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.
This knitting pattern designed by Cheryl Chow was inspired by the ivy climbing on an old stone church, lacy leaves trail up our charming & timeless vest. Shaping makes this a flattering garment you will love to wear.
Yarn:Border Leicester sport, natural dyed yarn, three (four or five) skeins Sizes: Seven adult sizes from finished bust circumference of 31.75? up to 55.75? Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading charts, 3-needle bind off, buttonholes, picking up stitches Level of difficulty: Advanced Needles: Size 5 (US)/ 3.75 mm circular needle in 40:/100 cm length (or size to obtain gauge) to work body, and shorter if desired for armhole ribbing. Extra US 5 / 3.75 mm needle for bind off. Designed by Cheryl Chow
One of our favorites, Border Leicester yarn has beautiful lustre and the soft twist of this semi-worsted spun yarn gives it a silky feel and lovely drape. It comes in undyed white and a natural gray and both dye beautifully! This yarn is dyed exclusively with natural dyes.
design: 2-ply, semi-worsted spun to accentuate the lustrous nature and drape of the Longwool fleece. Quite strong. The spin and ply are a bit uneven. size: sport weight, 15 wpi, 888 yards per pound suggestedneedles: 4 to 6 (US) length: approximately 240 yards/219 meters weight: approximately 4.5 - 5 oz./127-141 grams gauge: 5 stitches per inch on sizes 5 (US) care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned.
fibersource: hand selected fleeces from Overlook Manor, Warrenton, Virginia and Orange Gate Farm, Maurerton, Virginia fibercontent: 100% Border Leicester wool. Border Leicester yarn is a Longwool breed developed in the 18th century in the borderlands between England and Scotland (hence the name). Related by breeding to the Leicester Longwool and Blue-Faced Leicester, it is in the middle of those breeds for softness and has beautiful lustre and drape. A very personable sheep, they are clean faced with Roman noses. The white fleece is ivory color.
designed by Susan B. Anderson When Susan redesigned her Sweet sheep pattern she chose our Romney semi-worsted spun yarn for her samples. Aren't they cute? You can start your own flock of sweet sheep with our kit that comes in natural color white or black. It includes Romney yarn in one or two colors (for the face), some Icelandic yarn to embroider the face and nice wool roving to stuff your sweet sheep.
kit includes: 100 yards of Romney semi-worsted spun yarn in either one color or two colors for the face plus Icelandic black yarn to embroider the face and wool roving to stuff you sweet sheep. finished size: 5" tall by 3.5" wide needles (not included in kit): 6 (US)/4 mm* double pointed needles notions: tapestry needle
fiber source: hand selected fleeces from Weather Lea Farm and Solitude (partner Gretchen Frederick's farm) both in Loudoun County, Virginia fiber content: 100% Romney wool. Romney is a longwool breed originally from the RomneyMarsh area of southeast England. on the softer end of the Longwool spectrum, it still has excellent strength, shine and drape. The fleece for our yarn comes from both white and natural colored sheep.
Targhee is a Fine wool, soft and elastic. Easy to knit, easy to wear, this worsted weight yarn is spun very evenly, has good body and fairly sturdy ply. Not a bit scratchy, it's a good yarn for toddlers, kids and grownup clothes, great for colorwork (small skeins so you can get multiple colors). Sue's favorite cowl yarn.
design: 2-ply, woolen spun; very versatile knitting yarn, light and warm without any scratchiness size: worsted weight, 13 wpi 1125 yds per pound suggestedneedles: 7-8 (US) length: small skeins approximately 110 yards/100 meters; large skeins approximately 220 yards/200 meters weight: small skeins: 1.75 oz./ 50 grams; large skeins: 3.4 oz/100 grams gauge: 5 st. per inch on size 5 (US) care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned.
fiber source: hand selected fleeces from What Next? Farm in York, Pennsylvania fibercontent: 100% Targhee wool. Targhee is a Fine wool, soft and elastic. The breed was developed in Idaho in 1926, one of the newest in America. Most of the Targhee sheep are in the western range lands in large flocks, they is an unusual breed in the Eastern US.
The designer started with a question: Just how streamlined & modern a piece could stockinette stitch be sculpted into? Sirkel uses outside-the-box construction to create a fabric that holds its architectural shape without help from wires or interfacing. Targhee 2 yarn has the firm body & fine wool softness to make this cowl comfortable right next to your skin.
kit includes: two contrasting colors of Targhee 2 yarn in center pull balls and pattern. finished size: Inner Ring: 3.25"/8.5 cm high x 24"/60cm around. Outer ring 3.5"/9 cm high x 28"/71 cm around needles (not included in kit): 8 (US)/5 mm, 16 to 24"/42 to 60 cm circular knitting needle or size needed to get gauge notions: one stitch marker, one needle to weave in ends gauge: 20 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, worked in the round, blocked skills: working in the round, three-needle bind-off, changing colors, picking up stitches
fiber source: hand selected fleeces from What Next? Farm in York, Pennsylvannia fiber content: 100% Targhee wool. Targhee is a Fine wool, soft and elastic. The breed was developed in Idaho in 1926, one of the newest in America. Most of the Targhee sheep are in the western range lands in large flocks, they is an unusual breed in the Eastern US.