Category Archives: Yarn & Patterns

Spotlight: Michele Rose Orne

Today on the blog we’re excited to feature the first part of an interview with Michele Rose Orne, Partner and Creative Director at Swans Island. Michele has been designing hand knits for over 25 years. She brings a rich combination of passion and experience to Swans Island’s line of all-natural, hand-dyed yarns and timeless patterns that are […]

All American Collection Sport Weight

Last year we launched our very popular All American Collection Worsted Weight, a blend of domestic wool and alpaca that’s soft and wonderful to work with. This year we’re excited to announce we’re adding to the All American Collection with the new Sport Weight, a 100% American Rambouillet wool yarn that’s lofty and perfect for colorwork. […]

Designer Spotlight: Melynda Bernardi

We’re working on the final touches for the Swans Island Fall 2015 pattern collection. Today we’re excited to feature an interview with talented designer Melynda Bernardi, who has designed two pieces for the new collection in a new sport weight version of our All American Collection Worsted Weight yarn. Growing up, Melynda never found a […]

Washable Wool Collection

Most people have used, or at least heard of, Superwash yarns. Superwash is a process by which the scales of the wool fiber are burned off with chorine and then the fibers are coated in a plastic polymer. When the friction of washing is applied, the fibers slide over each other and don’t felt, the […]

Where It Comes From: The All American Collection

Last year we launched our very popular All American Collection yarn, a wonderful blend of alpaca from east cost farms and Rambouillet wool from domestic farms. The fiber is then processed at a historic mill here in New England. Today we’re excited to share some photos of the fiber mill where our yarn is spun […]

IKAT hand dyed yarn

IKAT is a Indonesian method for hand dyed yarn using a resist dyeing technique for a woven fabric. Here at Swans Island we’re releasing a limited edition IKAT hand woven wrap that we’ll be debuting soon, and also skeins of the IKAT Indigo hand dyed yarn for hand knitters. For both the wraps and the […]

Washable Wool Collection

At Swans Island we are dedicated to sourcing and using the finest materials. When we were looking into introducing a washable yarn to the line, we knew that we didn’t want to do a Superwash product. Superwash is the name of a process that strips the scales from the wool fiber, and coats the fibers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]