American Ewe is an all American made Merino and Rambouillet DK yarn is proudly created start to finish in the United States. The wool begins its journey on ranches in the American West. From the slopes of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges on the west, to the western slope of the Rockies on the east, ranchers have been tending flocks of Merino and Rambouillet sheep for generations where sustainability is a way of life, not a slogan. Under the umbrella of Shaniko Wool Company, each ranch adheres to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) criteria established by Textile Exchange.
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit whose mission is to identify and educate the public and producers on fibers and processes that result in improved environmental and social sustainability outcomes. The RWS is a third-party audited voluntary standard that farms and ranches follow to ensure the welfare of the sheep which are treated humanely, the land they graze is managed appropriately for improved soil health, and workers involved throughout are treated fairly. Each ranch is audited annually to ensure compliance with the standards. The scouring facility that cleans the wool and the mill that spins the wool into yarn are currently in the process of also obtaining an RWS audit which ensures the traceability of this yarn from ranch to skein. You can read more about the Responsible Wool Standard here: https://textileexchange.org/standards/responsible-wool/.
This is yarn you can feel good about and it feels amazingly soft and bouncy! The Merino and Merino/Rambouillet wool is next to skin soft with a micron count of 21 and is NOT superwashed. We hand-dyed each skein in lightly tonal colors in a warm color palette plus natural (Earth Tones).
The resulting yarn is a dream to work with. It's soft to the touch, plump, and perfect for next to skin wear and has excellent stitch definition!
* Merino and Rambouillet wool from Shaniko Wool Co.
* 4 oz skeins (298 yards)/113 gr (272 meters)