In Review: Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouillet

It’s a well-known fact that I have a love of American wool, especially that which is sourced from family farms. The opportunity to try out Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouillet for a yarn review, therefore, was just too good to pass up. Shepherd’s Lamb wools come from a family owned and operated ranch in New Mexico. They specialize in Rambouillet and Churro sheep and produce not only yarn, but also top quality blankets, pelts, and meat. It’s a true working ranch.

The 2-ply Rambouillet is 100% organic and dyed with natural dyes. A DK weight, this yarn comes in 180 yard skeins. I was able to select a color and – believe it or not — I selected a cochineal dyed skein which happens to be… you guessed it, PINK.

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It’s a really pretty, soft pink, too, so as soon as I had it in my hands, I knew it would be another great gift for my daughter’s birthday.

I selected the End of Summer hat pattern, a sweet little lace number that I thought would compliment this sweet pink well.

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The hit of this hat is definitely the cabled brim. It’s such a pretty detail and the yarn gives just the perfect amount of stitch definition.

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The yarn itself has the feel and look of that which I’ve come to expect from a smaller scale farm flock; it’s a bit rustic and it feels beautifully close to the source. The real magic comes when you wash it — it’s softens and blooms tremendously. Soft enough, in fact, for a little girl to happily wear on a chilly October afternoon.

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It’s a great yarn to use with a lace motif like this because not only is the stitch definition very nice, the wool remains quite warm despite the open work.

 

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I’m so thankful that the folks at Shepherd’s Lamb were kind enough to send me this skein to test out. I got to fall in love with a beautiful new-to-me yarn and my daughter got a hat that she loves for her birthday. I think the transformation from skein to finished, blocked hat was a really fun journey with this yarn and I think many of you would enjoy it, too. With winter on it’s way, this yarn adds a beautiful & unique option for keeping your loved ones warm as the temperatures start to plunge. Add in the fact that it is domestic & naturally-dyed, and I’d call that a perfect yarn to knit into a gift or give as a gift as is for the holidays!

 

I hope you’ll read more about Shepherd’s Lamb’s story here and check out their website, too. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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