Supporting Fair Trade and sustainable ecological farming and processing are goals in our purchasing.  We are also working to promote our local farmers who raise fiber animals  – sheep, alpaca, goats, and rabbits  – and fiber artists who hand-spin, mill-spin, and hand-dye to give you luscious yarns to knit with or rovings and fleece to spin your own yarn.

We do not have an online shop, but we will be glad to ship to you!  Call or email us for yarn quantities and advice:  413-397-3680; liz@sheepandshawl.com

Yarns we carry:  

Local Yarns, Rovings, Fleece from New England,  and from friends who source locally in the UK; or base yarns hand-dyed by artists in New England

CHESHIRE SHEEPYARNS – 100% virgin wool from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, hand-dyed in worsted weight.

CRANBERRY MOON FARM – Border Leicester wool, light worsted 2-ply, and Border Leicester/SIlk Blend, bulky single ply. All undyed.

DRAGON BROOK FARMS – Barbara Giguere dyes her Romney-cross sheep’s wool in millspun worsted weight in all the colors of her garden (with chemical dyes), with kettle-dyed variations in the colors. (Shelburne, MA)

JAMIE HARMONNaturally dyed, multi-colored Merino/angora/alpaca blend yarn from Vermont.  We carry heavy worsted weight multi-color skeins (“rainbow yarn”) and DK weight solid colors. Emily’s favorite yarn and great for soft warm mittens!

KANGAROO DYER  Poets Seat hand-dyed yarn, 50% superwash merino/50% silk in fingering and DK weights. Well-known local artist Gail Callahan from Greenfield, Massachusetts,  creates beautiful colorways when she dyes her yarns.  She teaches classes in dyeing locally, and we also carry her Color Grid cards, useful for all color play  – in your home, your garden, your fiber art. (Yarn is not locally sourced but dyer is!)

LAURA’S LOOM – DK  British wool yarns, locally sourced in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria:  Bluefaced Leicester tweed (dyed and natural marl), Bluefaced Leicester undyed (5 left), and Alpaca/BFL blend (5 left).

PALMER FAMILY FARM – Wonderful natural colored and dyed yarns in 100% CVM/ Romeldale; 60% CVM/40% Angora; and 90% CVM/10% Nylon; as well as rovings.  This small sheep farm in Tolland, Connecticut, raises CVM/Romeldale sheep, a “rare breed sheep noted for its fine quality and softness. … Our wool is processed in an environmentally sound mill.” (Still River Mill, CT)

OUT OF STOCK //  SEVEN SISTERS – Meridian hand-dyed fingering weight sock yarn, 75% superwash Merino/25% nylon, dyed in Blue Hill, Maine.

SOJOURNER DESIGNS Meadow Muffins, hand-dyed 75% local wool/25% nylon, sport weight, in heathery colors put up in 1 oz. mini-cakes (4 left), Florence, Massachusetts.

OUT OF STOCK //  TWISTED MYSTERIES ANGORA – Jenny Atkins hand-spins hair from her own Angora rabbits into lovely soft yarn. Often the Angora fiber gets combined with wool from local sheep. Dyed and natural colors, Amherst, Massachusetts.

WOODCOCK FARM ALPACA – Hilary Woodcock takes great care with her alpacas and their yarn. You will find it in natural colors, hand-dyed, mill spun, hand spun, in a variety of weights, and sometimes blended with other fibers, Belchertown, Massachusetts.

We also have rovings and batts from several local farms: Brook Song Farm Romney/ Coopworth; Cranberry Moon Farm English Leicester/BFL; Elemental Designs Fiber Arts Romney; Garden of Edith local wool; Palmer Family Farm CVM/Romeldale; Twisted Mysteries Angora; Woodcock Farm Alpaca.  In addition, we have cotton sliver for spinning!

NOT TAKING NEW ORDERS AT THIS TIME //  Potential consignment vendors can now download the contract and inventory form from this page. Sheep&ShawlConsignmentContract Sheep&ShawlConsignorInventoryForm

Here are the commercial yarns we carry:

THE ALPACA YARN COMPANYAstral, a unique blend of alpaca, tencel, and wool with a sheen; Classic Alpaca Tweed,  a blend of  85% baby alpaca/15% “Donegal” nylon tweed. “We are a small woman-owned business. Our small staff designs all the yarns we sell as well as hand-dye many of them in our small facility in Pennsylvania. The owner has owned alpacas for nearly two decades and can be found at her farm when she’s not at work at the warehouse.

BARLETTYARNS 2-ply New England wool, perfect for sweaters, hats, mittens –  “Bartlettyarns are spun on the “woolen system” for a traditional home-spun appearance, softer twist and more bloom than worsted [spun] yarns.”  Located in Harmony, Maine, this is the oldest operating woolen spun in the U.S., started in 1821.

BLUE SKY FIBERS ( formerly BLUE SKY ALPACA) –  Soft 100% baby alpaca yarns, sport weight, sourced from Peru and Bolivia; luscious organic cotton in worsted weight “light and lofty” and “skinny cotton”  spun with a sleek twist.  “Blue Sky prides itself on sourcing product from sustainable resources, paying a fair wage to its suppliers and being respectful of the earth and the community. … The organic cottons handspun by a Peruvian women’s collective help sustain a centuries-old tradition of eco-friendly cotton cultivation in the region.”

BROWN SHEEP – Brown Sheep Company is a family owned and operated yarn spinning mill, located in Mitchell, Nebraska, founded in 1980.  They buy the majority of their made-in-the-US wool directly from the growers who have a variety of good wool breeds such as Corriedales, Rambouillets, and Columbians.  We carry Burly Spun, Lambs’ Pride Bulky, and Nature Spun Sport.

FIBRA NATURA, Good Earth 53% cotton/47% linen, worsted weight, 179 yds/100g, made in Turkey.

GREAT ADIRONDACK – Organic Multi-color Hand-dyed Cotton in DK weight.  You have to see these colors to appreciate them!

GREEN MOUNTAIN SPINNERY Mountain Mohair 70% wool/30% mohair, worsted weight; and Alpaca Elegance 50% fine wool/50% alpaca, 2-ply DK weight.  Founded over 20 years ago in Putney, Vermont, the goals of this small spinnery are “to create yarns of the highest quality, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers.” All fibers used are grown in the U.S.  No chemicals to bleach, mothproof or shrinkproof yarns are used.

MANOS DEL URUGUAY – Alegria 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide, fingering weight; Clasica 100% wool, handspun worsted weight;  Silk Blend “tonal” and “space-dyed” 70% merino/30% silk DK weight; Fino 70% merino/30% silk, sport weight; and Serena 60% baby alpaca/40% pima cotton.  “Hand-dyed by the artisans of the Manos cooperative ….  [Using this yarn] promotes decent working conditions and fair wages for women in rural Uruguay.”  Celebrated 50 years in 2018!

NOW ON SALE // MOUNTAIN MEADOW WOOL –  Mountain Meadow Wool Mill opened in 2007 as a women-owned business with the mission of creating a company that sustains Wyoming sheep ranching.  They work with local ranching families for environmental agricultural sustainability and economic opportunity.  They produce 100% natural yarns, using bio-degradable soaps and non-petroleum vegetable based spinning oil;  no chemicals are used to bleach, shrinkproof, or mothproof the yarn;  and yarns are hand-dyed using natural techniques.   Sheep & Shawl is carrying three of their yarns:  Mountain Merino “Dubois” fingering weight, Mountain Merino “Laramie” worsted weight, and  Mountain Merino Mountain Fusion “Teton” bulky weight.  This yarn is a collaboration between Mountain Meadow Wool and Mountain Colors.  [Mountain Colors is a small wholesale yarn company located in Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley.  They produce multi- and solid-color hand-dyed yarns for all fiber artists.]  “Mountain Merino” is a blend of Rambouillet, Cormo, Targhee, Merino, and Columbia breeds.

NAZLI GELIN Garden 3 and Garden 10 mercerized Egyptian Giza cotton, made in Turkey. Great for crochet, backstrap and inkle loom weaving, and knitting.

PEACE FLEECE Sport weight wool, 75% Rambouillet/25% Mohair, made in the US. Worsted weight coming in Fall 2019.

QUINCE Organic Linen Sparrow sport weight, Kestrel worsted weight ribbon. Grown in Belgium, spun in Italy.  This is a luxurious linen! 100% wool in Lark ( worsted), Osprey (Aran), Puffin (bulky), and with 50% alpaca in Owl and Owl Tweet (both worsted). Willet is sport/DK weight “California Cleaner Cotton,” a responsibly grown cotton, super soft, and includes four color grown cotton, not dyed, in natural, green, brown, and red colors.

STONEHEDGE FIBER MILL Shepherd’s Wool Merino, worsted weight, and Crazy Merino, sport weight, made in Michigan.

SWANS ISLAND Ecowash Organic Merino in both sport and DK weight; and All American Sport Rambouillet wool.  Produced in Maine, this yarn is “handcrafted in small lots using … minimal processing and a low micron count [that] gives our Merino its incredibly soft feel.  The variegation in each skein is unique to the hand-dyeing process.”

SCHOPPEL – Zauerberball, Crazy Zauerberball, and Gradient Crazy self-striping sock yarn; and Gradient, a slow color repeat DK weight merino yarn.  Made in Germany.

13 responses to “YARNS

  1. Hi, Liz, good luck with the new venture! I do hope you’ll include weaving yarns too. We are in Virginia now. Love it here!



  2. Liz, It looks great I am a follower now. Good to see you ,.love the store.


  3. Todays blog is about your shop

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  4. Maggie Andruchow

    Hi, Liz!
    We met on Thursday as we were passing thru on our getaway from RI! I never made it back, but would like to order the shawl pattern I admired that was on the round table at front of the store using Quince sparrow. I would like yo order both from you. I would like to order the yarn in “Truffle” and the pattern. I believe you said I would need 6 skeins?
    If this is do-able, please contact me. Thank you! Maggie Andruchow


    • Hi Maggie, Yes, I believe you mean the pattern for the “Twisted” rectangular shawl. It needs 800 – 900 yards of the sport weight Sparrow linen from Quince, so we said 6 skeins would give you more than that (but 5 would give you less). I do have 6 skeins in the color Truffle, so have put them aside for you, and if you can call in tomorrow, Sunday, between 12 – 4, I can take your order info and mail them to you on Wed. (I’ll be away Mon – Tue when the shop is usually closed.)
      Thanks! Liz


  5. Hi,

    Do you still carry Frog Tree Pima Silk yarn? I’m looking for a particular color and dye lot. It’s the 85% cotton / 15% silk blend that you mention on your Web page.

    Thank you!



  6. authenticsimplicityblog

    Hi. I was in your store a week ago and bought some Shepherds wool in cantelope, pansy, great lakes and roasted pumpkin. I live in in CT. Would it be possible to order over the phone? I am working on a brioche scarf and I can see I will run out. Id like one of each of those above. Let me know if possible. Thanks!


  7. authenticsimplicityblog

    Hi! I was in your store last week and bought some Shepherds Wool in pansy, roasted pumpkin, great lakes and cantelope. I live in CT. Would it be possible to order over the phone? Im working on a Brioche scarf and can see Im going to run out. Id like one skein in each color above. Let me know, Thanks!


    • Yes! We have all of those – if you want to check the dye lots, let me know. Then we can have you charge by phone and I’ll mail them to you. Thanks! Liz


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