Origin of Finn Wool

Finn Dandy Sport is one of our best-selling yarns to date. Knitters were frantic to purchase more after receiving it in their much-awaited Barn Box yarn subscription. Available in 2- and 3-ply sport weight, this super squishy fiber is made from 100% Finn wool sustainably sourced from flocks in the USA. 

Finn, short for Finnish Landrace, is a dual-purpose breed of sheep originating hundreds of years ago in Finland. Finn sheep are direct descendants of the Mouflon and arrived in the U.S. in 1968. As a heritage breed, Finn sheep, while domesticated, were allowed to maintain their original genetics more or less. Therefore, Finn wool has sustained its unique characteristics from one generation to the next. 

Finn ewes are excellent mothers and are known for delivering more lambs than any other sheep breed—sometimes as many as four or six offspring! Finns are of medium to large size with a short tail and springy, medium length fleece. Their wool has an average staple length of 3-6 inches and diameter of 24-31 microns. 


Shown here: René in Finn Dandy 3-Ply Sport (Owl) and Miami Cuban Cap in Finn Dandy 2-Ply Sport (Fog)

Finn Dandy 2-Ply and 3-Ply Sport share many similarities and a few differences. They both have a gorgeous sheen and are soft enough to be worn next to the skin. The 3-ply yarn is smoother and denser with slightly more drape than the airy 2-ply, which is a bit fuzzy and offers a soft halo to catch the light. Equally delicious in warmth and style, you might just have to try them both!

Our Finn wool is proudly spun by family-owned mills in the Northeast and Midwest USA. It is made under earth-friendly and animal-friendly conditions keeping in line with our values and mission. Experience the beauty of Finn Dandy 2-Ply or 3-Ply Sport in your next crafting endeavor! 



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