To that end, I present:
|Imperial Yarn's Denali|
Yep, it's not very exciting to look at, but I hope it will make a light and versatile black cardigan. I have been searching for a non-superwash yarn (I don't like the way superwashed yarn stretches out of shape) for the Newsom cardigan pattern. I have been fascinated by this pattern for years. From the first moment I saw it, I liked the unusual construction and feather-light garter stitch edges. I have a black cotton cardigan that is looking a little over worn. This will replace it. The yarn is a soft, drapey, wool/alpaca blend sport weight by an American yarn company, Imperial Yarn.
Imperial Yarn is an Oregon-based company that is invested in the "American Wool Tradition." Their yarn is available at their website and at retail dealers. I bought this Denali from Webs, saving a bit due to their lower pricing and discounts. That means my sweater will cost much less than it would if I had knit it with the yarn recommended for the Newsom pattern.
When I ordered the Denali, I found another U.S. sourced, milled and dyed yarn for a project I wanted to start, a ZickZack Scarf. The pattern calls for a color-changing yarn with long color repeats. Unfortunately, either I've chosen the wrong colors or the repeats are too long.
|Freia Fine Handpaints Sport Weight|
However, I may have found another pattern that will suit this yarn better, one that is cast on sideways so that the color repeats will change in a shorter, albeit vertical fashion. I hope it works, because I really like this yarn. It's light, fuzzy and fairly soft. Also, it will look nice with a couple of shirts I often wear.
I found these two yarns while shopping on line. It was easy to read the reviews and research the companies through Ravelry. Since then, I have noticed that Ravelry is providing information, when possible, on the source of a yarn, including the country where the fiber was grown, the country where it was milled and the country where it was dyed. I started to fave the ones I identified as sourced, milled and dyed in the U.S., but stopped after I found ten companies. There's a lot of them--at least enough for me to shop through for this year. Here's the 10 I found so far.