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//Yarn Babies// Part I - Mountain Meadow Wool

knitting, tools, yarn, yarn babiesAndrea Mowry70 Comments

Hey y'all!! I don't know about you - but one of my all time favorite topics is yarn (obvi)! So I thought I would start a new weekly chat, where we can talk about our favorites!! I am going to kick things off this week with Mountain Meadow Wool (and a giveaway!!).

Left: Powder River 75% Mountain Merino, 25% American Alpaca; Right: Powell 4-ply Worsted 85% Mountain Merino, 15% Alpaca in colorway Lupine

Left: Powder River 75% Mountain Merino, 25% American Alpaca; Right: Powell 4-ply Worsted 85% Mountain Merino, 15% Alpaca in colorway Lupine

I was lucky enough to first be introduced to this beautiful American-made yarn by my LYS (Woven Art) owner, Meg. Having just had my eyes opened by my sweet friend Ashley of Woolful, I was on the hunt for more yarns with a story. I love to support yarn producers that are doing everything they can to run a "conscious" company. Producers that are conscious of their product quality, where it is coming from, how it is effecting our environment and communities, and how they treat their employees and fellow business people. Mountain Meadow Wool has a pretty incredible story and strives to hit every single one of these marks:

Our fiber factory begins in Wyoming’s rugged mountain climate.

Because it is so fine, mountain merino yarn is silky soft to the touch, insulates well, and feels delightful next to your skin.

We process the best fiber from the best growers in the West, transforming it into extraordinary wool products: knitting and weaving yarns; handspinner roving; quilt batts; felt and more.

We use only environmentally friendly cleanser, and vegetable based spinning oil.

- In operation since 2007
- Currently processing 15,000 lbs of wool a year with capacity of 80,000 lbs
- Producing 11 types of yarn as well as custom blending and spinning
- 11 Employees, women owned
- 5,000 visitors per year
- Selling in 42 States and 3 countries overseas
- Complete full service mill, including scouring.
- Work with 16 ranching families for environmental agricultural sustainability and economic opportunity
- 100% natural, using bio-degradable soaps and non-petroleum spinning oil
- 100% made in USA
- 100% Hand-dyed using natural techniques
— http://www.mountainmeadowwool.com/
North Country Mitts: Pattern available  HERE

North Country Mitts: Pattern available HERE

I love Laramie, their 2-ply worsted weight, which I used for my North Country Mitts this past autumn. Cushy, with a woolen spun, I am hoping to knit up a sweater next fall, possibly in the same colorway you see above - Prairie! The subtle changes in dye makes the yarn a real treat to knit up, and I love the balance of the rustic woolly appearance with the next-to-skin softness!

Powell 4-ply worsted in Lupine Colorway

Powell 4-ply worsted in Lupine Colorway

I am delighted to giveaway a skein of their 4-ply worsted weight yarn, Powell, and my North Country Mitts pattern to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment below with your email address and your favorite yarn that you would like to see me chat about here! The giveaway is open until midnight EST on Wednesday 1/20/16!

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about these amazing women and their company, I highly recommend giving the Woolful Podcast a listen!

If you need me, I will be drooling over this Powder River -a unique blend of 63% mountain merino™, 25% alpaca and 12% black rambouillet - that I've got on my needles :)

Do you have a yarn brand you love? Let me know! Leave a comment below and tell me why you love them! Are you a yarn company that would like to see your yarn here? Email me at dreareneeknits@gmail.com !