£16.00 / 50g skein
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We’re very excited about this new-to-us, sourced directly from the farmer in upland mid Wales. The fleece comes from a single flock of high-welfare, no slaughter, Shetland sheep. The sheep are hand-sheared, and all of the processing and spinning is also done in Wales, minimising the carbon-footprint of the yarn.
The bare yarn is a natural heathered oatmeal colour, which brings a tweedy, rustic appearance and warmth to our hand-dyed shades.
Shetland fleece has a fine but uniquely crimped wool, creating a plump, lofty yarn that gives both a generous yardage and a wonderful lightness and cosiness to knitted fabric. This yarn’s airy structure works at a variety of gauges and is ideal for traditional Fair Isle techniques, cables and simple stitches.
The price of this yarn reflects the costs of small-batch spinning, as well as fact that the sheep that produce it are not slaughtered for meat, and so the costs of rearing must be covered by the yarn alone.
Shade: Dancing in the Dark