We’ve borrowed some sweaters from Peace Fleece, so you can see just how wonderfully this yarn knits up. We love this yarn because of the beautiful colors and the fact that it can take some abuse. Perfect for a sweater that you are going to wear everyday or mix the colors in a warm pair of mittens. Stop in and see what we are talking about.
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Peace Fleece – not your ordinary yarn company. Here is their story:
The Peace Fleece offices are in a barn on a sheep and horse farm in the small, rural town of Porter in the foothills of southwestern Maine. Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help diffuse the threat of nuclear war.
Since then Peter has journeyed through eastern Europe, central Asia and the Middle East in search of farmers and shepherds who are willing to set aside historic enmities in exchange for opportunities leading to mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
Marty believes that promoting crafts in our hectic society is important. By inspiring people to work with their hands, she hopes that they can find more time to discover their own inner solutions for peace.
In an attempt to decrease their carbon footprint, Peace Fleece has changed their blend so that 90% of the wool and mohair comes from the United States, from the Moore family whose Merinos have been grazing Appalachian hill country for eight generations and Native and non-native sheep ranchers on or near the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.
But that is not to say that they have lost their international focus. In fact, Peace Fleece supports Mid East conflict resolution by working with the unique community of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam, or “Oasis of Peace” in Hebrew and Arabic. This courageous village is comprised of Jews and Palestinian Arabs living and working together to understand and resolve the difficult issues facing the Mid East.
In addition, 100% of the proceeds from Mourning Dove Worsted Weight (pictured above) goes to the Marigold Fund, whose mission is to help Afghans rebuild their country.
Read here about their latest projects in Russia.