Bluefaced Leicester is the main staple of Laura’s Loom yarn. Each year I gather Bluefaced Leicester fleece from farms througout the Yorkshire Dales, much of it within 20 miles of Sedbergh. All of my scarves as well as the Dentdale Blanket are woven from this yarn. It also forms the basis of my Cumbrian Tweed yarn and Cumbrian Summer Blankets.
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.
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 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
Yarn is sold in increments of 10g, usually wound as hanks/skeins unless small cones are available. If you are interested in purchasing amounts greater than 2kg please contact me directly to discuss availability and price.