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In 1986 Eugene Bourgeois, a sheep farmer and mystical philosopher started Philosopher's Wool so that he could buy fleece from Ontario farmers at a decent price. By profit sharing, he has been able to pay them over $2 a pound instead of the pennies that they were able to get on the open market.

This meant that he had to develop a special market to attract knitters to Philosopher's Wool and he did so by producing a wool that has not been treated with the usual chemical processes and retains a percentage of the natural lanolin. Philosopher's Wool has been described as non-allergenic; it certainly is wonderfully comfortable both to knit with and to wear.

You can learn this method from an 8 minute video lesson available on our web site - TECHNIQUE VIDEO. Some knitters have said that this method has changed their lives! They also have a sweater and accessories store at their farm where they usually have about a hundred hand knit sweaters available.

To read more about the evolution of Philosopher's Wool Company go to THE FULL STORY.

 Our mission is to support sustainable agriculture, with about 25% of web sales devoted to that purpose. We have always been a fair trade company, producing wool yarn that is as natural and organic as possible. We specialise in hand knitting kits for Fair Isle sweaters, shawls and cardigans. Our simplified technique is available from our DVD and books. We recently featured in a study about our business. You can read it here.
Our sweater collection appeals to many knitters because of the colourways, the designs and the "Philosophery" look. Above all, our Fair Isle sweaters are rhythmic and fun to knit, never using more than two colours at one time. As you learn the patterns your fingers will take over and do the thinking for you. Our large laser colour photographs, included in each kit, will give you an excellent idea of how we have used the colours.
Click on the titles below to see a selection of sweaters in the pattern of your choice.