Prairie Spun DK from Brown Sheep Company

Introducing a new yarn from Brown Sheep Company!  Brown Sheep's Prairie Spun DK is a 100% wool yarn in a versatile DK weight.  The palette of colors is sophisticated and DK weight yarn creates fabric that is beautifully suited to accessories and smart for sweaters!  A 3-ply wool, Prairie Spun can be worked on a variety of needle sizes and comes in a 100 gram, 256 yard skein.  

Produced and spun in the US, Prairie Spun is soft, lofty, and has a lovely springy hand. I'm knitting the Coteau Hat & Scarf a pattern designed for this yarn by Solène Le Roux. I can't wait to block my scarf! 

© Solène Le Roux

© Solène Le Roux

We have lots of colors in stock and big plans for this beautiful yarn!  Check out this video about the history of Brown Sheep Company, and stop by the shop for a few skeins of Prairie Spun!


  • 100% Wool
  • DK, 3-plies
  • 256 yards (234m) per 100g skein
  • 5.5 sts per inch on US6 (4 mm) needles
  • Made in USA
  • Hand wash, dry flat


Brioche Knitting


Brioche knitting is a knitting method that results in a fabric that is dimensional, two-sided, and lofty.  It can be accomplished in the round or flat, and in single or multiple colors.  Brioche is perfect for accessories:  use it to make reversible hats, cozy, sculpted scarves, and beautiful cowls. 

Brioche is a classic technique showing up in well-loved publications like Barbara Walker’s ‘Treasury of Knitting Patterns’ and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s ‘Knitting Without Tears.’  A quick search on Ravelry will show that it has a place in your twenty-first century knitting basket. 

Lancaster Yarn Shop is offering a Free Workshop called ‘Brioche for Beginners' on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  We will make a simple two color cowl which will be knit in the round.  Pre-register by calling the shop!  


August 14-19, 2017

CAMP noun: ‘camp’ plural: ‘camps’ --a recreational institution providing facilities for outdoor activities, sports, crafts, and other special interests and typically featuring rustic overnight accommodations.

As you may know, Lancaster Yarn Shop offers classes and free workshops throughout the year, generally a few times a month.  ‘YARN CAMP’ takes place every year in August, and is a week-long series of daily, FREE Workshops that can be taken independently or together in a series!  Taken separately, these are one-time, stand-alone workshops; taken together, you have a knitting immersion experience.  ‘Campers’ may register for one, or a few, or all of the workshops offered during the week. 

Please Note!  Yarn Camp is “camp” in name only – we do not feature ‘rustic overnight accommodations,’ we don’t use gimp, nor do we serve ‘bug juice.’  What we do is offer a wide variety of projects and instruction in a short time, and we invite you to join in the fun!  All the details about this year’s Yarn Camp can be found by visiting the Classes page HERE on our website.  As with all classes and workshops at Lancaster Yarn Shop, Pre-Registration is required – please call the shop (717) 768-8007 to register.

If you are going for the knitting immersion experience, remember that there are luxury accommodations available right HERE at Kitchen Kettle Village.

PLAIN YARN: LAMB--What will you make?

Plain Yarn is organic, undyed, local Romney Wool

Plain Yarn is organic, undyed, local Romney Wool

Still trying to decide what you might do with Plain Yarn: Lamb from Lancaster, Pennsylvania?  We have some ideas!  We have two natural, un-dyed colors in stock this spring--a beautiful deep brown, and unbleached natural white. 

Felt Flock by Bev Galeskas knit by edirks on Ravelry

Felt Flock by Bev Galeskas knit by edirks on Ravelry

It is always a privilege to see what knitters and crocheters make with yarns from LYS--and we are impressed and thrilled with the creativity we've seen when it comes to Plain Yarn! We can't wait to see what you've made, and we'd love to hear what you're planning to make with this beautiful yarn.  Post your projects on Ravelry, or send us a photo!

We fell in love with Erica Dirks' projects using the "Felted Flock" pattern by Bev Galeska.  We wrote our own pattern for a warm, comfortable hat called the 'Shepherd's Checkerboard' (which is available as a kit in the shop or on our website).  And several of us made the 'Change of Heart' cowl by Justyna Lorkowska (Knitty Deep Fall 2014), it's very pretty in natural white or brown.

Lately, I've been thinking about what would be the 'just right' project for the fingering weight lambswool skeins and I hit on the traditional Shetland Hap. Now, I can't stop thinking about them. So, I've googled and searched around on Ravelry--and it turns out there's more than one way to knit a hap! There isn't consensus on the meaning or etymology of the word 'hap,' but mostly it seems that it's Norse roots mean to 'cover, wrap, or enfold; shelter.'  In knitting it refers specifically to the Shetland Island tradition of making warm, comfortable shawls suitable for daily wear and usually featuring an old shale patterned border.

Kate Davies recently published a collection of traditional and modern takes on the knitted hap, and she is in good company. Jared Flood, Gudrun Johnston, and many more outstanding contemporary designers are giving haps a chance. Yardage for a traditional full hap ranges between 850-1,700 yards of fingering weight yarns.  A two color hap in Plain Yarn: Lamb may very well be in my knitting future!

photo Shetland Museum & Archives

photo Shetland Museum & Archives

'Haps may well surprise you: they can be square, triangular, or hexagonal, incorporating lace, cables, or colour. Though haps are, by definition, functional, wearable textiles, you’ll find they can also be elegant and fascinating, graphic and abstract.'  --Kate Davies