This beautiful vintage-style yarn called Fenella was created by Susan Crawford to support the patterns in her book, The Vintage Shetland Project. Susan found early in the process that many of the vintage pieces in the Museum were knitted in a weight of yarn that's different from those used today. Those pieces were knitted in a much finer yarn than the 4 ply (fingering) we know today; but also thicker than a 2ply lace weight. Those vintage yarns were also worsted spun whereas most similar yarns today are woolen spun. The correct weight of yarn is critical for the most advantageous motif placement and effect on the garment.
Susan was further challenged to discover the correct color palette for the vintage pieces no longer existed today. The vintage garments were knitted using solid colors in a wide range of shades, whereas most Shetland wools today have a more heathered quality.
After addressing these hurdles Susan came to the logical conclusion that she must create the perfect yarn for these modern-day recreations and so provide the right weight, gauge and color of yarns to faithfully reproduce the best possible outcome. And so Fenella was proudly born.
Unique to Susan's yarns, it's noteworthy that Fenella is finished by hand on Susan's farm - the yarn comes back to them from the mill still on cones and she then determines the amounts and colors to be dyed. The dyeing happens in the Scottish borders. After they are dyed, the cones return to the farm to be wound off into hanks on Susan's husband's hand built, manual hank winder. These hanks are then twisted into skeins and banded by Susan and her team on the farm. Each skein is carefully finished by hand on the farm where the wool was grown.
- 100% British Wool
- Grown, Sheared, Spun, Dyed and Finished in Britain
- Small batch, Artisan-made, Worsted-spun 100% British breed wool
- 2 Ply (vintage) weight in true vintage colours
- approx 141 yards per 25g skein