Ethical Yarn Directory
What makes a ‘Real Good Yarn’? This ethical yarn directory has been compiled as a result of conversations with suppliers, recommendations and online research. It details yarn suppliers who take extra steps to care for animals, people and the environment. I don’t audit the suppliers and there’s no standard certification process. I suspect that as I learn more about the ethics of the world of wool and yarn that the listings will change. I certainly hope that a lot more suppliers of ‘real good’ yarn will be added.
I am currently offering a FREE Premium Listing to suppliers who are taking extra steps to care for their animals, the planet and/or the people involved in the production of their yarns. A Premium Listing allows for them to add their ‘real good’ credentials as well as photos to their listings
If you have any specific questions or want to find out more about a particular yarn then please contact the supplier directly. If you know of suppliers that I should add to the directory then please let me know.
I hope you enjoy your exploration of Real Good Yarns.
I buy fleeces direct from farms in 2 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire and work closely with the farmers to promote the use of wool .... a wonderful readily available natural resource! The farms are low intensity, high nature value enterprises and the flocks of sheep are engaged in conservation grazing.The sheep are native heritage Lonk sheep and crossbred North Country Cheviot/Bluefaced Leicesters.
I have the fleeces spun into yarn at UK based spinning mills using minimal processing to impact as little as possible on the environment and so producing wool that really looks like it has come from sheep! This is real wool from real sheep and reflects the nature of the county the fleeces come from.... it's straightforward no nonsense, honest top quality wool.
The yarn is spun into standard DK, Aran and Chunky weights and is left in natural sheep-y colours. Although I don't use dyes, the wool takes dye well and can be felted.