SOCKS Shetland/Alpaca yarn 100g balls DK S17

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Shetland and alpaca wool, machine spun into 100g balls
Natural light brown - 'Socks'
150m per 100g ball
Spring 2017 shearing


This beautiful light brown yarn is from Socks, one of our retired Shetland Moorit ewes, whose tightly curled fleece has been blended with light fawn alpaca fibre at the mill. Socks has a home for life with us after producing lovely babies for a number of years - we have two of Socks' daughters with us too, Greta and Garbo the Shotlands. Socks is the most reserved of our three Shetland matriarchs but she still makes sure she gets her fair share of cuddles, nosing in tight for a fuss with the others. She has two white bobby socks on her back feet, hence her name!

Our high welfare artisan yarn is from a small mixed flock of sheep at our livestock sanctuary in Nottinghamshire UK. The boys were originally called The Hooligans because of their boisterous behaviour and unerring knack of seeking out trouble, and although the girls are generally better behaved, they also have their moments. And so Hooligan Yarns was born!

It’s essential for the welfare of sheep that they’re shorn at least once a year, but the fleece is often disposed of or given away for next to nothing. I liked the idea of producing a ‘single sheep’ yarn that promoted a high welfare message to support the charity. Our undyed yarn is machine spun in UK mills and individually gift packaged, with the name and quirks of each sheep provided as a story with each order.

Limited quantities are available owing to the size of flock – all current stock shown here, with updates twice yearly following the spring and autumn shearings.

Yarn sales go directly to support our charity Manor Farm Charitable Trust which offers lifelong sanctuary for livestock in need. UK Registered Charity No. 1173761.

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