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Before the release of our first yarn, Shelter, we challenged ourselves to answer a few humble curiosities. With such a rich textile history and an exciting variety of wool resources amidst a booming U.S. community of knitters and makers, why was it challenging to source and develop traceable American yarns? Would it be possible to develop from scratch a 100% American-sourced, designed, and spun yarn in a way that reflects the values of an intentional maker? These questions, and our continued seeking for their answers, have come to shape the heart of our mission here at Brooklyn Tweed. We are proud to have grown our core yarn offerings over the years — five versatile, breed-specific yarns developed with an eye to traceability, reproducibility, supporting domestic mills, reinvesting in the textile industry, and more importantly, providing a meaningful experience to the handknitter.

Now, we are going a step further with our Ranch Project. In our desire to continue to explore the possibilities for domestic yarn production, for this series we are partnering with single ranches to source limited, single clips, quantities too limited to use in a core yarn line but for which we are able to highlight their unique and special qualities. Our aim is to also highlight the exceptional stories of these ranches and the noteworthy work they are doing in reimagining ranching practices in the U.S.

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For Ranch 01, our first offering in this ranch-specific, single-batch series, we sourced Climate Beneficial American Rambouillet wool from Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California. We are inspired by the work that Bare Ranch is doing, in partnership with Fibershed, to implement carbon farm planning to support hearty sheep, quality wool, and, ultimately, a healthier planet. To take the project a step further, we also worked with the Green Matters Natural Dye Company in Pennsylvania to achieve a naturally-dyed color palette that will further remind you of how close this yarn is to the earth.

Over the next few weeks leading up to launch day on April 20, we will dive deeper into the stories of the people whose dedicated work supported this very special yarn. We hope you will join us on the journey of Ranch 01’s story.

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9 responses to “Introducing Ranch 01”

  1. BT, this is terrific! I am looking forward to supporting you supporting these farmers and the environment. Kudos to you all.

    ps: I love Rambouillet. BT Vale has already converted me with its springy body…so much nicer than even Merino. So I can’t wait to try something from Bare Ranch. I just wish I was a fast knitter.

  2. I am looking forward to giving this yarn a try. My LYS – the best one in the world – Wool & Honey in Cedar, MI is the MI source for BT. I plan to order a sweater quantity of Ranch 01. Right now I am knitting Veronika from Shelter (Faded Quilt). I have another sweater quantity of Shelter (Narwhal ) waiting in the wings for your pattern, Koto. I enjoy knitting with BT yarns and thoroughly appreciate your attention to US farms, ranches, sheep, mills, natural dyes, etc.

  3. What a wonderful initiative, I look forward to trying this yarn, Brooklyn Tweed and Bare Ranch farmers. Rambouillet wool is a cushy delight!

  4. I love that these new yarns are so close to the sheep and the earth. Looking forward to the natural dyes. Brooklyn Tweed continues to be a progressive company but does not sacrifice quantity for quality. Thank you!

  5. Thank you so much for these articles and videos! Making the connections with the people who make the yarn enriches my experience of knitting and wearing the garment. And knowing more about the materials and the sheep…and the people who raise the sheep with the environment in mind…all together just makes me smile. Thanks for the information!

  6. Lovely, but it would have been nice to see the word “humane” in there somewhere.

  7. I honestly have no real objection to imported wool, especially Canadian. I do worry about the extensive transportation of the raw product all over a large country in order to do the various processing. I know scouring takes a lot of water, but why is this so often done in Texas?

    I try to buy most of my yarn right here in Wisconsin (where I live), especially if the entire process is done here. Local, local, local. I also spin some of my yarn myself from local sources.

    I also second the comment of Rebeca McDonough, above about the “humane” aspect. The smaller the operation, in general, the more humane treatment of the source creatures can be expected. Wool is a precious gift from lovely sheep–gentle creatures who deserve as little stress as possible involved in obtaining their precious wool.

    I’m not totally vegan, nor do I support PETA, but I do feel responsible to all creatures, especially those who have been domesticated to serve humans.

  8. I commend you on your path and purpose. And as a knitter/crocheter, I will enjoy using your projects. But I have two requests. One, can you branch out into plant-based fibers? And, two, my passion is weaving. It is so hard to find yarn sources for that fiber art. Could you consider branching out into my passion?
    Thank you!

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