Raincloud & Sage Yarn began quite organically.
For several years, Raincloud & Sage was the name of a Personal Blog, started and written by Ruth Werwai. Over the past four years, the brand has grown and expanded from selling hand knit and crochet items on Etsy to designing and selling patterns through Ravelry. In the Spring of 2017, Ruth decided to learn how to spin. She approached her friend Marty, who lives in a small village in central Germany and asked him if he knew what happened to the fleeces of the sheep that sometimes graze in his backyard, thinking she could use them for hand spinning. From here, an exciting partnership grew and Raincloud & Sage Yarn was born.
We want to create yarn with a story- from sourcing, to spinning & processing, to dyeing with plants, right into the hands of knitters everywhere. Our yarn is rustic- woolly, sheepy farm yarn that would be perfect for sweaters, hats or mittens. We're involved in every step of the process- from sourcing and purchasing from shepherds, to delivering our wool to the small family run woolen spun mill we work with, to creating botanical dyes from plants and natural extracts. We want our yarn to end up in the hands of knitters who love good wool and making warm items with their own two hands. We just could not think of a better ending to the process our yarn goes through! We truly love this community and strive to be welcoming and inclusive of everyone- regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, or country of origin.
Watch a short video trailer about our work here.
Ruth Werwai is a Canadian currently living in a small town in Germany with her husband Waldi and young son. She is a passionate maker, fiber artist and life long learner. When she's not knitting you can find her reading, walking in the woods, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.
Role with R&S yarn: creative development, marketing & branding, running of day to day shop and admin
How do you take your coffee: strong, plentiful & with a bit of milk
Favorite season: Fall, always and forever
Most treasured handmade item: a cardigan knit by my grandma
You can connect with Ruth over on Instagram where she’s @ruthwerwai or email her at email@example.com (photo by Finlay Burrage Photography)
Marten Wellbrock is a hobby farmer, living in North Germany with his wife Simone and young son. He is passionate about self sustainability and supporting local farms and small businesses. He's never tried knitting but enjoys woodworking and the occasional crochet project.
Role with R&S yarn: logistics, finances & stockist coordinator
How do you take your coffee: strong with a little whipped cream
Favorite season: Winter, because it's the coziest
Favorite vegetable to grow: Potatoes
You can connect with Marty over on Instagram where he's @martywellbrock or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org (photo by Simone Wellbrock)
Waldi Werwai has recently (officially!) joined the r&s team, although of course he’s been around to support us from the very beginning of our founding process. He is currently finishing up his Masters Degree in Economic Geography with a focus in Social Business and juggling the demands of part-time stay-at-home parenthood. For those of you who don’t know, Waldi is married to Ruth.
Role with R&S yarn: business development & networking, bookkeeping, shipping logistics and emotional support.
How do you take your coffee: black
Favourite season: Summer- no question about it.
Favourite hobby: hiking
You can connect with Waldi over on Instagram where he’s @waldiw. In this photo he’s wearing the Fort Sweater (design by Brooklyn Tweed), knit from our very first batch of Origin in the grey colorway.