Ranch 01, Brooklyn Tweed’s first ranch specific, single batch yarn, began with the sourcing of fine Rambouillet fiber at Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California, a ranch that produces Climate Beneficial Wool in partnership with Fibershed. After shearing, the fiber was processed at Chargeurs in South Carolina and spun at Jagger Brothers in Maine. To achieve a palette of 16 unique colors specially curated by BT and inspired by nature, Ranch 01 was then sent to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to be naturally dyed by the Green Matters Natural Dye Company.
As with any naturally dyed yarn, it is not unusual to experience some color transfer while working with and wet blocking Ranch 01. This is because miniscule particles of dye may sit on top of the fibers rather than completely penetrate them in the dye bath. These particles can then rub off from the friction of handling while knitting, onto both hands and needles. Indigo-dyed yarn may be more prone to direct color transfer. You may rest assured that this “crocking” will lessen over time, and any color that transfers to your hands will wash off with soap. -Brooklyn Tweed