About TWD

The Woolly Dragon is a small batch hand-dyed yarn shop specializing in quirky and compelling colors themed after your favorite (or obscure) movies, books, games, pop culture, and cult classics. Started in 2017 in northern Illinois, The Woolly Dragon wants to give you a way to show off your favorite fandom in a subtle way. Can people tell that your shawl is themed after a superhero? Maybe not, but you do! Our colors range from bright to sophisticated and you can always find something to fit your taste.

Sarah is the owner/dyer/skein twister/misc. at the Woolly Dragon. After 10 years of running biology lab preps at a local college, and degrees in Geoscience and Environmental science, a major life event inspired a change in career to follow her long-term dream. Many of her favorite things find their way into The Woolly Dragon - outdoors, travel, nerdy movies and tv, books, games, and most importantly - color. (Sarah is also adept at writing in the third person.)

The Woolly Dragon strives to be approachable and understanding. We want you to love your yarn, and have a fantastic experience choosing and purchasing it.

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Small batch hand dyed yarn can potentially be hard on resources and the environment.  We try to reduce our impact as much as possible, in many small ways including:

Fresh water usage is monitored.  My current studio doesn't have running water, so water and waste needs to be carried in and out.  This makes it clear how much we are using.  "Gray water" is reused as much as possible, such as the water spun out from drying yarn will be added to the boiling water pots.

Undyed yarn and other supplies are ordered in large quantities a few times a year, instead of many small orders that each require transportation (fuel and emissions). Outgoing packages are picked up during the daily mail delivery stop, and don't require a special trip to the post office.

I am trying to improve my processes every day to make them as environmentally protective as possible.

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Our wool, including merino, is sourced from South America, and specifically from farmers who do not practice muesling. (If you do not know what muesling is, you can read about it here on Wikipedia - but be warned you may need a strong stomach.)

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The Woolly Dragon does not participate in, and absolutely condemns, any action that seeks to separate any group of people into an "other".  Our products are not to be used in any way that contributes to discrimination of any kind.

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The Woolly Dragon is always open to collaborations. If you are a pattern designer, knit or crochet, contact us at sarah@thewoollydragon.com to discuss using TWD yarn in your project. If it is the right fit, we can provide yarn support and even dye custom colorways and kits for your pattern. If you have some other awesome product that you think would be perfect for TWD shop, email us!

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The Woolly Dragon is currently seeking new wholesale opportunities. If you would like to carry TWD yarn in your physical shop, please contact us at yarn@thewoollydragon.com for a line sheet.  We can also discuss a custom/exclusive colorway for your shop, if you are interested. 

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Finally, our colorways that are inspired by games, movies, TV, and any other copywrited material are done out of our love for the game/character/theme.  We don’t claim any rights to the original material.