How I fell in love with yarn
I started working with yarn in childhood. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was maybe 6 or 8. She tried teaching me to knit, but I struggled with it. I tried several times to teach myself before I finally figured it out. But that’s not what this story is about.
See, I was working with yarn before I fell in love with it. Maybe this is because I grew up in the 1980s, when practically all you could find was acrylic. I knew there was yarn beyond Red Heart Super Saver, but I didn’t know much. And what I knew was still acrylic, I believe.
My involvement in fiber arts ebbed and flowed over the years. I picked it back up in earnest in college.
And then, after getting married, we happened upon a small yarn shop. I went in and was inexorably drawn to the wall of luscious color. That wall contained Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride yarns. Skeins of worsted and bulky weight singles that were incredibly soft to the touch and with a lovely halo. Wool, with a bit of mohair. So soft! So warm.
That was it. I was in love.
I bought a few skeins, made a scarf or two. And then three and four and more.
I didn’t hurt that this yarn is milled right here in Nebraska, purchased from shepherds, mostly in the United States. They even reuse 70-90 percent of their daily waste water (dyeing is a water-intensive endeavor).
As I’ve spent more time knitting and crocheting, I’ve come to love the Brown Sheep yarns even more. I’m a huge fan of Lanaloft (the same type of singles yarn but without the mohair) and Nature Spun (which is 100 percent wool, plied yarn).
Brown Sheep yarns are reliable and soft, yes. I also really love the luminous quality of the dyeing, too. The yarn has life, vitality. They make other yarn look flat, dull and boring.
Some day I’ll get out to Mitchell and tour the mill.
Have you worked with Brown Sheep yarn and fiber? Do you have a local-to-you yarn company?