QUINCE & CO.
alewives fabrics is proud to be a flagship store for quince&co. yarns!
Quince & Co. was launched by Pam Allen in 2010 in partnership with a historic mill in Maine. The fibers are sourced in the USA and spun right here in Maine. Each Quince yarn is unique. They vary not only in weight but in structure and personality as well with exquisite color, feel and pattern support. Alewives Fabrics is proud to be a Quince&Co. Flagship store and carries several colors, weights and blends.
Quince&Co. yarns are sold in-store only and are not available for sale on our webstore at this time. Please feel free to call or e-mail us for availability.
Three-ply Chickadee is a well-rounded, bouncy, and elastic sport/dk weight 100% American wool yarn. Although smooth, tidy, and refined in the skein, it makes a fabric with even stitches, drape, softness, and a hint of halo to smooth things out. Chickadee knits up on size US 3 to 7 needles [3.25 to 4.5mm], depending on what you’re looking for. It’s the perfect all around, sport weight yarn.
Finch is a fingering weight yarn with spark. Its four neatly twisted plies of 100% American wool give the yarn a smooth, tailored finish that’s sturdy and hardwearing. It's soft to the touch, drapey, and perfectly balanced for even stockinette-stitch fabric. We like it at 6-7 stitches per inch on size US 3 and 4 needles [3.25 and 3.5mm]. Drop down to US 2’s [2.75mm] when you want a tight fabric. Loosen it up on US 5’s [3.75mm] when you want drape and swing.
Lark is the perfect, classic worsted weight 100% American wool yarn. Its four plump plies are twisted just enough to ensure durability, without any loss of loft and drape. The yarn is round, soft, and well-balanced for smooth, even stitches. Knit it on size US 6 [4mm] needles for a windproof mitten and on size US 8’s [5mm], or even 9’s [5.5mm], for a drapey, open cardigan.
Osprey is an Aran weight yarn made from three plies of 100% American wool. The plies are gently twisted together for a cushy yarn with good bounce. Osprey knits up handily on size US 10 and 10 ½ [6 and 6.5mm] needles into garments wooly and soft. It’s perfect in pullovers and cozy cardigans, hats and mitts and anything you’d like to wear close to the skin.
Puffin is a round, chunky/bulky single-ply yarn spun from sturdy 100% American wool fleece. Puffin knits up quickly on a size US 13 or 15 [9 or 10mm) needle to make garments with a subtle halo and comfortable hand. It’s great for outdoor sweaters, and it’s perfect for the quick hat or pair of mittens.
Alewives carries some of Quince&Co’s “bare” line of yarns as well. “Bare" yarns were created with hand-dyeing in mind. This yarn is completely natural, with no dyes added on 100gram skeins.
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50% American wool blended with 50% alpaca. A pliant two-ply, woolen spun light worsted weight yarn. Squishy and plump, Owl knits up between 4 ½ to 5 stitches per inch, the perfect weight for just about everything. Because it blooms after washing, you can work Owl on US 8 and 9 needles [5 and 5.5mm]. The round plies bloom to fill in your stitches and create a relaxed and drapey fabric with lots of pretty halo.
Tern blends 75% American wool and 25% tussah silk for a smooth, defined fingering yarn. We love how the silk fibers lend drape and add a slight sheen to knitted fabric. Use Tern in socks; its silk component has great tensile strength and the wool therein contributes elasticity and warmth. Tern is great year round; it’s warm and pretty in winter, but light and flowing worked into a summer cardigan.
Showcasing mohair's well-known qualities, ethereal Piper is our single-ply heavy laceweight yarn comprised of 50% Texas super kid mohair, 50% Texas superfine merino, both sourced in Texas. We suggest a gauge of 6–7 stitches per inch on size US 3 (3.25 mm) to US 5 (3.75 mm) needles as a starting point, but worked on larger needles at a looser gauge, it can produce a wonderful, airy lace; on smaller needles, a firmer fabric that can ward off winter's chilliest temps.
Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief-soft and drapey. It’s a fingering weight yarn spun in Italy from 100% organic linen grown in Belgium. Knit Sparrow on a variety of needle sizes: we’ve used needles from size US 2 to size 6 (2.75 to 4mm). It’s great in tanks, shawls, and breezy cardigans, and lovely as can be in bags, wash cloths, and other home accessories.
Kestrel is a new take on a simple linen yarn. We took the same Belgium-grown 100% organic linen that we use in our little Sparrow and spun it this time in a ribbon structure. Kestrel is a heavy worsted weight and knits up quickly at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch. Its flat surface adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl stitches. But we think the best thing about it is its incredible drape. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.