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Brown Sheep Company

Brown Sheep Company

Brown Sheep Company, Inc. is a family owned and operated yarn spinning mill, located in Mitchell, NE. But please, do not look for the brown sheep, we do not have any. I, Peggy Jo Wells, daughter of the founder, Harlan Brown, have been occasionally referred to as the black sheep of the family, but never the brown sheep. So I guess to get a better look at the company, let’s open the book.

Chapter 1 The Beginning: The land that this company sits on was purchased over 100 years ago by my great grandfather, E.W. Brown. He purchased a half section of land in western Nebraska and moved his fledging family out west. He was attracted by the fertile farm land of the North Platte River valley which gave him room to grow and have his small flock of sheep. When he passed away, he left his small flock to none other than my father, and thus begins Chapter 2.

Chapter 2 The Farm: The late 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and mid way through the 70’s were good farming and sheep and wool production years. But in 1975, farming prices were far from good and markets for lamb were diminishing, causing Dad to look for alternative methods of making a living from the land that he loved. After five years of extensive research, another page was turned into Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 The Mill: January of 1980 saw the arrival of the first truck loads of used equipment to spin yarn. This equipment had been used in the southeast where the textile industry had flourished after the Second World War until the 1980’s. Of course the equipment, which this farmer had never seen in his life, came without any operational manuals. By July 4, he had spun his first ball of yarn. When his trunk was full, he hit the road to try to pedal his wares. During his first selling trip he was told everything from “no” to “you must have stolen the yarn” to “I will take the whole trunk full.” Needless to say, Dad’s perseverance paid off and “the little mill that could” did indeed flourish.

Chapter 4 The Present: By the late 1990’s Dad had a growing company and was seeking some assistance. My husband, Robert, and I decided to give up careers and life in Ft. Collins, CO to join the family business. Robert with his PhD in Radiation Biology brought with him a tremendous amount of valuable knowledge. He directed his research skills towards equipment and new technology for the business. From 2004 until 2010 90% of the old used equipment was replaced with new, state of the art textile equipment, making Brown Sheep a viable “Made in the USA” member of the yarn industry for years to come. In 2010 and 2011 Robert put Brown Sheep on the map in a whole new way. He researched and developed a new program that allows the company to reuse 70 to 90% of their daily waste water. So Brown has gone green, even if we do dye over 1000 different colors.

Chapter 5 The Future: What will the future bring? What new will we develop? I guess you will need to watch and find out. Brown Sheep Company, Inc. is here to stay and a new generation is coming on board. We are here to continue to produce a high quality USA product. 

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M01 Sandy Heather

Lambs Pride - M01 Sandy Heather

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M05 Onyx

Lambs Pride - M05 Onyx

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M06 Deep Charcoal

Lambs Pride - M06 Deep Charcoal

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M07 Sable

Lambs Pride - M07 Sable

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M10 Creme

Lambs Pride - M10 Creme

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M100 Supreme Purple

Lambs Pride - M100 Supreme Purple

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M101 Bing Cherry

Lambs Pride - M101 Bing Cherry

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M105 RPM Pink

Lambs Pride - M105 RPM Pink

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M113 Oregano

Lambs Pride - M113 Oregano

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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Brown%20Sheep%20Company - Lambs Pride - M115 Oatmeal

Lambs Pride - M115 Oatmeal

Our original Lamb's Pride yarn line offers two fantastic weights, worsted and bulky. Blended of 85% pure, soft wool and 15% mohair, this yarn produces a garment of exquisite loft and softness.

Lamb's Pride Worsted:

  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 190 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 8 Needle Recommended
Lamb's Pride Bulky:
  • 85% wool, 15% Mohair
  • 125 yards/skein
  • 1 ply
  • Size 10.5 Needle Recommended
Care: Hand wash, cool water using Brown's Shampoo and 1/8 C white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, add 1/8 C White vinegar to last rinse. Roll in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry. Press with cool iron, if needed. May also dry clean.
Note: Monitors and printers may vary from the actual yarn color.

Price: $7.95

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