Yearly Archives: 2014

Last Minute Holiday Stitching

Christmas is just over a week away, and there are only a few days left to finish up those hand crafted holiday gifts. If you need to get a few more done before the big day we have some great quick knit inspiration today! These projects look impressive and will be sure to please your […]

Designer Spotlight: Bristol Ivy

We continue our designer spotlight series with our friend and fellow Mainer, Bristol Ivy. Bristol has designed two patterns for Swans Island this fall, the Offshore V-Neck from the All American Collection and the Mt Katahdin Cowl in Natural Colors Merino Worsted.  Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer from Portland, Maine.  Her work focuses on the […]

A Glimpse Inside Margo Moore Interiors: Infusing New Life Into Traditional Styles

You can’t miss Margo Moore Interiors. Driving North on Route 1 into downtown Camden, the shop is one of the first points to catch your eye. Its ever-vibrant, ever-changing street-front window display room engenders a distinct joie de vivre that is the mark of the Margo Moore sensibility.     Walking into the shop gives one […]

One of a Kind Handmade Blankets Made in Maine for Winter

There are few things more comforting than curling up in a handmade blanket on a cold day. Blankets keep us warm in bed, on the couch, on our porch or at our writing desk. They soothe us when we’re unwell, provide warmth for our little ones asleep in bed, and help us unwind after a […]

Swans Island Artisans at Work

Don’t forget to check out our event this Friday, October 24th at Portland Dry Goods! Swans Island Artisans, dyer Jackie Graf and weaving studio manager Laura Matthews, will be on-hand for demonstrations in spinning, dyeing, and weaving – all processes involved in making our beautiful blankets, throws, wraps, scarves and cowls. Jackie has been with […]

Fall Weekend Escapes in Maine

Weekend escapes about Maine in October are our favorite times of the year. The leaves turn delicious hues of red, gold, and orange, giving every town a vibrant glow. Pumpkins abound. And the colder days and nights call for light layers and hats. Swans Island cowls and scarves are perfect for fall days–crafted with the […]

All American Collection

We’re excited to announce that our new yarn, the All American Collection, is finally available for sale on our website! This lofty and soft 2-ply yarn begins with 100% All American Rambouillet wool from the Erk Ranch in South Dakota. We blend this fine quality wool with alpaca sourced from small family farms along the East […]

Designer Spotlight: Isabell Kraemer

We’re excited to start a new series of blog posts here on the Swans Island blog, featuring interviews with designers we’ve worked with and their patterns in Swans Island yarns. For our first spotlight we’re excited to feature talented German knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer. Isabell creates everyday items for modern knitters. Loving the outdoors, she […]

Looking For A Unique Wedding Gift?

Finding a unique wedding gift for the couple can be challenging. The perfect gift is something that is stylish and beautiful, as well as timeless; something both the bride and groom can enjoy; and something meaningful that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Swans Island products make exquisite gifts and come […]

Keepsakes for the Bride and Her Maidens

Wedding season is a time of excitement here in Maine! With an endless array of breathtaking vistas and waterfront locations, many flock here for their special day. Recently, our friend Jessie tied the knot, and as a special thank you to her bridesmaids, she gifted them with Swans Island grey-and-white wraps, each trimmed in silk and […]

Timeless Warmth While Staying Cool During Summer

Summers in Maine are characterized by hot days and cool evenings. That’s why we love our Swans Island coastal throws, hand loomed with light, summer-weight wool. They’re light enough to keep you cool when you’re lounging on your porch in the morning, and they’re the perfect weight to keep you warm on a beach-side evening. […]

10 Of Our Favorite Items This Summer

Summer is, hands-down, the best time to experience in Maine. In celebration of our favorite season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite items this summer. What are some of the things on your summer must-have list? 1. Boardworks Raven Stand-Up Paddleboard (L.L. Bean) 2. Swans Island summer weight Coastal Throw   3. Sunpocket Sunglasses […]

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