Friday Spotlight: American Wool Companies

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



After doing a little research,  I found quite few U.S. based companies, but the following are companies that use American grown wool. I know there are probably more companies out there that produce yarn here in our country but the below listed are the ones I found.  I would also like to mention that the listed companies source wool from American wool producers, and while we have many U.S. based yarn companies, their wool and yarn are often sourced from outside of the U.S.


Here’s what I found —-

Abundant Earth Fiber - from their website 

 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.”

Barrett Wool Company - from their website 

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 - from their website 

 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.”

Brooklyn Tweed - from their website 

“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 - from their website 

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 - from their website 

 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.”

High Country Wool  - from their website 

 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 - from their website 

 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.”

Kraemer Yarn - from their website 

 Kraemer Yarns continues its legacy of spinning fine quality yarns in Nazareth Pennsylvania for over a century”


 Mountain Meadow is a spinning mill set below the Big Horn Mountains on the Western Plains of Wyoming. It is a family operated mill, owned by Karen Hostetler, and dedicated to supporting local ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West. Mountain Meadow is committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranchers.”

Quince & Co. - from their website 

 Pam recruited fellow designer and yarnophile Carrie Bostick Hoge and, together with inventive and resourceful folks at spinning mills around the northeast, they created a line of classic, beautiful yarns from wool sourced and spun in the US. With those yarns they designed a line of modern knitting patterns for sweaters and accessories lovely in their simplicity, which echoed the “thoughtful essentials” nature of the yarn.”


 Shepherd's Lamb is produced on our family ranch in the mountains of north central New Mexico. The ranch is located about 100 miles north and slightly west of Santa Fe, at the foot of the San Juan Mountains.”


 The heritage of The Farmer's Daughter is what inspires. The early years of my life were spent growing up on a farm/ranch 30 miles east of the Blackfeet Reservation, where my Mother Pauline Matt was born and raised. Grandma Pauline is the foundation of our family, connected to the earth in immeasurable ways. Rich Native American roots, traditions, strength, and family ways drive us. It embodies all aspects of what we do.”


 From initial contact with the fiber grower through the final labeling and approval of each finished skein of yarn, our team attends with care to every step and detail in the yarn-making process. All the fibers we use – alpaca, mohair, wool and organic cotton – are grown in the United States. We make every effort to purchase directly from individual growers”

I hope you find this post useful and like me, start trying yarns that are sourced right here in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ .

Until next time, be creative!

Tina

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