Bluefaced Leicester is the main staple of Laura’s Loom yarn. Indeed it is the main act in my entire business! I have been gathering Bluefaced Leicester fleece from Yorkshire Dales farms ever since I started my journey with locally sourced wools. My aim is to promote the beautiful wool which can be found in the Yorkshire Dales and Howgills, and to highlight just what can be achieved with it. All of my Howgill Classic scarves as well as the Dentdale Blanket are woven from this yarn.
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 fleece lends itself well to fine yarns, both woollen spun and worsted spun (click here for more on our BFL Worsted spun yarns).
While my yarns are spun for weaving, it is also possible to knit with them. Weaving yarns tend to have more twist than regular knitting yarns but that extra twist gives knitted garments enhanced stitch definition. You need just 100g, or less, to knit a lace shawl.
With more than 12 gorgeous colours to choose from you can mix and match to your heart’s content, or try twisting the colours together for unusual marls and a thicker yarn. In addition to the colours shown below there is a light grey option which has been dyed in-the-fleece before spinning. All other colours are package dyed. Shade cards are available on request.
- source: Yorkshire Dales
- count: 1/12 yorkshire skeins weight (a fine lace weight)
- twist: z
- approx. 6000m/kg
- put up: on cone when available, otherwise 50g hanks/skeins