Brown Sheep and Lamb’s Pride

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The Brown Sheep Company as we currently know it is located in Mitchell, Nebraska and was founded in 1980. This company was born from the remains of the owners’ Grandfather’s previous sheep and wool business. Currently the Brown Sheep hosts a wool mill that cranks out thirteen different lines of yarn that all come in a multitude of colors that will surely satisfy any designer. These yarns are made predominantly from natural fibers  such as wool, cotton, and mohair. Brown Sheep proudly places a Made in the USA label on all of their products as they do all of the processing  within the country. Brown Sheep has updated their system in 2010 in order to make the wool refining and dyeing process more eco-friendly. Since this update the company has been able to recycle 70-90% of their waste water that would have been discarded with the previous system. Brown Sheep is a forward thinking fiber company that has taken the well being of the ecosystem into consideration as they think about the future impacts of their business.

My favorite yarn from the Brown Sheep Company is the most basic and most versatile of the bunch. It is Lamb’s Pride, a blend of two natural fibers, 85% wool and 15% mohair. The small amount of mohair gives the otherwise stiff wool a bit of flexibility and softness thatlambs pride would not be present if the yarn was 100% wool. The mohair also gives your worked piece a slight fuzz halo that unites different stitches  together to create a cohesive piece of knitting. Lamb’s Pride comes in 97 different colors, including solid, heathered and variegated varieties, and comes in a worsted weight and a bulky weight. This variety allows a designer to experience an overwhelming amount of opportunities. This yarn’s value is uncontested by any other Made in the USA wool blends as it comes in skeins of 190 yards for only nine dollars. Lamb’s Pride is a knitter’s yarn basket staple and if you haven’t tried this yarn yet, I highly suggest that you pick up a few skeins as soon as possible. Visit the Brown Sheep Company online to find a retailer near you and to explore the many other lines of yarn they offer.

Let me know what your favorite Brown Sheep Company product is and what projects you have used it for in the comments section. I will be sure to check out any recommendations from my fellow fiber enthusiasts.

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Jared Flood

Jared Flood

Jared Flood

Jared Flood’s pieces are the most recognizable of any designer in the knitwear industry due to his high regard for simplicity, a sophisticated color palette, and ability to use traditional techniques to create fresh pieces. Flood’s educational background is in photography, design and 2D media. He has had a particular interest in fiber since he was a young child but did not become ‘obsessed’ with knitting until 2002 There is no doubt that his artistic background has helped him create some of the most timeless knitwear designs since the classic crochet granny square.

Jared started making waves in the knit world through blogging about his knits and handcrafted patterns. After some success with his blog he later founded the fiber and pattern company Brooklyn Tweed. Brooklyn Tweed produces two weights of wool, a worsted weight called Shelter and a  fingering weight named Loft. Loft and Shelter are both made from the wool of Wyoming raised sheep and spun in Harrisville, New Hampshire. Jared develops the rich heathered color palettes of these yarns himself.

Brooklyn Tweed's current Loft colors.

Brooklyn Tweed’s current Loft colors.

Jared has developed a cult-like following of knitters of all ages and walks of life with his simple to understand instructions, innovative twists on colorwork and cables, and his jewel toned yarn collection.

I recently embarked on a Jared Flood designed piece of knitwear and could not have been more pleased. I chose to experiment with the simple ‘Brownstone’ pullover sweater. The instructions were clear, the gauge was perfect, and the sizing is true to normal sizing (a real problem in the world of handmade knits). Jared Flood is clearly a pioneer in the modernization of knitting movement and has forever have left his mark on the crafting community.

The photos used in this piece belong to Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed, no copyright infringement intended.