This yarn is a blend of three different longwool breeds – 1/3 Cotswold, 1/3 Wensleydale and 1/3 Lincoln Longwool – it is drapey, lustrous and has a wonderful halo. Longwool Blend is approximately 4 ply/Sport Weight and has been expertly spun by The Border Mill.
The Lincoln Longwool’s long staple length has given a slight ‘kink’ to the finished yarn which is evident in the dyed yarns but doesn’t show in the undyed yarn as it hasn’t been washed since spinning (the ‘kink’ is due to differences in staple length of the fleeces that make up the blend and the yarn still knits up beautifully).
The wool comes from Orrinside Flock, a very eclectic group of sheep. Jane has been really enthusiastic about seeing her flock’s wool turned into yarn and I think this is influencing her choices when she’s thinking about buying new stock!