Of Course. It’s Yours.

Many moons ago, I got this yarn in the mail from Mountain Meadow Wool, the last installment of a 3-month Legacy Yarn Club subscription.

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It is Mountain Meadow Wool’s Mountain Down, a 25% hand-pulled bison from Durham Ranch and 75% Mountain Merino from Camino Ranch, both in Wyoming. My family and I are definitely unnaturally into the plains and all the flora and fauna that live upon it, so this 25% bison yarn just had to be knit up into something special.

I ended up going with the original pattern I picked for the yarn, Elbert by Ysolda Teague. It was part of my “September of colorwork” and for reason after reason I’ve been super slow getting images up here with it. It’s definitely not for lack of love…

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Because it was a beautiful knit. The yarn was absolutely dreamy.

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But mostly I just knit it super quickly. And then it sat in limbo, without its pom for a good long while…

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You know how that goes. Life keeps happening and those little tasks keep falling between the cracks.

And then one day…

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You get that pom attached.

 

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And you’re like, “Hey, this hat is pretty rad.”

It’s not as slouchy as the pattern intends — I could have gone up a needle size, but I wanted a tighter gauge for a more winter-friendly result. It fits like a proper hat or large beanie and I think it’s just perfect. Perfect for such special yarn, perfect for winter, perfect for everyday wear.

And as I was admiring it with the newly affixed pom, my daughter walked up to me and was like, “Hey mom, can I have that hat?”

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And I said, “Of course. It’s yours.” Perfect for such a special yarn. Perfect for winter. Perfect for everyday wear. Perfect for my girl.

 

Many thanks to Mountain Mountain Wool Mill for providing this yarn to me for review!

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.