• Cochineal 4 A
    Cochineal 4 A

    Cochineal 4 A

    Color Story

    Cochineal 4: Hazy purple, like fruiting prickly pear.

    A range of lilacs and periwinkles make up version A of Cochineal 4.

    Cochineal 4 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Cochineal 4 B
    Cochineal 4 B

    Cochineal 4 B

    Color Story

    Cochineal 4: Hazy purple, like fruiting prickly pear.

    Version B of Cochineal 4 showcases a spectrum of pale purples and deeper amethyst hues.

    Cochineal 4 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Lac A
    Lac A

    Lac A

    Color Story

    Variegated and tropical shades of burgundy. A nuanced mix of deep plum purples and dark maroons compose version A of Lac.

    Lac was dyed with resinous extracts of the lac insect. 

  • Lac B
    Lac B

    Lac B

    Color Story

    Version B of Lac is a thoughtfully deep variegated burgundy.

    Lac was dyed with resinous extracts of the lac insect. 

  • Cochineal 1 A
    Cochineal 1 A

    Cochineal 1 A

    Color Story

    Cochineal 1 is reminiscent of blooming nopal, a vivid fuchsia-pink. 

    Version A of Cochineal 1 is a deeper hot-pink, like the tail-feathers of the Roseate Spoonbill.

    Cochineal 1 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Cochineal 1 B
    Cochineal 1 B

    Cochineal 1 B

    Color Story

    Cochineal 1 is reminiscent of blooming nopal, a vivid fuchsia-pink.

    Radiant hot-pink takes center stage for Cochineal 1 B.

    Cochineal 1 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Madder A
    Madder A

    Madder A

    Color Story

    Madder: The earthy, deep rusted-orange of mineral-rich desert clay.

    Madder version A is a warm, dark salmon shade, with just a touch of coral.

    Madder was dyed with root extract from the madder plant.

    Jared Flood’s Far Hills Hat is worked in Ranch 01, colorway Madder A.

  • Madder B
    Madder B

    Madder B

    Color Story

    Madder: The earthy, deep rusted-orange of mineral-rich desert clay.

    Version B of Madder resembles the red clay of unfired pottery.

    Madder was dyed with root extract from the madder plant.

     

  • Cochineal 3 A
    Cochineal 3 A

    Cochineal 3 A

    Color Story

    Version A of Cochineal 3 captures the spirit of rosy-mauve desert landscapes.

    Cochineal 3 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Cochineal 3 B
    Cochineal 3 B

    Cochineal 3 B

    Color Story

    Version B of Cochineal 3 is a richly tempered, rosy-taupe hue.

    Cochineal 3 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Cochineal 2 A
    Cochineal 2 A

    Cochineal 2 A

    Color Story

    Desert sunsets. A dusty rose with hints of lavender and blush. 

    Version A of Cochineal 2 makes the most of pastel purples and pinks.

    Cochineal 2 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Cochineal 2 B
    Cochineal 2 B

    Cochineal 2 B

    Color Story

    Desert sunsets. A dusty rose with hints of lavender and blush. 

    Celebrate the tonality of desert landscapes, from warm taupes to soft pinks, with version B of Cochineal 2.

    Cochineal 2 was dyed with a bright red pigment derived from the female cochineal insect.

  • Tannin + Iron 1
    Tannin + Iron 1

    Tannin + Iron 1

    Color Story

    A cool, steely mid grey. 

    Tannin + Iron 1 was dyed with tannic acid extracted from tree bark and iron and is darker in appearance than Tannin + Iron 2.

  • Tannin + Iron 2
    Tannin + Iron 2

    Tannin + Iron 2

    Color Story

    Alpine meadows. A warm grey that nods to dusky purple. 

    Tannin + Iron 2 was dyed with tannic acid extracted from tree bark and iron and is lighter in appearance than Tannin + Iron 1.

  • Natural
    Natural

    Natural

    Color Story

    The natural white of undyed sheep’s fleece.

    Jared Flood’s Furrow Hat is worked in Ranch 01, colorway Natural.

  • Marigold 3
    Marigold 3

    Marigold 3

    Color Story

    A warm, muted celery green. 

    Marigold 3 was dyed with marigold flowers.

  • Marigold 4
    Marigold 4

    Marigold 4

    Color Story

    A cheerful mossy shade with olive undertones.

    Marigold 4 was dyed with marigold flowers.

  • Marigold 2
    Marigold 2

    Marigold 2

    Color Story

    The palest of parchment paper, cool and subdued.  

    Marigold 2 was dyed with marigold flowers.

  • Marigold 1 B
    Marigold 1 B

    Marigold 1 B

    Color Story

    A light yellow, happy as sunshine on a spring day. The creamy yellow of fresh churned butter can be likened to version B of Marigold 1.

    Marigold 1 was dyed with marigold flowers.

  • Marigold 1 A
    Marigold 1 A

    Marigold 1 A

    Color Story

    Version A of Marigold 1 reminds us of the subdued shade of hay bales left out to dry.

    Marigold 1 was dyed with marigold flowers.

  • Marigold + Indigo A
    Marigold + Indigo A

    Marigold + Indigo A

    Color Story

    A cool, soothing shade of pale turquoise. The indigo dip truly shines in version A of Marigold + Indigo.

    Marigold + Indigo was dyed with marigold flowers then dipped in indigo.

    Jared Flood’s Furrow Cowl is knit in Ranch 01, colorway Marigold + Indigo A.

  • Marigold + Indigo B
    Marigold + Indigo B

    Marigold + Indigo B

    Color Story

    Version B of Marigold + Indigo takes on a sea-foam green appearance that leans toward yellow.

    Marigold + Indigo was dyed with marigold flowers then dipped in indigo.

     

  • Indigo 2 A
    Indigo 2 A

    Indigo 2 A

    Color Story

    The pale blue of summer skies. Version A is the lightest shade of Indigo 2, akin to well-worn, sun-washed denim.

    Indigo 2 was dyed with fermented indigo plant matter.

    Jared Flood’s Far Hills Scarf is knit in Ranch 01, colorway Indigo 2 A.

  • Indigo 2 B
    Indigo 2 B

    Indigo 2 B

    Color Story

    Version B of Indigo 2 is a soothing shade of pastel baby blue.

    Indigo 2 was dyed with fermented indigo plant matter.

  • Indigo 2 C
    Indigo 2 C

    Indigo 2 C

    Color Story

    The darkest shade of Indigo 2, version C is a bright shade of cornflower blue.

    Indigo 2 was dyed with fermented indigo plant matter.

  • Indigo 1
    Indigo 1

    Indigo 1

    Color Story

    An inky denim blue, both deep and bright. 

    Indigo 1 was dyed with fermented indigo plant matter.

Ranch 01

Ranch 01

$34.50 / skein

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Ranch 01 is our first ranch-specific, breed-specific yarn. This small-batch, limited-edition yarn was sourced from 100% American Rambouillet sheep on The Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California, a ranch that produces Climate Beneficial Wool in partnership with Fibershed.

Ranch 01 is three-ply, worsted-weight and worsted-spun. With the intent of keeping the yarn close to the earth, it was naturally dyed by the Green Matters Natural Dye Company in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Ranch 01’s palette arose from the myriad possibilities available in nature, with colorways derived from marigold, indigo, madder root, lac and cochineal insects, tannins, and iron.

With the dye striking the wool more strongly here and more gently there, natural dyeing captures the beautiful irregularities of nature itself, resulting in skeins with rich tonal variations. Some colorways of Ranch 01 have more variation within a skein than others, and skeins within a colorway vary slightly from one to another. Select a color thumbnail above to view a larger image of the colorway that more fully reflects the variations within the color; select “View Color Story” below the larger image for a textual description of the color as well as its versions, if applicable. Fabric knit from Ranch 01 will have subtle streaks and shifting depths, so for larger projects we recommend alternating skeins for a smoother blend.

At every step along its way, this wool has been treated with special care and attention. The multi-disciplinary approach to the production of Ranch 01 supports our commitment to domestic manufacturing as well as environmental stewardship. We hope its story inspires your creative work, and we thank you for joining us in our pursuit of earth-friendly, wool-loving endeavors.

Since Ranch 01 is a special collaboration on a limited batch of fiber, when it’s gone, it’s gone. If a naturally-dyed colorway is calling your name, you might want to answer!

 

 

 

Yarn Specs:

  • 220 yards | 21.8 microns | 100 grams | 3-ply worsted weight
  • 100% American Rambouillet wool
  • Sourced from The Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California. Scoured in South Carolina. Spun in Maine. Dyed in Pennsylvania. 
  • 4½ – 5 stitches to 1"  |  Suggested Needle: 4½ - 5 mm (US 7 - 8)

Hand washing with cold water and a pH neutral soap will preserve the colors of the natural dyes.

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