Jill Draper Makes Stuff

July 12, 2013 Julie

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson Yarn

The fact that I haven’t had a chance to share our latest yarn arrival with you on here for more than a week has been weighing a bit on my conscience. Unless you’ve stopped into the shop, you’ve been deprived of this gorgeousness. For over a week, I know! But, I’m feeling a bit better about it now because Eileen came to the shop today and told me a week’s not that much. I’m just one woman trying to do my thing. Which is quite a many things, actually. So, I’m going to listen to Eileen.

This yarn is SO beautiful — inside and out! Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson yarn comes to us from a lovely lady named Jill Draper. She makes stuff, if you haven’t already gathered that. What you see before your eyes is Jill’s worsted weight yarn, a 100% superwash merino.

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson Yarn

This yarn isn’t just a pretty face, though. It’s smart and kind, too. You see, Hudson is made in the USA with American grown AND superwashed wool. {!!!}

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson Yarn

We’ve got just a few skeins each of those multi-colored yarns you see and a bit more of the semi-solid colors. Read: snag your favorite(s) sooner than later! I’m especially excited about the special Cape May colorway that Jill created just for us. *swoon*

Whether you live here year round or just get to visit, wouldn’t a skein of Cape May make a lovely souvenir to take home or gift to a fan of the Jersey shore?

One of my favorite aspects of owning Home Made is hand picking the beautiful things that make up my shop. Many of the goodies I stock come from other small business run by women. And, I think it’s pretty darn cool that we get to support each other in doing our thing. Or quite a many things, actually. . .

Now that you’ve had a glimpse of her yarn, you should meet Jill Draper! Learn about her process for creating her hand painted yarn in the full interview after the jump.


Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson yarn is now available for purchase in the brick and mortar Home Made shop! If you don’t live nearby and would like to place a mail order, just give a ring at 609.536.2940.

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Yarns

What inspired you to start your own business dyeing and selling yarn?

I’ve been a knitter almost as long as I can remember so I’ve always loved yarn! After working in the commercial design world and in knitting shops I realized I wanted yarn that didn’t exist.  On a whim I started a shop selling handspun on a new upstart called Etsy.  The skeins kept selling (in spite on my HORRIBLE first pictures) and I moved on to dyeing commercially produced bases to keep up with demand.  The next logical step for me was to start working directly with farmers & mills to get the yarn how I imagined it from the very first step.

Hudson, your superwash worsted merino yarn, is made just for you — both grown and superwashed in the USA. Can you tell us about how you get your yarn and the significance of it being created, start to finish, domestically?

With all my domestically produced yarns I work closely with farmers & mills sourcing fiber that has the qualities I’m looking for in a specific micron count range or fiber characteristics.  We then work on the weight of the singles, how many plies, what the yardage per skein will be and how the plies will be twisted.  I think this gives me the chance to have both unique bases and to really use the fibers to their best effect.  I’m proud to be producing so many yarns here in the US with US grown wool.  Nothing has made me more proud than thinking of all the other small businesses that are growing & succeeding along with Jill Draper Makes Stuff.

Jill Draper Make Stuff Gigantic Cable Scarf{Jill Draper Makes Stuff Gigantic Cable Scarf}

 When I was putting together my first order for the shop, I learned that you’ve visited Cape May. We decided you would put together a special colorway for us at Home Made, called Cape May. Can you tell us how you go about designing colors for your yarn? Specifically, how did you come up with the Cape May colorway?

Inspiration for the colors comes from all over, visits to museums, a walk through the garden, or a perfect junk store display.  For the Cape May colorway, of course, I needed to include oceanic shades, and a perfect sky blue, but for me what was striking visually to me about Cape May was all the yellow tinged green from the salt marsh grasses.

What was the best part of your visit to Cape May?

I visited when I was going to Pratt in Brooklyn and was lucky enough to have a friend from Cape May and access to a car! I love seasides from this era, there is something about the old beach communities from near the turn of the 20th century that have a romance about them to me.  Somehow if you squint the right way it doesn’t seem impossible to imagine carts on the beach where women are changing into their modest, wool bathing costumes while men in singlets wade at the shoreline.

 What’s your favorite thing to knit with Hudson?

Good thing you asked today because it will likely change by tomorrow! I’ve knit so many things from Hudson, lots of sweaters for little nieces and hats for me but probably what I’ve knit most are the Hudson Valley Winter Socks.  The socks are boot socks and a super quick knit in worsted weight. Living in the Hudson Valley I wear wool socks 7 months (sometimes more!) a year and we never seem to have enough good warm socks. Plus they are almost mindless, besides heels and toes so they are a great knit night project as I can keep up with the chatting and the knitting simultaneously!

Hudson Valley Winter Socks{Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson Valley Winter Socks}


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