Peace Fleece is not your typical yarn company!
Its office is a sheep farm in Maine, a crowded family apartment in Moscow, or the back of a pickup somewhere between Tel Aviv and Jericho. Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help lessen the threat of nuclear war. Since then, they have purchased wool from shepherds in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Israel and the West Bank as well as Montana, Ohio, Texas and Maine. By working with people who tend livestock every day, Peace Fleece hopes to find a common ground that can slowly lead to mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
Camilla Valley Farm is pleased to be able to offer products from Peace Fleece to our customers. This includes their beautiful blended wool yarn, their handpainted knitting needles and kits of their wonderful sweater designs!
Peace Fleece produces a Worsted weight 2-ply yarn of American and Russian wool blended with Mohair (70% Wool, 30% Mohair) in 39 beautiful colours. There are approximately 200 yards (180m) in every 4 ounce (114g) skein of the wool which knits up 4 stitches to 1 inch (2.5cm) on 5mm (US Size 8) needles. The yarn, with washing and use, develops a "soft glowing halo" from the mohair.
Click here for an explanation of the colour names and here to see a colour card of the yarn.
Peace Fleece wool yarn can be ordered in individual skeins or in the sweater kits below that include the required yarn and pattern. If ordering skeins, just use the colour numbers ( ie. PF61, PF35, etc.) when filling in our online order form (see link at bottom of page).
|Weight||Worsted||Content||70% Wool, 30% Mohair||Gauge||4 stitches to 1 inch (2.5cm)
on 5mm (US Size 8) needles
|Size||114 gram (4 ounce) skein|
|Yardage||180 metres (200 yards)
|Price||$12.55 CDN ($10.50 US)|
Peace Fleece designers have created a collection of beautiful sweater designs using their worsted weight wool yarn. Size and Pricing information can be found by clicking on the pictures below.
|Everyday Cardigan||Old Friend Pullover||Coup D'Etat Cardigan|
|Drop shoulder, cropped length with an easy knitting style and a hint of a rolled neck||A simple, easy sweater to make with flush, crocheted neck and wrist edges||A dense handsome sweater designed in Russia|
|Marty's Favorite Sweater||Oversize Raglan Pullover||Shepherd's Jacket|
|This two-colour knitting pattern gives a tweed-like woven look. A very warm, jacket-like design!||Classic Raglan with a roll neck and roomy fit, perfect for tweed and heather colours.||Uses the Mosaic knitting technique using 5 colours ... not hard to do!|
In addition to the designs from Peace Fleece, we have created our own collection of Sock Kits and Thrum Mitten Kits using this wonderful yarn. The story behind these handpainted birch knitting needles is a study in international cooperation. Vadim and Galina Sharikov live in a three room Moscow apartment where they have converted their 6' x 12' sun porch into a small factory where they manufacture and paint wooden knitting needles and buttons. They have been working with Peace Fleece over 12 years, have designed and built their own machinery and are artists in everything they do. The needles, sold in attractive paper sheaths, are milled in Maine and then are finished and painted in Moscow. These needles come both 10 and 14 inch lengths in 7 sizes and are made of birch. In addition we now carry the mini needles used in the Peace Fleece Learn to Knit kits. These needles only come in one size and are also becoming a very popular hair accessory!
In addition to the designs from Peace Fleece, we have created our own collection of Sock Kits and Thrum Mitten Kits using this wonderful yarn.
The story behind these handpainted birch knitting needles is a study in international cooperation.
Vadim and Galina Sharikov live in a three room Moscow apartment where they have converted their 6' x 12' sun porch into a small factory where they manufacture and paint wooden knitting needles and buttons. They have been working with Peace Fleece over 12 years, have designed and built their own machinery and are artists in everything they do. The needles, sold in attractive paper sheaths, are milled in Maine and then are finished and painted in Moscow.
These needles come both 10 and 14 inch lengths in 7 sizes and are made of birch. In addition we now carry the mini needles used in the Peace Fleece Learn to Knit kits. These needles only come in one size and are also becoming a very popular hair accessory!
|Needle Size||Ordering Information||Price|
|Metric||US||UK||6 Inches (15 cm)||10 Inches (25 cm)||14 Inches (36 cm)|
|3.5 mm||Size 4||-||-||KSTR-PF-3.5s||KSTR-PF-3.5||6" and 10"
|3.75 mm||Size 5||Size 9||-||KSTR-PF-3.75s||KSTR-PF-3.75|
|4.0 mm||Size 6||Size 8||-||KSTR-PF-4.0s||KSTR-PF-4.0|
|4.5 mm||Size 7||Size 7||-||KSTR-PF-4.5s||KSTR-PF-4.5|
|5.0 mm||Size 8||Size 6||KSTR-PF-5.0m||KSTR-PF-5.0s||KSTR-PF-5.0|
|5.5 mm||Size 9||Size 5||-||KSTR-PF-5.5s||KSTR-PF-5.5|
|6.0 mm||Size 10||Size 4||-||KSTR-PF-6.0s||KSTR-PF-6.0|
One of the best presents you can give a child is a skill! Years from now many gifts will be long forgotten but they will remember how they learned to take a piece of yarn and turn it into a knit garment with this Peace Fleece Learn-to-Knit Kit. A wonderful way to build confidence!
These kits include 2 x Peace Fleece worsted weight 1/2 ounce mini-skeins, a set of 6" painted wooden knitting needles and knitting bag both made by Moscow artisans. The easy to follow pattern teaches the young knitter how to make a "Peace Pocket" purse they can wear around their neck to hold special things. It even comes with an adorable "kitty button". There is enough wool and the instructions to make a hair tie or scarf for their bear or doll as well. Everything needed is included in kit which is designed for a child 8 years old and up. Adult supervision is advised.
Each "Learn-to-Knit kit is priced at $23.95 CDN ($19.95 US). The needles are available separately and are shown above.
Photographs of each of the colours are shown below. While they provide a fairly accurate reproduction of the colours, the accuracy can vary from computer monitor to computer monitor. Yarn Sample Cards that have a short piece of yarn for each colour are also available.
Peace Fleece defines itself as a yarn company commited to helping historic enemies cooperate and prosper through trade so the names for their yarn colours were selected to celebrate cooperation. While some names are obvious, others need explanation ...
Yarn Sample CardThe sample card to the right includes samples of each of the yarn colours. Contact us if you would like to order this or any of our other sample cards.
A larger version of the sample card can be seen by clicking on the image to the right.
Note: While the picture of the sample card provides a fairly accurate reproduction of the colours and sizes, how they are represented can vary from computer monitor to computer monitor. We suggest you verify colours with the actual sample card before ordering to ensure your project turns out as expected.
How to Order:
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