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Independent’s Celebration – Palouse Yarn Company

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It’s time for our last featured company for our Independent’s Celebration.

This week’s featured company is Palouse Yarn Company!

Palouse Yarn Company is a fairly recent addition at Alpaca Direct.  These yarns are squishably soft and come in rich jewel tone colors.  My personal color palette is made up largely of jewel tones and dark, rich colors.  The rich tonal colors fit perfectly in my stash.

One of the other things I love about Palouse Yarn Company is that they’re quite local.  The other features we’ve done this month are small companies based in Canada and Uruguay.  Palouse Yarns is based in Moscow, Idaho and headquartered at The Yarn Underground there.  I enjoy being able to support local companies, and I always feel a sense of connection to them even if I’ve never met the owners in person.

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Palouse Yarn Company is owned and run by Shelley Stone.  She’s been a knitter practically her whole life (she says she was taught to knit as a child to keep her occupied during the long winters in Maine so she wouldn’t drive everyone crazy).  More recently she took up dyeing as a side project that has now expanded to become Palouse Yarn Company, producing the wonderful yarns we get to play with and enjoy today.

All Palouse Yarns are hand dyed in small batches in Shelley’s backyard studio.  She loves getting to recreate the colors that inspire her with her own fibery pursuits.

At Alpaca Direct we carry Palouse Yarn Company’s Merino Fine, Merino Lace, and Cashmere Squeeze.

Merino Fine Sour Cherries

Merino Fine is a fingering weight single ply yarn.  It is made from 100% Superwash Merino wool.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 475 yards.  This yarn makes beautiful lightweight accessories and baby items.  It will beautifully display both open, lacey patterns and cables.

Merino Lace Night Sky

Merino Lace is a lace weight single ply yarn made from 100% Superwash Merino wool.  It is an even finer version of Merino Fine.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 825 yards.  It is perfect for creating heirloom lace pieces as well as everyday scarves, shawls, and stoles.

Cashmere Squeeze Wheatgrass

Cashmere Squeeze is a sport weight yarn made of 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 400 yards.  This lovely soft yarn makes beautiful lightweight garments and accessories.  The softness combined with its superwash content make it a good choice for heirloom quality baby items that can also be used.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts featuring our independent dyers for our Independent’s Celebration.  We’ll be featuring more of our independents throughout the year.  We know how much love and care the creators of these yarns put into their work.  We love to support them and hope you do, too!

Independent’s Celebration – Sweet Georgia Yarns

It’s time for the next featured company for our Independent’s Celebration!

This week’s featured company is SweetGeorgia Yarns!

Since the shop got re-merchandised a few weeks ago, the SweetGeorgia Yarns display has been calling my name.  The jewel tone colors always catch my eye first.  And their hanks of sock yarn are big and squooshy, drawing me in and inviting petting.

So far none of them have jumped in my bag and come home with me.  With two little kids at home, I don’t get a lot of knitting done and I have a sizable stash, including lots of sock yarn.  But they look so pretty and feel so nice, I’m not sure my resistance will be able to last much longer.  Especially since sock yarn doesn’t count as stash.  (Remember?  We talked about that earlier this year.)

SweetGeorgia Yarns is a Vancouver based company that Felicia Lo started in 2005.  It began life as an Etsy shop with three hanks of yarn.  Over the course of the next year, Felicia expanded SweetGeorgia Yarns, and began distributing in shops and online to knitters worldwide.

They produce a wide variety of hand dyed yarns and fibers in unique colorways and rich solids.  Their yarns and fibers are dyed in batches of four to twelve hanks.  They focus on using luxury fibers, including merino, cashmere, and silk, and creating colors that inspire and engage knitters and spinners.

At Alpaca Direct we carry SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace and Tough Love Sock.

Merino Silk Lace Glacier.

Merino Silk Lace is a 50/50 blend of merino and silk.  This is a is a slightly heavier lace weight 2 ply yarn.  The silk adds a shimmer to the finished yarn that will make your lace projects extra special.  If you’re wanting to knit a beautiful lace shawl or stole to dress up your wardrobe, this is the perfect yarn for the project. It comes in big 100 gram hanks of 765 yards.

Tough Love Sock Raspberry

Tough Love Sock is an 80/20 superwash merino nylon blend.  This yarn is soft and squooshy.  Knit at a tight gauge, it makes long lasting socks.  But, like all sock yarns, you can use it for a wide variety of other projects.  Soft enough for next to skin wear, you can use it for shawls and scarves, mittens and gloves, and even things for a baby.  The superwash merino means it can be machine washed, which is ideal for socks and baby things.  It comes in big 115 gram hanks of 425 yards, meaning you only need one hank for a pair of socks.  If you have small feet or knit ankle socks you might even be able to get two pairs.  Or you could knit a pair of socks and a pair of fingerless mitts.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

All SweetGeorgia Yarns are on sale July 17 – July 23.

Check back next week to see our next featured independent – Malabrigo!

 

Independent’s Celebration – Zen Yarn Garden

 

This month we’re celebrating our independent yarn companies as part of our Independent’s Celebration in honor of Independence Day.  We love getting to support independent companies and enjoy the beautiful yarns they produce!

This week’s featured company is Zen Yarn Garden.

If you haven’t seen their yarns in person, you need to.  Their yarns are soft and beautiful with gorgeous colors.  The care they take with their dying is evident in every skein.  When I’m in the shop, I like to just go drool over the Zen Yarn Garden displays.  It’s the perfect yarn for petting and drooling over.  Don’t worry, though.  I’m careful not to get any drool on the yarn.

Zen Yarn Garden is a small company based out of Ontario, Canada.  It is owned and run by Neville and Roxanne Yeun.  They dye hand picked luxury yarn bases that are spun in Canada.

Neville Yeun

Neville is the Lead Dyer, Production Manager, and Color Chemist.  He’s the one to thank for the wonderful depth of color, consistency, and variety in the Zen Yarn Garden lines.  He is in charge of the process that creates the beautiful tonal solids and the playful one-of-a-kind colorways.

Roxanne Yeun

Roxanne is the Creative Director.  She directs the growth of the company and keeps her finger on the pulse of the trends in the marketplace.  She is always on the lookout for new products and design collaborations to keep their customers happy and interested.

At Alpaca Direct we carry Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 and Serenity Glitter Sock.

Serenity 20 is a fingering weight yarn made of 70% superwash merino and 30% cashmere.  This luxury yarn is great for socks, scarves, lightweight sweaters, or any next-to-skin project.  The beautiful colorways and rich tonal solids will provide hours of joy on the needles and off.

Zen Yarn Garden has even made a Coeur d’Alene colorway exclusively for us at Alpaca Direct!

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 Coeur d’Alene colorway

Serenity Glitter Sock is a fingering weight yarn made of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% metallic nylon.  It features the same depth of color as Serenity 20 in its own range of distinct colorways.  The metallic nylon adds a hint of sparkle that beautifully complements the natural sheen of the yarn.

All Zen Yarn Gardens yarns will be on sale from July 10, 2015 to July 16, 2015.

Come back next week to see our next featured independent Sweet Georgia Yarns!