Fiber Appreciation Thursday
|This brown and orange blanket is made from a rare strain of sheep and only ten blankets are made each year. Image imported from https://www.swansislandblankets.com/product/brown-orange-stripes-blanket|
|Swan's Island Merino, in fingering weight|
|Swan's Island, image imported from www.swansislandblankets.com|
Swan's Island is located on the coast of Maine up close to Acadia National Park. The company was started in 1990 by a couple who had retired from their law practice in Boston. They wanted to create a product using Maine resources and artisans. Initially the company was located on an island offshore, recently, they moved their operation to Northport and have become known for producing heirloom blankets. Weavers. dyers and the production support are based in the US; isn't that a goal we should aspire to?
|A Swan's Island blanket, fewer than 2,00 are made by local artisans each year. Image imported from www.swansislandblankets.com|
|Corriedale sheep, image imported from www.ncwga.org|
The yarn source for these blankets is a flock of Corriedale sheep who live, untended, on Nash Island, just off the coast of Maine. The wool is processed at the Green Mountain Spinnery and then dyed and woven by a small team of artisans at the Swan's Island Northport studios. The dye process is based on older methods and relies upon natural materials that have less of a hazardous impact on the dyer and the environment. The use of the natural materials to create the colors and the processing of the wool is a contributing factor to the higher cost of the products.
|Gift/storage box, imported from https://www.swansislandblankets.com/catalog/corporategifts|
|Swan's Island throws, imported from https://www.swansislandblankets.com/catalog/throws|