Clara’s been making yarn
In 2013, I procured a very special, 676-pound bale of superfine Saxon Merino—my Great White Bale—and took it to mills and dyers around the country to see what we could do with it.
Our narrative yarn journey began on January 1, 2013 and took us over 12 months, 34 take-offs and landings, 15 hotel nights, and 1,590 miles driven in eight rental cars. People joined us as Explorers and Armchair Travelers (here’s what it all meant) as we traveled from Maine to California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
We watched fibers get shorn, scoured, spun, twisted, skeined, and dyed. We touched the last commercially operating spinning mule in this country, we got our feet wet at a freshly revived dyehouse right here in Maine.
In short, we experienced firsthand what it takes to manufacture yarn in this country. This meant meeting people, getting our shoes dirty, hearing stories, looking people in the eye and realizing, on a profound level, how much this all matters. How tenuous our domestic yarn production infrastructure is, and how vital it is for us to support what we have left.
The Great White Bale may be concluding, but the journey is far from over. Let us notify you about what’s next and how you can be a part of it.
"Being a GWB Explorer has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made! Truth be known, at the start I expected I was purchasing some limited edition yarn and some quick notes or photos along the way. Nay, nay! This has been a year filled with riveting stories, real education, heart-in-my-throat trips in from the mailbox, joyous unwrapping of stunning yarn, special, special, knitting . . . and so much more!" --Susan H
Here are some funny teasers we made along the way.