Our Maine Organic yarn is made from a blend of medium fleeces from a mixture of breeds including Leicester, Romney, and Corriedale. These fleeces’ characteristics of luster, strength, and silkiness combine to create a strong yarn with great stitch definition and lovely drape.
The fibers are processed with a rigorous attention to detail. We carefully store, handle, and work with the fibers keeping them isolated to ensure that all of the farmer’s hard work of raising this fiber organically is honored and the integrity of the fiber is uncompromised. We are one of the only mills in our region certified to spin organically and we are proud to be able to offer organic yarns to you.
Of course our organic fibers are GREENSPUN, processed using certified organic vegetable based soaps and oils. The skeins are then washed gently to preserve their natural sheen and resilience. This gentle treatment maintains the organic integrity of the fibers resulting in an undyed yarn that retains the sense of the sheep it comes from.
The fleeces come to us from the Noon Family Farm and the Hamilton Farm in nearby Maine. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found such terrific sources of beautiful wool so close to the Spinnery. It ensures that we are able to provide you with an amazing yarn that has not had to travel back and forth from one end of the country to the other on its way to your needles. The carbon footprint of this yarn is as small as we can make it.
Many beautiful sweater patterns have been designed for this yarn, including Jackaroo by Amy Herzog, Crane Creek by Sandi Rosner, and Gwendolyn by Fiona Ellis, to name a few. And there are dozens of knitters that have chosen this yarn for other patterns calling for Worsted weight yarn. A quick scroll through their projects may inspire you to cast on for your own.
To whet your whistle, we thought we’d share some photos of one of the most recent projects completed with this lovely yarn.
Our friend Jenny, otherwise known as jenjoywil on Ravelry, was eager to cast on with our Maine Organic. She carefully chose a pattern by Thea Colman that would highlight the yarn and provide her with a comforting cardigan for all kinds of temperatures. Her Vodka Gimlet is lovely. (Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.)
Thank you for sharing your photos with us, Jenny!