For the most part, I knit with locally sourced, natural fibre yarns. In particular I love to work with the distinctly speckled and wonderfully tactile Donegal Tweed wool and wool-silk mixes.
Donegal Tweed is spun in Kilcar, in County Donegal, Ireland, just down the road from the scenic Slieve League. Its production today is split between two mills, which are situated beside one another at the edge of the village: Studio Donegal for small scale and homespun batches, and the Donegal Wool Spinning Company for larger scale production. With tweed re-gaining in popularity over the past few years, these mills supply wool to knitters, weavers, yarn sellers, and fashion houses all over the world. I feel quite fortunate to live close enough to visit them in person!
While Studio Donegal uses the mule spinning method, the DWS uses ring spinning. Both processes are fascinating to watch, and if you plan to be in the area you can get in touch with the mills and inquire about visiting.
The Studio Donegal space is particularly worth a visit. There, aside from the spinning process you might catch a glimpse of the in-house hand-weavers, who make tweed cloth for blankets, throws, pillow-cases and garments, which are also made on the premises and sold in the adjacent showroom.
The stock selection of yarn from the Donegal mills comes in a stunning array of colours. There is also some choice in blends and weights, including the recently developed 'Soft Donegal' merino and some truly luxurious cashmere and silk blends.
For custom work, I stock a good selection of Donegal tweed throughout the year, and can advise on selection of colours and blends for your project.
Additionally, I source home-spun yarn from spinners in Counties Donegal, Derry and Antrim. These yarns are usually spun in small batches and in one-off colour schemes. For that reason, my stock always changes.
If you are interested to see which home spun yarns I currently have to work with, please drop me a line. It might also be possible to arrange for a custom batch spun and dyed just for you, if you have something specific in mind.
On request, I do also work with other yarns, such as Alpaca, linen, and cotton blends, of various origins. I do not work with synthetic yarns.
Whether you already have a specific yarn in mind for your custom request, or have no idea how to decide which to choose, drop me a line and we can take it from there.