Knit Local by Tanis Gray (Ravelry link) was a book I didn't let it sit more than 2 seconds on my Amazon Wish List (Amazon link). I saw it, bought it, LOVED it. Google the book and you'll see lots of reviews. For me, though, I bought this book to learn more about what companies are here locally and what local yarn stores carry Made in the USA yarns.
The book includes 28 knit and crochet patterns, that while all are gorgeous, only 2 of them popped out to me; Straits of Mackinac Vest that is knit in bulky yarn and big needles and Wildflowers Scarf that is crocheted in laceweight yarn using small hook.
I was super sad to see that the one Brown Sheep pattern was for an afghan made out of worsted weight Lambs Pride. I've worked with Lambs Pride quite a bit and LOVE it, but an afghan out of it is several things, 1. a labor of love 2. a hard hit to the pocket book and 3. a PITA to hand wash. Maybe when I'm older, kids are older, dogs stop slobbering, cats stop peeing and random body parts stop excreting, I'll consider making a hand wash only afghan.
This book is a favorite of mine, and I wanted to post an educational, link heavy blog to give me a place to compile everything in one spot too, that is easily accessible. Win win for all of us!
My goal is to eventually try each and every yarn that is made locally, here in the U.S.A.. I've included a few extra links to yarns I love that were not featured in the book.
Beaverslide Dry Goods
Bijou Basin Ranch
Brown Sheep Company (Fiberworks, Fiberlicious, Main Street Yarns, Wooly Bully)
Cherry Tree Hill
Conjoined Creations (Fiberlicious, Wooly Bully)
Farmhouse Yarns (Katherine's Web, Wooly Bully)
The Fibre Company
Green Mountain Spinnery
Imperial Stock Ranch (Wooly Bully)
Juniper Moon Farm
Kollage Yarns (Fiberworks)
Kraemer Yarns (Fiberworks)
Lorna's Laces (Fibrege, Lambkins, Main Street Yarns)
Morehouse Farm Merino
Mountain Meadow Wool
Ozark Handspun (Fibrege)
Pagewood Farm (Katherine's Web, Wooly Bully, Fiberlicious)
Quince & Co
Red Barn Yarn
Stonehedge Fiber Mill (Knitwits)
Swans Island Yarn
And to complete my "Get it all in one place" theme, I'm linking up my local yarn stores (LYS) in anticipation of a yarn store crawl I am planning.
Katherine's Web, 174 South Main Street, Waynesville, Ohio 45068, Hours: Wed-Sat 12-4PM
Wooly Bully, 135 S. Main Street, Springboro, Ohio 45066, Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM
Fiberworks, 1350A North Fairfield Rd Beavercreek, OH 45432, Hours: Monday 10 to 8:30pm, Tuesday 10 to 6pm, Wednesday 10 to 6pm, Thursday 10 to 9pm, Friday 10 to 6pm, Saturday 1 to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm
Main Street Yarns, 126 West Main Street, Mason, Ohio 45040, Hours: Mon-Thur 10AM-7PM, Fri & Sat 10AM-5PM
Fiberlicious, 8157 Camargo Road, Madeira, Ohio 45243, Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays
10am - 5pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Fiberge, 9901 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Hours: Monday: 11am - 6pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am - 8pm, Thursday & Friday: 11am - 6pm, Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Lambkins Hideaway, 217 South B Street, Hamilton, OH 45013, Hours: Mon 11AM-7PM, Tues 11AM-5PM, Thurs & Fri 11AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12-5PM
Knitwits Yarn Shop, 620 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs,KY 41017, Hours: Tues 11AM-8PM, Wed-Fri 11AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 1-4PM
WHEW!!! Research takes time! But it has been fun to see what yarns I want to keep my eyes peeled for when visiting LYS.
Have a good one!