british wool

Introducing Bluebell Basics

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I’ve been working on the idea of Bluebell Basics for some time now, especially after the survey I asked everyone to fill in last month. Now, I’m finally ready to release it! What is Bluebell Basics? Bluebell Basics is a range of affordable hand-dyed yarns. To begin with there are four yarn weights and ten colourways although I hope to expand this over time. I will also be adding mini-skeins to the range soon. I am working on having shade… Read More »Introducing Bluebell Basics

British Yarn Selection Box No3: DK Blends. Pre-orders now open

British Yarn Selection Box No.3: DK Blends Now Available!

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I am happy to announce that the third instalment of the British Yarn Selection Box is now available for pre-order! British Yarn Selection box 3 is a little different from the first two boxes. This box is all about blends of yarn and how blending two or more fibres together can create interesting yarns. This has been an interesting project for me. In the previous boxes I wrote about each breed of w00l and its characteristics. For this box I’ve… Read More »British Yarn Selection Box No.3: DK Blends Now Available!

Yarn Update – BFL/Masham Aran

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I’m happy to announce that for the latest yarn update, I’ve dyed some BFL/Masham Aran weight. The 4ply version of this 75% Bluefaced Leicester 25% Masham blend has always been fairly popular. The natural grey of the Masham combined with the softness of the BFL makes for a lovely soft yarn with a gorgeous depth of colour. Of course like all my yarn it hasn’t been superwash treated and contains no synthetic fibres. I decided to use semi-solid colours for… Read More »Yarn Update – BFL/Masham Aran

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)

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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)

No-nylon sock - Orchid

August Update

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I can’t quite believe it’s the middle of August already! This year has been so strange, yet seems to have sped by. You may have already seen, but I’m excited to say that from today Bluebell Yarns is now my full time job! I’ve just returned from a week off so I thought now would be a good time to do a round up of everything you can find in the shop at the moment. Sale! As there are now… Read More »August Update