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AMERICAN FIBER - ANN MARIE'S YARN

AMERICAN FIBER - ANN MARIE'S YARN

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OUR NEWEST LINE! 

A very limited run from our first farm partner, our own Ann Marie! There's just four sheep in their little flock, cared for by her daughters Madison & Ashlynn. They're truly a pet flock, everyone with a name and personality.

  • Never super washed, the yarn in this collection has been celebrated in the BUFF. No dyes needed to achieve this beautiful hue. Spinning oils from the mill have been removed using plant based laundry soap. 

50g 200+ yards /183 meters Fingering

  • tweedy yet soft Suffolk/Romney sheep have a delightful halo and toothy stitch definition
  • 1 ply woolen spun FIngering
  • 5.5 sts per inch on US size 6 needles  22 sts = 4"
  • crochet hook size G 6

50g 150+ yards /137 meters DK

  • tweedy yet soft Suffolk/Romney sheep have a delightful halo and toothy stitch definition
  • 2 ply woolen spun DK
  • 5.5 sts per inch on US size 6 needles  22 sts = 4"
  • crochet hook size G 6

50g 100+ yards /137 meters ARAN

  • tweedy yet soft Suffolk/Romney sheep have a delightful halo and toothy stitch definition
  • 2 ply woolen spun DK
  • 5.5 sts per inch on US size 6 needles  22 sts = 4"
  • crochet hook size G 6

One skein = 3.5 bales of hay for the flock

(Our critters consume 14 bales of locally grown hay per day from October - May when our pastures are resting. Your support puts hay in the barn and employs both the Mitchell team and the local hay grower.) 

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)

     

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