Greetings from Quince & Co.!
Quince & Co. was launched in 2010 by Pam Allen in partnership with a historic mill in Maine. Pam has worked in the handknitting industry as a freelance knitwear designer, editor of Interweave Knits, and creative director at a major hand-knitting yarn company.
Before starting Quince & Co., Pam found that the traditional way that yarn companies produce new yarns – going to trade shows and choosing from yarns designed by spinning mills – was unsatisfying and ultimately did not yield great products. She wanted to work with mills to design yarns from the ground up. Pam was also frustrated by how difficult it was to have yarns made in the US, where there was once a venerable textile tradition.
Pam recruited fellow designer and yarnophile Carrie Hoge and, together with inventive and resourceful folks at spinning mills around the northeast, they created a line of classic, beautiful yarns from wool sourced and spun in the US. With those yarns they designed a line of modern knitting patterns for sweaters and accessories lovely in their simplicity, which echoed the “thoughtful essentials” nature of the yarn.
Since then, Quince has grown its offerings well beyond the core wool yarns and a few patterns, while maintaining the dedication to quality, history, and the modern, clean aesthetic that started it all.
This month marks our newest yarn release: Willet, a DK-weight cotton which uses long and extra long staple Cleaner Cotton™ grown by family farmers in California. Read about this in our two-part blog series:
Part 1 and Part 2.
Next month, we will be releasing a compelling book about seamless sweater knitting: Top Down, by Elizabeth Doherty. Elizabeth's focus in this release is on sweaters worked from the top down, with set-in sleeves. Delving into this technique and its benefits in great detail, the book also features a number of ready-to-knit sweater patterns using this type of construction. Preorders have already begun (and all preorder customers will receive the e-book ahead of their print copy).
SouleMama: Since the last time you were featured on SouleMama, in what ways has your business grown or changed?
Quince: We are very excited about the recent launch of our sister company, Twig & Horn, where we offer needlearts accessories from wool soap, to wool totes, to locally-sourced needle gauge tools. Our launch, in June, was so successful that we ran out of most of the products almost immediately. We’re working on restocking now. The Twig & Horn concept was born from the desire to support conscientious, high-quality goods for knitters and other craftspeople, from the finest makers we can find. We’ve only just begun but we have many interesting and unique items in store for the future.
Also, at the end of June we wrapped up Shawl Week, our yearly celebration of shawls featuring a pattern each week-day by a different designer. This year’s shawl week was our most popular yet! We had some really great ones this time around.
This month marks Quince's 5th birthday, and we've been celebrating each week in July with fun contests and thank-yous to show our gratitude for our supporters. Next week, we'll be featuring a number of giveaways for our followers exclusively on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and the Quince blog. We have a lot of fun things planned!