Jill Draper Makes Stuff
We are so happy to be getting yarns from Jill Draper! This independent hand-dyer moved from Brooklyn only three years ago, and is now doing a booming business with Jill Draper Makes Stuff, across the river from Rhinebeck—true sheep country and the site of the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Jill believes that, just as chopping wood is said to keep you warm three times (once when you chop it, once when you carry it, and once when you burn it), so does knitting give triple joy: in deciding on a project, in making the piece, and in wearing or giving it. She is also glad to be getting back to the slow and meditative art of spinning, which she first learned at Pratt, and she is sending us some roving, too.
The Yarn Company is proud to be the exclusive local place to carry Jill's little (and big) gems. We currently have her angel-hair Aurora, a wool and silk single-ply laceweight yarn, which comes in generous 460-yard skeins (needle #1-2 for fine fabrics, #5-6 for diaphanous sweaters);
Splendor, a versatile, richly colored blend of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon in a fingering-weight sock yarn (435 yards, #2 needle);
and hand-dyed merino tops, extrafine merino for spinning or felting.
And being dyed for us for delivery between now and late summer? Empire,
Mini Empire, Hudson
Jill’s vibrant semisolid yarns are kettle-dyed and so show wondrous tonal variations; alone they are subtle and lovely, but they also work well together in a project with her multicolored yarns. Jill Draper makes GREAT stuff!
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