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How many different breeds have you tried?

Grab your knitting needles or crochet hooks, and pack your project bag for a yarn adventure! Expand your wool horizons and support small sheep farmers to boot!

There are around 1,400 different sheep breeds, each with distinctive wool characteristics, but it’s not always easy to find their yarn. Fear not — help is here!

Here’s a small but growing collection of unusual wool yarns sourced from small U.S. farms — mostly in Ohio and Michigan. Several yarns come from larger ranches in the Western U.S. All are naturally dyed with home-grown, foraged or purchased botanicals and are non-Superwash. Most are very special, limited-edition, small-batch yarns.

There’s soft, bouncy Rambouillet, Merino’s French cousin. Woolen-spun Targhee Polypay Silk DK — warm but lightweight. Cozy Peaceful Worsted — Rambouillet blended with Texas mohair for a dreamy soft halo.

Grinning Sheep DK — a 50/50 blend of Rambouillet and Bluefaced Leicester from a small Ohio farm. And rare breed Tunis Chunky, a limited-edition yarn from Michigan.

Each type of wool has its own unique personality, and each of these yarns has a story to tell. Explore these special, naturally-dyed yarns to add your own story.