Our wool comes from our sweet natured flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep, who spend their time grazing and playing in the hills of our smallholding in Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland.
Each summer our flock are relieved of their woolly coats and the fleeces sent off to the Halifax Spinning Mill in Yorkshire where they’re spun into yarn.
We request the fleeces to be spun together as a blend which we leave undyed, “as it comes”. The resultant shade can probably be best described as taupe, (falling somewhere between brown and grey).
Coloured Ryelands are born dark brown, almost black. As they age, they fade in colouring and develop natural highlights! This means one flock can produce fleeces of a whole variety of shades ranging from dark brown through to pale cream depending on the age of the sheep and how sunny its been.
The wool is naturally soft and springy owing to the wool fibres having a natural crimp to them which when spun into yarn and knitted up makes super cosy knitwear.
Ryeland wool is perfectly suited to yarns at the finer end of the spectrum owing to its naturally fine fibres, (25-28 microns).
This listing is for 1-ply yarn and comes in balls of 50g.
It has been spun with a small amount of the natural oils (lanolin) left in. This makes the yarn a little easier to knit with. When you come round to washing the finished garment, (wool cycle please!) it will be soft and fluffy as a cloud.
The yarn is “woollen spun”
Length is approx 330-350m
The wool has a staple length of 8-10cm