Hampshire DK - Weather Rolling In
A fabulous yarn from The Little Grey Sheep.
Well Manor Farm is nestled in the rolling hills on the Surrey, Hampshire borders. A small family farm we are committed to ethical and sustainable farming. Investing in reinvigorating the flora and fauna on the farm though careful, low intensity farming.
The love of our farm and our girls is evident in the quality of our yarn.
Happy Sheep means quality fibre!
We had a problem.
After Susie shearing, and us both hand sorting over 400 fleeces from our fine wool flocks, we ended up with a batch of fibre which did not meet the minimum 75mm length required for worsted spinning. But what to do? we couldn't bring ourselves not to use this luxurious, lustrous fine wool, but it couldn't be added to our current yarn. So as my Nan use to say, 'When in doubt hoard it' So we stored it.
Susie, an experienced shepherdess and award winning shearer, spends the summer months shearing small flocks sheep, concerned as she saw so much of this beautiful fibre going to waste. These farmers had small flocks, which were truly loved and cared for, but were not producing enough fleece to warrant it being spun.
A plan was hatched, to work with smallholders, and produce a truly traditional yarn bearing the name of the county we call home. It was to be, woollen spun in Yorkshire utilising the craftsmanship and heritage from the home of the British textile industry. Hampshire is a scrumptious lofty yarn, with good stitch definition. Once blocked, the fabric blooms, and has a silky quality which only improves with wear. Just right for a snuggly cardigan or a colour work project. Our colour palette echoes the landscape of our home county, and works in harmony with the natural fibre rather than trying to obliterate it with saturated colour.
130m for 60g approx
17 x 24 on 5mm needles [for a softer handle]
22 x 30 on 4mm needles
Hand Wash 15°C, Cool Iron, Do Not Bleach, Do Not Tumble Dry, Dry Flat
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