the numerous animals I’ve worked with in rescue over the past 20+ years and is made from recycled/repurposed yarns combined with
    wool from a sheep rescue farm. When the yarn sells, 100% of the profit
    goes to A Place to Bark Animal Rescue.

    Buying handspun IS more expensive but you are helping small businesses
    and the enviroment! You know the world WORTH the extra money in the long run!

  2. barbe says:

    I also spin yarn and have a yarn series that is enviromentally friendly yarn series called Scrappy Cats.

    The Scrappy Cat yarn series is inspired by the numerous animals I’ve worked with in rescue over the past 20+ years and is made from recycled/repurposed yarns combined with
    wool from a sheep rescue farm. When the yarn sells, 100% of the profit
    goes to A Place to Bark Animal Rescue.

    Buying handspun IS more expensive but you are helping small businesses
    and the enviroment! You know the world WORTH the extra money in the long run!

  3. Thanks for the great info, Barbe! I’d love to interview you about the Scrappy Cats series, if you are interested.

    VE

  4. Thanks for the great info, Barbe! I’d love to interview you about the Scrappy Cats series, if you are interested.

    VE

  5. Thanks for the great info, Barbe! I’d love to interview you about the Scrappy Cats series, if you are interested.

    VE

  6. Thanks for the great info, Barbe! I’d love to interview you about the Scrappy Cats series, if you are interested.

    VE

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