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Traditional Collection


100% Wool - worsted weight -170yds

Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is a small family-owned and operated American manufacturer of knitting and crocheting yarn. The farm is located in Augusta County, Virginia where they raise sheep and process their fleeces.

Farming is a lifelong passion for Francis Chester.  Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Long Island, NY as soon as he could and learned about vegetable gardening, how to milk goats, and how to care for chickens.  He soon began selling the farm products he helped produce door-to-door, and opened a successful farm stand in Roslyn Heights.  He acquired sheep and his love for sheep farming was born.

In 1968, Francis and his wife Diane sold their farm in Mill Neck, New York and  moved to Virginia where they and their children have continued to farm.

Cestari wool is washed using a scouring process that keeps natural lanolin in the yarn and maintains the natural bounce and texture of the wool.  Sometimes specks of easily removable hay or straw remain in the yarn; owner Francis Chester likes to say that if you put his yarn to your ears, you can almost hear the sounds of life within it.