It's bustling here at The Woolly Thistle as we launch the newest yarn to join our British line-up. We welcome Isle Yarns!
Isle Yarns is a single farm yarn coming from the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England. This peninsula of land is known as the Isle of Purbeck even though it's not an island! There you will find rolling green hills filled with cattle and sheep grazing their days away, and you're never far from the sea.
Sue Hole is the woman behind Isle Yarns. Her nephew Benjamin Hole started the whole thing when he had his flock of Poll Dorset sheep shorn and their wool made into the very popular Hole & Sons yarn. While Benjamin has moved away from the yarn side of things, Sue has started her own line of yarns, aptly named Isle Yarns, coming from the family's flock of Poll Dorsets.
Sue has created beautiful strong yarns that reflect the colors of the landscape that surround her farm and her grazing sheep. Her yarns are great for color work sweaters and cabled cardigans. Hats and mittens, scarfs and cushion covers all work well in this gorgeous place-based yarn.
Isle Yarns has worked with many great designers to bring us lovely garment and accessory patterns that we can knit with her yarn. Wonderful women, such as Melody of Mandarine's, have created beautiful projects in Isle Yarns, such as the popular Art Deco hat. (Incidentally, I interviewed Melody in Episode 30, when we had a thoroughly enjoyable chat about life and knitting in Latvia!)
Sarah Hazell is an author and designer and has recently launched her own collection of knitting patterns, The Purbeck Collection, all of which are available on Ravelry as individual patterns.
Annie Rowden (@byannieclaire) designed the "Tales from the Isle of Purbeck" shawl which I would love to knit myself! (This design also notes being suitable for Blacker's Classic DK which we also stock here at TWT!) Isle Yarns also offers a few free patterns here.
Isle Yarns come in two weights: DK and 4ply. There are woolen spun and worsted spun skeins and some are 100% Poll Dorset and some are a 50% Dorset / 25% Swaledale / 25% Bluefaced Leicester blend. When selecting your yarn on the product page you can easily see what you are buying. Whether worsted or woolen, pure dorset or blended, all the skeins work together beautifully.
Isle Yarns is only available from two locations in the USA, and The Woolly Thistle is the only shop where you can purchase 100g skeins. Thank you Sue for the pleasure of getting to know your yarn. I'm thrilled to bring it to my fellow Knitters in the US and Canada.