Skacel has introduced a new yarn to local yarn shops that uses natural materials in the dyeing process and is completely American made. This is a trend starting to appear more and more in the fiber marketplace. To many knitters, it is a welcome change; not only to be comfortable with the source of the fiber, but to support American companies.
At the Skacel website they describe their yarn and dying ideas.
HiKoo American B.R.A.N.D. is fingering weight wool, made with pride in the United States from start to finish. The process begins at Skacel with extensive design, development and testing. Wool is sourced from Rambouillet flocks that graze in pastures from Montana to Texas. The yarn is spun in Pennsylvania and dyed in North Carolina. Amazingly, the gorgeous palette comes from using only natural materials, including indigo, cochineal, gall nuts, pomegranate, cutch, walnuts, madder root, weld flowers and rhubarb root. HiKoo® American B.R.A.N.D. is an all-American yarn: Born, Raised and Naturally Dyed.
One of the shop owners selling this yarn, Simply Socks Yarn Company, describes it as having rich and vibrant colors that she didn’t expect when she learned what was used as the source of the colors.
The price of American B.R.A.N.D is slightly higher than other wool/nylon blends. This may be in part due to a limited amount of yarn spun, processing costs, or just due to the intense R & D to bring a new yarn from sheep to market. Natural or plant dyes are more labor intensive, which may also contribute to the higher cost. The average cost right now is $29 a skein. A skein contains 440 yards, which is enough to make a pair of socks or a shawl. Due to the nature of the dyes used, Skacel recommends that you keep your projects out of direct sunlight.
HiKoo American B.R.A.N.D is available at limited shops currently. Shops that currently carry KiKoo yarns will have more information as to when they might have the product. To find shops in your area that carry HiKoo American B.R.A.N.D . yarns, be sure to check Skacel’s retailer webpage.
The Skacel Collection has been supporting Local Yarn Shops as a wholesaler of high-end yarns and needles for 25 years. Our fibers are manufactured using the highest quality materials, in our German, Italian and Peruvian mills. We have created this site, as a resource for knitters everywhere to learn more about our lines, and connect with Local Yarn Shops in their area who stock our products.
Skacel is proud to be the sole North American distributor for the addi Turbo© line of hand-knitting needles and accessories, as well as the Zitron, Schulana, HiKoo, artfelt©, and Schoppel Wolle yarn lines. Skacel also distributes the Schoeller+Stahl and Austermann yarn lines within the United States. As a family owned and operated entity, we strive to provide top-notch customer service world-class products and cutting-edge designs.
Our sizeable facility is located just south of Seattle, Washington, in the booming Ikea Commercial District.