"Quince and Company is the result of one too many Wouldn't it be great if… conversations among three yarnophiles (Pam Allen, Carrie Bostick Hoge & Bob Rice). We're two knitwear designers and an owner of a spinning mill, and we each confess to a strong bias toward natural fibers, be they soft and sensuous or rustic and sturdy. We also think businesses can be good citizens—should be good citizens—without making too much a fuss
So, we've combined efforts to create a line of thoughtfully conceived yarns spun from American wool or sourced from overseas suppliers who grow plants, raise animals, or manufacture a yarn in as earth- and labor-friendly a way as possible. We think we can have our yarn and knit it, too.
We offer wool yarns that are sourced and spun in the US. Known in the trade as “territory wool,” our fiber comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in a New England mill with a venerable history. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. But, hey, as much as we want to promote our American sheep and yarns, we also want to enjoy the pleasures of fibers that aren't readily available in the US. We also want to be responsible for what we import. So, when we blend our wool with other fibers, we find out as much as possible where, how, and by whom they came to be. If we're sourcing a yarn from a plant fiber, we want to know if it was grown in conditions that are healthy for the soil and for those who tend and harvest it.
...we're two knitwear designers and an owner of a spinning mill, and we each confess to a strong bias toward natural fibers...If we're looking for an animal fiber, we want to know if the animal was raised in a way that sustains the earth and preserves the culture of the people who raise it.
We believe that all knitting is equal. Some days we crave intricate stitches on tiny needles; other times we want to plow quickly through a chunky yarn with big, round needles. Either way we're happy making something we know we'll want to wear.
We tend toward projects that are utilitarian and friendly—the sweater you reach for when you pour a cup of tea or grab the dog's leash for a walk. But we also like the precious, labor-of-love, little jewel of a knitted accessory, too—a cabled mitt, a dainty lace kerchief—you know the kind of thing.
We want your knitting experience to be a pleasure, and your project to be a success. To that end, we've written our patterns in as clear and user-friendly a way as possible. We've explained the techniques we use, added tips, and even included technical illustrations when needed."