The Zwartbles comes from ‘Hedgefield Zwartbles’ which is the show name for Jim and Linda’s award winning flock. The flock is based on the edge of the small town of Beauly – set at the head of the Beauly Firth (just a few miles inland from the Black Isle). Jim clips his best youngsters early ready for the coming show season and these ‘shearling’ fleeces are used in this yarn. The wool has a softer handle than that of mature Zwartbles and the fleece is a beautiful rich bitter chocolate brown with less of the bleaching that comes in with age.
The Cheviot comes from the very eclectic ‘Orrinside Flock’. Jane’s land is on the edge of the Black Isle, not far from Beauly, and has beautiful views inland to Glen Affric and Cannich – a very lovely area with hill after hill on the horizon. The core flock consists of North Country Cheviots which are the main sheep locally. They’re not generally thought to have particularly exciting wool and it is often written off as being fit for carpets only. However the best quality Cheviot fleece, such as this, has a lovely crisp, bouncy and smooth handle.
This yarn has been beautifully spun by The Border Mill in the Scottish Borders.