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Mitchell Wool Co

American Fiber Rambouillet - Worsted US Made

Regular price $28.00
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Rabbit Row Yarns is beyond excited to be the first NY stockist for Mitchell Wool Co - Each element of the American Fiber yarn is in line with our shop values:

US sourced, non-superwash, sustainably dyed and processed. 

This ultra-fine Rambouillet is like a cloud in your hands and is 100% US sourced, processed, and dyed.

Never superwashed, the yarn in this collection has been naturally mordanted to lock in the color as much as possible. Spinning oils from the mill have been removed using plant based laundry soap.  Then Mitchell Wool hand dyes it using sustainably harvested plants, insects and food waste. 

50g 100+ yards /91 meters 

  • 18.2 micron American RAMBOUILLET
  • 3 ply woolen spun WORSTED weight yarn
  • 4.5 - 5 sts per inch on US size 7-8 needles  18-20 sts = 4"
  • crochet hook size H 7
  • dyed by hand on the farm using sustainably sourced plants, insect shells & food waste

This item is from our new product line, AMERICAN FIBER.

The reason we decided to become a Yarn Company is to support the effort of bringing back American Fiber production. As a former interior designer Sherry knew all too well how many fabric mills had closed as a result of NAFTA and the increased importation of cheap labor and synthetic fabrics flooding the American market. The impact on rural North Carolina alone is devastating. Families' livelihoods GONE.

When she read Vanishing Fleece, by Clara Parkes it launched a drive to do something to support the wool industry. This is how we wound up with 170+ sheep grazing the rolling hills of our farm. But we alone can only responsibly support 200 sheep max on our land. At festivals, farmers of small flocks were imploring upon us to buy their fleeces, because wholesale collectives don't pay nearly the cost of shearing let alone coming close to offsetting the cost to raise sheep in a farm setting ethically. We, as farmers ourselves, know this cost all too well! Thus, American Fiber by Mitchell Wool was born! Look for our first farm partnership to launch this fall with a stunning low micron Shetland yarn! 

Our first effort was to rescue an entire closed mills worth of fiber from being shipped overseas. We don’t know the particular farm this came from, it was sent in to the old mill to be processed and after they closed everything was auctioned. We bought all of the wool to keep it here in the USA. Our newest endeavor is to become an equitable resource for small farms to sell their clips to a Fellow farm who fully understands the value of raising it. We pay higher rates than the wholesale cooperatives so it’s an option for small farms to unload their fiber. (so long as they raise their animals with the care and standards that we hold as foundations of our practice. Animal welfare and environmental stewardship that reflects our goals)

Natural dyes are like snowflakeseach skein will vary and you should alternate skeins throughout your piece to achieve a subtle blend. Do not dry or store in direct sun. Hand wash & care for it like the heirloom it is. Natural dyes soften & fade like your favorite jeans, getting softer in hue with time. This is not a defect. It's nature.