DOUGAL Lleyn/DorsetX handspun undyed yarn aran ply S17


Lleyn/DorsetX undyed wool, handspun into skeins of various weights/length
Natural cream - 'Dougal'
Aran ply
Yardage and weights vary per skein - approx. 32cm/0.32m per gram weight
Spring 2017 shearing

[Please note that this yarn may not be suitable for people with very sensitive skin]


This rustic handspun yarn is from Dougal, one of five Lleyn/DorsetX sheep that we rescued from being sent to slaughter by our local farm park. Dougal was one of the youngest lambs in the bunch, and his sweet face touched all our hearts, in particular one of our young helpers who fell helplessly in love with him and has remained smitten ever since! His undyed yarn is big and springy, and looks fantastic in these thick and thin handspun skeins. Great for blankets, cushions, handbags and outer garments.

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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