A big focus at My Sister Knits is to find yarn that has a great background story. We love yarn companies that we can relate to and have personalities!
North Light Fibers is just such a company. They produce hand crafted artisanal yarns that are minimally processed. This yarn is often overlooked in our shop and we’d like to tell you the story behind it.
Twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island is Block Island. It’s a small place, with 48% of the island protected by conservation easements. In the middle of this idyllic spot is Abrams Farm. You will find North Light Fibers’ micro mill on this farm on the far side of the alpaca pasture! There are also yak, camels, llamas, kangaroos, Scottish Highland bulls, and assorted sheep and goats who live there.
Sven and Laura Risom are passionate about producing luxury yarn with the finest fiber they can find. Their yarns go from raw fiber to luxurious skeins in their small mill! Everything is done on the island. They have scoured the world to find the finest fibers to supplement the fiber raised on the island. My Sister Knits carries two of their yarns, Water Street and Atlantic.
Water Street is the perfect luxurious balance of cashmere and merino in a worsted weight. Cashmere must be knowledgeably sourced as it can get old, dry, and brittle easily; traits that are unacceptable to Sven and Laura. It also must be spun ever-so-carefully to avoid pilling which is caused by short, broken fibers. Most of North Light Fibers’ cashmere comes from Mongolia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan via Scotland!
Merino wool can be different depending on climate, altitude, and feed, among other criteria. Merino from the Falkland Islands, off of southern Argentina, is known to be high quality fine wool. The sheep are sturdy and basically pest free. Naturally, if North Light Fibers has to go abroad to find the quality of merino they seek, they go to the Falklands!
Atlantic is 100% Falkland Island merino worsted weight that is soft and bouncy.
We encourage you to give yourself the gift of knitting with either of these yarns. To give you further incentive, for the rest of January they will be 15% off!
Water Street and Atlantic are waiting for you on the far wall as you enter the shop! Come in and treat yourself to a skein; we have several pattern suggestions and we’re happy to help you find one you can’t wait to cast on!