Spotlight on American Made Yarns

          A big HELLO to all our knitters and crocheters out there! It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch with you, hasn’t it? But today we were just so inspired that we couldn’t resist rambling on about our current love affair with all products made in the USA! Lately we’re seeing them everywhere- in fact, we’re willing to bet there’s an American-made yarn just perfect for any project you can dream up. We hope you’ve noticed them too, but for those of you who haven’t, we’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite yarns that hail from (almost) your backyard!

         Kraemer Textiles

          Perhaps our most popular yarn that’s made in America (in fact, one of our most popular yarns of all!) comes from Kraemer Textiles. This home-grown fiber mill has been operating in Nazareth, Pennsylvania for nearly 150 years! More recently, Kraemer made headlines when the mill agreed to spin 6,250 POUNDS of wool for the star-spangled sweaters worn by the US Olympic team during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Here at the Yarn Patch, our own stock of Kraemer yarns is not quite as large- but it’s constantly growing! We love these great basics from Kraemer- they’re high quality yet SO reasonably priced, and they’ve become our go-to yarn for blankets, hardy sweaters, and more. Pictured below from left to right are Perfection Worsted (aslo available in Chunky, Super Bulky, and soon DK!) and Tatamy Tweed Worsted (also available in DK). At the far right are some of our favorite projects using Kraemer yarns: Sheri’s basic top down raglan tee and Buttons Cardigan in Tatamy Tweed, Sheri’s Bakery Hat in Perfection Super Bulky, and Leedra’s Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl in Perfection Tapas (the slightly variegated version of Perfection Worsted).

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          Harrisville Designs

Harrisville Designs, another of our favorite American mills, is built on the 200 year tradition of processing and spinning wool in Harrisville, New Hampshire. This mill produces a wide variety of 100% virgin wool yarns. At the Yarn Patch we’re particularly fond of New England Shetland (below, left), a sport weight yarn with a rustic, natural feel and dozens of rich heathered colors to choose from. While this yarn works well in all sorts of projects such as Sandra’s Color Affection shawl and Emily’s Funky Elizabeth scarf, we find that it serves particularly well for Fair Isle knitting as demonstrated by Sandra’s lovely Selbu Modern beret (all pictured at right below).

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Brown Sheep Company

Next up is Brown Sheep Company. Calling itself, “the little mill that could”, the Brown Sheep spinning mill is family owned and operated. Today it is located in Mitchell, Nebraska, on a small farm purchased by the Brown family over 100 years ago. Their line has grown to include a dozen plus yarns in more than 1000 colorways. At the Yarn Patch you can see five of these- Lamb’s Pride Worsted and Bulky and Lanaloft Sport and Worsted (below, far left) and Lana Boucle (below, center). All are warm, earthy wools or wool blends, particularly well suited to felting projects such as the Carie Lynn bag pictured below along with Sheri’s brand new Crescent Shawl.

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Dream in Color

If you’re looking for something truly luxurious, look to Dream in Color! This very aptly named, Chicago-based company was founded in 2006 by two long time friends and fellow fiberholics on a mission to dye colors that were “truly alive”. The results were breathtaking, and the line grew quickly to include 12 different yarns and a range of over 120 colors. In the midst of this success, Dream in Color has maintained its independence and its commitment to using high-quality domestic fiber and American mills. As for us, we’re “dreaming” of Dream in Color’s mouth-watering handpainted merino, Jilly (pictured below, left). The vibrat, layered colorways are a result of the veil-dying technique developed by Dream in Color, making each skein completely one a kind! We’re also fans of Classy, the handpainted superwash wool used by Sheri to knit her cozy Circular Yoke Pullover, pictured on the right below with Susan’s Rivington Cowl and Charollais in Jilly.

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Made in America Yarns

No review of yarns made in America would be complete without a nod to Made in America Yarns (seriously, that’s their name!) Made in America Yarns offers yarns produced exclusively by the Huntingdon Yarn Mill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which has been in operation since 1940 and has employed as many as three generations of the same family! The Yarn Patch is proud to offer two fun yarns from Made in America. Pictured below is Florfil, a textured bulky cotton in an assortment of fresh, fun colors- just right for spring knitting!

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Done Roving Yarns

Now we’re pleased to introduce the newcomers to our collection of American made yarns: Done Roving Yarns! What began as a organic farm in Charlotte, Maine soon became the producer of a wide range of yarns in any color, weight, and fiber imaginable. Our top pick from Done Roving is Frolicking Feet (below), available in DK or fingering weight. This springy, squishy handpainted merino boasts some of the funkiest and most fun colorways we’ve seen, including 11 gradient colorways with unbelievably long, non-repeating color runs! It’s already been declared a “favorite” with our sock knitters. No projects to show off yet, but you can bet we’ve got more than one on our needles! Check back to see how they turn out!

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Accessories

PS- Don’t forget to check out these great accessories to go along with your American made yarns! We’ve got project bags from Jajaja, Yarn Pop zippered pouches, handmade ceramic yarn bowls from Pawley Studios and Yarn Susans- all made right here in the USA!

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