Yarn Detective: Got GOTS (Certification)?

July 28, 2021
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Yarns—some of our favorite ways to knit them up are in Field Guide No. 18.

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  • The article and the video from Gots was very informative. Thank you for teaching me something new and thank you Neighborhood Fiber

  • Is the finished yarn GOTS certified?

  • Some of us use super wash because of wool allergies – does this yarn work for people who can’t wear regular wool as well?

    • I don’t know the answer to that one. It is definitely wool so I’d be wary of it working for someone with a wool allergy.

    • This might be worth a try. My daughter and granddaughter had always thought they were allergic to wool. Turns out it was the toxic commercial dye they were reacting to, not the wool itself.

  • Very helpful and useful article! Thank you Jillian!!

  • Having just watched a YouTube video with Kristy Glass, Karida, and Ann Weaver made your article even more pertinent. Thank you.

  • Thank you for this article. Very informative.

  • Well… with out the actual certification… the yarn produced from my small flock fits the criteria for organic! I better follow through with the process of certifying!!

  • This was an excellent article Jillian! How can we find a list of GOTS yarns? I don’t see any on their website.

    • Yes I would like to know also if possible, thanks, great article!

    • Garthenor Organic in Wales, UK sell fully certified GOTS yarn

      • FWIW Garthenor Snowdonia is an INCREDIBLE sock yarn.

  • I am trying to distinguish the difference in color between Oaklee and Bolton Hill. Is Bolton Hill a darker orange or rust?

    • Yes, that’s right. I wouldn’t say it’s rust but it’s an orange with more red in it, a bit darker.

  • Just thank you.

  • Thank you! Very interesting and the colors are gorgeous.

  • So informative and helpful! I thought I knew enough when I bought “certified organic.” There is so much more. Thank you Jillian and Karida Collins and Neighborhood Fiber Co.

  • A few years ago I innocently ask a seller on Instagram what made her Fiber “organic”. I got no reply. It’s easy to throw that term out there without the work. I very rarely use Superwash wool any more because I love the feel of “wooly wool”. Great informative article.

  • I am glad to hear of such care to all of the processes. I enjoy yarn whether wool or cootin or any blend so being organic means its better.

  • I so appreciate this timely article. As I’ve become more aware of the environmental and human rights disasters of the fashion/clothing industry, I’ve started to wonder about the provenance of the yarn I knit with. I’m a firm believer in voting with my dollars, so knowing that there are independent ways to evaluate yarns is very welcomed. I no longer will knit with regular super wash due to the environmental toxicity. Nice to know there are alternatives!

    Three questions: 1) Is is possible to search for yarns that are GOTS certified? and 2) is the GOTS certification a reasonable things to expect small independent producers to obtain? Or is is like the organic farming standards that are very paper-work intensive so that some small farms simply bypass the certification even if they are farming organically? If that is the case, how can knitters find and support them anyway?

  • So good to see the move away from superwash!

  • Bravo to Karida for the righteous decisions she has made in running her business – her principles shine as bright as her colors! And thank you MDK for selecting this yarn so we could learn about it. I didn’t even realize NFC had GOTS certified yarns – that definitely will guide my purchases. We have only one planet, it’s so good to be able to get beautiful yarn that isn’t hastening its destruction!

    • Consider the offerings of Tierra Wools in New Mexico. They are certified organic and offer a great selection for knitting and weaving.