Briggs and Little Yarn Company

Buddie Sweaters is all about tradition and time-tested quality. One of our favorite wool suppliers is Briggs and Little Woolen Mills( of New Brunswick, Canada. They are Canada’s oldest woolen mill, and they have been producing yarn the same way, in the same place for 150 years.
Originally founded in 1857 by George Lister, who held one of the original government land grants in the Harvey area of New Brunswick(near the magnificent Bay of Fundy, famous for the highest tides in North America,) the mill changed hands several times over the years, but was purchased in 1916 by Matthew Briggs and Howard Little. Today, the mill is run by John Thompson and John Little, who are descendants of Ward Little, who worked at the mill for 60 years, and original partner Roy Little, respectively(the two Little families were not related.
The mill was still run partially by water until 1994. Until the 1940’s the mill produced only natural colored wool in gray, brown and white. The first dyed wool’s introduced were Scarlet, Paddy Green and Royal Blue. Today we use these same colors in our custom designed Buddie Sweaters for pure, old fashioned quality.
Source: Skein drying, blending and picking, and carding wool.

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