Our curly-fleeced flock of white and naturally coloured longwool sheep are the woolly pride of the fam. They are dominated by the characterful Wensleydale Longwool, a rare breed of British sheep, prized for producing the finest fleece of all native breeds. The distinctive lustre and kemp-free nature of the wool is shown to best effect in worsted-spun yarns and in the range of distinctive greys available from blending the naturally coloured fleeces.
This year, we’ve done something new – a chunky weight yarn, in soft, silky, worsted-spun skeins. Loosely spun, it shows off every stitch and is especially rewarding when used with over-size needles for grow-fast projects like simple scarves and hats. Available in:
• pearl (natural lustrous sheepy white!)
• silken steel - an undyed blend of naturally coloured and white lustre fleece
The yarn is certified organic: meeting the highest farm animal welfare standards and most environmentally sensitive systems of wool processing.
Handle and use: a soft, silken, worsted spun yarn 'with drape' that is suitable for semi-chunky knitwear, crochetwear (is that a word?) and weaving. It felts beautifully too.
Tension: as a guide, we find 6mm / US 10 needles give a 4 inch/10 cm square of 14 stitches by 19 rows.
Quantities: available in skeins of 50g / 55y / 50m.
Care: hand wash by soaking in warm water with a gentle detergent, agitate as little as possible, rinse in cool water, squeeze and allow to drip until damp, then reshape and leave to air dry flat.