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Published on March 27th, 2008 | by Victoria Everman

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Yearn-Worthy Yarns: UK Farm Yarns

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UK Farm Yarns, Alpaca and Organic WoolBright colors and unnaturally stretchy fibers are nice, but there are times when you just want to go back to the “classics.” Sourced from Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset and surrounding counties in Britain, Farm Yarns spins some of the most exceptional alpaca and organic wool yarn available anywhere.

“The yarn was developed with the idea to offer a yarn that comes in colours as you find it on the animal on the farm,” says the Farm Yarn website.

What’s so great about alpaca? If you’ve ever used it, you wouldn’t be asking that question. Unspeakably comfortable and versatile, Farm Yarns uses baby alpaca wool – “it is warmer than wool, but has a soft feel like silk,” they say. Naturally available in over 20 shades, baby alpaca wool is not actually from baby alpacas. “It is not a description of the age of the alpaca itself, rather a term that describes the finess of the alpaca wool.”

Farm Yarns started producing yarns from British certified organic sheep wool in just the last few years. Two particular heritage breeds are the source of Farm Yarns wool – Jacob and Llanwenog. By sourcing wool from these two particular breeds, Farm Yarns helps to continue their breeding, keeping their centuries-long history alive.

Farm Yarns’ alpaca and wool yarns are available via their online store in a pleasing variety of colors and weights. “All yarns are natural and organic and are free of any chemical residues and artificial colouring – for your peace of mind.” Indeed!

Who makes your favorite sustainable yarns?

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

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

[Image from Farm Yarns.]



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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



  • http://badhuman.wordpress.com N. & J,

    I love the idea of using these kinds of yarn because they are better for the environment and better for the user but they are so expensive. The only thing I really crochet on a regular basis are blankets, those can get super expensive really fast. Has anyone made an entire adult sized blanket? What was the total cost?

    N.

    http://badhuman.wordpress.com

  • http://badhuman.wordpress.com N. & J,

    I love the idea of using these kinds of yarn because they are better for the environment and better for the user but they are so expensive. The only thing I really crochet on a regular basis are blankets, those can get super expensive really fast. Has anyone made an entire adult sized blanket? What was the total cost?

    N.

    http://badhuman.wordpress.com

  • http://badhuman.wordpress.com N. & J,

    I love the idea of using these kinds of yarn because they are better for the environment and better for the user but they are so expensive. The only thing I really crochet on a regular basis are blankets, those can get super expensive really fast. Has anyone made an entire adult sized blanket? What was the total cost?

    N.

    http://badhuman.wordpress.com

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