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Yarn Bases

Searching for Laceweight

You may have noticed for a while now that I haven’t had much laceweight yarn available. As I’ve had a few requests for it lately I thought I would explain what’s going on. The laceweight yarn I currently stock is lovely, but it’s a bit woolly and on the heavier end of laceweight. I’m searching for something in the range of 800m per 100g which is fairly smooth and soft with some drape. I used to stock a gorgeous 100%… Read More »Searching for Laceweight

Whitefaced Woodland Sheep

Whitefaced Woodland Wool

The Sheep Whitefaced Woodland sheep originated in the Pennines on the borders of Derbyshire and Yorkshire. They are thought to be developed from the Blackfaced Linton mountain sheep with input from Cheviot and Merino. The breed nearly became extinct in the 1970s and while it has made somewhat of a comeback it is still listed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as one of the four Priority (most at risk) sheep breeds in Britain (on the 21-22 list). The sheep… Read More »Whitefaced Woodland Wool

5 Bluefaced Leicester sheep looking at the camera. They have curly cream coloured wool, white faces with black noses.

A look at Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) Sheep Bluefaced Leicester (often abbreviated to BFL) sheep are part of the English Longwool family. They were developed in the early twentieth century and have roots to the Dishley Leicester*. Their wool is often creamy white although can be found in black or grey. These traits tend to be bred out due to cream and white wool being more valuable due to how well it can be dyed. BFL Fibre Wool from Bluefaced Leicester sheep is one… Read More »A look at Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)

A Look at Corriedale

Corriedale Sheep Corriedale sheep were originally developed by crossing the Merino and Lincoln sheep breeds. They were developed between 1868 and 1910 in Australia and New Zealand to create a sheep that would thrive in low rainfall areas and supply good quality wool. Beginning in 1914, they were exported worldwide and comprise a significant proportion of the sheep found on the Falkland Islands as well as in South America. They are a dual use sheep and are kept for both… Read More »A Look at Corriedale