November 5, 2009
Perched in the Atlantic ocean six miles off the coast of Maine's Mt. Desert Island, Swan's Island has a year-round population of 350 people, no Starbuck's, no stores, and no real source of entertainment except its stunningly beautiful natural surroundings.
In the early 1990s, two burnt-out Boston lawyers named John and Carolyn Grace moved to the island in pursuit of a quieter, more genuine life. They set up a small weaving studio using local wool, perfected their trade, and by 1996 their Swans Island Blankets won a Smithsonian Blue Ribbon for Craft.
Ten years later, the company took on new partners and relocated its operations to a 1780 farmhouse in the coastal town of Northport. Change has not dimmed the museum-quality of each blanket produced, but it has brought new possibilities for those of us who like to make our own blankets. Meet Swans Island Certified Organic Merino yarn.
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