A Great Yarn has partnered with Urth (pronounced “Earth”) Yarn, and the shop is over-flowing with some of the yummiest, most beautiful hand-dyed yarn on the planet. Urth Yarns is a family-owned company, specializing in soft, colorful, and “innovatively“ dyed fibers. Urth’s approach to innovation is actually to go backwards, in that they dye their fibers with roots, fruits and nuts. Urth also has a policy of “giving back.” More about the giving back part later.
We carry Urth’s Uneek Chunky and Uneek Fingering, which are made with 100% merino wool, are machine washable, and come in a multitude of variegated colors. We will carry Urth’s Harvest Worsted and Harvest Sock, which are also made with 100% merino wool, are machine washable, and come in solid colors. Finally, we will be carrying Urth’s new line of 50% cotton and 50% viscose, which gives the fibers a bit more give, and also help finished projects hold their shape better.
Now for the giving back part. Urth has partnered with “Trees for the Future,” and for every skein of yarn they sell they plant one tree in the sub-Saharan countries of Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Senegal. Planting trees in those countries prevents soil degradation, and also enriches the soil, give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a Forest Garden system that provides food, livestock feed and fuel.