Friday, July 6, 2012

Imperial Stock Ranch Yarn- American Made, Sustainable, and Beautifully Ewenique!

Essential Sweater Dress
Jeanne and Dan Carver, the owners of Imperial Stock Ranch, are two of the nicest people you will ever meet and boy are they passionate about what they do! Their ranch sits on more than 30,000 acres of land in eastern Oregon's high desert where they raise sheep and cattle and grow grains and grasses. The ranch is also home to many wildlife including elk, deer, antelope, game birds and fish that play an integral part in their ranch ecosystem. The Carvers work year-round with various agencies to make sure that their ranch land is healthy, sustainable, and preserved for generations to come.

Raindrop Bag
When Jeanne and Dan stopped by Jimmy Beans Wool on their way through Reno to drop off our first shipment of their yarn, we were blown away at their sustainable approach to ranching and how passionate they were about sharing their philosophy with others through their educational programs. For those of us knitters and crocheters who like to support American  and conscientiously made products, companies like Imperial Stock Ranch provide us with not just a supply of beautiful yarns, but also inspiration.

Rustic Shawl
In fact, their beautiful website outlines that educational component perfectly with information on sustainability, how their yarn is made, and much more. My favorite part is their "Ranching News" section, a backlog of all of their e-newsletters that include plenty of fun ranch-life tidbits and plenty of lamb pictures! Who doesn't love lambs?!? So cute! I highly recommend checking it out!

Felted Bracelet Trio
The more I learn about Imperial Stock Ranch and Imperial Yarns, the more I want to don a pair of dungarees and work boots and wrangle some sheep. (And then I would probably get distracted and hug them and pet them. I wouldn't make a very good rancher I'm afraid.)

Sliver Roving
Ok, so I haven't said much about the yarn, but let me tell you, yarn like this speaks for itself! Naturally soft and gorgeously textured, Imperial Yarn is such a welcome addition to our collection of high quality yarns. We are carrying the Columbia 2-ply (my personal favorite), Tracie Too, Native Twist, Bulky 2 Strand (Pencil Roving), and Sliver Roving. I think it's particularly exciting that we are now carrying roving! We've long been asked about spinning materials and this is just our first step in that direction.
Sumptuous Cowl

Did I mention their designs yet? Oh my! Their pattern support to go along with their yarns is simply amazing as well! Some of our favorites include the Swing Cardigan and Rustic Shawl in Tracie Two, the Raindrop Bag and Essential Sweater Dress in Columbia 2-ply, and the Sumptuous Cowl and Moonshine Hat and Mittens in the Bulky 2 Strand. And these are just a few of the beautiful designs from Imperial Yarn!

Swing Cardi
Remember when I mentioned how nice Jeanne and Dan were? Well, when they came to visit, they gave us a box full of goodies to share with our amazing customers! We have three kits to give away today on the blog as well as two 4oz bundles of sliver roving. That's five different winners! If you'd like to enter to win one of these kits and roving, please leave us a comment on this post telling us what your favorite Imperial design is (Feel free to check out their site as well and let us know if there are any other patterns we should carry!) We'll randomly select 5 winners next Friday, 7/13 and announce them on the blog!
Retro Thrum Slippers

7/13 edit- the winners have been announced on today's Crochet Corner blog. Please go there to see if you've won!

Additionally, we have two more kits and another bundle of sliver roving reserved just for our Reno retail store customers! The first 3 customers who come into the retail store on Saturday, 7/7/12 and mention this blog post will get to take home either a lovely kit or some pencil roving! The kits are first come first serve! You must come into the store to win.

We hope you'll enjoy these beautiful American made yarns as much as we do! We are so happy to have Imperial Yarns as part of the Jimmy Beans Wool family! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and happy knitting!

Kristen

94 comments:

PenCraft said...

I love that swing cardi too. Thanks to you and Imperial Ranch for the chance to win!

MarthaO said...

The Rustic Shawl is my favorite.

KarenP said...

I love the Swing Cardigan!

Christinahrs said...

I love the swing cardigan and the Heirloom Throw.

Anonymous said...

Love the thrummed slippers! Love Yarns.

Anonymous said...

Wow to the yarn and slippers

Debby said...

I like several of the patterns, but I can definitely see me knitting the Raindrop bag. Thanks for the give-away.

Marjorie M. said...

The Moonshine Hat and Mittens are stunning! I'd love to knit them!

ausgrl said...

Goodness, let's see...the Imperial Cable & Plaid Poncho, Swing Cardi, Moonshine Hat & Mitts, Sumptous Cowl. So many lovely patterns. Thank you Imperial Stock Ranch and JBW for this opportunity.

Kay/nestinknitter on Ravelry said...

My favorites are the swing cardi and the raindrop bag. So fun to knit!

starknits said...

I'm loving the Swing Cardigan. Lots of pretty patterns.

musings said...

I'm loving that Heirloom Throw as well - the texture is beautiful!

Diane Fallon said...

I totally love the Essential Sweater dress. You could wear this very casual or dressy. I just recently got the Rustic Shawl pattern, can't wait to start that. Happy Knitting.

Marilyn said...

I've made the Swing Cardigan with the Tracie Too yarn with beautiful results.

SRCureton said...

The Sumptuous Cowl is already on my "To Do" list--for me and maybe for holiday gifts, too.

fairy godmother said...

I like the Farmer's Market Tote on their website, my only concern would be getting the same handles used on the sample bag, they are perfect for it!

Heather Kosnick said...

I see the swing cardi in my future!!! So excited about this new yarn at JBW!

stefanie said...

I love their story - AND their yarn! I'd love to make the Raindrop Bag sometime. Thanks for the chance to win!

amyaacc@yahoo.com said...

there was a cape made of the pencil roving that they said was going to be part of the fall the collection--thats the one that I want to make--lovely, lovely yarn!

May said...

I love the Essential Sweater Dress! The Imperial Stock Ranch is not too far from where I live in central Oregon. Their yarns are so lovely and the best part is how they do their business. Thank you ISR and JBW for a great giveaway!

Jessica said...

Swooning over the Swing Cardi - it's wonderous!

Sandra said...

Love the swing cardi and the thrum slippers!

Lateia Elam Sandifer said...

I adore the Rustic Shawl! So great to hear about a business that combines great principles of conservation and sustainability in addition to creating something beautiful and unique.

Karen said...

the color flow cardigan looks gorgeous!! thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

I love the pattern for the raindrop bag - from the name, one can tell Imperial Ranch is an Oregon company :) But if I received (more!!) Imperial Ranch yarn, I'd probably make a rustic shawl. I seem to be turning a lot of my yarn stash into shawls these days - LOL! With the Imperial Ranch yarn I had, I made two hats and half of a clapotis (I used Noro Kureyon for the rest, the two yarns worked together really well) ... Cindy

Unknown said...

I can see my daughter in the Essential Sweater dress. Looks like beautiful yarns and roving.

n said...

I've been eyeing the Retro Thrum Slippers, but I may have to go poke around some more and see what else they have. Thanks so much for hosting this drawing!

tresa said...

the Sumptuous Cowl is beautiful but I also like the raindrop bag !

Denise Domizi said...

Love love LOVE the moonshine hat. Love the way it looks, and love the name of it!

Denise said...

I love the Swing Cardi and the Moonshine hat and mittens. Also the slouch hat. Oops, just one, right?

BrunettePageGirl said...

Love the cowl......

Laurie said...

The Essential Sweater Dress

Skye said...

love love love the essential sweater dress!!!

knittykitty99 said...

I definitely choose the essential sweater dress.

Geri said...

Swing Cardi is my favorite - love a sweater you can just throw on and be carefree!

LuAnn said...

Love the patterns, but the Swirl Cardi has to be my favorite.

lorraine said...

The Raindrop bag is BEAUTIFUL. I would make it in Columkbia 2-ply yarn Cacus Blossom or Teal. Or maybe try it in Desert Exotic: Wool/Alpaca natural

trubeys said...

Since I wear cardigans most days at work, I love the swing cardigan!

Samantha Williams said...

I know it's July but right now I wish it were nearing December so I could slip my toes into those snuggly looking retro thrum slippers. [I am in mid-missouri and I am sick of 105+ temps and stickiness so I REALLY can't wait for cooler temps :) ]

Brie said...

I think I must have the raindrop bag or maybe the sumptuous cowl.

kat said...

I love the Essential Sweater Dress!

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

The Essential Sweater Dress is amazing, but I'd also like to knit the Retro Thrum Slippers. Thanks for the chance!

Loraine Carter said...

I have knit the essential sweater dress and I have the raindrop purse in my to do next pile. I think that the swing cardigan just might be the next Imperial Ranch project to do, it is so beautiful.

anythingbutsnow said...

Wow! that Raindrop Bag is gorgeous! I do love a great knit bag and that one is simply fab. anythingbutsnow on Rav

Freaky Knitter said...

I LOVE Imperial Ranch and can't wait to get up there for a visit!! GREAT post Kristen, keep up the good work!! xoxo

Monica said...

Love, love the swing cardigan! Thanks for the opportunity.

cguard(on rav) said...

I would love to knit AND WEAR the slouchy hat.

Rachelle said...

I love the swing cardigan, a wardrobe staple these days.
Great patterns all the way around, check out the nice shoulder bag.

Anonymous said...

The Essential Sweater dress!
-- stashdragon (contact via Rav)

Diana said...

I've knit a cardigan with the Columbia, and it is wonderfully springy. Now I'm drooling over the Raindrop bag.

prymnumber said...

The swing cardi got my attention first. The classic yet casual shape is right up my alley!

Savannagal said...

I really like the Essential Sweater Dress. That suits my style perfectly. Thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed.

glongley said...

I love most of the patterns. But Ike the swing cardi the best.

Trailer Trash said...

Wow - love the website, thanks for letting us know about this great company. I love the Ribbon Cravat, so feminine and vintage looking. And what guys wouldn't want the Corp of Discovery Hat. Gotta knit that one up.

CardiLover said...

The Homestead Jacket and the Swing Cardi have both been on my list for quite awhile.

Lesley said...

I am loving the swing cardi!!! The rustic shawl is also in my que - beautiful yarn!

Julie P. said...

I like the Raindrop Bag. I love bags. RAVID: Tanknit

sophy0075 said...

The Swing Cardi in Tracie Two is definitely for me! I live in the South, where worsted only works for about a month out of the year. Cardis are great because you can open them if it's a bit too hot, and pin or button them closed if there's an over-zealous air-conditioner nearby. Besides, that's my daughter's name!

Jenniffer said...

I love the snowflake socks and the swing cardigan.

Tanja said...

Love the felted bracelets and the raindrop bag - what a great website with a warm vibe - love it all!

Kathleen said...

The swing cardi but the slippers are cute too.

Linda said...

My personal favorite is the shaelyn shawl that I knit last year with Their tracie yarn. I love the look and texture and can't wait for cool weather to wear it.
The pattern I like the most from Imperials website is the swing cardi. I can see myself wearing that to work almost every day.

Sabrina said...

I really like the rustic shawl and the thrummed slippers!

melonkelli said...

the slippers and the bag look really fun!

Marjorie said...

Love the yarn and the story behind the ranch!

roseofisabel said...

Having read about ISR I really want to try their yarn in the Essential Sweater Dress!

Kepanie said...

<3 the Essential Sweater Dress or the Sumptious Cowl!
I also love the idea of supporting American yarn companies!

Bassoongrlspam said...

The rustic cowl and the thrummed slippers look amazing. I can't wait to try this stuff!!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the fun giveaway! I think I'm in love with that Raindrop Bag!

indigoeddy said...

So in love with the retro thrum slippers!

Pat said...

I love the Swing Cardi. Thanks for bringing Imperial our way.

Doris said...

I just love the raindrop bag. It is a really interesting shape.

Mary L Allen said...

I'm torn between the raindrop bag, the swing cardi and the rustic shawl! The bag and shwl would be for gifts and the cardi would be for me...so I guess I have to go with the cardi!
I'm so excited about Imperial as I grew up in Eastern Oregon and my heart sings to see what they are doing! I'm so glad you are carrying them now. I'll have to plan a visit to the Ranch when I am next on that side of the country.

Jean Ashley said...

I like the swing cardi and the raindrop bag. Thanks for carrying Imperial yarn... I'm looking forward to trying it out....

Lori said...

I love the raindrop bag. Great people, great backstory! Thanks for the give-away.

Rhonda Rogalski Photo & Fiber Art said...

Choose 1? choose 1, hmmmmm. Well, if I have to choose 1 my favorite would be the Imperial Cable and Plaid Poncho. Ooooh, I hope I win! I am a fleter and crocheter and would be so excited to have the chance to try some local wool - I live in southern Oregon. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Sheila said...

Swing cardi is very stylish.

Carole said...

Love The essential sweater dress.
Love yarn. Thanks for the possibilities.

Fervid Cake said...

Love the Moonshine Hat & Mittens! Also the Swing Cardi and Rustic Shawl seem like pieces that would get a lot of use.

AngelRoseLite said...

They have such fabulous kits! I would love to make their Raindrop Bag first.

Anonymous said...

have to keep your feet warm...knitting in hand knitted slippers...joy! Was out in the OR area in the desert part...darn, I'd have found your store....thank u very much!

Linda said...

Love that Sumptuous Cowl and also the Raindrop Bag!

Jill C. said...

I'm seeing more and more patterns for thrum items, so I'd go with the slippers.

Leslie T said...

I like the Rustic shawl!

Carmen Nuland said...

I love their Homestead Jacket.

Anonymous said...

I love the swing cardigan too. Would love to win.

flissfloss said...

I so love the design of the Raindrop Bag. I have almost bought the pattern a couple of times, but am waiting until I get some imperial yarn to knit it. Have tried their Erin and it's lovely

Jess said...

I love the rustic shawl and the swing cardi. As with all the wonderful yarns you bring in for me it is so hard to choose what I am going to knit next....so many yarns and patterns and yet so little time! :) I am very excited you have brought this new company and their wonderful yarns for us to knit!

Janet said...

I love the Essential Sweater Dress--it looks super comfortable and really stylish, my favorite combination. Thanks for offering such a great give away!

Lise Harding said...

The patterns are all beautiful, but the Raindrop Bag is my favorite.

Melissa Varis said...

I'm all over that cowl. It's super yummy.

Ani said...

Totally digging that cable and plaid poncho! Super fun. And I was digging the pencil roving throw.

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Caroline said...

I love the Sunburst Shirt Dress. That back detail is gorgeous!