Edited to add: Please note that this information is moving to a new website, www.britishyarn.org.uk, and I won't be adding any new companies/traders to this list. Please do e-mail any more to me though at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
I've been trying to think of knitting-related New Year's resolutions (and other ones too actually) but I've not been able to come up with anything. And then I started reading a post on Ravelry about buying British yarn. So that's what I'm going to do in 2009: whenever I need to buy yarn (which, admittedly, is not much) it will only come from the back of a British-based sheep. This is going to be a hard one to keep, given all the lovely yarns that are imported into our country.
I'd like to find out about as many UK-based independent yarn producers this year, and in fact any other British-based companies selling British products. Please let me know if there are any others that can be included.
The Nude Ewe
Gedgrave Flock of Wensleydales
The Natural Fibre Company (some very interesting links)
The Wool Clip
Cornish Organic Wool
Devon Fine Fibres
The Natural Dye Studio
The Mulberry Dyer
The House of Hemp
Oxford Kitchen Yarns
The Alpaca Spinner
Great British Yarns
Wingham Wool Work
The Alpaca Wool Company
British Breeds Yarns (no prices on here but contact details are available)
Wildcraft (for handspinners only)
The Knitting Goddess
Skein Queen Debbie says: "I have several lines of British grown and dyed yarns - my Encore (BFL/nylon), Blissful (BFL) and some new BFL weights I’m introducing over the next couple of weeks. However, the rest of my stock is non-British"
New Forest Mohair
Artists Palette Yarns
Wool and Willow
Violet Green Jane says: "I sell British Bluefaced Leicester Aran.Most of the yarns I hand-dye are spun in the UK (Socrates sock yarns, both laceweight yarns, Utopia sock yarn, DK Alpaca), so using the tiny British spinning industry, but the merino used comes in from the Falklands."
New Lanark Fantastic Soil Association- certified wool in DK and Aran weights. Incredibly reasonably priced. A world heritage site, well worth a visit if you're anywhere near Lanark.
Northern Lace Liz Lovick's website, full of patterns and her own North Ronaldsay Wool - Natural and Hand Dyed
Jamieson's of Shetland
The Yarn Yard
Virtual Yarns (Alice Starmore)
Old Maiden Aunt
Cambrian Mill (looks like a very interesting place!)
The Wool Hunter
Preseli Mohair Centre
Wool Out of Wales
no website but e-mail to email@example.com
(Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/wool-out-of-wales-wool-out-of-wales)
To be worked on at a later date!