Dorset hike, Project Knitwell colors

      • The same yarn as our Dorset hike, these are colors dyed specially for Project Knitwell, a metro DC organization who actively promotes the joy of knitting and it’s therapeutic benefits with those in stressful situations. Project Knitwell is active in many hospitals, community centers and schools teaching patients, family, medical staff, kids and adults to knit. They offer ongoing programs that promote the comfort and wellness benefits of knitting all at no charge. 
        We all know how knitting promotes our own well isn’t it nice to support an organization bringing this to people who can really benefit? See some of the research and reading list on the PK website. 
    • All profits from the sale of these skeins goes to Project Knitwell.
  • -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.

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