We are thrilled to carry this gorgeous yarn by world renowned designer Marie Wallin! The perfect blend of British fibres in a thoughtful colour palette. Marie has done all the hard work of finding the exact right shades which go perfectly together or on their own. Every combination is a winner!
British Breeds is made from four different British sheep breeds: Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn, Wensleydale and Zwartbles.
The wool fibre from each breed adds a certain characteristic to the yarn...
• Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) 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 lustre
• Zwartbles adds the bounce or springiness.
To produce this exceptional yarn, the Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn and Wensleydale wool fibres 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 to be steam relaxed and balled into 25g balls. The steam finishing ‘opens up’ the yarn creating the full, light appearance and handle.
British Breeds has taken 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 now available in sixteen shades. It took a long time to finalise the colour palette as Marie had to be sure that all sixteen colours work well together in Fair Isle knitting but also that each shade is a beautiful individual colour for single colour knitting.
To care for your BRITISH BREEDS garment or accessory, please hand wash in cold water only, using a mild liquid detergent, suitable for delicate woollens and reshape whilst damp.
Be sure to check out Marie's beautiful patterns here.
25% Wool - Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)
25% Wool - Exmoor Horn
25% Wool - Wensleydale
25% Wool - Zwartbles
85m (93 yds)
Fingering / 4Ply
Tension of 28 sts & 29 rows to 10cm measured over Fair Isle knitting using 3.25mm needles.
On stocking stitch the tension is 26 sts & 34 rows to 10cm using 3mm needles.
Marie is a successful creative, independent knitwear designer with a renowned flair for photography art direction and styling.
Over the last eleven years her reputation for beautiful colourwork handknit and crochet designs has been nurtured whilst in her role as Head Designer for Rowan.
In May 2013, Marie became freelance and started her design company, Marie Wallin Designs. She now produces her own publications, runs the very popular Fairisle Club, holds popular creative day workshops and has just launched her workshop holidays.