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Alpaca and Grey Shetland Sport/light DK

£18.00

A first blend with Shetland.  There are a few reasons for choosing Shetland.  In setting up this venture I have been very inspired by Louise Scollay and Kate Davies.  My first colour work was for a Baa-ble hat with lovely Shetland wool (which my niece Holly claimed when she saw it), and in my research, I found an old description of Shetland wool as “perhaps the completest article of the kind in the universe” which seemed like a good advertisement!  We are over the moon with the colour and feel of the yarn.

(in case of interest quote comes from Sir John Sinclair, in 1790. Among many other claims to fame he established a society in 1811 for the improvement of British wool – so knew what he was talking about!)

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This blend of 60% alpaca and 40% dark grey Shetland fleece has created a soft but strong, bouncy lightweight DK/sport  yarn in a beautiful steel grey colour with a fleck to keep it bright.  The alpaca fleece comes either from Charity and Marvel from the Higham herd in rural Fife, or, the second batch comes from Idris and Jack who live on an organic small holding in Aberdeenshire and the gorgeous Juliet who lives in Lanarkshire in Scotland – see her with her pink harness.  I have popped a photo of Shetland sheep in the Gallery and you can see a fine dark grey at the front.   The yarn is soft enough to be close to the skin.  I have knitted the Dexter cardigan by Isabell Kraemer with this yarn and the weight will suit Sport patterns. (you can see the cardigan on Ravelry)

I am over the moon that Louise Scollay reviewed this yarn on her KnitBritish podcast, episode 88. Louise loved the yarn and I hope you do too. The photo shows her wearing the Antarkis shawl by Janina Kallio she made with it, and you can see a detail too. www.knitbritish.net

Approx 300m per 100g.  On 3.75mm needles, stocking stitch produced 22 stitches and 30 rows.  You can see a photo of the swatch

Hand wash carefully