Ever since I have started knitting my Nuuk Sweater in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, it has got me thinking about using yarn by other American Wool companies. The yarn is so scrumptious and holds such fantastic stitch definition, and as I knit with it it seems to become even more soft in my hands.
I love wool, and gravitate to those yarns that seem to be rustic and what I call “woolly wool” and shy away from over-processed yarns that end up feeling rough. Over the last few years I have used a variety of wools for knitting projects, as well as my spinning projects, and most of the yarns purchased have been produced in European countries. Let’s face it, when most of us we think of wool, we often think of England, The Shetland Isles and Finland, but do we ever give much thought about wool yarn produced here in the United States.
Wool is breathable, durable, flexible, and anti-microbial; no synthetic product. There is no more versatile or reliable choice for all-season comfort, protection, and performance. ~ American Wool
Here’s what I found —-
“ Fiber animals are not the only ones we rely on at our mill. We also depend on Pacific Northwest and domestic farmers, other US mills, and an army of needle, hook, and shuttle slinging fiber artists all over the world. The balance or imbalance of this complicated network of people is an integral aspect of small batch wool production. We work hard to make transparent decisions that bring balance to the whole community.”
“Our upgraded quality wool yarns are domestically-sourced and custom-spun in local mills. Our 100% wool yarn is custom-dyed in a variety of American dye-houses. We work closely with all the people at the source of our products to bring you thoughtfully-made, visually-stunning fibers. We specialize in creating kits for our designs where we pair our yarn, in the exact amounts needed, with our original fun and creative patterns.”
“ Brown Sheep Company has become one of the most well-known and loved yarn brands across the U.S. among knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all kinds. Although Brown Sheep Company no longer raises sheep on the family farm, they are proud to support U.S. wool growers and purchase the majority of their wool from Colorado and Wyoming.”
“We develop and manufacture breed-specific yarns that fortify the American fiber supply chain and highlight the unique stories of our hard-working domestic partners. This means designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns 100% within the USA and welcoming the knitter along on the journey from sheep to skein.
“ Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is a small family-owned and operated American manufacturer of knitting and crocheting yarn. We have a farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we raise sheep for wool that we use in our yarn. We also source wool from reputable ranchers throughout the United States. All of our sheep and wool products are always grown and processed in the United States. Our cotton products are grown and processed exclusively in Virginia.”
“ Harrisville Designs has been spinning 100% Virgin Wool Yarn in Harrisville, New Hampshire for over 50 years. As one of a handful of woolen mills left in this country, Harrisville’s textile tradition is rich and dates back to 1794 when the first of several mills was built across the Nubanusit River to harness the water-power necessary for carding fleeces brought down to the village from local hilltop farms.”
“ Our yarn is special. It is light, airy, and full of life. It has strength and luster – health! A testimony to what we believe Western Wool should be. Holding a skein in your hand, you will immediately feel the difference. High Country Wool is not just a yarn company. It is a purposeful commitment to elevate and tell the stories of the landscape, animals, history, and community that make up Western Wool.”
“ Imperial Yarn is 100% American Grown American Made. All of our natural fibers are sourced ethically in the USA. We currently raise Huacaya Alpacas and Rambouillet Sheep on our ranch as well as purchase fiber from other Climate Beneficial Verified Ranches.”