3 ply bulky weight Columbia Romney yarn from Creek View Cattle Ranch near Ritzville, Washington
Approximately 170 yards
Hear the story of this amazing yarn on our RangeWool Podcast Episode 2.
Footprint from sheep to yarn – 90 miles.
Range Wool Story: Surrounded by bluffs and seated in a beautiful valley near Ritzville, Washington, these Columbia-cross sheep were raised by an amazing woman, Marie, who has over 40 sheep. Caring for her flock for over 40 years, Marie’s sheep create yarn that is truly farm to needle. Sheep are sheared on her ranch and the fibers sent for processing just 90 miles down the road.
Wool was washed, carded, and spun at Fibers First in Post Falls, Idaho.
- Columbia sheep are a medium wool, about 24-31 microns.
- This yarn is a soft bulky weight with a small halo.
- Columbia wool is a great all purpose wool that is comfortable enough to wear next to skin, but provides great substance for outwear and layering pieces.
- Romney sheep are a long wool, about 32-39 microns.
- Romney wool is a rugged outwear wool, perfect to stand up to hearty wear. This wool is sturdy, yet soft.
- Yarn is professionally spun, any irregularities show the spirit of the animal.
Range Wool History:
Columbia sheep were developed in the United States through breeding Rambouillet ewes and Lincoln long wool rams. This produced a sheep that prospered in the western ranges as dual purpose; meat production and dense heavy fleeces.
Romney sheep hail from England and are a dual purpose breed sheep. Entering the United States at the turn of the century by a farmer in Oregon, they gained popularity for their ability to tolerate Pacific Northwest’s humid climates.* Romney fiber has much crimp and has a hint of crispness to it.
*Robson, Deborah & Ekarius, Carol. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. Storey Publishing: North Adams, MA. 2011. Print.