View Full Version : Fair trade yarn?

09-11-2007, 09:11 PM
Does anyone know if there are yarn companies who guarantee that they are fair traders?

09-12-2007, 12:06 AM
That's a good question! I don't know the answer, but I always try to support fair trade. It never occured to me to look for fair trade yarn.

09-12-2007, 12:10 AM
I did find this link:


09-12-2007, 12:30 PM
Have a look at http://www.iriss.co.uk/Alpaca.htm.

09-12-2007, 08:17 PM
here are a couple:
I think manos is too - and frog tree is! frog tree is my favorite.
hope that helps.

09-13-2007, 07:15 AM
I don't know that much about the company other than the fact I have some of their straight needles that I once bought from a friend who had a yarn store but how about Peace Fleece (http://www.peacefleece.com/index.htm)?

09-13-2007, 10:55 AM
This is a great thread! Thanks so much for the great resources everyone!

Queen of Rust
09-13-2007, 11:32 AM
For those that are into looking for a more environmentally friendly and socially conscious yarn, consider buying local yarns and fleeces. Consider it a form of local community fair trade :) You'll have a chance to support a local farmer, cut down on the amount of pollution caused by global transportation of goods and maybe you'll have a chance to talk to the producer and get some nifty knowledge about wool.

Check out local fiber fairs and farmer's markets. I've found a bounty of local fleece, everything from alpaca to Icelandic wool!

I'm running a 100 Mile Fiber Project (http://100milefiberfest.blogspot.com/) & would be thrilled to hear about other people's locally grown fiber projects.

09-13-2007, 12:21 PM
Thanks to all for answering my question. We have Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair here in October; I've never been to any kind of yarn, fiber, or knitting event, and I'm planning to go to this. It's been hard to stay on a yarn diet in anticipation of finding local stuff, and I haven't been perfect, but October is almost here and I'm trying to convert a few UFOs to FOs before the fair arrives.