Anne-Marie Chmielewski of the Mountains and Plains Fibershed is waiting. Since June 2017 when she and her daughter drove 20 pounds of Rambouillet/CVM to the Mora Valley Spinning Mill in New Mexico, she has been waiting for samples of a 70 percent wool/30 percent Colorado hemp yarn—the penultimate product in Fibershed's years-long Colorado experiment to turn hemp seed into cloth.

Mary Pettis-Sarley of Twirl Yarn in California is also waiting. She has ferried several batches of wool/alpaca/kid mohair/domestic hemp she's already blended to the Mystic Pines mill near Williams, Arizona and is waiting to have enough yarn to market to knitters and weavers. She's also on a quest to perfect an all-natural, all-American toe-and-heel sock yarn.

Stacie Chavez, president of Imperial Yarn, is waiting, too. Spurred by inquiries from fashion brands, Imperial Yarn is looking to create both production and hand-knitting yarns that incorporate U.S. hemp. At this writing, Chavez is hoping for samples of what is, to the best of anyone's knowledge, the first commercially scaled American-grown hemp-blend yarns—in a few weeks.

So, here we are on the fragile precipice of a new American fiber industry.