|Olympic sweater, back, Imperial Yarns Erin base.|
If you visit the Imperial Stock Ranch website, you will see there are three areas to the ranch, producing meat, textiles, and yarns.
Other stories about the ranch and the wool:
Oregon wool in Olympic Sweaters, from The Bulletin
Imperial Ranch entering apparel field, from The Oregonian
This eleven-minute video gives the best overview of the whole ranch operation, as told by the Oregon Field Guide.
|Olympic sweater, front, Imperial Yarns Erin base.|
Our short hour with Jeanne didn't allow us to talk about all the history of the ranch, but you can find out more here, as told by Jeanne to the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education organization.
You want cute lambs? Find them here, and find out what happens when ewes give birth to triplets.
This is a nice photo essay on the day the Imperial Collection was photographed, from The Oregonian.
There is also a short video that was put together by the local NBC affiliate about the ranch, the yarn, and the Erin wool that was chosen for the Olympic sweater. It can be viewed here.
At the beginning of our chat, Jeanne mentioned she could see snow outside and how the land needed the moisture. A ranch--like any living being--needs certain things to survive and flourish. The welcome moisture in the dry climate is just one of many needs. The ranch's current caretakers Jeanne and Dan Carver are giving back to the land in many ways, and Imperial Ranch willingly gives in return. As fiber artists, we have the opportunity to pick and choose the tools of our creation. I know that I will be using Imperial Yarns in the future. I too want to be part of the Imperial Stock Ranch story.