This yarn is created from 100% Bluefaced Leicester fleece which I source directly from farms in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. The wool is scoured in Bradford, West Yorkshire, using just soap and water. We don’t add bleach or any other finishing agents so you may from time to time find a bit of clean straw in your yarn. It pulls out easily enough!
Bluefaced Leicesters are distinctive sheep. With their long legs, upwards pointing ears and large roman noses, these characters wear one of the finest wool ‘jackets’ in the British sheep kingdom. Lustrous and of long staple, therefore softer than the hardier mountain breeds, Bluefaced Leicester can be both woollen spun and worsted spun (click here for more on our BFL Worsted spun yarns).
While my yarns are generally all spun for weaving, it is also possible to knit with them. This yarn lends itself well to fine lacey garments but it can also be doubled up to create a chunkier effect. The same goes for weaving with it — double it up and you’ll find it has an even softer handle after fulling. If you’re a singles fanatic (like me!) then you can try our slightly finer BFL 14s for an even silkier finish.
With a baker’s dozen of gorgeous colours to choose from you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Try twisting the colours together for unusual marls. For a closer look at the yarn and a more accurate assessment of the colour you can order a set of Shade cards.
If you’re based in or near London you can buy my Bluefaced Leicester singles yarns from Handweavers Studio.
Good to know:
- wool source: Yorkshire Dales & Cumbria
- count: 1/12 yorkshire skeins weight (a fine lace weight)
- twist: z
- length: approx. 6000m/kg
- spun in West Yorkshire
- dyed in the Scottish Borders
- Yarn is sold in increments of 100g, wound onto a cone. I can now wind any weight onto cone. If you are interested in purchasing smaller or larger amounts please contact me directly.