Are you thinking of North Island Yarns (Designs) from Maine? This was begun in the '80s by Chellie Pingree (now a U.S. Congresswoman from Maine). She produced kits that were distributed nationally, and published several pattern books. I believe there were lots of intarsia and fair isle designs with folksy/preppy appeal. I think the company started on North Haven Island and provided jobs for local people and an outlet for Maine wool.