A 50/50 organic wool and alpaca blend yarn spun and dyed in the US, O-Wool Local's minimally processed, stunning palette of colorways are a testament to owner Jocelyn Tunney's extensive experience in fiber arts and textile design, and her commitment to local fiber and Philadelphia's textile traditions.
O-Wool Local began, as Jocelyn describes, with van rides around Pennsylvania and New Jersey alpaca farms to purchase the small-batch fiber that became this yarn. Although described as a "rustic" yarn, here at Needle + Purl, we'd call Local one of the softest yarns we've ever used, and it's a great pairing; the merino adds memory to the alpaca (to prevent overstretching), and the alpaca adds interesting texture and dimension. The result is a truly wonderful yarn, in the hand and on the skin. Use it for sweaters, shawls, and hats. The generous yardage per skein gives you many options!
- 50% alpaca from local farms in NJ and PA
- 50% organic merino
- worsted weight
- 3.5 oz / 100 grams, 240 yards / 219 meters
- Gauge: 18-20 stitches / 4 inches on US size 7-9 needles
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About who makes it:
O-Wool is a small company with the goal of providing knitters and crafters with a yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made locally in Philadelphia and the USA. Owner Jocelyn Tunney's expertise in Studio Art, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Textile Design and Engineering are all evident in the rich color palettes of O-Wool's yarns, which are spun in Boson, Wisconsin and Maine, and dyed in Philadelphia near her farm and animal rescue. "Fiber, yarn and fabric fascinate me in a completely inexplicable way (if you're reading this, you are probably in the same boat), and O-Wool provides me the opportunity to pair this with my passion for animal welfare and interest in environmental sustainability."