CoBaSi by HiKoo

CoBaSi by HiKoo, a wool-free sock yarn from Skacel, is made from cotton (55 percent), bamboo (16 percent), silk (8 percent), and elastic nylon (21 percent). The nylon gives the yarn elasticity not normally found in cotton yarns, while the silk offers beautiful stitch definition and subtle shine. CoBaSi is a great value for a […]


Donegal Tweed Homespun

Donegal Tweed Homespun is a classic Irish-made homespun tweed from Tahki Stacy Charles. This single-ply aran weight yarn features contrasting slubs of color for added depth. The knitted or crocheted fabric is rustic and textured, making it perfect for traditional items like sweaters, mittens and afghans. It knits up at 4 to 4.5 stitches to […]


The Fibre Company Acadia

Acadia, a tweedy two-ply yarn by the Fibre Company, is a beautiful yarn that is available in a rich palette with subtle color variation. The dk-weight yarn is 60 percent merino wool, 20 percent baby alpaca, and 20 percent silk. It knits up at 21-23 stitches to the inch on size 5-6 needles. The shop […]


Rowan Felted Tweed

Rowan Felted Tweed Aran is a lovely textured yarn that features a slightly felted look, making it perfect for stranded knitting projects and other colorwork. This Italian-made yarn is a blend of 50% wool, 25% alpaca, and 25% viscose. It knits up at 4 stitches to the inch on US size 8 needles. Because of […]


Sun Valley Fibers

Sun Valley Fibers is a family-owned fiber farm located in southwestern Wisconsin. The Sow’s Ear is proud to stock several varieties of Sun Valley Fibers yarn, including sock, dk, and worsted weights. Sun Valley Fibers MCS (pictured) is a plied sock yarn comprised of 75% merino wool, 15% cashmere, and 10% silk. This fingering weight […]


Brown Sheep Nature Spun

Nature Spun is a wonderfully sturdy 100% wool three-ply worsted weight yarn. It comes to us from the Brown Sheep Company, a family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. The Brown family settled in the North Platte River valley more than 100 years ago and opened their mill in 1980 after farming and raising sheep on the […]


Garden Fresh Café

Despite the hot weather and lack of rain, our store garden is thriving thanks to the hard work of this gal here! Alison Brookins built and maintains our lovely garden.


55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos

55 Christmas Balls to Knit is a popular book by Arne and Carlos, knitwear designers from Norway and Sweden respectively. Drawing on their shared Scandinavian culture, Arne and Carlos have designed 55 seasonal motifs to use with a standard knitted ball pattern. The charted motifs include evergreens, reindeer, hearts, and snowflakes. The patterns are knit […]

The Sow's Ear

Welcome to The Sow's Ear!

Locally owned and operated since 2000, The Sow’s Ear is the Midwest’s first combined yarn store and coffee shop! The warm & inviting atmosphere of The Sow’s Ear is the perfect place to relax, sip a drink and grab a bite to eat while knitting your next masterpiece or just relaxing with friends. Our friendly […]

Barista Ben Wineke


You likely know me as your friendly neighborhood barista, but for those of you who don't, my name's Ben, and I love coffee. I love smelling it, I love tasting it, and I love talking about it. And The Sow's Ear has given me a forum to do just that!