Shetland DK (The Border Mill – 2017/2016)

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Fibre: Shetland DK

Farm: Helendale, Meadows, Bogallan & Woodside, Clipping Year: 2017 & 2016, Weight: DK

Meterage: 170m/100g (2017 – Indigo) and 200m/100g (2016 – Barberpole), Suggested Needles: 4-5.5mm

The original Black Isle Yarns Shetland, spun by The Border Mill

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Shetland DK is an absolutely gorgeous worsted spun yarn.  The Shetland fleeces we source from our lovely local-to-us flocks are extremely good quality (read more about the flocks involved here in ‘Meet the Sheep’) – to the extent that they have been dubbed as ‘scary fine’ by The Border Mill.  The fleeces are a challenge for The Border Mill to process, but their care and skill results in a beautifully squooshy and soft semi-worsted spun yarn. Kate, the Production Manager, kindly took some photos during the processing of the Heathered Grey shade and there is a blog post here showing the various wool to yarn stages.

The Shetland sheep is perhaps known as the British breed with the finest wool and that is certainly the case with this slightly buttery soft semi-worsted spun yarn.  Shetland wool from Shetland is traditionally and typically woollen spun but this isn’t an attempt to mimic true ‘Shetland’ Shetland yarn and is quite a different take on a very Scottish yarn from special flocks here in the Highlands.

Clipping year: 2016/2017 | Weight: DK | Rec. Needles: 4-5.5mm

Indigo

Shetland

Farm:
Helendale Shetlands, Meadows Flock, Woodside Croft & Bogallan

Metres per 100g:
170/100g

Barberpole

Shetland

Farm:
Helendale Shetlands, Meadows Flock, Woodside Croft & Bogallan

Metres per 100g:
200/100g

Whisper

Shetland

Farm:
Helendale Shetlands, Meadows Flock, Woodside Croft & Bogallan

Metres per 100g:
170/100g

  1. Black Isle Yarns are gently and minimally processed by The Border Mill from real animals who enjoy an outdoor life (in beautiful surroundings, lucky beasts!) – consequently you may find the odd bit of vegetation in your yarn, these are easy to remove as you knit and, if you’re lucky enough to find some, I hope will remind you of the special animals who have grown your yarn!
  2. I do my best to show the yarn colours as accurately as possible but please be aware that colours do vary from monitor to monitor
  3. Your yarn should be gently hand washed in cool water using pH neutral wool wash such as Eucalan or Soak. This may seem time consuming at first but should soon become an enjoyable part of working with a gently treated natural product.
  4. All my dyed colours have been thoroughly washed and rinsed however there may be a slight release of residual colour on washing – this shouldn’t change the overall yarn colour or alter other colours.