We carry primarily natural fiber yarns- that is, yarns made of wool, alpaca, mohair, cashmere, silk, cotton, linen, and hemp. We think that natural fibers are generally less polluting and more sustainable. Besides, all synthetic fibers were made in imitation of the natural thing - with some aim for easier care and comfort (as well as a desire for profit). We do have some yarns that are synthetic - or man-made, from plant-based sources, primarily rayon, tencel (a patented type of rayon using a less harsh and toxic method), and rayon from bamboo. We also include yarns with nylon, mostly in the sock-yarn category. The addition of nylon improves the strength, elasticity and durability of the sock.
We also are interested in bringing you as many 'local' yarns and fibers as possible! In this era of exported manufacture, it is thrilling to find the Made in the USA and the Made in Montana labels on well-manufactured goods made of quality materials, which are often at very affordable prices.
Read about YARN - yarn weight and gauge, and the structure of yarn.
Brown Sheep Company - USA
Cascade Yarns - US company, but primarily Peruvian yarns
Davis Creek Cashmere- Made in Montana!
Elsebeth Lavold - Swedish company
Harrisville Designs- made in the USA
Helen Hamann- US company, made in Peru
Hemp for Knitting Canada
Manos del Uruguay - Fair Trade!
Marks & Kattens linen
Montana Sweater Co. Bison and Bison blend yarn made here in Montana!
Mountain Colors - Hand-dyed in Montana!
Noro Japanese yarns made by an environmentally friendly company!
Pagewood Farm Yukon- Made in the USA
Raven Ridge Fiber Arts - Handspun and Handpaints from local materials, and a Montana Artist!
Stonehedge Fibers - Made in the USA
SandnesGarn Lanett -Swedish yarn company
Schoeller+Stahl -Fortissima sock yarns
Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool - Made in Montana!
Silk City Fibers -weaving yarns