Northern Grey perfectly sums up this gorgeous, characterful yarn. It is spun from a mix of mountain, hill and lowland fleece types, all sourced from farms in Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire, including:
- Black Welsh Mountain
The combination of white, black and brown fleece produces a pale grey yarn that weaves easily, washes beautifully and is a perfect backdrop for the subtle shades of my BFL 14s. I have a hunch it will also take dye very well given the amount of white in the mix.
The main ingredient in this yarn is a Lleyn/Cheviot cross from Backsbottom Farm in Lancashire. This organic farm is nestled into the Roeburndale Valley, a place which at first glance doesn’t look like it has changed in hundreds of years. Farmer Cicely Brayshaw explains the farm’s sustainable ethos:
Backsbottom Farm incorporates blanket bog, semi-ancient woodland and wildflower meadows. Organic farming has enabled species to thrive in the landscape and our practices mean that we work hard to encourage nature, as opposed to harming it. A small market garden and an extensive heritage orchard provides us with an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit throughout the harvest season.
As you pass through the farmyard, you are welcomed by an array of poultry, from talkative chickens and excitable geese to timid guinea fowl. In the pastures beyond, you’ll find a small herd of rare Northern Dairy Shorthorn cattle, our flock of cheeky Lleyn-Cheviot ewes and our new Black Welsh Mountain ewes. Our livestock are reared organically and enjoy a natural life roaming between the different habitats in the valley. We sell lamb and mutton directly from the farm, sheepskins are tanned onsite, and we are so grateful that our wool is valued by Laura, so it can be made into something useful too!
- sourced from farms in the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Lancashire
- spun in Huddersfield
- yarn count: 1/12 yorkshire skeins weight
- length: approx. 6000m/kg
- twist: S
- If you are interested in purchasing more than 2kg please contact me directly for a discounted price.