The Woolly Thistle is honored to bring you Marie Wallin's exceptional yarn, British Breeds, which is even more beautiful in person. This yarn is supported by Marie's books Gentle and Wild Wood in which you will find patterns written for British Breeds. We also offer various Yarn Sets from each of the book which you can look at here!
Marie recently added four more shades to her British Breeds yarn collection: Silver Birch, Pale Oak, Blossom and Foxglove (these colors are included in patterns from Gentle).
Marie Wallin's BRITISH BREEDS took two years to develop into the beautiful, soft, bouncy 4 ply yarn that it is today. Worsted spun in Devon by John Arbon and his wonderful team, BRITISH BREEDS is available initially in twelve lovely shades. It took Marie a long time to finalize the color palette as she had to be sure that all twelve colors worked well together in Fair Isle knitting as well as having each shade stand on it's own as a beautiful individual color for single color knitting.
BRITISH BREEDS is made from four different British sheep breeds:
- Bluefaced Leicester
- Exmoor Horn
The wool fiber from each breed adds a certain characteristic to the yarn. Bluefaced Leicester adds the beautiful softness, Exmoor Horn adds the softness too but this sheep produces a white fleece therefore adding a ‘cleaness’ to the blended tops making for more successful dyeing. Wensleydale adds the strength and luster and Zwartbles adds the bounce or springiness. To produce the yarn, the Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn and Wensleydale wool fibers are first blended together and then dyed into various coloured tops. These coloured tops are then blended together using a ‘recipe’ to create each of the twelve base colours. Each colour base is then blended with the undyed Zwartbles fibre creating the lovely mélange effect. Once the yarn is spun it is sent to Edward Hill’s Ltd in Bradford, England to be steam relaxed and balled into 25g balls. The steam finishing ‘opens up’ the yarn creating the full, light appearance and handle.
- Yardage: approx 93yds/25g
- Gauge: 28sts and 29 rows x 4" over Fair Isle knitting using 3.25mm needles; 26 sts and 34 rows x 4" using 3 mm needles on stockinette stitch.
- Care: hand wash in cold water only, using a mild liquid detergent suitable for delicate woollens and reshape while damp.
- Made in the UK