All of our bases are named after areas, or waterways in Michigan. We’re more than a mitten shaped state. The beauty that surrounds us, the seasons, the water, has deeply influenced our family and company. We strive to include both peninsulas and as we like to say, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”‘ Our state motto. Our roots and life are here. We love this place and the people and we put our pride into our yarn and patterns.
We love this lace weight yarn. It’s a little heavier than cobweb, and but with the light airy quality you want in a precious lace project. At a heavenly 875 yards our delicious blend of 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk and 10% Cashmere is 100% YUM! This yarn is soft as kittens and we know, we decided to compare the fur of our kitten to this lace. All the soft, non of the scratch. In all seriousness, lace in alpaca blocks out gorgeously, and the silk makes your finished work drape with a distinctive elegance. The cashmere adds a depth of tone and light warmth that’s perfect in an air conditioned environment, or on a chill fall, or spring day. No kittens are ever harmed in the creation, or comparisons of our yarn and no kitties near the yarn we dye.
This is a true high-end lace yarn that has incredible drape, soft feel and the colors dyed to be both gem-like and muted with an incredible depth of shade. We dye our lace weights in Solid and Semi-Solid colorways to bring out the best in your lace projects. The fibers are deeply combed, no pilling, or fibers rising out of your projects, other than the normal fluff you sometimes get with alpaca, the gentle halo that makes alpaca blends luxury fibers. Wash with care, and you won’t have to de-pill your projects. We guarantee it. If excessive pilling after normal handling and wear occurs, just contact us. We will be happy to make it right. We are confident we will not have to, but we are not afraid to be wrong.
Try some of this divine, yet often limited supply lace weight yarn. Light, warm, elegant.
- 2 ply yarn
- 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk and 10% cashmere.
- 875 yards per 100 grams.
Drummond Island Lace
Lace Weight, 100% Merino, 2 ply lace weight yarn. Heavy, but still light enough for all your lace projects.
Stunning, soft and oh so drapey. Slightly thicker than your average lace weight yarn, this will make your projects thin, but with enough weight to make those lace-time hours go a tad faster, with just enough cobweb spun fineness to make everyone ooh and wow! The twist is perfection. Enough to feel a tad of tooth in your knitting, if you’re using wooden needles, but not so grabby you will feel like there is no movement. Our head dyer, Nancy, has knit three projects with this yarn and she wants to make more. Nancy usually likes her projects fast and unfussy. This is her go-to lace yarn for all the projects that require time and attention, gifts for example, but are not so intricate she gives up half through and is forced to bribe herself with cookies, so she will finish it.
931 generous yards to a skein and the super wash yarn ensures a fabulous dye, every time. The yarn drinks the color in and holds it well. As always, not too much sun, especially on noted colorways and even though you can toss it in the washer on gentle, please, please be kind enough to wash your hard work by hand. You will be happy and if you’re happy, so are we.
- 2 ply yarn
- 931 yards in a 100 gram skein
- 100% Merino Superwash
Fingering and Sock Yarns
Isle Royale Fingering
Can you resist? We can’t. Working with this luscious Merino, Cashmere, Nylon blend makes us all feel spoiled and to be honest, seeing it head out the door, to a new home is a happy and sad moment for us all. So soft, yet no pilling because of the merino in the mix. It’s a heavenly 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% nylon blend that make this luxury yarn affordable and delicious to work with and wear.
If you think a sweater on fingering weight is too much work to be worth it, you should try this yarn! It’s light, has wonderful drape and feels like butter in your fingers as you knit, without the melty part. The husband end of the business compared this yarn to K.C. our long haired and super soft cat, and he swore the only difference was the yarn had no claws. The needles did, but that’s another story.
- 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
- 4 Ply Yarn
- 430 yards in 100 gram skeins
Star’s Over Manitou Sock
Star’s Over Manitou Gold with Gold Sparkle
Star’s Over Manitou Silver with Silver Sparkles
Sparkly, so many silver or gold sparkles, this reminds us of our childhood, staring up at the sky without light pollution. You just don’t know how many stars are out there, until you get away from light. Stellina gives our sock-strong fingering a light that helps your hard work shine. Our head dyer decides which colorway looks best with which glitter, silver or gold toned. If you would like a skein in a different sparkle, just ask. We can custom make it for you at no additional charge. Turnaround time on custom orders is two weeks, if we have the base in stock
Manitou is Algonquin for Bear. The story of a mother bear fleeing a fire with her cubs and swimming across Lake Michigan, only to have her cubs drown, while she waits for them at Sleeping Bear Dunes, turned into the Sleeping Bear dune and North and South Manitou Islands by sky father this yarn is named for the Ojibwa legend handed down in story through the ages. One storyteller to another.
75% merino for bounce, 20% nylon for strength and 5% Stellina for a lovely sheen. A pleasure to knit and wear.
438 yards in each skein make this perfect for your socks. Hand winding is available for an additional $2.00 and goes into the college fund of the winder. Sometimes known as, “The whiner,” depending which future college attendee does the winding. This is true for all our hand-wound yarns and we believe it fosters independence in our boys.
- 2 plies
- 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Stellina
- 100 Gram Skein 438 yds.
Lake Michigan Sock
2 ply twist yarn with 80% Merino and 20% nylon for strength. This is our favorite yarn to knit because it’s soft, strong and plumps to perfection in finished work. We previewed so many sock yarns before landing on this one, that it’s almost a joke that have more sock yarn than years to knit left in our lives here! This is our hands-down favorite and will be yours too. You can knit socks on size ones, even zeros, or 1.5’s and have a yarn that will plump up when washed perfectly. We love this yarn so much, we make shawls out of it all the time and it never disappoints.
400 wonderful yards in a hank of perfection. If you prefer, we are happy to offer this wound for you by a college bound son who will be placing all proceeds into their college fund. Winding a cake is only $2.00 for the first cake and $3.00 for two. If you are buying sock yarn for two at a time socks, we can wind it into two 50 gram cakes for you for only $2.00. Help put a kid through college, or at least help him pay to do his own laundry. Heaven’s knows, I need the break and have you seen how many quarters it takes to do a load of laundry in a dorm? YIKES!
- 2 plies
- 80% Merino, 20% nylon
- 400 yards per 100 gram skein
Lake Superior Sock
This is a wonderful sock yarn. Four amazing plies, 75% Merino and 25% nylon, it’s strong, warm, and fun to knit. Slightly thinner than our Lake Michigan Sock, even with four plies, this yarn is best knit on size 0 or 1 needle size (US) for the best outcome. Lace socks look especially nice on this yarn and if socks aren’t your bag, then it makes lovely shawls. It takes up dye beautifully, and produces saturated colors, and lovely kettle dyes with just hints of light in them. So strong, I’ll knit socks for people who don’t ever listen, and will toss them in the wash! HORRORS! This yarn loves to be hand washed. However, socks can get really gross at The Goat Rodeo Ranch, and sometimes we suspect the boys socks can stand up on their own. For the knit worthy among us, I am okay if I find these in the washer. We suggest the hand method and sock blockers, but teen boys and husband’s do not always want to do that and want to re-wear the socks before they can be grabbed up and had washed, so they can and do take to the washing machine. This is also a fabulous yarn for crochet projects. The fine plies lend a really lovely quality and drape to crocheted items, including baby items. The nylon makes it easier to get baby stains out of. We knit winter running socks out of ours and the wool’s natural wicking and absorption properties are second to none, while the nylon strengthens the wool and allows for excellent wicking and no squishy socks on long runs. Our head dyer even worn a pair in a race, ten miles, and was thrilled.
This yarn comes in 100 gram skeins, and at 463 yards a skein, makes a pair of socks, shoulder shawl. Or small baby sweater. What about a fingering weight sweater? Now that’s perfection.
- 4 ply yarn
- 75% Merino, 25% Nylon
- 463 yards per 100 gram skein.
Torch Lake Singles
100% Superwash Merino, no plies, or sometimes referred to as a single ply. This is IT for shawl knitting in fingering weight yarn. The feel is sumptuous. The look, amazing. So springy and squooshy! Even as a single this yarn can be used to knit socks, although we suggest you reinforce the heels with a nylon yarn, or a heel flap and gusset, as opposed to a short row heel. The color is incredible on this yarn.
- Single ply.
- 400 yards in a 100 gram skein.
- 100% Fine Merino
26.00 a skein
Lake Huron Sock
Bluefaced Leicester wool in 2 plies, with nylon for strength in 15% NEP, which is dye resistant and leaves a glorious texture. This is yarn that is a delight to knit socks with. It has a delightful tooth, or feel and it is a lovely grey cast color undyed, so deeper color is more than achievable, it is stunning! Bluefaced Leicester is a conservation breed and all the sheep are well cared for and live a happy life, grazing in small herds that are well tended. We are proud of the care and love shown to these sheep. It is an important part of who we are as dyers and a family well aware that we need to take care of our home planet and the animals we cherish.
- 85% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, 15% Nylon NEP.
- 2 ply yarn
- 438 yards, 100 gram skein.
27.00 a skein
The most incredible luxury! 70% superwash merino, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. WOW! We reserve this yarn for special semi-solid and tonal colorways for your most amazing work. Never wash this in the washer. Just cool water, and lay it flat to dry. You will be delighted.
- 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere. We strongly suggest you never wash this yarn in hot water and please by hand only.
- 3 ply yarn.
- 437 yards per 100 gram skein.
36.00 A skein.
Spring Lake Silk Sock
The drape of silk, the glory of merino in a stunning yarn of incredible depth of color and quality. Enough elasticity to not make your fingers ache from working with silk alone and the silk makes the merino stronger. Yes, you can make socks with it, but there are so many other wonderful options! Shawls, light sweaters, mitts, the list goes on.
438 delicious yards per skein. 4 sumptuous plies. The twist is perfection and designed to bring out the best this lovely yarn has to offer.
- 50% Merino, 50% Silk
- 4 plies
- 438 yards per 100 gram skein
Pine River Sport
Sport-weight yarn is one of our favorites and dye day with this is always a treat! Alpaca and silk. Drape, and strength, the Super-Yarn-Goodness yarn you will love to knit with. 4-ply yarn with 287 yards per skein. 80% Alpaca and 20% silk, this takes more dye to deepen the color, and the yarn comes out with a slight sheen of silk, and the muted interest of Alpaca. Just a perfectly pettable combination of yummy fiber.
Dyed in muted sold and semi-solid colorways, only available on this yarn, how can you resist? We can’t. The test knits are more prolific in this yarn than any other.
This is a special yarn that is perfect for anyone with wool allergies. There is no lanolin in the fiber.
- 80% Alpaca, 20% Silk
- 4 ply yarn
- 287 yards per 100 gram skein.
Mackinac Straits Sport
Strong, beautiful, round and fun to knit. This special yarn is 80% super wash merino and 20% Nylon. Think socks on larger needles, or for people, like two of our sons, with ginormous feet. I don’t know about you, but we draw the line at knitting size 11 socks on size 0 needles! Not only is this yarn wonderful for socks, but we’ve designed shawls with it and they are beloved and often requested to be purchased off our backs! This yarn has a slight, almost indiscernible sheen to it that we see clearly when it is drying in the sun. Just a lovely round yarn that we can ever get enough of. Go to for tees and lightweight sweaters.
- 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon
- 2 ply yarn
- 328 yards per 100 gram skein.
Beaver Island DK
Merino 80%, Cashmere 10% and Nylon 10% adds up to 100% wonderful yarn for sweaters, ponchos, large shawls and anything you can put your imagination to. This yarn is just fabulous, soft as a warm kitty on a cold day and as relaxing to knit as your favorite cup of tea. Just perfect for so many things. The drape is wonderful, almost dreamily soft and so touchable.
You will adore this yarn.
- 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
- 4 ply yarn
- 231 yards in a 100 gram skein
Pictured Rocks DK
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is stunning. So is this incredible 50% Silk, 50% Merino Yarn. 4 plies dyed in vivid color carefully, so the natural sheen and luster of the silk is respected. This is a superwash merino, but please, no washing machine and no temperatures above 160 degrees, or your silk will lose the quality that makes it so incredibly gorgeous. While silk has a reputation for slowly enlarging as you wear knitted items, this perceived difficulty is negated by the wonderful merino. This is a bouncy yarn, that’s fun to knit with in colorways that remind us of cut gems that sheen in the sun. So we named it after one of the most beautiful places on earth and dye it with names of rocks and minerals found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
- 50% Silk, 50% Merino
- 4 ply yarn
- 100 gram skeins each contain 230 yards.
Au Sable Single DK
40% baby alpaca, 40% merino non-superwash, and 20% silk. This is a singles construct Round, fat yarn, super soft, elegant and just delicious against your neck, hands, or even in a very special sweater, or shawl. This WILL felt in the washer and especially the dryer. We felted it the first time we dyed it because of a higher temperature than recommended in the dyepot . Careless on our part, thank goodness it pulled a part and our dyer made a hat out of it. A lovely hat too. Wait, did she do that on purpose? Never put this in the washer. Love your work enough to care for this with a VERY mild soap, and warmish, but not hot water. See our website for washing instructions.
- 40% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino (not superwash), 20% Silk
- No ply yarn, also known as single.
- 252 yards per 100 gram skein
Lake House DK
Named for a friend who got us into this crazy business, our Lake House DK is lofty, her company name is Lake House Loft, get it? If we make a sweater, this is our go-to yarn. It’s 100% merino, and incredibly soft. I’ve seen it washed over and over by my kid’s friends, who I knit hats for and in the washing machine. I tell them to hand wash, but teens! 4 bouncy plies, super wash for deep color and 231 yards per 100 gram skein.
Lakehouse DK’s 231 yards will keep you warm, loving the colors we only dye on this yarn and as joyful as Julie. We not only named this yarn for our friend, but we named one of our boys for her too. This is the yarn that deserves the honor of the name.
This makes fabulous slippers too.
- 100% Superwash Merino
- 4 ply yarn
- 231 yards/100gr