Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mission Falls, We Barely Knew Ye

Mission Falls Pattern and Yarn

As of January 1, 2011, Mission Falls yarns is no longer produced.  It was a small Canadian yarn company that produced yarns, patterns and buttons, all of distinctly high quality.  It was widely distributed for only 5 years, but the company has been in existence for over 18 years. 

I found and fell in love with Mission Falls yarns about three years back.  I love the textures and colors of their products. (1824 cotton and wool, for example.)  The original yarn was licensed to CNS yarns 5 years ago, which seemed to have some quality and consistency problems, earning the beautiful colorways a reputation for pilling and knots among some knitters.  For those who got the good stuff, though, it was addictive.

Most LYS and online knitting outlets have their products on sale now, and I would encourage you to look at both the yarns and the pattern books.  The patterns are filled with colors and whimsy, well outside the usual knitting fare.  

This is not the first time that Mission Falls has declared they were ceasing production, but with a farewell letter on founder Mags Kandis' blog, I think it's permanent this time.  Grab the yarns and patterns while you can.  Sadly, Mission Falls will soon just be a fond memory.

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