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    Isle Yarns

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    'From farm to needles with authenticity and our own unique story' is how the Hole Family describe their yarn. Isle Yarns produce knitting & crochet wool from their family farm on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, in small batches and in a palette of colors to reflect the stunning Purbeck landscape. The Woolly Thistle now carries their special yarn in 100g skeins so here is the only place in the US or Canada where you can purchase these skeins of Isle Yarns.

    Isle Yarns available in 100g skeins come in 4ply and DK weights.

    Enjoy this short film showing the sheep, landscape and yarn of Purbeck.  Courtesy of Kate O'Sullivan of A Playful Day podcast.

    The area known as the Isle of Purbeck is not actually an island but a peninsula jutting from the mainland into the English Channel. Water surrounds the peninsula on 3 sides. More about the Isle of Purbeck.

    Kate of A Playful Day visits the Hole farm for shearing day in Sept 2016 here


    Isle Yarns have released 3 brand new colors to their collection of yarn.  

    Yarn creator and farmer, Sue Hole, describes how these 3 new colors got their names:

    "Necklace Field (top) really is in the shape of a necklace. It is on the rise above the home farm and is a grass field. We use it for silage and when the grass gets long in the early summer it has lovely wild flowers amongst the grass.

    Brimley (bottom left) is on the route from the home farm to our next farm Blackmanston where the sheep shed is. It is on a steep road down to a stream and the stream runs through at the bottom of the field. It is a grass field for the sheep and when the lambs get bigger and braver they try to jump the stream, sometimes successfully and then of course they stand and cry until they get back to their Mums!

    Waylands (bottom right) is on the home farm and one of the first fields as we walk up the valley from the farm buildings. It is permanent grass and the Dorset Cross Ewes are grazing it now with their lambs and when the dairy cows are turned out in April it will be one of the fields in the rotation for them."

    Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade
    interviewed Sue Hole in November 2015. You can read the full article here. In the intro Helen states:

    "Isle yarn comes from a carefully bred and tended flock on the Isle of Purbeck. It has a vital rustic appeal: when knitting this yarn you really feel connected to the source. It has a lot of individual character and is not so processed that it could be from anywhere. It manages to be light and robust all at the same time, and it’s very, very springy."

    Sarah Hazell is an English designer who created the Purbeck Collection.  Of her collections she notes:

    "My collection is a response to the rhythms and textures of the landscape, using yarn sourced from the farmland that completes this community."


    Sarah Hazell's Ravelry designer page includes these patterns and more, from the Purbeck Collection.

    Annie Rowden (@byannieclaire) designed the "Tales from the Isle of Purbeck" shawl and includes Isle Yarns in its suggested yarns (as well as Blacker Classic DK, also stocked here).



    Joanne (@finelightness) has designed accessories that show the beautiful nature of Isle Yarns, such as her Water & Waves Cowl, pictured here.