Stone Wool Story


Whitney Hayward started handspinning her own yarns in 2014 using small batches of wool grown by New England farmers. She couldn’t get enough of the various wools on offer – feeling the differences and subtleties in their character as she spun them into yarn and knitted them into sweaters. Romney wool was deliciously simple to spin, and made a hearty warm yarn; Merino demanded a careful short draw, but the reward was a pillowy soft yarn; Cormo was a breeze to spin, and yielded a yarn both soft and strong. Soon she got carried away and was spinning more than she could knit. She decided to sell some yarn.

Whitney named her yarn Stone Wool in dedication to her family’s farm. The Stone family farm sits on 800 acres in northern Missouri - a typical size 50 years ago. A variety of animals, mainly sheep, hogs, and cattle dotted its pasture. Its fields shimmered in the wind with silage and alfalfa. There were dry years; there were bountiful years.

The bountiful years became less frequent. Neighbors parceled off nips and pieces of their farms to make ends meet. Nips and pieces turned into halves and wholes. Residential homes sliced into the black dirt.

Our aims for Stone Wool are simple: Make incredible yarn and support the farmers who continue to work the land. We want to help keep the farms whole and  help them flourish.