Local Yarns, Spinning Fibers

Our Yarn and Spinning Fiber Room. Photo by Kristen Lawson 
Once upon a time while living in Maine, I learned to spin with my dog's hair and a drop spindle. When I moved back home to Meadows of Dan, my mother gave me her grandmother's spinning wheel. The Internet was a new thing back then and I bought some wool from a Maryland farmer and learned to spin on that crotchety, worn out old wheel with some effort. Apparently I was determined. Pretty soon I had a nice modern wheel and some beautiful angora rabbits and suddenly a shop and was selling my yarns and the yarn of some other spinners in the area.

Handspun yarn
 Most of our yarns are wool or alpaca because these fibers are more readily available in our area. We have spinners that can produce exquisitely fine yarns from delicate wools like merino or rambouillet and we have spinners that can produce lovely, soft bulky yarns from many lofty breeds or sturdy yarns from down breeds. Often the same spinner is producing all of the above. I still like to work with fine fibers, silk, merino, and angora.

Greenberry House Yarns 
Why do you want to use our wonderful hand spun yarns in your knitted creations? Besides the fact that each spinner adds her own unique character to the yarns, hand spun yarn makes the simplest knitted garment look bold and inventive. If you love textures, softness and color, knitting with a hand spun yarn is a tactile sensation that will make your projects stand out. Different breeds of sheep produce different types of wool and a creative spinner can spin an amazing yarn that will make any project special.

Wolles Cotton Creations
Color is another appeal to using hand spun and hand dyed yarns. Wolles Cotton Creations is a special stranded yarn that knits up into a color changing fabric that is wonderfully soft and uniquely shaded. Poppy's is delighted to offer this wonderful yarn by this talented Virginia dyer.

Hand spinning and felting fiber
The lovely hand spinning and felting fibers here are also produced by local artisan farmers and hand dyers and are in roving, batts or cleaned locks ready to use in your own creations. There are also small colorful bags of carded fiber ready for felting as well.

Chiaogoo, Bryspun and Empress knitting needles along with some tools and notions.

Lenny Mud Yarn Bowls. Let out your inner snark! Photo by Kristen Lawson
Buttons here, buttons there.
We continue to add more yarn and spinning fiber from our local farmers and artisans. Treat yourself and visit our yarn vacation destination soon!

Poppy's, 10 Concord Road, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Monday.