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minh Posted - 06/14/2010 : 8:38:28 PM
I'm interested in learning about your favorite "local" yarn. What yarns are readily available in your country that are harder to find in other countries? What's the farm yarn that you can get at your farmers' market? the yarn that is dyed in your state?

[It would probably be expensive and not environmentally friendly to order yarns from far away but it would be nice to learn what's available in everybody's backyard, a little bit like the "100 mile fiber fest". And if we ever happen to travel in your neck of the woods, then we'll be prepared!]

Not directly in my backyard, but a few hours away in Western Massachusetts is Foxfire Fiber with its awesome Cormo yarns.
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kkknitter Posted - 11/08/2013 : 05:31:03 AM
Periwinkle Sheep is my favorite local yarn vendor.

Olive Posted - 11/08/2013 : 02:44:20 AM
My favourite local yarn is Wagtail kid mohair. It is incredibly soft and lovely to use. The colour range it amazing. They spin it in lace, 4ply and 12ply.It is fully prepared and dyed on the farm near Childers in Queensland. It is only available in Australia on the net or off the farm. They do a lot of promotions in other countries and sell through overseas shops. It is the softest mohair I have used, fine next to the skin and mine is really sensitive. The yarn I have spun from locally grown baby alpaca is lovely too. Quite a lot of locally grown alpaca for sale.
AngieSue Posted - 07/17/2010 : 12:44:58 PM
This year, I attended the Indiana Fiber Event where I picked up some Shetland and Wesleydale from local farms. I haven't used them yet as I'm waiting for their turns in Clara's woolalongs. The farms are Under the Son and Gwenyth Glynn, respectively.

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marjotse Posted - 07/17/2010 : 09:50:31 AM
My favourite backyard yarn is probably BC garn ( It's not in my country but still close and their silkbloom is just mmmmm. Their linen yarn is also really nice (I'm having a crave for linen yarns right's unusually hot here)


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kbshee Posted - 07/08/2010 : 08:25:33 AM
I own two alpacas (I board them at a friend's farm about half an hour from my house) and my goal this summer is to spin their fleeces! I have two fleeces from one and one fleece from another.

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anderknit Posted - 07/07/2010 : 4:07:13 PM
No local yarns I know of around here, but two years ago while on vacation on the Cape (Cape Cod), my daughters and I happened to discover Kristal Sunnyside Wools right near where we were staying. It's a wonderful little place - sheep grazing out back and a little shed where Kristal spins and displays her yarns and thrummed mittens.

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Nanaknit Posted - 07/07/2010 : 3:26:51 PM
Lisa Souza Handpainted Yarns in Placerville, CA. Her hand dyed yarns are beautiful. She doesn't have an actual shop, but she does accept appointments to visit her workroom. One day I hope to visit. She has a website: (Sorry, I can never figure out how to insert a link)


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dothead Posted - 07/03/2010 : 06:03:58 AM
I am about an hour and a half from Morehouse Farms. I was so sorry when they closed their shop but thankfully they are still on line. I once had the opportunity to take a tour of the farm and meet the sheep.

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Chayah Posted - 07/03/2010 : 04:19:04 AM
Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company, Red Hook, NY.

I got one skein of beautiful yarn from them at Rhinebeck two years ago. The farm and shop are in Dutchess County,NY. Looking forward to visiting the farm and shop.

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Wen Posted - 07/02/2010 : 10:02:43 PM
I live within a day trip of Bendigo knitting mill, I have a lot of local alpaca farms around here and a mohair farm. The farm shops in general don't have a brand just sell from the farmhouse door.

Good Victorian brands include Pear tree, Wendy Dennis, Mayhem and Chaos, Ixchel yarns, Rare yarns, Marta's yarns, Colored Jules also the mill for Cleckheaton and the Aussie Patons is in Victoria.

You can google probably all of them and find an online shop.

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NutmegOwl Posted - 06/30/2010 : 08:26:57 AM
My favorite local fiber source is not a farm, but one of New England's local mills that processes incredible fiber in micro-batches. Still River Mill in Eastford, CT, will spin anything for anyone. They don't do a lot of direct selling to the public other than a few festivals, because they would be "competing" against their customers. Their own line of luxury yarns is pretty heavenly while also being affordable. They recently started opening their mill store on weekdays; weekends by appointment if any of you are looking to meet up on a roadtrip! And they are very responsive via email, too.

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Jane Posted - 06/30/2010 : 03:18:36 AM
Thanks for sharing your day, Minh!


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minh Posted - 06/29/2010 : 6:30:34 PM
Since I mentioned Barb Parry and Foxfire Fiber, I thought people might like
some pictures from Lamb Visit Day.

My favorite picture is the one of Mistral, one of the bottle lambs.
flicka Posted - 06/19/2010 : 9:20:52 PM
I am very fond of Angora Valley yarns ( I think I must drive very near their farm on my normal travels, but they don't have a store so I have only bought their yarn at fiber festivals around Seattle.

I am really partial to the Lacewing sock yarn, as it saved me from abandoning sock knitting. It has a nice twist that seems to help the socks to last longer, and the colors are glorious.

Lanea Posted - 06/15/2010 : 04:39:39 AM
That's an easy one--Spirit Trail! I'm lucky enough to have only a few counties in the way if I need the perfect yarn or fiber for a certain project.

I also have great access to farm yarns. I knit with Colleen from Giant Cricket pretty regularly, so she keeps me supplied with fantastic yarn and fiber from angora goats I can nuzzle in person. Her yarns feel like a little secret treat. Solitude ( is also very near by, and I'm absolutely enchanted by what they do with fiber and dyes. If I feel like going to rural Maryland, I can also get fantastic yarns from Kiparoo ( and from Dancing Leaf (, both of which are on the Countryside Artisan's Tour (

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