All Swans Island Company goods begin with natural fibers, sourced to the highest possible standard.
Much of our fiber comes from local New England farms, domestic, family-run farms that have been caring for their flocks for generations. Our organic merino, sourced from South America, has been certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard, the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. Fleece from those farms is custom spun for us by New England mills on trusty vintage machinery. From there, every skein of Swans Island yarn – whether destined for our hand looms, our partners at domestic knitting mills, or your knitting needles – is dyed by hand in our Northport dye house. This allows us to create uniquely saturated colorways that can’t be achieved in large-scale dye lots.
Many of our yarns are dyed using naturally derived pigments like cochineal, indigo, and madder root. Others are skein-dyed with low-impact dyes to achieve our singular depth of color while also reducing our water and energy usage and offering unique qualities to the discerning knitter, like machine washability. We make each dye bath with our own custom recipes, expertly working the fibers in order to achieve our signature rich, variegated tones.