Sandnes Uldvarefabrik AS was founded in Sandnes in 1888. The name was changed to Sandnes Yarn AS in 2006. In 1978 the company moved to Foss Eikeland between Ganddal and Kverneland, where it is still located today. Here you will also find the factory outlet, where a large selection of hand knitting yarns, knitting needles, buttons and sewing accessories are carried. Second choice yarns, yarn remnants and finished knitted models can also be purchased here.
The company produces and sells yarns for industrial purposes, but in recent years has also focused in particular on hand knitting yarn. The yarn produced is mostly based on wool. Norwegian wool used to dominate, but nowadays it is mainly softer quality wool that is bought in from Australia and South America. The company also buys alpaca yarn from Bolivia and Peru, and cotton from India. This is supplied raw white on a bobbin and spun, dyed and knotted at the factory. Approximately 650 tons of yarn are produced annually.
The production process begins with dirty wool. Wool is carded, spun, twisted, spliced, dyed and knotted. In the last 10 years, investments in machinery and equipment have been made at a cost of approximately NOK 60 million. The company is one of the most modern of its kind in Europe. While industrial yarn is sold directly to factories, the knitting yarn is sold directly to stores in Norway, Sweden and Denmark or to wholesalers in other countries. The export share is 27%.
The company has a pattern department that produces knitting patterns with modern designs. Designs from freelancers are also bought in.
The factory outlet also offers woolen underwear from Janus, cardigans and sweaters from Norlender, and seal mittens from Selbu Husflid.
The kitchen department has a good selection of brands such as Rosendahl, Hardangerbestikk, Høyang Polaris, Iittala, Rørstrand and Arabia. In addition to tableware and cutlery from Mumi, services from East India, Origo and Teema are carried. In terms of kitchenware, there are a number of other products, including kitchen utensils from Joseph Joseph and Lékué.