Plastic-Free Yarn

Plastic-Free Yarn

Reducing our plastic consumption is a hot topic on the news and social media at the moment. This is something I’ve been interested in for a long time and now, in the UK at least, it’s become a focus of general debate. Inspired by the focus on plastic, I...

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Vegan Yarn

Vegan Yarn

This month is Veganuary! Every year since 2014 Veganuary, a vegan charity, has been encouraging people to go Vegan for January. Now, I’m not vegan but I am interested in the vegan yarn that is available for vegan knitters, crocheters and weavers. The...

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How Ethical Is Your Yarn?

How Ethical Is Your Yarn?

When you next start on a knitting, crochet or weaving project, how can you be sure that you are buying ethical wool and yarn? When I tell people I’m researching ethical wool and yarn they usually look surprised. The assumption is that if you are knitting,...

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Spinning a Good Yarn

Spinning a Good Yarn

I’m not sure if you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “When does a yarn become a yarn?” I hadn’t until I had the pleasure of visiting Laxtons as part of my quest to find out more about spinning and how yarn is produced. Laxtons - new factory for a...

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Featured Yarn – Yeavering Bell

Featured Yarn – Yeavering Bell

Earlier this year I met Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare at Wonderwool Wales. We talked briefly and I really liked her ethos as well as her beautiful ethical mohair. So, it was a great pleasure last week to visit Alice at her farm in Northumberland, meet her...

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How about the big brands?

How about the big brands?

In setting up the directory on Real Good Yarns I have made a decision to focus on the smaller suppliers of wool and yarn. This is primarily as I want to support the smaller, independent producers who don’t have the marketing budget, brand reputation and...

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Latest News

Knitting & needles

Have a look at these fabulous crocheted, giant ‘sea urchins‘ –  part of 2017 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore, which had the theme of Biomimicry and sustainability.

A new chlorine-free treatment named Life Fibre Eco-Friendly Treatment is being piloted in the heart of the Japanese wool industry. To read more go to Woolnews.