Our Story

 

Mission: Make extraordinary yarns and support the farmers whose tireless dedication keeps American lands producing a diverse and incredible bounty.

 

Our story began in 2014 when Whitney Hayward handspun a small run of yarns from wool sourced from local New England farms. She called the line Stone Wool in dedication to her family's Northern Missouri farm. As she spun, Whitney explored different breeds and noted the variations in fleeces from sheep to sheep and how different spins affected each fiber type.

 

Stone Wool made its first mill-spun yarn with a small mill in Wyoming. The yarn was spun from soft and springy Cormo fleece sourced directly from ranches in Wyoming and Montana. We combined combed and uncombed wool, a process that we developed with the mill to highlight the best qualities of this lovely fiber. We dyed the yarn in a Maine-based dyehouse, choosing earthy, versatile tones that we wanted to make whole sweaters with.

 

Liz Bahl, a Nebraska native who discovered her passion for working with wool while studying fashion design in Chicago, took over the design and product development reigns in 2018. Stone Wool continues to create yarns spun from American breed-specific wools, bringing out the fibers’ unique qualities to make yarns that knit dreams are made of. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

 

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