Border Leicester Yarn - Sport Weight

  • 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. Naturally dyed exclusively from both home grown, foraged or purchased classic dyes. This yarn qualifies for Chesapeake Fibershed (local fibers, labor and dyes). Purchased dyes (indigo, cochineal and madder) do not qualify. Look for "CF" at end of the color name to identify qualifying yarns. 
  • 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
    suggested needles: 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.
  • fiber source: hand selected fleeces from Overlook Manor, Warrenton, Virginia and Orange Gate Farm, Maurerton, Virginia
    fiber content: 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.
    Border Leicester Sheep | Solitude Wool Border Leicester Fleece | Solitude Wool

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