We’re beyond excited about High Desert, our first 100% American-made from farm-to-skein yarn line.
This yarn line was a collaboration between WeCrochet and sister company Knit Picks, to fulfill a dream to develop an all-American-made yarn line. Our mission: to source high-quality, 100% domestically grown wool to use as the foundation for building a yarn line sourced and milled in the U.S.
While we were looking for a way to bring an all-American yarn to our offerings, Shaniko Wool Company was also looking for a long-term U.S. partner who would buy their prized Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)* certified wool harvest. Instead of selling their high-quality wool as a commodity with an unknown product outcome, Shaniko Wool Company aimed to find a company that would develop and produce high-quality yarn for handcrafters (like you!).
Our vision? To create a sport and worsted weight yarn that was soft, smooth, and structured for beautiful garments — be it texture, colorwork, or cables. We also wanted to build a color palette inspired by the beautiful colors of Oregon’s high desert landscape, wildlife, and skyline.
The result? High Desert yarns. A match made in (wool) heaven.
From Fleece to Finished Goods
The journey of High Desert begins in the meadows, forest lands, and deserts of the American West. From there, the wool travels to South Carolina to be cleaned and processed for spinning, then onward to North Carolina, where it’s dyed and spun. Once finished, the yarn is sent to Crafts Group’s Ohio warehouse before being shipped worldwide to you, our valued customers.
The wool used to create the High Desert yarn line comes from Merino and Merino/Rambouillet-cross sheep, raised on family ranches where both sheep and land are husbanded thoughtfully across generations.
The difference can be felt with your first touch of the yarn — soft heirloom-quality wool makes each skein shine with an earthy brilliance. This is a yarn made to stand the test of time, much like the resilient spirit of the land where its story begins.
* The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), developed by Textile Exchange, is an international benchmark program for responsible land and animal management.