Fibre Content: 100% British Shetland Wool
Specification: 4 Ply / fingering weight – 175m / 50g and Lace weight – 350m / 50g
Fibre: Sourced from Braunston, Northamptonshire, UK
Processing: Spun in Wales, dyed in our studio in Northamptonshire
We’re delighted to have in stock the second batch of our most local wool yet: from flocks in Northamptonshire. This comes mostly from a flock of Shetlands in Braunston (with additions from neighbouring flocks); a major canal destination that can be reached by boat from our studio in one day! Flock owners Lynne and David have been breeding Shetland sheep for 17 years, focusing specifically on the quality of the wool, which is incredibly soft. The yarn has a heathered appearance, as many different coloured fleeces have gone into this delightfully local spin. This year we have 2 undyed, natural shades and 6 dyed.
Shetland wool is often described as “kindly” wool because it’s soft enough for next-to-skin use. It has been woollen spun as a single-ply lace weight and as a plied 4-ply weight yarn. It is lightweight and warm. Save this yarn for best – shawls, cowls, and super soft hats, mittens, and jumpers. This yarn hasn’t been superwash-treated, so it will felt if you want it to. This also makes it an excellent candidate for steeking, if you’re brave enough!
We hand dye all our yarn in our studio in the Royal Ordnance Depot, Weedon, by the Grand Union Canal. Our yarn has been hand dyed in small batches, and the colour consistency between batches is very good but can’t be guaranteed, so we recommend that you buy enough skeins for your project. If your project uses more than one skein, we also recommend that you alternate / stripe the skeins throughout.
Caring for your yarn:
When it comes to blocking or washing your project, use lukewarm water with your favourite wool wash, and lay flat to dry. We take great care to thoroughly set the dye and rinse the yarn afterwards, but differing water temperatures and chemicals can cause some dye to bleed. If you’re using it in a multicoloured project, we recommend washing a swatch first to test for colour-fastness.