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High Desert is the newest addition to the WeCrochet yarn lineup. We’re extremely proud of this yarn line that consists of 100% American wool, and is completely raised and prepared exclusively in the United States. Read on to learn more about the journey of this American yarn line.
Located just 120 miles east of Crafts Group’s home of Vancouver, Washington, in north-central Oregon’s high desert, Shaniko Wool Company is committed to producing fully traceable and sustainable wool, with an emphasis on honoring the land, water, and animals.
Carver’s decades of experience transforming raw wool to finished goods was the genesis for our High Desert yarn line. Her passion for seeing Shaniko’s wool make its way to an American manufacturer meant that working with Knit Picks and WeCrochet was the perfect fit.
It was a match made in (wool) heaven and a partnership was born.
“I saw this partnership as a valuable opportunity to bring Crafts Group its first yarn from America,” said Carver. “The fact that we are 3rd party certified to this international benchmark is something that I and the other ranchers have felt the yarn industry and its consumers are ready for. In addition to premium quality and performance in the wool, it gives added confidence in our practices.”
For Carver, a rancher and wool producer in her own right, building the relationship with Crafts Group was important because of the positive impact she says the needle arts crafters have had on her during her own 20+ year journey taking the wool harvest direct to market. Those crafters helped her see just how important traditional skills have always been, and the connected circle from the animals who provide the wool to our clothing.
“[Crafters] have mentored me and taught me things I did not know,” said Carver. “They showed me the critical importance of needle arts across cultures around the world and how important those skills have been in the development of humankind. They helped me build my wool marketing efforts. They are family.” Summing it up, Carver said, “I learned plain and simple that we need needle crafting. Since primitive times, this circle remains constant.”
Carver and the ranchers she partners with have a deep respect for the land and animals from which their wool originates. The RWS* certification process ensures a fully traceable and sustainable wool supply all the way from source to the product. As a rancher, Carver believes honoring the roots of fiber is a key element in today’s fashion and textile industries.
High Desert is a farm-to-fashion movement, similar to the farm-to-fork movement in the culinary world. Carver describes the Shaniko Wool Company operation as the first step in a chain that supports the use of wool from American land, making its way through American manufacturing, American designers and makers, while keeping it as close to home as possible.
“Working with family ranching operations specifically in the American West connects timeless traditions and the culture of tending land and sheep to the actual product,” said Carver.
Crafts Group looks forward to following along on Carver’s journey and continuing its partnership with Shaniko Wool Company to bring even more American-made yarn to consumers.
How does wool harvested in the American West turn into the soft, high-quality yarn that just arrived on your doorstep? Read on to learn about the journey of High Desert, the newest member of the WeCrochet’s fiber family.
Step 1: The Wool – American West
Our wool is 100% USA grown Shaniko Wool from Merino and Rambouillet sheep raised in the Great Basin Region of the American west.
Step 2: Processing – South Carolina
When it reaches South Carolina, the wool is cleaned and prepared for spinning.
Step 3: Spinning & Dyeing – North Carolina
In North Carolina, the wool is dyed and then spun to create a this beautiful artisan yarn.
Step 4: Warehouse – Ohio
The finished yarn is transported to the Crafts Group warehouse in Columbus, Ohio for storage, awaiting customer orders.
Step 5: Your Doorstep
The next step is where YOU come in! High Desert yarn is sent to our customers all over the world, where it is lovingly squished and adored before becoming the stunning sweaters, wraps, and accessories it is destined to become!
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.