Every now and then there comes a yarn that has us all Ooh-ing in unison. That’s what happened to the Loop team this week when Stone Wool arrived in the shop.
The name of Stone Wool is an homage to founder Whitney Hayward’s family farm, the Stone Farm in Hamilton, Missouri. As agriculture has gotten heavily industrialised over the past decades, hard working family farms are working even harder to stay afloat. Many of Whitney’s neighbouring farms had to sell off their land little by little, or even a lot.
Whitney’s first love was hand spinning, and soon she was spinning more than she knit, so she decided to sell some yarn. Stone Wool was born, and by teaming up with the ever so brilliant Twig and Horn, Whitney has gone from small hand spun quantities, to a larger production that aims to support the farmers who continue to work the land, and help keep their farms flourishing.
As a yarn, it’s nothing short of infatuating. A plump woollen spun, worsted weight yarn that is 100% American Cormo wool, but with the incredible softness of cotton. It’s springy and light yet alluringly indulging. If there’s a knitter in your life that you haven’t found the perfect holiday gift for yet, this could be the one.
The pure Cormo wool comes from only two ranches in Montana and Wyoming, and it’s spun at a mill in Wyoming; Twig & Horn’s very first mill spun yarn!
Stone Wool comes in 16 shades; one scoured undyed and three gradient tones of five different shades, which makes this range a perfect pick for gradient and ombré projects. The softness of Stone Wool makes it ideal for close to the skin accessories such as scarves and cowls, and it has a beautifully crisp stitch definition, so great for any type of texture or cable knit project.
We love the look of the Flint mittens by Brooklyn Tweed, and Golden Wood Cowl by Mandarine’s. Or for a slightly bigger project, the Julieta Cardigan by Quince & Co is both simple and detailed. Looking for a great and easy hat pattern? Try the Tremont Cap by Quince & Co.
These gorgeous patterns accompanying the Stone Wool yarn can be purchased through Ravelry.
As a bit of early pre-Christmas cheer, we are giving away one skein in the colour of your choice! To enter the giveaway, simply repost our photo on Instagram and tag it with #LoopLovesStoneWool. And for an extra chance to win, leave a comment below telling us what you would love to make with Stone Wool. Entries for this giveaway close at midnight on Wednesday 30th November. Our Thanksgiving gift to you, wherever you are.
Good luck, and happy knitting!
If you are planning a visit to Loop over the Christmas and New Year period. We have also listed last posting dates for Christmas if you are ordering from the online or London shop and want your parcel to arrive in time.
We will be at the Edinburgh Yarn Fair in March and we are just over the moon about it. We hope to see you there!
PS. We have been nominated for the British Craft Awards 2017! Please show us your support by clicking on the image above to vote for Loop as the Knitting and Crochet Retailer Of The Year. Voting is open until 20th December 2016. Everyone* who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 5 £100 Amazon Vouchers (*Prize eligible to UK Residents only but anyone can vote!)