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. Potential consignment vendors can now download the contract and inventory form from this page. Sheep&ShawlConsignmentContract Sheep&ShawlConsignorInventoryForm
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
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, MA, 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.
LAURA’S LOOM – DK and lace British wool yarns, locally sourced, Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria, Bluefaced Leicester, Hebridean, Shetland.
PALMER FAMILY FARM – Wonderful natural colored yarns in 100% CVM/Romeldale; 60% CVM/40% Angora; and 90% CVM/10% Nylon; as well as rovings. This small sheep farm in Tolland, CT, 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)
SEVEN SISTERS hand-dyed fingering weight sock yarn, superwash Merino/nylon, dyed in Blue Hill, Maine.
THE SOAPY SHEEP – Fun hand-dyed yarns from 100% Targhee; 100% Merino; 80% Polworth/20% Silk; and hand-dyed rovings from Falkland; Portuguese Merino; and Heathered BFL (Bluefaced Leicester). Hannah and AJ love sheep but don’t own any (yet) in Turners Falls. “Our 100% natural fiber yarns are named for the New England states, which we call home, and the colorways represent places or things that are in some way meaningful to us.”
SOJOURNER DESIGNS Meadow Muffins, hand-dyed 75% local wool/25% nylon, sport weight, in heathery colors put up in 1 oz. mini-cakes, Florence, MA.
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, MA.
We have rovings. fleece, and pre-felts from several local artists (more information will be forthcoming).
Here are the commercial yarns we carry:
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 yarns.” Located in Harmony, Maine, this is the oldest operating woolen spun in the U.S., started in 1821.
BLUE SKY ALPACA – Soft 100% baby alpaca yarns sourced from Peru and Bolivia; worsted hand-dyed 50% royal alpaca/50% merino; 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.”
FIBRA NATURA, Good Earth 53% cotton/47% linen, worsted weight, 179 yds/100g, made in Turkey.
FIBRE COMPANY, distributed by Kelbourne Woolens, PA – Savannah 50% wool/20% cotton/15% linen/15% soya sport weight; and Tundra 60% baby alpaca/30% merino/10% silk in bulky.
FROG TREE – 100% Alpaca Sport and Alpaca Sport Melange (beautiful shades of blended colors); 85% Pima Cotton/15% Silk; Picoboo 60% Pima Cotton/40% Bamboo; and Pediboo Sock Yarn 80% Merino/20% Bamboo (washable). “As a result of our experience living and working at the grassroots level in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and the USA for many years, we founded T & C Imports and Frog Tree® Yarns. We believe that talented, hard-working artisans of these areas should receive a just wage in order to provide a dignified life for their families. … We strive to use the company we founded, Frog Tree® Yarns, as a tool for supporting educational and environmental projects throughout the world. … We use only the highest quality materials from Peru and Bolivia.”
GREEN MOUNTAIN SPINNERY – Mountain Mohair 70% wool/30% mohair, worsted weight; and Alpaca Elegance 50% fine wool/50% alpaca, 2-ply DK weight. Founded 20 years ago in Putney, VT, 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 – Clasica 100% wool, handspun worsted weight; Silk Blend Space-Dyed 70% merino/30% silk DK weight; Fino 30% silk/70% merino 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.”
MOUNTAIN MEADOW WOOL – Mountain Meadow Wool Mill: has 11 employees, and is women owned; their mission is to create a company that sustains Wyoming sheep ranching; they work with 16 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; yarns are 100% hand-dyed using natural techniques.
Sheep & Shawl is carrying 3 of their yarns: Mountain Merino “Dubois” fingering 260yds/50g/2.0 oz, Mountain Merino Laramie worsted weight, and Mountain Merino Mountain Fusion “Teton” chunky/skinny 102yds/100g/3.5oz. 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 knitters, weavers, crocheters and other fiber artists.
NAZLI GALEN Garden 3 and Garden 10 mercerized Egyptian Giza cotton, made in Turkey.
OPAL self-striping sock yarn, made in Germany.
PEACE FLEECE Sport weight wool, 75% Rambouillet/25% Mohair, made in the US.
QUINCE Organic Linen Sparrow sport weight, Kestrel worsted weight ribbon. Grown in Belgium, spun in Italy. This is a luxurious linen!
STONEHEDGE FIBER MILL Shepherd’s Wool Merino, worsted weight, and Crazy Merino, sport weight, made in Michigan.
SWANS ISLAND – Natural Colors 100% organic merino wool, hand dyed with all natural dyes, worsted weight; 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.”
TREKKING XXL self-striping sock yarn, superwash wool/ nylon made in Germany.
ZAUERBERBALL Crazy self-striping sock yarn, made in Germany.