Dorset Down/CorriedaleX wool blended with alpaca, machine spun into 100g balls
Natural light fawn - 'Gail'
190m per 100g ball
Spring 2018 shearing
YARN WITH A STORY TO TELL
Gail is a Dorset Down/CorriedaleX with the softest, most strokeable nose that she puts high in the air for kisses. She’s friendly but selective in who she loves, only allowing us to hold her by her collar if we approach her in a certain way. Once she’s relaxed and enjoying a cuddle though, she’s very persistent in her affections and often pushes us to the floor to make sure we can’t get away! Gail’s fleece is exceptionally bouncy which in turn makes a robust and springy yarn in a natural light fawn/creamy colour. It’s not particularly soft when spun on its own, but when mixed with alpaca it retains all of the bounce with added softness to create a beautiful blend.
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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