In this installment of Made in the USA, I had the lovely opportunity to learn more about the Jaraha family and their company, Made in America Yarns!
Ellen: Who owns the company and where is it located?
Made in America Yarns (MIAY): The company is located in Philadelphia, PA and is owned by the Jaraha family. Made in America Yarns is a Hand Knitting and Craft Yarn division of the Huntingdon Yarn Mill. Our yarn collections are manufactured and dyed in the Huntingdon Yarn Mill.
Ellen: Do you raise your own animals?
MIAY: No, we do not. But we proudly source our wool for American Lamb from Missouri, and our cotton from Georgia.
Ellen: Is your business open to tour groups?
MIAY: Yes we have had tours in the past, mainly college students, guild groups or others in the yarn manufacturing field. There are many art and textile colleges in Philadelphia and New York so although we are not open to the public we are open to local students.
Ellen: Do you sell fiber at your location (i.e., do you have a retail shop on site people can visit?)
MIAY: No we don’t, but we have set up cash and carry days for groups who come for tours.
Ellen: How many different fibers and/or products do you make/sell?
MIAY: Our yarn lines include:
Florafil – A collection of three Bulky cotton yarn lines with many color variations including solids, space dyed, and baby/pastel colors. This style of yarn is also referred to as Soft Ball because of the soft cotton roving.
WayFarer – A fingering weight multi twisted yarn made of 100% merino wool. This pure wool yarn line is very soft, ideal for sweaters, shawls, socks, or lace work. It is also perfect for color work such as fair isle and cabling.
American Lamb – A bulky weight made from 100% U.S. grown and processed Merino Wool with a micron count of 22. This creates some of the softest American wool available. This wool roving yarn is great for cozy projects, like sweaters, blankets, or other wearable winter accessories.
Ellen: The Florafil is so unique! I can’t think of anything like it on the market!
Made in America Yarns is more than a name it’s a statement. We feel strongly about keeping our product made in America, from obtaining the fibers, spinning, then twisting and dyeing the yarns here in our Mill. Many of our employees are second and third generation, we feel proud to be an asset to our local community for job creation.
We also pride ourselves in a quality premium product. Our soft cotton and wool roving yarns are unique and unlike any yarns available their soft almost squishy texture is a joy to craft with. The inspirations for the colors of our yarns are based on American inspiration, our Florafil yarn colors are inspired by American wildflowers. Our WayFarer colors are based on colors found in nature across the US from the pine forests in Washington to the Cranberry Harvests in Massachusetts. The ideals of an America made company are in the forefront of our minds at all times!