It’s cold here in North America...time for warm wooly knitting. I'm knitting, frogging, knitting and frogging again to get a Nederland vest (by Amy Palmer) to fit my body. The Romney semi-worsted is up to the abuse! Another pattern suggestion for warm and wooly...the Montadale true woolen spun yarn substitutes perfectly without alterations in the Carbeth sweater by Kate Davies
And in case you are planning a bigger project (or many smaller ones) we have an automatic discount applied at check out for 6 or more skeins of yarn.
Down-type fleece is springy, spongy and perfect for cushiony, comfortable socks. Down type wools also resist shrinking and felting and that along with added nylon makes it possible to wash firm knit socks in the machine. I even throw them in the dryer.
-design: 3-ply, woolen spun -size: sport weight, 13 wpi -suggested needles: 3 to 4 (US) for socks, up to 8 for other -length: approximately 235 yards/215 meters (enough for a women's large, or men's average pair of socks -weight: 4.25 oz./ 120 grams -gauge: 7 sts. per inch on size 3 or 4 (US) -care: yarn is pre-washed. The Down type wool plus added nylon make this yarn machine washable. If knit tightly it can be dried in the dryer as well with only a small amount of shrinkage in the length. Of course, hand washing will maintain original appearance the best
-fiber source: hand selected fleeces from Millcreek Farms, Loudoun County, Virginia -fiber content: 80% Dorset wool, 20% nylon
Dorset sheep are originally from the Downs area of England and thought to be a cross between Spanish Merino and Horned sheep of Wales. According to the Oklahoma State Breeds of Livestock listing, the first Dorsets in the US came to Oregon, shipped by the Hudsons Bay Company in the 1860's. East Coast imports came in the late 1800's. Polled (hornless) Dorsets were a mutation that happened at North Carolina State College in the 1950's and now outnumber Horned Dorsets here and in other countries. They are one of the most common sheep breeds in the US. Raised primarily for meat, the ewes are good mothers, frequently have multiple births and can breed "out of season"
The fleece is very white with no black fibers like black faced meat breeds (Suffolks and Hampshires). The sheep will grow fleece from 2.5 to 4 inches long in a year and it has the robust crimp (extremely springy) of Down-type wools.
Romney is a lustrous Longwool and spinning it with a semi-worsted technique accentuates its shine and silkiness. Available in five natural sheep shades, hand dyed solid or handpainted colors on white or overdyed on light gray or gray base. A strong yarn that will give great stitch definition and drape beautifully. Perfect for jackets & sweaters, throws, hats, scarves, mittens etc.
yarn design: 2-ply, semi-worsted spun. Lustrous and silky size: varies slightly between colors, aran weight, 9 wpi 488 to 600 yds per pound suggested needles: 8 to 11 (US) length: approximately 130 yards/121 meters weight: varies slightly between colors, 4 to 5+ oz./ 113-141 grams gauge: varies between colors, 4-4.2 sts. per inch on sizes 8-9 (US) fiber care: Yarn is pre-washed. Hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned.
Fiber farms: Weather Lea and Solitude in Loudoun County, Virginia. Fiber content: 100% Romney wool.
This two-ply, woolen spun yarn is very versatile, light and soft. We’ve added 10% nylon to improve washability. Great for baby things or light weight knitting. We have experimented with machine washing on regular AND drying in the dryer and finished project will shrink about 10% in one direction (length) and not much in the other direction. Finished items get softer, but lose a little stitch definition.
design: 2-ply, woolen spun, very even yarn size: sport weight, 14 wpi, 1300 yds per pound suggestedneedles: 2.5 to 6 (US) length: small skein approximately 120 yards/106 meters large skein approximately 240 yards/219 weight: small skein approximately 1.5 oz./ 44 grams large skein approximately 3.1 oz/87 grams gauge: 6 stitches per inch on size 4 (US) care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned. Can machine wash and dry with some shrinkage.
fibersource: hand selected fleeces from Saffer's Montadales in Warwick, Maryland on the Eastern Shore fibercontent: 90% Montadale wool. 10% nylon Montadale is a modern US breed developed in the 1930's in the mid-west from Cheviot rams with Columbia ewes. These sheep are raised for both meat and their exceptionally white wool which is in the "medium" range. Medium is right in the middle of all the types of wool and makes an excellent knitting yarn that is fairly soft but still fairly strong.