The wool fiber comes from the Pronsolino Ranch in Mendocino County, California. The Pronsolinos originally emigrated from Italy, and have homesteaded their ranch since 1901. Angelo is the eldest son, has lived on the ranch his entire life, and at the age of 89, still tends his sheep. Corriedales are one of the oldest crossbreeds, the descendants of a Merino and a Lincoln. They were developed in Australia to be a good dual-purpose breed, meaning they grow a fine fleece as well as provide good meat.
The mohair fiber comes from the Central Coast of California, and was hand-picked for softness and sheen. The combination of the two fibers makes this a bouncy, yet shiny yarn with a nice hand and soft feel.
The yarn is spun by Ranch of the Oaks, a small mill that uses biodegradable soap and mechanical methods to clean and card the fiber. It's spun semi-worsted from a carded prep and is a true single (not plied). For more about what to expect from Small Farm Yarn, click here.
Fiber from Mendocino and the Central Coast of California, USA.
Spun in Lompoc, California, USA.
Hand-dyed in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.