May 29, 2020 in Brown Sheep

Spotlight on Synchrony Yarn

Every great yarn has a story — our unique yarn called Synchrony is no exception. It’s time to spin a yarn about spinning yarn.

Many wonderful things have been invented by mistake — or, a mistake that turns into something unexpectedly better than planned. I believe chocolate chip cookies fall into this category.

About a decade ago, a worker in our mill mistakenly added some cones of wool fiber in place of cotton– the two fibers can look similar when they are in ready-to-spin form. The result was an interestingly beautiful yarn with a tweedy appearance. This “surprise” yarn was so appealing that Brown Sheep Company decided to introduce it as a new line of yarn: Serendipity Tweed (the original name of the yarn — read on for more of the story). This blend consisted of 60% cotton and 40% wool.


  1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Wool and cotton accept dye differently, so the strands of each fiber come out differently from the dye vat. For some colors, the difference is striking while for others it’s more subtle.

Several years down the road, our hand painter decided to experiment with hand-dyeing this yarn base in a rainbow of multicolored combinations. The result was beautiful, and so Brown Sheep introduced the line of yarn called Synchrony.


  1. the way in which two or more things happen, develop, or move at the same time or speed.

The name is a play on the combination of fibers: cotton and wool. The two work delightfully together, despite not having been combined traditionally.  Cotton is cool and wearable, while wool is springy and soft.

Synchrony was so well-received by our local yarn shops that we decided to combine the two yarns into one line. Synchrony now consists of both the solid colors (formerly Serendipity Tweed) and the hand painted colorways.


We think you’ll love Synchrony for just about any spring or summer project: it’s great for making garments, accessories, baby blankets, and more. The colors are bold and vibrant, and Synchrony is well-suited for knitting, crocheting, or weaving.  In DK weight, this yarn can sub in to a wide variety of patterns.  You can truly enjoy the best of two amazing natural fibers, cotton and wool, working their magic in harmony!

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