Ella Rae Yarns & Designs
Leanne Prouse is one of Australia’s top knitwear designers. She has been designing for more than 20 years and has had her own line of yarns for over five years. Before launching the Ella Rae brand, Leanne was the head designer at Jo Sharp yarns. She is known for her simple, classic designs for women, children and the home and has published over 20 books of patterns.
Elsebeth Lavold Designer’s Choice
Elsebeth Lavold is best known for her timeless design work known worldwide as ‘Viking Knits’. In the Designer’s Choice collection – Elsebeth hand selects yarns she connects with made with mostly natural or all natural fibre blends – and applies her design concept, to produce a harmonious collection. The Viking Knits Project: A technical innovation in knitting made it possible for Elsebeth Lavold to use the beautiful interlace patterns of the Scandinavian Vikings in her knitwear design. The origin of The Viking Knits Project dates back to 1992. Today, the project consists of a touring exhibition, Knitting Along the Viking Trail, a 128 page book, Viking Patterns for Knitting, three 64 page design collections, The Viking Knits Collection, The Second Viking Knits Collection, and The Third Viking Knits Collection, and well over a hundred designs, available in the books or (in Sweden) as knit kits.
Juniper Moon Farm
Nestled in the rolling hills of central Virginia, you’ll find Juniper Moon Farm, a place where fine wool sheep and Angora goats produce some of the finest farm yarns in the United States. Founded by Susan Gibbs in 2007, Juniper Moon Farm was the first to apply the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to yarn and spinning fibres. Our CSA and our flock will be retiring at the end of the 2015 season. We think the flock has earned a lifetime of R&R, and they will live out their days grazing on sweet grass and sleeping under the stars. In addition to the yarn from our own flock, Susan is the Creative Director of Juniper Moon Farm Yarns, a line of carefully sourced and thoughtfully crafted yarns that feature fibres grown in Peru, Argentina, Nepal, and Italy. Each yarn is paired with a curated collection of patterns by some of the hottest and up-and-coming designers. Juniper Moon Farm yarns and patterns can be purchased at yarn shops all over the U.S. and Canada.
Harmonize natural unevenness, asymmetric pattern and complex colour to portray the beauty of the nature. Taking sufficient time to dye and yarn natural flavours and tenderness of materials to preserve their original characters and deliver them into the hands of you. All animal fibres that are used in the yarns come from certified organic farms, from international sources such as Australia, the Falkland Islands and South Africa. Noro is personally involved with inspecting all aspects of production, from visiting the animal farms to checking the machinery used and keeping restrictions on the dye processes to maintain products that are as eco-friendly as possible. Differences in processing from other yarn manufacturers include the use of a single roller on the carding machine instead of the usual three, hand-feeding tufts of fibre into the carding machine, and the arrangement of specified colour runs by hand. The single roller as well as the shorter bed on the spinning machine result in less twist to the single ply than other yarns, giving a variance in thickness along its length.
Our sumptuous yarns are a luxury that you can afford. Made from rich alpaca, wool, cotton and bamboo sourced from the Peruvian Andes, our plush fibres come in a range of stunningly vibrant colours that are a delight to knit with. The irresistible softness will provide garments with a unique touch that assures the best quality so you will never want to wear anything else. And it’s so lasting, you’ll never have to! And all this luxury comes with the extra benefit of knowing that you are contributing to supporting the children of Peruvian alpaca shepherds. The Mirasol Project, named after a little girl who helped tend a herd of alpaca near Lake Titicaca, was set up in 2006 by the Michell family. It aims to raise enough money through the sale of Mirasol yarns and wool to start to combat the extreme poverty these children face and help provide them with better futures. A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno to educate the children of the shepherds (visit http://www.mirasolperu.com)