The book showcases 28 companies across the United States that make yarn- some hand dye, some are the farms growing the fiber, many have mini-mills they work with, and some are the mills themselves. The book is arranged by region (Northeast, South, Midwest, West) and highlights a few individual sellers from each region. The biggest sections are the Northeast and the West, which, knowing the history of the American textile industry, make perfect sense. The Northeast was home to the US textile industry during the Industrial Revolution, and the West has lots of acreage with lots of sheep (although I’m pretty sure cattle outnumber sheep in Wyoming). At the end of each region's section is also a list of other sellers.
If you’re getting the book for the knitting patterns there are a 28 to choose from- small projects like mittens and hats, to large projects like car coats and shawls. My favorite patterns are the Cabled Car Coat on page 20, the Oquirrh Mountain Wrap on page 160, and Evergreen Ankle Socks on page 136. I like knitting socks (portable project), long length sweaters, and shawls, so it’s no doubt those three made the top want-to-knit. I think all the patterns are beautiful, but I will focus on those three possibilities right now (along with about 10 other knitting projects.)
Still, hearing the stories of the farms and small cottage industries created by fiber-loving folks gives me a pick me up when I need it. Being a yarnie full time is possible with some skill, time, and gumption. I have the people in this book to prove it.