Yarns by origin

Yarns by origin

People come to us from all over world for our range of knitting yarns, all made from natural wool, mohair and alpaca, and all from British sources, mostly the UK, but also the Falkland Islands. For 10 years we have tracked down and sourced these individual breeds, some of them scarce, others rare. So don't miss out!

Unless otherwise described on the details tab of each individual product, they are normally in 50g balls and woollen spun. Natural fibre varies for each animal and balls of yarn will differ slightly within the legal tolerances in both length and weight. To help those customers interested in a special breed or type of yarn, we have listed them here according to origin, fibre type or breed.

We maintain stocks of most breeds but if you do not see what you want, contact us and we can advise when or whether it will be available: then you will need to wait until we re-make if it's temporarily out of stock.

If you prefer to choose your yarn by weight for a particular project, please look at Yarns by type for these.

For more detailed information on TENSION/GAUGE, please refer to the 4-ply and finer, 5-ply guernsey yarns, Double Knitting, Aran and Chunky pages which give data on needles and swatches.

You will see, when you get to each individual yarn product page, that we have added some icons to attempt to describe the yarn handle for you. There may be one, two or three little sheep symbols - the more sheep, the softer the yarn! 

  • There is also an icon which shows the type of fibre, graded in three types from coarser to medium to finer. It is possible to have soft yarns from coarser fibres, so we hope the combination of these symbols will aid your selection.

    To find out more about how fleece varies from one breed of sheep to another, go to Meet the Animals. Look at the knitting patterns we have on sale and check out our free knitting patterns.