A Local Story 


Meet our newest yarn, Local. This squishy and soft yarn is 50% alpaca from Pepper Pot Farm in Lambertville NJ, 50% certified organic Merino.

I drove up to Pepper Pot Farm in a minivan to pick up the alpaca fiber (it was one smelly drive home!) and was able to meet some of the animals who made this yarn.

Clockwise from top left: Me, with Addie in the background; Lakota; my van full of fiber for the trip home; the girls; Buttercup and Indie.
Local is spun in Massachusetts, at a mill outside of Boston. The mill was built in the mid-1700s and is one of the oldest operating spinning mills in the country. After spinning, the yarn is skeined and dyed in Philadelphia.

The colors of the yarn are named after "local" flora, fauna, or landmarks - local to Philadelphia or the state of PA. One color, Wissahickon, is named after a beautiful creek in a city park I ride horses through every week.

I've designed several free patterns for Local. Each can be downloaded
from the O-Wool website.

Blue Bell Hill Scarf


This simple pattern is the perfect project to practice beginning knitting skills. It uses stockinette and garter stitch, increases and decreases, and just 3 skeins of yarn (a $36 project). Download the free pattern from our website.

FINISHED SIZE: 12.5" x 75"

YARN: 3 skeins of Local; shown in Gingko Nut, Wissahickon and Fringetree.

GAUGE: 15 sts and 30 rows = 4" in Garter St

NEEDLES: Size US 8 (5 mm): straight or 16-24" circular.

NOTIONS: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Mount Airy Hat & Mittens

In this pattern you'll use a fun "roositud" colorwork technique on a basic slouchy hat and my signature thumb gusset mitten. Click here for a great tutorial and video on Roositud from Knitting Daily.  Both hat and mittens can be made from 2 skeins of yarn (a $12 project). Download the free pattern from our website

FINISHED SIZE: Hat: 18" circumference at rib, unstretched.  26" circumference at largest point. 9" long. Mittens: 6.25" circumference at rib, unstretched. 7.5" hand circumference. 10.5" long.

YARN: 2 skeins of Local; shown in Fringetree and River Oat.

GAUGE: Hat: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Stockinette St. Mittens: 18.5 sts and 28 rows = 4" in Stockinette St.

NEEDLES: Hat: Size US 9 (5.5 mm): 16" circular and dpns. Size US 7 (4.5 mm): 16" circular, or 2-3 sizes smaller than gauge needle (for rib). Mittens: Size US 7 (4.5 mm): dpns. Size US 4 (3.5 mm): dpns, or 2-3 sizes smaller than gauge needle (for rib).

NOTIONS: Stitch holder or waste yarn, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Upcoming Events

I'll be at the following events this fall and will have the full range of Local colors in tow. Stop by and say hello if you're in the area!

Rhinebeck, NY
October 19-20

Hartford, CT
November 7-10