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  • Why We Love Retrosaria



    The shawls pictured above are cabinfour's Farmhouse and Shannon Cook's Bradway both in Beiroa.

    We love Retrosaria because it's founder, Rosa, is intent on the preservation of traditional wool processing in Portugal. She facilitates the creation of Portuguese yarn from local heritage sheep breeds milled and spun in Portugal for the fiber enthusiasts of the world.  Her work is inspiring and heartening to us and is aligned with our Farm to Needle ethos. We want all the wool and knitting traditions in this world to be vibrant and vital, enriching everyone's experience of wool and their craft. 


    Retrosaria (Portuguese for haberdashery) was founded by Rosa Pomar first online in 2008 and then it became a brick and mortar store in Lisbon, Portugal in 2009. The yarns created by Retrosaria are Beiroa, Bucos, Zagal, Linho, João, Alfeire, Cobertor and Nordeste all sourced and created in Portugal.


    We love Rosa's labels.  Every time a new one is released we are in love again. 

    We cherish this particular yarn, Bucos, which we are fortunate enough to import from Rosa. Bucos yarn is hand carded and spun on a distaff or drop spindle in Bucos, Portugal out of wool from local sheep ranchers.


    Portugal has a rich history of knitting, and it is a technique particular to the region. Rosa promotes Portuguese style knitting by teaching classes and has published Malhas Portuguesas a book about the history and technique of Portuguese knitting with patterns included. Malhas Portuguesas is in Portuguese. We have Portuguese knitting pins available in our shop.



    Beiroa Fingerless Mitts a free pattern by Inês Azeitona in Beiroa colors 685 (MC), 595 (CC1), 557 (CC2)  Beiroa has many colors, making it fantastic for color work. 

    Many thanks to Rosa for the work she is doing to contribute to Portugal's wool and knitting culture.

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