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Plains is our first foray into intensely local, limited-edition yarns. We teamed up with Mountain Meadow Wool Mill in Buffalo, Wyoming to develop a 2-ply laceweight yarn that celebrates the exceptional bounce and liveliness of the American Rambouillet fleece. This downy soft wool, perfect for next-to-skin wear, takes blocking beautifully despite its elasticity. Spun worsted for strength and stitch definition, Plains retains a hint of thick-and-thin rusticity that shows the breed’s particular character and reminds you that you’re knitting close to the source. Mountain Meadow is a woman-owned and family-operated spinning mill dedicated to supporting neighboring ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West. Their commitment to eco-friendly operation and fair prices for farmers resonates strongly with our own desire to contribute to the revitalization of the American wool industry. Plains was organically skein-dyed in a focused palette of ten serene colors at Saco River Dyehouse in Biddeford, Maine. Saco River is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified dyeworks and operates with the keenest possible focus on ecological and sustainable practices. Because Plains represents a special collaboration on a limited batch, when it’s gone, it’s gone. Since there isn’t enough to supply all of our flagship retail stores, the yarn is available only on our website. Each skein contains a generous 440 yards, so you can knit a whole project with just one or two hanks. Our design team created three lace shawl patterns (shown above: Bauhin, Selune and Lucca) especially to put Plains through its paces; you can also use Plains in place of Loft for any of the lace accessories in our archive to achieve an even lighter effect. We look forward to seeing what you’ll make with Plains!